25 Fascinating Facts About America

Posted by , Updated on April 17, 2014

Some call it The Land of the Free, others call it ‘Mericuh. No matter what you call it though, you should take a short break from lighting fireworks and grilling hamburgers to enjoy these 25 fascinating facts about America. And as we celebrate the birth of a nation make sure to thank any veterans that you know. Happy Fourth of July!

25

A Chilly Commute

Alaska

Alaska is the state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work.

24

Conspiracy Theory

America-on-the-moon

Twenty-seven percent of Americans believe we never landed on the moon

23

Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue

American-flag

The American flag’s official colors are “Old Glory Red,” “White,” and “Old Glory Blue.”

22

A Grisly Realization

California-flag

Even though the grizzly bear is California’s official state animal, none have been seen there since 1922

21

Cereal City

Cereal-city

More breakfast cereal is made in Battle Creek, Michigan than in any other city worldwide.


20

Crowning Glory

Statue-of-Liberty

The seven rays on the crown of the Statue of Liberty represent the seven continents. Each measures up to 9 feet in length and weighs as much as 150 pounds

19

Outnumbered

Cows

Montana has three times as many cows as it does people.

18

High Morale

Declaration-of-Independence

The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

17

Creeper

Dollar-spider

The American one-dollar bill contains several hidden images, including a spider in the upper right-hand corner.

16

Coincidence?

John-Adams-and-Thomas-Jefferson

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826 – 50 years to the day after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

15

We Speak American

Languages

Although English is the most commonly spoken language in the United States, no official national language exists.

14

Let Freedom Ring… Or Not

Liberty-Bell

The Liberty Bell was last rung on George Washington’s Birthday in 1846. It received its fatal crack a few hours later.

13

Island Time

Louisiana-islands

In addition to its mainland, Louisiana consists of 2,482 islands that cover nearly 1.3 million acres.

12

Pilgrim Pride

Mayflower

About 35 million Americans share DNA with at least one of the 102 pilgrims who arrived aboard the Mayflower in 1620.

11

Where The Streets Are Paved With Gold

Million-Dollar-Highway

US Highway 550 in Colorado became known as Million Dollar Highway because its roadbed was paved with low-grade gold ore.

10

Cast Off The Shackles

Statue-of-Liberty-shackles

Broken shackles lie at the feet of the Statue of Liberty, signifying freedom from oppression and tyranny.

9

Feeling Crowded?

Crowd

The state of Alaska is 429 times larger than the state of Rhode Island, but Rhode Island has a significantly larger population.

8

Oops!

Ohio-plaque

Although Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the U.S., it is technically 47th because Congress forgot to vote on a resolution to admit it to the Union until 1953.

7

On Shaky Ground

Seismograph

About 500,000 detectable seismic tremors occur in California each year.

6

Twists and Turns

Snake-Valley

Snake Alley, the most crooked street in the world, can be found in Burlington, Iowa

5

Positively Presidential

Virginia-Presidents

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson were all born in Virginia, making it the birthplace of more Presidents than any other state.

4

Home Sweet Home

Venus-fly-trap

Venus Fly Traps can only be found natively in the Carolinas and nowhere else in the world.

3

Such Great Heights

Worlds-tallest-roller-coaster

New Jersey is home to the world’s highest roller coaster.

2

BOMBarded

Japanese-balloon-bomb

The Japanese sent bombs aboard balloons to the United States during World War II. Dozens of them actually landed, causing some damage. One of them even killed an Oregon family in 1944. The scary part is that there might be more lying around undiscovered!

1

And The Rockets’ Red Glare

Fort-McHenry-War-of-1812

The British deployed the first rockets in America during their attack against Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. Francis Scott Key witnessed the attack and immortalized it in a song he titled “The Star-Spangled Banner.” That song is now the national anthem of the United States.

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