The United States of America is the Land of Opportunity where the American dream is attainable with hard work and determination. However, here are 10 shocking facts about America you probably never knew:
Facts about America Most People Don’t Know!
1 Americans eat 100 acres of pizza every day, and an incredible 100 pounds of chocolate every second.
2 7% of Americans do not bathe at all, according to a study by RIPT.
3 The American Independence Day is actually on July 2nd and not July 4th. John Adams, the second president of the United States, is quoted as saying, “The second of July, 1776, will be the most memorable time in the history of America.” The 4th of July is the date when the Continental Congress actually adopted the Declaration of Independence.
4 America bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million in 1867.
5 The Statue of Liberty Was a Gift to the United States
Did you know that the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France sent to honor and celebrate 100 years of friendship between the two countries? The statue was sculpted by Frederic Augsute Bartholdi. The framework around it was designed by Gustave Eiffel – the French engineer that also designed the Eiffel Tower! The statues located on liberty island which is party of New York. And the torch itself is a symbol of enlightenment and is meant to symbolically show a path to liberty. It has inspired countless emigres to the United States.
6 Mall of America isn’t American. It’s owned and fully developed by the Canadian Triple Five Group.
7 While pledging allegiance to their flag, Americans used to lift their hands in the same way Nazis used to salute. They stopped this practice for obvious reasons and adopted the right hand over the heart technique instead.8 The American anthem gets its tune from an old drinking song from England.
9 Apple pie isn’t American either; it’s English. This is because American settlers copied recipes from England, making the apple pie a staple in America.
10 The game of baseball isn’t American. Evidence shows the first recorded game of baseball was actually played by the Prince of Wales in 1749 in England.
11 The first slave owner in America was surprisingly a black man. His name was Anthony Johnson. Born in 1600, Anthony was of Angolan origin and managed to achieve freedom in 1647. He then bought 250 acres of land becoming one of the first black property owners. This also required him to buy slaves to work on his farms, making him the first slave owner in America.
12 The United States is no longer the largest economy in the world. In 2014, China overtook the US as the largest economy.
13 In 1967 interracial marriage was official approved legally. Before then it was legal in some states and illegal in others.
14 Hundreds of people in the US have legally changed their name to “LOL” – yeah sounds crazy but it is true!
15 It costs over $230,000 to raise a child in the United States through the age of 18!
16 More people use Facebook in the US than vote in a regular election
17 The United States is the only country that has ever used the atomic bomb. This occurred when it was dropped on Japan in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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