Top 15+Little-Known Facts About America
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Here’s a list of 15+ amazing facts about America that you probably didn’t know, which KowInsider want to share with you:
1.Americans consume 3 billion pizzas in total per year
Pizza might originate from Italy, but the Americans sure do love their pizzas! Reports even claim that the pizzas that Americans eat every day would cover an area of 100 acres.
2.NASA – Exploring Space
The United States of America is the only country in the world who has set foot on the moon. NASA is the government organization and they’re number 1 in space exploration.
3.No official language
Although many people might believe that English and even Spanish are the official languages of the US, this is untrue. According to historical evidence, the Founders did not consider one necessary. At the time of Confederation, English was widely used, so it didn't require any special protection. In addition, many people spoke other languages, so there was no need to worry about offending anyone.
4.The world’s biggest GDP
When listing the world's richest nations, the US is not always at the top of the list. This is due to the possibility of rankings based on GDP per capita, or a nation's wealth divided by its population. However, the US leads the world in terms of pure production power, specifically when compared to gross domestic product.
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5.The water in Lake Superior could cover all of the Americas
The entire North and South American continents would be covered by a 1 foot deep puddle of water if Lake Superior, which lies on the US-Canada border, were to be spread out completely. Of course, we hope that never happens for both the fish's and our sakes. Additionally, 10% of the freshwater on Earth is found in Lake Superior.
6.Alaska has the longest coastline
|Glacier Bay Mountains, Alaska. Photo: Worldatlas|
The coastline of Alaska is a staggering 6,640 miles (10,686 km) long. It is claimed that this is longer than the combined coastlines of the remaining 49 states. The nation's 12,383 miles (19,928 km) of coastline.
7.The US uses about 17% of the Earth’s energy
In addition to pizza, Americans also love their electricity. According to the U.S Energy Information Administration in 2017, the country used about 98 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) of energy, which is, quite frankly, a lot.
8.James and Mary are the most common given names in the United States
If your name is James or Mary, you got the most common male and female names. As for surname, Smith is the most common one. About 1% of the total population has Smith as their last name.
There have been countless American inventors throughout history who have created innovations that have altered the course of human history. The transistor, the internet, the lightbulb, the airplane, and of course Martin Cooper's improved cell phone are some of the most notable inventions. These are merely a few of the numerous inventions that Americans have contributed to the world.
10.There’s a palace made totally out of corn
|Mitchel Corn Palace. Photo: Handluggageonly|
Yes, you can go to a real-size corn palace in the United States. Although it seems like the stuff of legends, I can assure you that it is real. When I saw it in person, I found it difficult to believe. A palace where you might be able to eat, sort of.
11.Alaska was once Russian
Alaska wasn't a part of the United States until the early 19th century. In actuality, it belonged to Russia. It didn't become a US territory until it was sold to the Americans. Alaska didn't actually become a state until 1959, which was nearly a century later. The nation's tallest mountain, Denali, as well as many other national parks are now located in the state.
12.The USA has the longest cave system in the world
Kentucky has some amazing natural sites to explore if you just scratch the surface. For instance, the Mammoth Cave National Park is a fantastic place to visit and actually has the world's longest cave system.
13.Slaves helped build the White House
In 1792, a call went out for workers in Europe to come help build Washington, D.C. as the capital of the United States, but not enough people responded. In order to complete their tasks, officials turned to African Americans who were either enslaved or free (although given the cost, most were probably enslaved).
The White House and other early US government structures were constructed by these men. After all, not everyone was truly free in the Land of the Free. But many people from all groups exhibited bravery.
15.One of the best Passports in the world
|American passport. Photo: Thrillist|
Americans can travel the world quite freely and they can pride themselves with the fact that they have one of the world’s best passports. The U.S. citizens can travel to 116 countries without a visa requirement and get a visa on arrival in additional 44 countries.
16.Russia and the USA are only 3.8km apart at the nearest point
The United States and Russia each own a single island in the Bering Strait, which separates them at the international date line between Alaska and Siberia. The distance between these two islands is only 3.8 km (2.36121053 miles).
Total Population: 326,681,307
Highest Mountain: Denali – 6190 meters.
Land area: 3,796,742 sqm
Biggest Lake: Lake Superior.
National Day: 4th July.
Government: Federal presidential constitutional republic.
President: Donald J. Trump
Currency: U.S. Dollars (USD).
Official language: No official language, but English and Spanish are the two most spoken languages.
Member of Nato: Yes.
National song: “The Star-Spangled Banner“
Time zone: (UTC−4 to −12, +10, +11)
Country Number/Prefix: +1
Capital: Washington D.C.
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