In case you hadn’t noticed, the United States is a really weird place. Not that “weird” is always bad. Sometimes “weird” can keep life interesting.
But without a doubt, the United States is one of the most unique nations in the history of the world. Some of the weird facts about the United States listed below may be difficult for you to believe.
Others are likely to completely shock you. Hopefully there is a little something for everyone in this article, and hopefully you will learn some new things from reading it.
I know that I certainly learned some new things as I wrote it. In general, everything tends to be larger in America.
The people are larger, the cars are larger, the divorce rate is the highest on the planet and the U.S. government has piled up the largest debt in the history of the world.
Whether America does something good or bad, it usually does it in a very “big” way.
It is easy to love the United States and all the good that it has done, but it is also easy to be horrified by how far this nation has fallen and by the direction that this country is currently headed.
So where does America go from here? That is a very good question.
The following are 17 weird facts about the United States that are almost too crazy to believe…
1. The U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition in the 20s and 30s, killing over 10,000 people. [Source]
2. African-Americans are twice as likely to be shot in the U.S. [Source]
3. Just 2.5 million people lived in the U.S.A. in 1776. Today it’s 314 million. [Source]
4. Christmas was illegal in the U.S. until 1836 as it was considered an Ancient Pagan Holiday. [Source]
5. Nelson Mandela was not removed from the U.S. terror watch-list until 2008. [Source]
6. One American consumes as many resources as 32 Kenyans. [Source]
7. America’s first slave owner was a black man. [Source]
8. The U.S. has no official language. [Source]
9. The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for just US$7.2 million in 1867. [Source]
10. Four planet Earths would be required to sustain the levels of consumption of the U.S. [Source]
11. In 1943, the U.S. banned sliced bread as a wartime conservation measure. [Source]
12. In 2010, General Electric made over US$14 billion in profits but paid US$0 in taxes in the U.S. [Source]
13. 9 million people are in prisons around world, and a quarter of them are in the U.S. [Source]
14. College textbooks prices in the U.S. have risen faster than health-care, housing, and inflation. [Source]
15. In 1893, an amendment was proposed to rename the U.S. into the “United States of the Earth”. [Source]
16. In 31 states of the U.S., Rapists can legally sue for child custody if the rape results in pregnancy. [Source]
17. The grizzly bear is the official state animal of California. But no grizzly bears have been seen there since 1922. [Source]