25 Fascinating Facts About America

Posted by on July 4, 2012

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!

10

Cast Off The Shackles

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

9

Feeling Crowded?

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

8

Oops!

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

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

6

Twists and Turns

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

5

Positively Presidential

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

3

Such Great Heights

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

2

BOMBarded

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

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.