Amazing Facts About USA
There's a small town called Dinosaur, Colorado (USA). Some of its street names include Brontosaurus Blvd, Brontosaurus Bypass, Stegosaurus Freeway, and Tyrannosaurus Trail.
In the USA, households earning under $13,000 per year spend about 9 percent of their income on lottery tickets.
The USA experiences 75% of the world’s known tornadoes.
The budget for nuclear weapons in the USA is not included in the Department of Defense spending. It falls under the Department of Energy.
The 1918 flu pandemic is often called the Spanish flu because Spain didn't fake and minimize the data about the dead like Germany, Britain, France and the USA.
Brazil tops the list of countries which exports guns to the USA. In 2010, USA imported more than half a million handguns from Brazil.
Charlie Chaplin openly pleaded against fascism, war, capitalism, and WMDs in his movies. He was slandered by the FBI & banned from the USA in '52. Offered an Honorary Academy award in '72, he hesitantly returned & received a 12-minute standing ovation the longest in the Academy's history.
Indian housewives hold 11% of the World's gold. This is more than the reserves of USA, IMF, Switzerland, and Germany put together.
In 1936 fitness expert, Jack LaLanne opened USA’s first health and fitness club in Oakland, California. Doctors, however, advised their patients to stay away from his health club, a business totally unheard of at the time, and warned their patients that "LaLanne was an exercise 'nut,' whose programs would make them "muscle-bound" and cause severe medical problems.
In 1966, USA lost a hydrogen bomb in the Mediterranean Sea and struggled to find it. Finally, a Spanish fisherman helped them find it. The U.S. secretary of defense said the bomb was worth $2 billion. The fisherman asked for $20 million, or 1 percent of the bomb's value in accordance with the custom of maritime law. The Air Force eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.
Richard Johnson, the 9th Vice-President of the USA, literally owned his wife. Slave Julia Chinn was 1/8th African and was inherited by Johnson after his father's death. Interracial marriage was illegal, so Johnson kept her as his "slave."
In 1983, when Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was in the USA, her officials loaded her aircraft with color TVs purchased by them to avoid customs. She witnessed this and called customs in Delhi and forced all the officers to pay customs duty.
A live nuclear bomb was ejected over the coast of Georgia, USA. The B-47 plane carrying it was hit by another plane, and the bomb was ejected to prevent detonation during the crash. The bomb was never found and still lies somewhere near the coast.
The US Government still pays for medical compensation for those that returned to the Bikini Atoll after their atomic weapons testing there. The USA allowed the native population to relocate there in 1970.
The Earth Liberation Front, Animal Liberation Front, and PETA are all considered by the USA to be "special interest terrorist" groups.
In 2006, one-third of all stocks traded in the USA and the European Union were traded electronically by specially designed algorithms without any human input. Today, it is estimated that around 70% of stocks traded in the US and EU markets are bought/sold by algorithmic programs, with some markets pushing 80%.
The 4th largest state in the USA, Montana, only has one area code.
The current flag of the USA was designed by a 17-year-old named Robert G. Heft for a school project. He received a B-.
In many states in the USA, you can be charged with a DUI even if the car is parked and you’re sleeping while drunk.
The USA has no official language. English is only used on a de facto basis.
Travis Williams, a public defender in USA tattoos on his back the names of every defendant whose case he lost in court. He has up to six names as of 2013.
50% of the nuclear energy produced in the USA is from old Soviet warheads brought by the USA. Under a landmark 1993 nonproliferation deal, the United States has purchased uranium derived from around 20,000 Russian nuclear warheads eliminated under the accord informally known as the “Megatons to Megawatts” program.
Human poop and farts get their foul smell from the chemical compounds Skatole and Indole (among others). At low concentrations, these compounds smell flowery and are used in perfumes. USA and Israel have used Skatole in crowd control sprays. The stench does not wash off skin for 3 days.
