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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Cool and funny facts about America part 5

// The 1962 escape from Alcatraz, the only successful one, is still under investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service.

// More than 90% of all jury trials in the world occur in the United States.

// In 2014, individual Americans gave US$258 billion to charity —more than twice the amount given by corporations and foundations combined.

// As of 2017, every American would have to contribute US$43,503 to pay off the U.S. national debt.

//  Women news anchors are 20 years younger than male news anchors and get paid 23 percent less.

// The average salary of an African-American female college graduate in a full-time position is less than that of a white male high-school drop-out.

// 38% of American children under the age 12 who died in car crashes in 2013 were not wearing seat belts.

// In 1835, an unemployed house painter tried to kill the US president Andrew Jackson. Both killer's pistols failed, and Jackson beat his attacker several times with a walking cane.

// 60% of Americans order food for takeout or delivery at least once a week.

// There are only 3 countries in the world that don't offer paid maternity leave: Suriname, Papua New Guinea and the United States.

//  Salvador Dalí made a painting for the prisoners at Rikers Island (NY), which hung in the prison dining room for 15 years. In 2003, the painting was stolen by 4 guards.

// Richard Milhous Nixon (who resigned when facing impeachment) and William Jefferson Clinton (who faced an impeachment trial in 1998) are the only US Presidents whose full names contain all the letters to spell the word ‘criminal'

//  It is legal in 43 U.S. states to sue former inmates for the cost of their incarceration.

// In 2015, life expectancy in the U.S. decreased for the first time since 1993.

// If the U.S. freed all its prisoners except murderers and rapists, it would still have more people in prison per head than Germany.

// The greenest, safest and most productive buildings in the U.S. are airports, followed by government offices and hospitals.

// The dress worn by Marilyn Monroe during filming of The Misfits sold for US$66,000.

//under the original terms of the U.S. Constitution, the President could not choose his vice president, instead it was the canditate with the second most votes

//69% of Americans have less than US$1,000 in savings.

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

//The U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition in the 20s and 30s, killing over 10,000 people.

// In the 1960s, most Americans didn't support the idea of a moon landing and thought the government was spending too much money on space.

//The poorest place in the U.S. is Allen, South Dakota, where 96% are Native American

//1 in 25 U.S. teenagers has attempted suicide

//There are still cases of bubonic plague reported in the U.S. every year.

// U.S. presidents earn less salary now than any time in American history, at just US$400k per year.

//In 2013, there were 8 deaths and an estimated 11,400 U.S. consumers who sustained injuries related to fireworks

//There are more TVs in the U.S. than people in the U.K.

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