If you have not heard about the United States of America, it is probably you do not read or listen to the news or you have been prevented from doing so. Although the United States is only about 240 years old, the nation already has many fascinating facts and some are still unknown to the public in general.
Here are 100 fascinating facts about the United States you probably didn't know:
1. Eight cities had served as capitals of the United States before Washington,DC became the current capital in 1800. The cities that have served as capitals are Philadelphia, Baltimore, Lancaster, York, Princeton, Annapolis, Trenton, New York City (Source: http://www.history.com/news/8-forgotten-capitals-of-the-united-states),(Source: http://www.senate.gov/reference/reference_item/Nine_Capitals_of_the_United_States.htm),
2. John Adams was the first President to live in the White House. He began to live there on November 1, 1800.(Sources: Ferling, John (1992). John Adams: A Life. University of Tennessee Press. (Source: http://westwingreports.com/nov-1-1800-the-white-house-welcomes-its-first-president%E2%80%8A-%E2%80%8Ajohn-adams/)
3. Although the United States declared independence in 1776, George Washington became its first President in 1789. He served as President until 1797. (Sources: (Source: http://www.biography.com/people/george-washington-9524786)
4. Franklin, Jefferson, Scott, Transylvania, Deseret, Superior, Nickajack, Absaroka, Delmarva, Westsylvania, Sequoyah, and Lincoln were states or proposed states that were not officially admitted to the Union.((Source: http://mentalfloss.com/article/12641/12-proposed-us-states-didnt-make-cut).Only Franklin really became a state when it declared independence from North Carolina on August 23, 1784. Franklin became a part of the Southwest Territory in 1790. The Southwest Territory was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796 as the state of Tennessee.(Sources: (Source: http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/on-this-day/July-August-08/On-this-Day--State-of-Franklin-Declares-Independence-from-North-Carolina.html,(Source: http://www.tngenweb.org/tnletters/territories/sw-terr.html,(Source: https://www.geni.com/projects/Pioneers-of-the-Old-Southwest-Territory-Tennessee-1791-1796/12620) The State of Sequoyah was proposed by Native Amercians in the Indian Territory in 1905. It was rejected by Congress. The Indian Territory became a part Oklahoma when Oklahoma became a state in 1907. (Source: http://www.okhistory.org/publications/enc/entry.php?entry=SE021)
5. The Artitles of Confederation served as the first constitution of the United States until it was replaced hy the current United States Constitution in 1789. The Articles of Confederation was adopted by the Congress on November 15, 1777. The last state to ratify the Articles of Confederation was Maryland who did it on March 1, 1781. (Sources: (Source: https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=3, (Source: http://www.history.com/topics/articles-of-confederation). The United States Constitution was written because of the problems with the Articles of Conferation. Delegates to the Constitution Convention in Philadelphia signed the Constitution on September 17, 1787. (Sources: (Source: https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/constitution,(Source: http://www.history.com/topics/constitution)
6. California, Texas, Hawaii and Vermont were once independent countries before becoming states of the United States(Source: (Source: http://www.geographictravels.com/2008/03/formerly-independent-countries-of.html). The Vermont Republic existed from January 15, 1777 to March 1, 1791. The Republic of Texas existed from 1836 to 1846. The Kingdom of Hawaii existed from 1795-1893. The California Republic existed from June 14, 1846 to July 9, 1846. (Source: Wikipedia).
7. Two states in the region of New England that were not part of the original 13 states were Vermont and Maine.(Source: (Source: http://www.discovernewengland.org/about-new-england/new-england-usa-quick-facts-0)
8. Two states were parts of another two states. Maine was a part of Massachusetts until 1820 and was admitted to the Union in the same year as the result of the Missouri Compromise. (Source: (Source: http://www.history.com/topics/missouri-compromise) West Virginia broke away from Virginia in 1861 as the results of the Wheeling Conventions and became a state of the United States on June 20, 1863. (Sources: (Source: http://knowledgebase.lookseek.com/1861-Wheeling-Conventions.html, (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Virginia)
9. The Whig party was a major political party in the United States from 1833-1854. It produced four Presidents -- William Henry Harrison (1841)
John Tyler (1841-45), Zachary Taylor (1849-50) and Millard Fillmore (1850-53) (Source: (Source: https://www.questia.com/read/99173945/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-american-whig-party-jacksonian)
10. There are 566 Native American Tribes recognized in the United States (Source: (Source: http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/biaind.pdf).
11, If you have $10 in pocket and owes no one any money, you are richer than 30% of Americans.
12. 100 acres of pizza are served in the USA every day.
13. One in eight Americans has worked for MacDonald's at least once in their life time.
14. The first slave owner in the US was an African.
15, Abraham Lincoln was once a wrestle and was inducted to the Wrestling Hall of Fame.
