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75 Amazing Facts that will surprise you About USA | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. The word “America” comes from the European explorer “Amerigo Vespucci.
  2. Amazingly at their closest point, the Russian and U.S. borders are just less than two miles apart.
  3. Denmark is the only other country in the world to celebrate the United States birthday, July 4th.
  4. Amazing fact is that USA spends more money on it’s military than the next thirteen countries on the list combined.
  5. Fact is the largest air force in the world is the US Air Force. The second largest air force in the world is the US Navy.
  6. The border between Canada and the U.S. is the world’s longest frontier. It stretches amazing 3,987 miles (6,416 km).
  7. An amazing fact is the murder rate in the United States is 200 times greater than in Japan. In Japan no private citizen can buy a handgun legally.
  8. With 2.2 million people behind bars United states has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prisoners. China comes close second at 1.5 million while Russia comes third at 870,000.
  9. Amazingly USA population in 1776 was just 2.5 million.
  10. Fact is thousands of Americans migrated to the USSR in the 1930s during the Great Depression.
  11. Four corners is the spot in USA where person can amazingly stand in four states at the same time.
  12. Americans save less than 1 % of their income.
  13. There are amazing 16 million inventions under active patent in USA.
  14. It’s estimated that Americans generate roughly 20 % of the World garbage.
  15. Amazing fact is one American consumes as much resources as 32 Kenyans.
  16. About 20 million Americans live in mobile homes.
  17. It’s completely legal for minors to smoke cigarettes in the U.S. but they can’t purchase them.
  18. Smoking causes 1 in every 5 deaths in the U.S. every year.
  19. Amazingly every tweet Americans sent is being archived by the Library of Congress.
  20. 7% of the Americans claim they never bath.
  21. Ho-Ho-Kus in New Jessey is the only town in USA which has two dashes in it’s name.
  22. In AspenColorado, you can have a maximum income of $104,000 and still receive government subsidized housing.
  23. The University of Alaska stretches over 4 time zones.
  24. Americans take an average of just ten days per year vacation.
  25. Do you know that the USA bought Alaska from Russia for amazing 2 cents an acre ?
  26. In 1819, the USA purchased Florida from Spain for the cancellation of a $5 million debt.
  27. Maine is the only state in the lower 48 that touches only one other state.
  28. Amazingly Point Roberts in Washington State is cut off from the rest of the state by British Columbia, Canada. If you wish to travel from Point Roberts to the rest of the state or vice versa, you must pass through Canada, including both Canadian and U.S. customs.
  29. The exact geographic center of the United States is near Lebanon, Kansas.
  30. Fact is before 1863, postal service in the United States was free.
  31. When the U.S. War Department was established in 1789, there were just 840 soldiers in the regular army. Their job was to supervise public lands and guard the indian frontier.
  32. Amazing fact is that at the outbreak of World War I, the American air force consisted of only fifty men.
  33. Amazingly the longest election in US history lasted over 315 days and was nearly won by just Two votes!
  34. Workers at Ground Zero found an 18-century ship underneath the World Trade Center rubble.
  35. Amazing fact is it used to be legal to send kids in the mail. When domestic parcel post service was introduced in the United States in 1913, Americans were finally able to send packages across the country at an affordable rate.  At least two people sent their stamp covered children through the mail before this was banned.
  36. There is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States!
  37. Amazingly it’s OK for television companies to lie to it’s viewers.
  38. The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
  39. The United States is the only country that has Exxon gas stations. They’re called Esso everywhere else.
  40. It’s amazing that the average American family uses 35 times as much water as the average African family.
  41. Florida has two rivers with the same name called  “Withlacoochee River.
  42. The United States amazingly still does not have an official language. It is the de facto, official language because 82% of people claim it as their mother tongue.
  43. Fact is the White House wasn’t called “the White House” until 1901 almost 100 years after it was built.
  44. School buses in the US are yellow because our eyes pick up yellow faster than other colors. In fact your ability to detect yellow is 1.24 times greater than red.
  45. It’s amazing that 15 percent of Americans are living on food stamps!
  46. In 1913 the US Postal Service began the parcel sending service. Soon after a business man in Utah decided he would build a bank. A man mailed 80,000 bricks to build a bank 120 km away because it was the cheapest option at one fourth cost! He had the bricks carefully wrapped in crates, each weighing less than 50 pounds for delivery.
  47. Amazingly Manhattan had 47% more people in 1910 (About 2.3 million) than in 2014 (1.6 million) !
  48. If you turn in a tax cheat, the IRS will give you at least 15% of what they collect!
  49. Amazingly in 1962, the U.S. blew up a hydrogen bomb in space that was 100 times more powerful than Hiroshima.
  50. Do you know that over 60 % of the US urban water consumption is used for watering lawns ?
  51. Amazingly there’s a salt mine 1,200 feet below the surface of Detroit, Michigan spread over 1,400 acres. They have over 50 miles of roads covering them. This is enough salt to last us for 70 million years!
  52. The U.S. military uses secret Velcro that is 95 % quieter than all other Velcro!
  53. The only state in the U.S that grows coffee beans is Hawaii in what’s known locally as the Kona district. Hawaiians usually call coffee Kope and hawaiian coffee is some of the most expensive in the world.
  54. Disneyland amazingly does not sell chewing gum as Walt Disney did not want guests inconvenienced by stepping on gum purchased in the park.
  55. Amazingly United States , Burma & Liberia are the only countries who haven’t yet adopted Metric system as the standard of measurement.
  56. Amazing fact is that the top richest 1% of Americans own 42% of the nation’s wealth, while the bottom 80% own just 7%.
  57. Fact is if you have no debts and $10 in your pocket , you are wealthier than 25 % of the Americans.
  58. Amazingly there are 5 times more vacant houses than homeless people in the United States.
  59. In 1999, the U.S. government paid the Zapruder family $16 million for the film of JFK’s assassination.
  60. In the White House, there are 13,092 knives, forks and spoons.
  61. North Dakota has never had an earthquake.
  62. Today 2 out of 3 Americans are overweight.
  63. Amazingly Alaska has a longer coastline than all of the other 49 U.S. states put together.
  64. Montana has three times as many cows as it does people.
  65. The United States has 850 motor vehicles for every 1,000 people which is the highest in the world.
  66. The U.S. Government spends US $1.8 billion per year printing documents.
  67. The grizzly bear is the official state animal of California.  Amazing fact is that no grizzly bears have been seen there since 1922.
  68. One out of every seven Americans has at least 10 credit cards.
  69. The United States has a teen pregnancy rate of 22 percent – the highest in the world.  New Zealand is number two at 14 percent.
  70. It took from the founding of the nation until 1981 for the U.S. national debt to cross the one trillion dollar mark.  Today, national debt is well over 15 trillion dollars and more than a trillion dollars is added to debt every single year.
  71. The United States had $ 0 debt only once in 1835 when president Andrew Jackson paid it all off.
  72. Amazingly Philadelphia was the first capital of the United-States. Over the years the capital of this country has been through Philadelphia, New York to return to Philadelphia and then permanently to Washington DC.
  73. Fact is there are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is man made.
  74. Fact is USA has spent enough in Afghanistan and Iraq to wipe out world poverty for 10 years.
  75. Unknown fact is that the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition in the 20s and 30s, killing over 10,000 people.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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