Friday, July 5, 2013


In case you hadn't noticed, the United States is a really weird place. Not that "weird" is always bad.  I'm incredibly weird and I certainly don't think that THAT'S bad in way way shape or form!  Sometimes "weird" can keep life interesting...well, VERY interesting, to say the least!  But without a doubt, the United States is one of the most unique nations in the history of the world. Some of the weird facts about the United States listed below may be difficult for you to believe. Others are likely to completely shock you, just as they did me. Hopefully there is a little something for everyone in this article, and hopefully you will learn some new things from reading it. I know that I certainly learned some new things as I wrote it.  I learned that in general, everything tends to be larger in America...but didn't we already know that?  Go to your local Wal-Mart, plop yourself down on a bench and just people watch.  You won't be disappointed...or, well, you may depending on the perspective in which you begin your watch.  Truth be told and all in all, the people are larger, the cars are larger, the divorce rate is the highest on the planet and the U.S. government has piled up the largest debt in the history of the world. Whether America does something good or bad, it usually does it in a very "big" way.  It's easy to love the United States, it the land of the free and the home of the's the freedom to pretty much do whatever the heck we want...or is it?  Whichever direction you believe our country is heading, I am still proud to be an American and for that all I have to say is...

The following are 40 weird facts about the United States that are almost too crazy to believe... (but, hey... 'Murica, Jack!)

#1 The highest point in the state of Florida is only 345 feet (115 yards) above sea level.

#2 Today, 66 percent of all Americans are considered to be overweight.

#3 The state of Alaska is 429 times larger than the state of Rhode Island is. But Rhode Island has a significantly larger population than Alaska does.

#4 The average supermarket in the United States wastes about 3,000 pounds of food each year.

#5 Approximately 48 percent of all Americans are currently either considered to be "low income" or are living in poverty.

#6 Alaska has a longer coastline than all of the other 49 U.S. states put together.

#7 In the UK, an average of about $3,500 is spent on healthcare per person each year. In the United States, an average of about $8,500 is spent on healthcare per person each year.

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

#9 The average U.S. citizen drinks the equivalent of more than 600 sodas each year.

#10 The only place in the United States where coffee is grown commercially is in Hawaii.

#11 The United States has 845 motor vehicles for every 1,000 people. Japan only has 593 for every 1,000 people and Germany only has 540 for every 1,000 people.

#12 The grizzly bear is the official state animal of California. But no grizzly bears have been seen there since 1922.

#13 For many years it was the other way around, but today a majorityof all Americans (including Pat Robertson) actually support the legalization of marijuana.

#14 Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. president to have been born in a hospital.

#15 In the middle of the last century, the United States was #1 in the world in GDP per capita. Today, the United States is #13 in GDP per capita.

#16 Today, approximately 25 million American adults are living with their parents.

#17 One survey found that 25 percent of all employees that have Internet access in the United States visit pornography websites while they are at work.

#18 In 2011, our trade deficit with China was more than 49,000 times larger than it was back in 1985.

#19 One out of every seven Americans has at least 10 credit cards.

#20 The city of Juneau, Alaska is about 3,000 square miles large. It is actually bigger than the entire state of Delaware.

#21 The United States puts a higher percentage of its population in prison than any other nation on earth does.

#22 There are more unemployed workers in the United States than there are people living in the entire nation of Greece.

#23 The original name of the city of Atlanta was "Terminus".

#24 Sadly, more than 52 percent of all children that live in Cleveland, Ohio are living in poverty.

#25 The median price of a home in the city of Detroit is now about $6000.

#26 Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs. Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

#27 According to author Paul Osterman, about 20 percent of all U.S. adults are currently working jobs that pay poverty-level wages.

#28 According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York,approximately 167,000 Americans have more than $200,000 of student loan debt.

#29 There are three towns in the United States that have the name "Santa Claus".

#30 There are 313 million people living in the United States. 46 million of them are on food stamps.

#31 In the United States as a whole, one out of every four childrenis on food stamps.

#32 In 1940, 68.0% of all women in the 20 to 34 year old age group in the United States were married. In 2010, only 39.2% of women in that age group were married.

#33 The United States has a teen pregnancy rate of 22 percent - the highest in the world. New Zealand is number two at 14 percent.

#34 According to the CDC, there are 19 million new cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia in the United States every single year.

#35 The United States has the highest divorce rate on the globe by a wide margin. Puerto Rico is number two. Perhaps Puerto Rico really would fit in as the 51st state.

#36 More people have been diagnosed with mental disorders in the United States than in any other nation on earth.

#37 The United States has more government debt per capita than Greece, Portugal, Italy, Ireland or Spain.

#38 If Bill Gates gave every single penny of his fortune to the U.S. government, it would only cover the U.S. budget deficit for about 15 days.