16, Uncle Sam was a real person by the name of Samuel Watson
17. The thirteen colonies actually declared independence on July 2, 1776 but independence day is celebrated on July 4.
18. President Truman's middle initial S stands only for the letter "S".
19. 11 of the 12 people who walked on the moon were Boy Scouts.
20. The official date Ohio became a state of the United States is March 1, 1803 but in actual fact it was not admitted until 1953 due to an accidental oversight. The statehood was originally approved by Thomas Jefferson when he was the President. Congress approved Ohio congressman George H. Bender's bill and fixed March 1, 1803 as the official date for the statehood of Ohio even though it was physically admitted in 1953.
21. There are three cows to one human in Montana
22. Americans consumes 3 times more than Kenyans.
23. The US government poisoned alcohol killed 10,000 people during prohibition 1920s and 1930s.
24.American flushes away five cents every day.
25. IN 1962, the US exploded an hydrogen bomb in space that was 100 times more powerful than the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.
26. On the average, an American stays in his or her job for 4.4 years.
27. 80% of the land of the state of Nevada is owned by the US government.
28. 12 US states have active or potentially active vocanoes.
29. A drink driver kills at least one person in the U.S. every one hour.
30. When then nation started in 1776, the U.S. only had 2.5 million people. Today, 314 million or more lives in the U.S.
31. 7% of Americans claim they never bathe.
32. During the great depression of the 1930s, thousands of Americans migrated to the Soviet Union.
33. In the U.S., a slave payed her owner $600 in 1794 for her freedom. In today's money, the amount will be over $11,000.
34. Almost 50.000 people kill themselves in the United States every year by exposing themselves to secondhand smoke.
35. The shortest distance between America and Russia is 4 kilometers.
36. 25% of Adult Americans believe in reincarnation.
37. Americans collectively eat 100 pounds of chocolate every second.
38. 1/3 of Americans are obesed.
39. A quarter of the nine million people who are prisoners in the world are in the United States.
40. In the United States, there are at least 97 people known as "LOL"
41. The United States paid Russia US$7.2 million for Alaska.
42. People in the United States consume 8 billion chickens every year.
43. 40% of the women who gave birth in the United States are unmarried.
44. Apple, Inc. has more cash to run its business than the United States Treasury.
45. It is legal for a minor to smoke in the United States but they are not allowed to purchase cigarettes
46. 4000 teenagers have their first cigarette every day in the United States and 1000 of them will start smoking on a daily basis.
47. Every one of five people who diein the United States die because of smoking every year.
48. About 20 millions Americans live in mobile homes.
49. The Library of Congress archives every tweet sent by Americans.
50. The six leading cause of death in the United States is medical error.
51. 115,000 janitors, 83,000 bartenders, and 323,000 restaurant servers who lives in the United States have Bachelor's Degrees.
52. The prices of college textbooks are increasing faster than the prices of health-care, housing and inflation.
53. African-Americans are two times more likely to be shot.
54. It was illegal to celebrate Christmas until 1836 because it was considered an ancient pagan holiday.
55. Judaism is the second largest religious affiliation in the United States.
56. A person is morely to kill himself or herself than to be killed by someone else in the United States.
57. Today, there are more single people than married people in the United States.
58 Former Presidents of the United States, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826.
59. The Four Corners Monument is the only point shared by four states in the United States.
60. An official league for Rock Paper Scissors exists in th United States.
61. In the United States, more people use Facebook than going to vote in the 2012 election.
62. There are no official languages in the United States.
63. There are more public libraries than McDonald's outlets in the United States.
64. Every 5 seconds, 60,000 plastic bags are used in the United States.
65. The most popular fruit in the United States in banana.
66. More 100,000 people get a speeding ticket in the United States every day.
67. A US$10,000 bill was the biggest bill issued in the United States.
68. At least 1 in 25 people sentenced to death in the United States are innocent.
69. An amendment was proposed to change the name of the United States of America to the United States of the Earth in 1893.
70. 97% of the people who raped in the United States are not locked up at all.
71. It costs the United States government US$1.8 billion to print documents every year.
72. In West Virginia, there is a town known as "Big Ugly".
73. There US Tax Code has more pages the than the Bible and "War and Peace" combined.
74. The United States government did not remove Nelson Mandela from its terror watchlist until 2008.
75. National Condom Day is celebrated in the United States on the same day as Valentine's Day.
76. Almost 50 percent of the credit card frauds in the world happens in the United States.
77. There number of televisions in the United States is greater than the number of people in the United Kingdom.
78. Allen, South Dakota is the poorest place in the United States of America and 96% of the people who live there are Native Americans.
79. 1 in 25 teenagers in the United States had tried to kill themselves.
