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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Cool and funny facts about America part 4

// In the 1980s, the financial sector claimed just 10% of U.S. corporate profits. By the 2010s, it's almost 30%, supplanting manufacturing as the biggest profit center in the economy.
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// The U.S. is the world's largest exporter of sperm.

//  The first female governor of a U.S. state was elected in 1924.

// Prison terms for killing  husbands are twice as long as those for killing wives.

// There is a city in the United States called George, Washington.

// In 2015, the marijuana market in the U.S. was 
bigger than craft beer, wine and organic food.

// A small town in Minnesota decided to secede from the U.S. in the 70s and declared war because "it is much easier to get assistance as a foreign country, which we need badly."

// One of the thirteen articles in the 1781 U.S. Articles of Confederation states that if Canada wants to be admitted into the U.S., it will automatically be accepted.

// There are 189 things named after George Washington: 1 state, 7 mountains, 8 streams, 10 lakes, 33 counties, 9 colleges, and 121 towns and villages.

// When the Declaration of Independence was being drafted, Benjamin Franklin suggested that the word "sacred" be replaced with "self-evident" because he believed that the nation should be founded on reason, not faith.

//   5,840 people in the United States have a last name that ends with their first name, with Donald MacDonald being the most common.

// The longest prison sentence served in the U.S. was over 68 years long.

// It's estimated that 93,000 Canadians live in the U.S. with expired visas, more than any other group of immigrant.

// Only about a third of Americans consider themselves "very happy."

// New York nightlife is a US$10 billion per year industry.// In 2012, about 42 million Americans had never been married, twice as many as in 1960

// At the beginning of WW2, the U.S. army was smaller than the army of Portugal.

// One of the most expensive wigs ever auctioned off was one that belonged to Andy Warhol, which sold at $10,800.

// In 1912, as a young man, former president of Vietnam Ho Chi Minh worked as the cook's helper on a ship bound for the U.S.

//If you have US$10 in your pocket and no debts, you are wealthier than 25% of Americans.

// To enlist in the U.S. army, you have to have all ten of your toes intact.

// Favorable views of the U.S. around the world rose from a median of 51% in George W. Bush's final year in office to 66% during Obama's final 2 years

// More people die in car crashes each year in the U.S. than in other high-income countries.

//   Ernest Hemingway's son, Gregory, was transsexual and died in the women's section of the Miami-Dade county jail.

// 1 in 4 Americans did not read a book last year.

// When electricity was installed in the White House, President Benjamin Harrison and his wife, Caroline, were scared to use the light switches for fear of getting shocked.

// Canada's immigration website crashed on U.S. election night of 2016

// 2-1-1 is a U.S. 24/7 hotline run by the United Way that assists people in need by connecting them with assistance programs that may help them.

//Houdini drew on his arsenal of magician's tricks to provide special instructions to American troops during WWI.

//  37% of all American women will have a hysterectomy by the time they are 60 years old.

// 95% of enrollees in weight-loss programs are women, although the sexes are overweight in equal proportions.

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