#39 The U.S. national debt is now more than 22 times larger than it was when Jimmy Carter became president.

#40 It took from the founding of the nation until 1981 for the U.S. national debt to cross the one trillion dollar mark. Today, our national debt is well over 15 trillion dollars and we add more than a trillion dollars to our debt every single year.

NOW with that said, here are some very FUN facts... (source:

Fifty States and Fifty Fun Facts

StateHome of
AlabamaGeorge Washington Carver, who discovered more than 300 uses for peanuts
AlaskaThe longest coastline in the U.S., 6,640 miles, greater than that of all other states combined
ArizonaThe most telescopes in the world, in Tucson
ArkansasThe only active diamond mine in the U.S.
California“General Sherman,” a 3,500-year-old tree, and a stand of bristlecone pines 4,000 years old are the world's oldest living things
ColoradoThe world's largest silver nugget (1,840 pounds) found in 1894 near Aspen
ConnecticutThe first American cookbook, published in Hartford in 1796: American Cookery by Amelia Simmons
DelawareThe first log cabins in North America, built in 1683 by Swedish immigrants
FloridaU.S. spacecraft launchings from Cape Canaveral, formerly Cape Kennedy
GeorgiaThe Girl Scouts, founded in Savannah by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912
HawaiiThe only royal palace in the U.S. (Iolani)
IdahoThe longest main street in America, 33 miles, in Island Park
IllinoisThe tallest building in the U.S., Sears Tower, in Chicago
IndianaThe famous car race: the Indy 500
IowaThe shortest and steepest railroad in the U.S., Dubuque: 60° incline, 296 feet
KansasHelium discovered in 1905 at the University of Kansas
KentuckyThe largest underground cave in the world: 300 miles long, the Mammoth-Flint Cave system
LouisianaThe most crayfish: 98% of the world's crayfish
MaineThe most easterly point in the U.S., West Quoddy Head1
MarylandThe first umbrella factory in the U.S., 1928, Baltimore
MassachusettsThe first World Series, 1903: the Boston “Americans” (became the Red Sox in 1908) vs. the Pittsburg Pirates (Pittsburgh had no “h” between 1890–1911)
MichiganThe Cereal Bowl of America, Battle Creek, produces most cereal in the U.S.
MinnesotaThe oldest rock in the world, 3.8 billion years old, found in Minnesota River valley
MississippiCoca-Cola, first bottled in 1894 in Vicksburg
MissouriMark Twain and some of his characters, such as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
MontanaGrasshopper Glacier, named for the grasshoppers that can still be seen frozen in ice
NebraskaThe only roller skating museum in the world, in Lincoln
NevadaRare fish such as the Devils Hole pup, found only in Devils Hole, and other rare fish from prehistoric lakes; also the driest state
New HampshireArtificial rain, first used near Concord in 1947 to fight a forest fire
New JerseyThe world's first drive-in movie theater, built in 1933 near Camden
New Mexico“Smokey Bear,” a cub orphaned by fire in 1950, buried in Smokey Bear Historical State Park in 1976
New YorkThe first presidential inauguration: George Washington took the oath of office in New York City on April 30, 1789.
North CarolinaVirginia Dare, the first English child born in America, on Roanoake Island in 1587
North DakotaThe geographic center of North America, in Pierce County, near Balta
OhioThe first electric traffic lights, invented and installed in Cleveland in 1914
OklahomaThe first parking meter, installed in Oklahoma City in 1935
OregonThe world's smallest park, totaling 452 inches, created in Portland on St. Patrick's Day for leprechauns and snail races
PennsylvaniaThe first magazine in America: the American Magazine, published in Philadelphia for 3 months in 1741
Rhode IslandRhode Island Red chickens, first bred in 1854; the start of poultry as a major American industry
South CarolinaThe first tea farm in the U.S., created in 1890 near Summerville
South DakotaThe world's largest natural, indoor warmwater pool, Evans' Plunge in Hot Springs
TennesseeGraceland, the estate and gravesite of Elvis Presley
TexasNASA, in Houston, headquarters for all piloted U.S. space projects
UtahRainbow Bridge, the largest natural stone bridge in the world, 290 feet high, 275 feet across
VermontThe largest production of maple syrup in the U.S.
VirginiaThe only full-length statue of George Washington, placed in capitol in 1796
WashingtonLunar Rover, the vehicle used by astronauts on the moon; Boeing, in Seattle, makes aircraft and spacecraft
West VirginiaMarbles; most of the country's glass marbles made around Parkersburg
WisconsinThe typewriter, invented in Milwaukee in 1867
WyomingThe “Register of the Desert,” a huge granite boulder covering 27 acres with 5,000 early pioneer names carved on it

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