92 Ambitious Facts About the Land of Liberty USA

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76When Indira Gandhi was in the USA

When Indira Gandhi was in the USA

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.


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


78. 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.


79. 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.


80. ‘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.


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81Kurt Gödel

Kurt Gödel

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.


82. 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.


83. 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."


84. 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%.


85. 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.


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86Duracell Bunny

Duracell Bunny

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.


87. 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.


88. 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.


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


90. 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


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91Tornadoes

Tornadoes

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


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


93. 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.


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


95. Americans mostly eat white chicken meat and export the rest to Russia/Asia where dark meat is preferred, so most chickens get split in two and sent around the world.


96Crazy experiment

Crazy experiment

In the 1940s, Russians scientists performed experiments on animal organs and tissues and they actually succeeded to bring back to life a severed head of a dog. The dogs’ head even reacted to light, smell, and sound and it even tried to bark.


97. In 1980, Swedish Navy detected underwater sounds that they suspected to be hostile Russian submarines. This suspicion escalated to a diplomatic conflict between Sweden and Russia. It was later found by a researcher that these sounds came from fish farts and he won Ig Nobel Prize (American parody of the Nobel Prizes) for this discovery.


98. There is an abandoned Russian cruise ship (Lyubov Orlova) roaming international waters since January 2013


99. A Russian woman named Mrs. Vassilyeva in the 1700's gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets in just 40 years with the same man (Feodor Vassilyev).


100. In 1978, a Russian scientist named Anatoli Bugorski got hit in the head by the proton beam in a particle accelerator and survived to tell the tale.

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