80. In 2010, General Electric had a profit of more than US$14 billion but did not have to pay any taxes in the United States.
81. The Afghan War is the longest war that Americans have ever fought.
82. There are more American soldiers committing suicide than dying in combat in 2012.
83. Every year, 10% of U.S. companies go out of business.
84. Hackers cost up to 500,000 jobs in the US economy every year.
85. The US government banned sliced bread in 1943 as a wartime convservation measure.
86. Ronald Reagan was the only President of the United States who was a divorcee.
87. There are two pets for every three people in the United States.
88. There are 100 divorces every hour in the United States.
89. An average person in the United States consumes 35 tons of food in a lifetime.
90. At this moment, 4% of women in the United States are pregnant.
91. The United States Military is not allowed to use American flags made in China.
92. New Jersey was originally called New Sweden and Lorraine.
93. The United States spends more money per person on healthcare than any other developed country but it's life expectancy is below average.
94. During the Second World War, the United States and New Zealand secretly tested 3,700 "Tsunami Bombs".
95. 1.5 people in the United States are believed to be missing but not reported as missing.
96. Former President Gerald Ford was the only person who was not elected to be the Vice President and th President of the United States.
97. From 2009 to 2013, The United States government spent US$1.1 million on puppets.
98. From 1776 to 1967, interracial marriage was illegal in the United States.
99. The cost of attending college in the United States has increased by 500% since 1985.
100. The United States has more aircraft carriers than the rest of the world.
Australia is a unique country that has many interesting facts that you may not have already known. Here are some facts about Australia that you may find them rather interesting.
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1. Australia is as wide as the distance between London and Moscow.
2. The largest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium.
3. Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, a state of Australia was the richest city in the world in the 1880s.
4. 200 Australians who were unhappy with the government attempted to start a new colony in Paraguay called ‘New Australia’ in 1892.
5. Honeysuckle Tracking Station which was located near Canberra was the first to beam a photo of the U.S. moon landing of 1969 to the rest of the world.
6. Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote.
7. 70 tourists overstay their visas each week in Australia.
8.Australia became the first country to have a standard 8-hour-working days when some stonemasons took action to ensure it happened in 1856,
9. Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds in 1955.
10. A 3.4 billion-year-old fossil which is the world’s oldest, was found in Australia.
11. Australia is very sparsely populated with only 2.66 persons per square kilometre. The UK has 248.25 persons per square kilometre.
12. The first police force in Australia consisted of the most well-behaved convicts.
13. It is most expensive to use electricity in Australia.
14. Australia exports camels to Saudi Arabia (mostly for meat production).
15. Qantas once powered an interstate flight with cooking oil.
16. Over 80% of Australians are engaged in at least one form of gambling which makes Australia the country with the highest gambling rate in the world.
17. The Ladies at a party of the Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania could not control their laughter when they saw 300 female convicts mooned him in 1832.
18. The longest fence in the world is in Australia. It was originally built to keep dingoes away from fertile land and is 614 km long,
19. Australia was one of the founding members of the United Nations.
20. Melbourne is considered the sporting capital of the world because it has more top level sport available for its citizens than anywhere else.
21. Before the arrival of humans, Australia was home to megafauna: three metre tall kangaroos, seven metre long goannas, horse-sized ducks, and a marsupial lion the size of a leopard.
22. Australia has a kangaroo and emu on its coat of arms because they cannot walk backward.
23. If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take over 27 years to see all its 10,000 beaches.
24. Melbourne has the world’s largest Greek population outside of Athens.
25. The Great Barrier Reef of Australia is the planet’s largest living structure.
26. The Great Barrier Reef has it’s own postbox.
27. Before 1902, it was illegal to swim at the beach in Australia during the day.
28. Just as the Premier of New South Wales Jack Lang was about to cut the ribbon to officially open the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a retired cavalry officer, Francis De Groot charged forward on his horse and cut it himself, with his sword. The ribbon was retied and De Groot was transported to a mental hospital. He was later charged for the cost of one ribbon.
29. Australia has 3.3 times more sheep than people.
30. Australia’s national anthem was ‘God Save The King/Queen’ until 1984.
31. A wombat uses its cube shaped poop to mark its territory.
32. European settlers in Australia drank more alcohol per capita than any other society in history.
33. The Australian Alps receive more snowfall than Switzerland.
34. The Box jellyfish has killed more people in Australia than stonefish, sharks and crocodiles combined.
35. Tasmania, an island state located south of mainland Australia, has the cleanest air in the world.
36. The average Aussie drinks 96 litres of beer per year.
37. 63% of Australians are overweight.
38. Australia is ranked second on the Human Development Index (based on life expectancy, income and education).
39. In 2005, security guards at Canberra’s Parliament House were banned from calling people ‘mate’. It lasted one day.
40. In Australia, it is illegal to walk on the right-hand side of a footpath.
41. Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano.
