The United States of America is a vast country, consisting of 50 states and over 328 million people, making it the third most populated country, and the fourth largest country in the world in terms of total area. A highly developed country, the United States is the world’s largest economy and accounts for approximately a quarter of global gross domestic product (GDP). The United States is the world’s largest importer and the second-largest exporter of goods, by value. And although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, it holds 29.4% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share held by any country. Apart from all this, the United states is a melting point of cultures, that consists of beautiful landscapes, and historical monuments. In this article, we will be taking a look at some unknown facts you might have not known about this Superpower.
Unknown Facts About America
- Being the President is the deadliest job in the country, out of the 45 men who have held the title. Four of those men were assassinated in office Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, James A. Garfield, and William McKinley, while four died of natural causes – William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Warren Harding, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. That’s a rate of almost 18 percent, or nearly 1 out of 5 who died on the job.
- Before New York was called New York, it was actually called New Amsterdam as a settlement by the Dutch that chose to settle in Manhattan. The Name, New York only came into existence, after the English captured it in the 17th century. The Name, New York was to pay tribute to Duke of York who helped in capturing it.
- The Mitchell Corn Palace in America is entirely made up of corn.
- The iconic Statue of Liberty was actually a gift from the people of France to the United States in 1886.
- Back in the early 19th Century, Alaska wasn’t part of the USA. In fact, it was a part of Russia. It wasn’t until it was sold off to the Americans that it became a US territory.
- One of USA’s most symbolic pieces from the American independence, is the Liberty Bell Perched in the Liberty Bell Center in Pennsylvania. It was actually made in the same place as Big Ben in London. The Whitechapel Bell Foundry made both bells and is one of the oldest, privately owned bell makers in the world.
- Due to its sheer size, the Golden Gate Bridge actually never stops getting painted and is always getting itself a little makeover.
- The Mammoth Cave National Park in the United States is actually has the longest cave system in the world and a place that’s great to visit.
- America is home to many natural wonders of the world. In fact, the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recognized many heritage sites in America. Some of them include the Grand Canyon National Park, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Yellowstone National Park.
- The United States has maintained its position of being the world’s largest economy since 1871. The economy is so large that the US is often noted as an economic superpower and this is due to the fact that it makes up almost a quarter of the global economy.
- Since the founding of the United State, there have been 27 versions of the American flag. Each new flag represented the addition of new states. Today, the American flag displays 50 stars that represent the 50 states that make up the US.
- Las Vegas, Nevada is renowned for its nightlife, entertainment, gambling, shopping, and fine dining. The city has the largest strip of casinos which has earned this city the Gambling Capital of the World title.
- While English is predominantly spoken across the United States, on a federal level there are no laws stating that English is the official language. However, even though there are no federal laws, 31 states have declared English the official language.
- The Gateway Arch, also known as the “Gateway to the West” is the tallest man-made monument in the US. Standing at a whopping 630 feet tall.
- According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 figures, around 1.4 billion pounds of trash gets thrown out in the United States every single day. Meaning an average American throws away 4.4 pounds of trash daily.
- States like Vox, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming have less humans than they do cattle. In these states combined, there are 32,489,391 cows. That’s more than one-third of America’s total cow population
- The Statue of Liberty is not located in New York, It’s technically in Jersey City, New Jersey.
- Annually, around 300 billion pizzas are sold in the U.S.A. Not only that, but a reported 93 percent of Americans have eaten pizza within the past month.
- Harvard was the first University in the United States, The school was founded in 1636, in Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Approximately 48 percent of all Americans are currently either considered to be low income or are living in poverty. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York estimates that 167,000 Americans have more than $200,000 in student loan debt. The unemployment rate is currently 4 percent, according to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- When people continued to consume alcohol despite its banning, law officials got frustrated and decided to order the poisoning of industrial alcohols manufactured in the U.S. By the end of Prohibition in 1933, the federal poisoning program is estimated to have killed at least 10,000 people.
- The first person to appear on this most common bill was Salmon P. Chase. The first $1 bill was issued during the Civil War in 1862.
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