Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Fourth of July, America! Here are some interesting facts about the good ol' U.S.A. I found on PRLog that I thought would be fun to read...and to help me on Jeopardy.

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Each of the colors on the America Flag is said to represent something: White: signifies Purity and Innocence; Red: Hardiness and Valour; Blue: Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.

The state of Ohio was the birthplace of 8 American presidents, more than any other state.

The state of Louisiana has almost 2,500 islands!

The USA has a number of towns which have an official population of just 1. These are Hibberts Gore, Maine; Ervings, New Hampshire; Lost Springs, Wyoming; and New Amsterdam, Indiana.

The USA is the world's 3rd largest country. Both Russia and Canada are larger though it is a close run race for 3rd between the USA and China. China is bigger if you include some of its disputed territories but is smaller when these are discounted

Although English is the most commonly spoken language used in the U.S. and is the language used in government, the country has no official language.

The world's tallest roller coaster is in New Jersey. At 45 stories, Kingda Ka, at Six Flags Great Adventure in N.J., is the tallest roller coaster in the world, plummeting 456 feet and reaching speeds up to 126 mph. The highest roller coaster recently opened in Colorado at an elevation of nearly 7,000 feet.

The retail price for the iPad would be $1,140 if it were built by American workers instead of Chinese.

The average American spends a third of their overall time online playing games and using social networks.

Each year, around 24,000 Americans are bitten by rats!

According to some estimates, Americans are sitting on $30 billion worth of unredeemed gift cards.

The first U.S. capital was New York City.

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

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

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

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.

87.5% ($2.8 million) of imported U.S. flags are from China.

The Founding Fathers actually signed the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776.

Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not actually rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.

Two U.S. presidents died on July 4th – Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.