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15 Fascinating Facts You Never Learned About America

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Jeanh, Aug 8, 2015.

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    Our Grand Old Flag
    The current 50-star American flag was designed by a 17-year-old as a school project in 1958. He got a B-.




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    Talk About a Great Lake
    There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover the entire landmass of North and South America in one foot of liquid.




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    A Whole Lotta Pizza
    Meanwhile, we sell enough pizza every day to cover 100 acres.




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    Our Mighty Military
    The largest air force in the world is the U.S. Air Force. The world’s second-largest air force is the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps combined.




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    Cry Me a (Very Old) River
    Three of the world’s five oldest rivers flow here: The New, the Susquehanna, and the French Broad Rivers are each hundreds of millions of years old.




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    The Power of Youth
    But our nation is young: The government is still paying one pension on behalf of a Civil War veteran (to his 85-year-old daughter).




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    America's Deadliest Job
    Statistically, the deadliest job in America is … president. Of the 
44 men who’ve held the post, four have been assassinated in office—
a rate of roughly 9 percent (or about one in ten) killed on the job.




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    An Entrepreneurial President
    The only U.S. president to own a patent and a saloon: Abraham Lincoln. His patent was for a device to lift boats over sandbars. His saloon was a miserable failure.




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    The President You Don't Want to Mess With
    The only president who was an executioner: Grover Cleveland (as sheriff of Erie County, New York, he hanged a murderer).




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    In Praise of the Pilgrims
    An estimated one in ten of us could be a blood relative to one of the original 102 pilgrims who arrived aboard the Mayflower in 1620.




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    The FBI Is Watching Us
    And roughly one in three of us has his or her fingerprints on file with the FBI.




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    A Nation of Do-Gooders
    According to the World Giving Index, Americans are the most likely people in the world to help a stranger.




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    Thanks to Our Firemen
    Case in point: Slightly more than 69 percent of firefighters in the United States are volunteers.




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    Our Real Independence Day
    The day Congress voted us free from British rule is July 2, 1776. July 4 is just when John Hancock put the first signature on the Declaration of Independence to spread the word.




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    The Highest Court in the Land
    Finally, the real acme of the American justice system? That would be the basketball court on 
the fifth floor of the Supreme Court building. It’s known as the Highest Court in the Land.

    
Sources: todayifoundout.com, seagrant.umn.edu, fbi.gov, wsj.com, thewire.com, cafonline.org, nfpa.org, usnews.com, reddit.com, nationalinterest.org, navy.mil, smithsonian.com, knowledgenuts.com, washingtonpost.com, the Mayflower Society, and atlasobscura.com
     
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