100 Interesting Facts About USA

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76Guns

Brazil tops the list of countries which exports guns to the USA. In 2010, USA imported more than half a million handguns from Brazil.


77. In many states in the USA, you can be charged with a DUI even if the car is parked and you’re sleeping while drunk.


78. USA’s United Fruit Company's main rival was Guatemala, who exported lots of fruit. To eliminate them, United lied to the US government that Guatemala's government was Pro-Soviet. The US staged a coup, which led to the 36 years long Guatemalan Civil War.


79. In the USA, time zones as we know them were first established by the railroad industry during 1883. Before that, every town kept its own time based on the sunrise and using a central clock. This made scheduling trains nearly impossible, necessitating a standardized time.


80. There's a small town called Dinosaur, Colorado (USA). Some of its street names include Brontosaurus Blvd, Brontosaurus Bypass, Stegosaurus Freeway, and Tyrannosaurus Trail.


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81Death of the Andres Escobar

Colombian football player, Andres Escobar, who scored an 'own goal' in a 1994 World Cup match against the USA was subsequently murdered as the scapegoat for the team’s upset. One of the gunmen shouted “goal!” every time he fired a shot.


82. In 1983, when Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was in the USA, her officials loaded her aircraft with color TVs purchased by them to avoid customs. She witnessed this and called customs in Delhi and forced all the officers to pay customs duty.


83. In the USA, households earning under $13,000 per year spend about 9 percent of their income on lottery tickets.


84. In 1936 fitness expert, Jack LaLanne opened USA’s first health and fitness club in Oakland, California. Doctors, however, advised their patients to stay away from his health club, a business totally unheard of at the time, and warned their patients that "LaLanne was an exercise 'nut,' whose programs would make them "muscle-bound" and cause severe medical problems.


85. 50% of the nuclear energy produced in the USA is from old Soviet warheads brought by the USA. Under a landmark 1993 nonproliferation deal, the United States has purchased uranium derived from around 20,000 Russian nuclear warheads eliminated under the accord informally known as the “Megatons to Megawatts” program.


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86Meconium test

‘Meconium’, the first bowel movement of an infant, can be tested to determine if the mother smoked, drank or engaged in drug use during pregnancy. Meconium testing can be used in the USA to determine the eligibility of the parents to keep their newborn child.


87. While mathematician Kurt Gödel prepared for his U.S. citizenship exam he discovered an inconsistency in the constitution that could, despite its individual articles to protect democracy, allow the USA to become a dictatorship.


88. The 1918 flu pandemic is often called the Spanish flu because Spain didn't fake and minimize the data about the dead like Germany, Britain, France and the USA.


89. Richard Johnson, the 9th Vice-President of the USA, literally owned his wife. Slave Julia Chinn was 1/8th African and was inherited by Johnson after his father's death. Interracial marriage was illegal, so Johnson kept her as his "slave."


90. In 2006, one-third of all stocks traded in the USA and the European Union were traded electronically by specially designed algorithms without any human input. Today, it is estimated that around 70% of stocks traded in the US and EU markets are bought/sold by algorithmic programs, with some markets pushing 80%.


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91Travis Williams

Travis Williams, a public defender in USA tattoos on his back the names of every defendant whose case he lost in court. He has up to six names as of 2013.


92. Duracell outside of the USA airs commercials featuring a Duracell Bunny while inside of the US only Energizer features a bunny. This is because the Duracell Bunny predates the Energizer Bunny and in 1980 Duracell failed to renew their trademark in the US and Energizer trademarked it instead.


93. In the late 1980s, a mass moral panic swept across the USA where many daycare providers were accused of ritual satanic sexual abuse, with dozens jailed based solely on children’s testimony, who were coached by psychologists.


94. When placed on maps using food sources as cities, slime molds have almost perfectly replicated major train systems in Europe, the USA, Tokyo, and Canada.


95. About 10,000+ toddlers aged 2-3 are being prescribed Ritalin and Adderall in the USA to treat the behavioral disorder.


96Golden Gate Girl

Bruce Lee's first notable film (Golden Gate Girl) was shot in the USA but wasn't released in the USA until 5 years after it was released in China. He was just 1 at that time


97. The USA experiences 75% of the world’s known tornadoes


98. Former USA president Teddy Roosevelt was the first and only President to kill a cougar with a knife.


99. 40% of the most-delayed flights in the USA are either coming from or going to Newark, New Jersey, according to The Bureau of Transportation Statistics.


100. Indian housewives hold 11% of the World's gold. This is more than the reserves of USA, IMF, Switzerland, and Germany put together.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Re #6: “During the Korean War”? While that may be technically correct, it certainly is bad reporting. The Korean War, as the term is generally understood, refers to the active fighting from 25 June 1950 to 27 July 1953. Yes, there has been no peace treaty and the fighting stopped with an armistice. Still, that does not mean “Korean War” refers to anything after July of 1953.

  2. Re #45: They can’t “refuse to be US citizens”. Those individuals are citizens of the United States unless and until they go outside the country and renounce US citizenship in the manner prescribed by law.

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