The United States is the world’s only superpower but it is also home to some strange and fun things. Here are some fun facts about the good old US of A.
1. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson had a bet on who would die first. They both died the same day on July 4th, 1826; each thinking the other had outlived the other.
2. Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the U.S., but technically it is number 47. Until 1953, Congress forgot to vote on a resolution admitting Ohio to the union.
3. 40% of Americans don’t believe in Evolution.
4. 18% of Americans believe the sun revolves around the Earth.
5. Andrew Jackson was the only U.S. President to believe that the world is flat.
6. The United States has no official language.
7. The word ‘sideburns’ comes from the American Civil War and named after General Ambrose Burnside.
8. John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in a theatre and was found in a warehouse. Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and was found in a theatre.
9. Salt Lake City has a law against carrying an unwrapped ukulele on the street.
10. Wabash, Indiana was the first electrically lighted city in the world.
11. Manhattan’s Chinatown has the most Chinese residents in the Western Hemisphere.
12. The United States Navy has the second largest air force in the world. The United States Air Force has the first.
13. Maine grows 98% of the nation’s blueberries.
14. The last seen California grizzly bear was killed in 1922. However, in 1953 when it was named, it had already become extinct.
15. There is a phone in the middle of the Mojave Desert, its fifty miles from the nearest road!
16. A 367 foot tall Redwood tree in California is the world’s tallest living thing.
17. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there are 140 towns and cities in the U.S.
that have the word “Christmas” in their name.
18. A 3,000 year old Egyptian Obelisk can be found in New York, it’s called Cleopatra’s needle.
19. Japan sent bombs aboard balloons to the United States during World War II.
Dozens of them actually landed, doing some damage. A family in Oregon was
killed by one in 1944.