An invasion of Canada that would have likely handed control of the Niagara peninsula to the USA was thwarted when one woman (Laura Secord) overheard the plans, walked 20 miles through the wilderness, and warned a British Lieutenant. The invading Americans were ambushed and promptly surrendered.
Duracell outside of the USA airs commercials featuring a Duracell Bunny while inside of the US only Energizer features a bunny. This is because the Duracell Bunny predates the Energizer Bunny and in 1980 Duracell failed to renew their trademark in the US and Energizer trademarked it instead.
The largest population of tigers in the world is in the USA. The number of tigers in captivity now exceeds that of wild tigers.
George Koval, the Soviet master spy infiltrated the Manhattan project, stole nearly all of USA’s nuclear secrets, single-handedly provided the key technology for Russia's nuclear arsenal, was only discovered to be a spy in 2002.
USA’s United Fruit Company's main rival was Guatemala, who exported lots of fruit. To eliminate them, United lied to the US government that Guatemala's government was Pro-Soviet. The US staged a coup, which led to the 36 years long Guatemalan Civil War.
The Villages is the largest gated retirement community in the USA, also has one of the fastest growing STD rates in the country.
In the late 1980s, a mass moral panic swept across the USA where many daycare providers were accused of ritual satanic sexual abuse, with dozens jailed based solely on children’s testimony, who were coached by psychologists.
On February 24, 1942, US Military ordered total black out of Los Angeles and fired 1,400 anti-air artillery and thousands of .50 caliber shots at a hovering object for 1 hour.
Kuwait pledged $500 million in humanitarian and petroleum supplies to the USA in response to Hurricane Katrina, which is the single largest donation given to help victims of the hurricane.
In the USA, time zones as we know them were first established by the railroad industry during 1883. Before that, every town kept its own time based on the sunrise and using a central clock. This made scheduling trains nearly impossible, necessitating a standardized time.
The USA won the last ever Olympic gold medal for rugby in 1924 and are therefore technically still reigning champions.
When placed on maps using food sources as cities, slime molds have almost perfectly replicated major train systems in Europe, the USA, Tokyo, and Canada.
There are many people who live in Hawaii that refuse to be US citizens. They believe that the USA is occupying their country and that Hawaii is actually the property of the Hawaiian Kingdom, not the USA.
The Canadian Government sent 1000's of personnel, 3 warships, the Coast Guard, and divers to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, in locations the USA was reluctant to go to because of contamination.
About 10,000+ toddlers aged 2-3 are being prescribed Ritalin and Adderall in the USA to treat the behavioral disorder.
Scientists in 1916 felt America was degenerating into a second rate nationality. They listed the Top 20 threats to the USA: #8 America leads all nations in murders, #12 Hearty eating without exercise, #18 Remarkable cancer mortality increase.
‘Meconium’, the first bowel movement of an infant, can be tested to determine if the mother smoked, drank or engaged in drug use during pregnancy. Meconium testing can be used in the USA to determine the eligibility of the parents to keep their newborn child.
The USA has a law (Guano islands act) that allows citizens to occupy any unclaimed island in the world, as long as there is seabird or bat poop on it.
The fastest road (Texas State Highway 130) in the USA is in Austin, Texas. It has a speed limit of 85 mph.
Bruce Lee's first notable film (Golden Gate Girl) was shot in the USA but wasn't released in the USA until 5 years after it was released in China. He was just 1 at that time.
The cost of the International Space Station is funded by the USA 81%, Russia 8%, Europe 3%, Japan 3%, and Canada 1%.
Former USA president Teddy Roosevelt was the first and only President to kill a cougar with a knife.
The cost of college textbooks has risen 812 percent since 1978, far outpacing the rise in costs for medical services and home prices in the USA.
Out of the 10,000 members of the Communist Party USA in 1957, 1,500 were FBI informants.
While mathematician Kurt Gödel prepared for his U.S. citizenship exam he discovered an inconsistency in the constitution that could, despite its individual articles to protect democracy, allow the USA to become a dictatorship.
40% of the most-delayed flights in the USA are either coming from or going to Newark, New Jersey, according to The Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
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