42. Aussie Rules footy was originally designed to help cricketers to keep fit in the off-season.
43. The name ‘Kylie’ came from an Aboriginal hunting stick, similar to the boomerang.
53. 91% of Australia is covered by native vegetation.
44. There are 60 designated wine regions in Australia.
45. Melbourne has been ranked the world’s most livable city for the past three years.
46. If all the sails of the Opera House roof were combined, they would create a perfect sphere. The architect was inspired while eating an orange.
47. 20% of the world’s poker machines are found in Australia and half of these are found in New South Wales.
48. Moomba which means ‘up your bum’ in many Aboriginal languages is the name of a the largest festival that is held yearly in Melbourne.
49. No native Australian animals have hooves.
50. The performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the 2000 Olympics opening ceremony was actually a prerecording- of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
51. The wine cask (goon sack) is an Australian invention
52. Selfie is originally an Australian word. 53. Australia’s biggest electorate, Durack, is larger in size than Mongolia.
54. Victoria, a state of Australia was the first to have the compulsory seat belt law in the world in 1970.
55. Each year, Brisbane, the capital of the state of Queensland, Australia hosts the world championships of cockroach racing.
56. The Australian military waged war on the emu population of Western Australia in 1932 but they lost.
57. Canberra was created in 1908 as a compromise when Sydney and Melbourne both wanted to be the capital city.
58. A gay bar in Melbourne won the right to ban women from the premises, because they made the men uncomfortable.
59. Australia had a government shutdown in 1975 which ended with the Queen sacking everyone and the government starting again.
59. A bearded Australian was removed from a darts match in the UK, after the audience started chanting ‘Jesus!’ at him, distracting the players.
60. An Australian man once tried to sell New Zealand on eBay.
61. In 1940, two aircraft collided in midair in NSW but managed to made a safe landing while being stuck together.
62. The male lyrebird, which is native to Australia, can mimic the calls of over 20 other birds and can also perfectly imitate the sound of a camera, chainsaw and car alarm.
63. Some shopping centres and restaurants play classical music in their car park to deter teenagers from loitering at night.
65.Australian, British and American sign language are all completely different languages.
66. NASA was fined $400 for littering when debris from its space station ‘Skylab’ crashed in Esperance, WA.
67. In New South Wales, there is a coal fire beneath the ground which has been burning for 5,500 years.
68. An Australian election TV debate was rescheduled so it didn’t conflict with the finale of reality cooking show Masterchef.
69. Long before the arrival of Europeans, Chinese sailors and fisherman came to Australia as early as the 1400s for sea-cucumbers and to trade with Indigenous peoples.
70. The first European to visit Australia was Dutch explorer Willem Janszoon, in 1606. More Dutch explorers visited the country over the next hundred years, plotting maps and naming it ‘New Holland’.
71. Two french ships arrived too late to claim Australia for France as they arrived within days after the First Fleet arrived and raised the British flag to claim it for Great Britain.
72. Australia has the 12th largest economy in the world.
73. Australia has the 2nd highest human development index.
74. There are more kangaroos than people in Australia.
75. Australia is the world's sixth-largest country by total area.
76. Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria in Australia was once known as Batmania.
77. In Australia, the number of camels is ten times greater than the number of koalas.
78. Australia is the only western country that does not have the bill of rights.
79. 75% of the living species in Australia are not known to humans.
80. There is a mountain in Australia called Mount Disappointment.
81. Burger King is known as Hungry Jack's in Australia.
82. Australia's largest cattle station, Anna Creek, is larger than Israel.
83. Australia's Highway 1 is the world's longest national highway. It is about 14,500 km long.
84. Australia is surrounded by more than 8,000 smaller islands.
85. Australia has the top ten deadliest snakes.
86. There is a river Australia known as the Never Never River.
87. Australia is almost as large as continental U.S.
88. Australia has 31% of the world's uranium supply.
89. The Australian plate is moving 7 centimeters[2.8 inches] northwards every year.
90. Perth, the capital of WA, Australia has the most number of cafes in the world.
100. The refrigerator, the tank, ultrasound, Vegemite, football and prepaid postage were invented in Australia.
101. The didgeridoo, an Australian Aboriginal musical instrument is believed to be able to help reduce stress, reduce snoring and improve blood circulation.
102. There are over 200 languages spoken in Australia.
103. Most of Australia's fauna and flora cannot be found in other parts of the world.
104. Australia is both a country and a continent.
105. More than 25% of Australians were born overseas making it the country with the highest proportion of immigrants.
106. Since 2012, Australia has the highest rate of obesity in the world with a rate of 26 percent.