11 interesting facts about the USA

We’ve given you some weird and wonderful facts about Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Wales, so without further ado, here are 11 lesser-known, interesting facts about the United States.

11 interesting facts about the USA

  1. In a recent survey, it was revealed that 27% of Americans believe conspiracy theories that suggest the USA never landed on the moon.
  2. In 1867, the USA purchased Alaska from Russia for US$7.2 million.
  3. At their nearest point, Russia and the USA are less than 4 km apart.
  4. There are three towns in the USA with the name “Santa Claus”. The towns are located in Indiana, Arizona and Georgia.
  5. More US Presidents were born in Virginia than any other place. They include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.
  6. Americans appear to be the most pained (or perhaps pain-free) nation in the world – they consume 99% of Vicodin in the world.
  7. In a Georgian town called Quitman, a 1928 ordinance prohibits chickens from crossing the road.
  8. Since 1900, Britt, Iowa has hosted a National Hobo Convention. In 2014, the event took place from 8 to 11 August. Each year, a special panel elects a King and Queen, and the winners get their portraits painted.
  9. It is estimated that around 25 million American adults live with their parents.
  10. The Venus Fly Trap is only found in one location in the world – the area that makes up North and South Carolina.
  11. On 1 April, 1971, Texas state representative Tom Moore proposed a bill to honour Albert DeSalvo, AKA the Boston Strangler. Moore wanted to prove that his esteemed colleagues weren’t actually reading the bills they were voting on. And he was right – the Boston Strangler bill was approved by the State House. It was of course retracted once the point had been made.

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