40 Interesting Facts about USA – Part 2

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Philadelphia is known as "The City of Brotherly Love" because it's composed of the Greek words for love (phileo) and brother (adelphos).

27. Louisiana has its own version of French called "Creole French" which only 70,000 people can speak. It varies so much from standard French that native French speakers cannot understand it.

28. Charleston, Arkansas was the first southern school system to integrate (not Little Rock, AR.) When asked how it could be done without violence, an attorney named Dale Bumpers said, "We'll just do it." The board integrated the schools without announcing it to the press, and there was no violence.

29. Massachusetts guaranteed access to all public schools to every child in 1845, after a group of black whalers from Nantucket, accustomed to the relative equality they had on whaling ships, began a boycott and petition campaign.

30. The city of Detroit raised $50,000 in less than 10 days in order to fund the building of a Robocop statue.

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31Foie Gras

Foie Gras

The City of Chicago banned the sale of Foie Gras (livers of Force-fed duck/goose) in 2006 with a $250-$500 fine for violating it. Some Chefs violated the law and sued Chicago to be allowed to continue. Other, smarter chefs, gave Foie Gras away for free since the ban was on selling it.

32. Wyoming only has two sets of escalators in the entire state, and both are in the same city.

33. North and South Dakota are two different states because they couldn't agree on where the capital should be.

34. Maryland passed the United States' first campaign finance reform law in 1811. It prohibited candidates from purchasing alcohol for voters, which was an extremely common practice at the time.

35. In Alabama, it is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.

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36Mock Communist invasion

Mock Communist invasion

In 1950, residents of Mosinee, Wisconsin held a mock Communist invasion, which had concentration camps, a purged library, and inflated prices. The mayor, seemingly unaware of the plan, died due to the excitement.

37. Whiteclay, a town of 14 people in Nebraska sells 4 million cans of beer per year, mostly to the natives who are prohibited from drinking it on the reservation located right next to Whiteclay.

38. The U.S. supplies 94% of the paid blood plasma used around the world and nearly 80% of the plasma centers in the U.S. are located in America’s poorer neighborhoods.

39. The city of Detroit has its own local currency, fully backed by U.S. currency. It is printed in $3 bills and features the Spirit of Detroit over the Detroit Skyline.

40. Arizona started issuing licenses that were good until the age of 60. Starting at 65, drivers must renew every 5 years, with a vision test each time.

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