Stars, Stripes, and Surprises: 55 Essential Insights into the USA

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1The Villages

The Villages

The Villages is the largest gated retirement community in the USA, also has one of the fastest growing STD rates in the country.


2. On February 24, 1942, US Military ordered total black out of Los Angeles and fired 1,400 anti-air artillery and thousands of .50 caliber shots at a hovering object for 1 hour.


3. The USA won the last ever Olympic gold medal for rugby in 1924 and are therefore technically still reigning champions.


4. There are many people who live in Hawaii that refuse to be US citizens. They believe that the USA is occupying their country and that Hawaii is actually the property of the Hawaiian Kingdom, not the USA.


5. Scientists in 1916 felt America was degenerating into a second rate nationality. They listed the Top 20 threats to the USA: #8 America leads all nations in murders, #12 Hearty eating without exercise, #18 Remarkable cancer mortality increase.


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6Guano islands act

Guano islands act

The USA has a law (Guano islands act) that allows citizens to occupy any unclaimed island in the world, as long as there is seabird or bat poop on it.


7. The cost of the International Space Station is funded by the USA 81%, Russia 8%, Europe 3%, Japan 3%, and Canada 1%.


8. The cost of college textbooks has risen 812 percent since 1978, far outpacing the rise in costs for medical services and home prices in the USA.


9. Out of the 10,000 members of the Communist Party USA in 1957, 1,500 were FBI informants.


10. In 2015, a report found 100+ Walmart products labeled “Made in the USA” that are actually made elsewhere.


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11GPS

GPS

GPS is wholly controlled by the USA and can be ‘switched off’ at any time.


12. Atheists in the USA have disapproval rates higher than those of Muslims and homosexuals.


13. The award-winning “Aussie Shampoo”, whose brand logo is a kangaroo, is sold in Europe, Britain, and the USA but not Australia. The company is based out of Ohio.


14. In the USA, you are statistically about twice as likely to kill yourself rather than be murdered.


15. Carbon Monoxide is used in the USA to make meat appear fresher. This practice is banned in Canada, Japan, Singapore, and the European Union.


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16James W. Rodgers

James W. Rodgers

The last man (James W. Rodgers ) to be executed by firing squad in the USA asked for a bulletproof vest as his last wish.


17. Most cheerleading apparel and equipment brands in the USA are owned by just one company (Varsity Brands), which also owns almost all of the regulatory bodies, and also runs the national competitions.


18. While the USA is the only average for racial diversity, it is one of the highest in the world in willingness to have other races as neighbors.


19. 8th January 1836 is the last day in history that the USA had no national debt.


20. The Hindenburg was originally designed to use non-flammable helium but the USA refused to export any resulting in the hydrogen-based construction.


21Males drowning

Males drowning

Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning in the USA are male.


22. Russia (Big Diomede) and USA (Little Diomede) are only 3.8km apart at the nearest point.


23. Sliced bread was briefly banned in the USA in 1943 as a wartime conservation measure.


24. In 1967, protesters in the USA requested a permit to levitate the Pentagon 300 feet in the air, through songs and chants, to exorcise it of its evil and end the Vietnam War. Authorities agreed to only 3 feet.


25. A 400-year-old bonsai tree survived the nuclear blast of Hiroshima in 1945. Later the tree was presented to the USA as a gift and it is still flourishing in National Arboretum (Washington, D.C.) and past of the tree remained hidden till 2001.

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