Saturday, May 20, 2017

Cool and funny facts about America part 3



// U.S. Families living in extreme poverty, with less than US$$2 per day, has doubled to 1.5 million since 1996.

// GPS is owned and controlled by the U.S. Government. It can be 'switched off' at any time.

// In the U.S., more than 1.2 million people have HIV.

// The U.S. has more museums than Starbucks and McDonald's locations combined

// Empty Homes Outnumber The Homeless 6 To 1 in The U.S.

// The U.S. is currently in it's longest period of not having a president die in office

// 51.2% of all artists in the United States are women; 5% of works in museums are by women.
 
// "In God We Trust" was declared the U.S.national motto in 1956. It first appeared in 1861 because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War.

// The cost of college in the U.S. has gone up 500% since 1985

// The U.S. has 19 aircraft carriers, compared to the rest of the world's 12 aircraft carriers combined.

// Just 0.21% of the U.S. total population live in its capital city, the lowest percentage in the world.

// The poorest 5% of people in the U.S. are still richer than 68% of the world's inhabitants.

// Gun sales in the U.S. actually increase after mass shootings.

//  The U.S. government spent US$1.1 million on puppets from 2009 to 2013.

// The constitutions of 7 U.S. states (Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas) specifically ban atheists from holding public office.

// 90% of plastic bags in the U.S. are not recycled

// In the U.S., sitting on a sea turtle is a third degree felony.

// In August 2016, a dog was elected mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota, for its third term in a row.

//  The United States paid US$25 million in gold for the Virgin Islands in 1917.

// Your fingerprint is not protected under the 5th amendment, so police in the U.S. can force you to unlock a phone with a fingerprint but not a password.

//40%  of births in the U.S. come from unmarried women

// Detroit  was the most dangerous U.S. city in 2015, with a violent crime rate of 1,988.63 per 100,000 people.

// American cows produce 4 times as much milk as they did in 1944.

// The city of Oatman, Arizona, hosts a Solar Egg Frying Contest every 4th of July.

// The U.S. has more people of Norwegian descent than Norway.

//  The first President born in the U.S. spoke Dutch as his first language.

//  The first American woman to win an Olympic event received a porcelain bowl instead of a gold medal

// It takes a single one-page form and about 4 minutes to apply to become an official presidential candidate in the U.S.

// By law, only dead people can appear on U.S. currency.

//  In 2015, U.S. home ownership rate reached a 48-year low.

// 1145 people were killed by police in the U.S. in 2015.

// Nixon was the first (and, to date, only) U.S. President to resign from the Presidency and be pardoned by another President.

// There are 4,746 people in the U.S. with an identical first and last name, being Thomas Thomas the most common.

// Before the Holocaust, Hitler gave the U.S., Great Britain, and many other nations a chance to take in Jewish refugees. They refused

// The town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, has been burning since 1962.

// From 1974 to 1976, Shirley Temple was U.S. Ambassador to Ghana.

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