50 Strange and Little-Known Facts About the United States

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The United States is a land of immense diversity, rich history, and fascinating quirks.

Beyond the well-known landmarks and historical events, there are countless oddities and lesser-known facts that paint a fuller picture of our nation.

From peculiar place names to extraordinary natural phenomena, the U.S. is filled with surprising tidbits that can intrigue and amuse.

Here are 50 strange and little-known facts about the United States that will expand your knowledge and perhaps even leave you amazed.

Let’s Dive Into the Fun Facts:

1: Alaska’s Size

Alaska is so large it can fit the entire state of Texas inside it twice.

2: Unusual Town Names

There’s a town in Pennsylvania called Intercourse.

3: Giant Frying Pan

The world’s largest frying pan is in Rose Hill, North Carolina, and it’s actually used for cooking.

4: Betsy Ross and the Flag

Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag and was paid just $1.25, equivalent to about $34 today.

5: Wyoming and Women’s Suffrage

Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote in 1869.

6: Another Unusual Town Name

There’s a town in Arizona called Nothing.

7: Tallest Mountain

Denali in Alaska is the tallest mountain in the U.S. with a peak elevation of 20,310 feet above sea level.

8: Giant Ball of Twine

Cawker City, Kansas, has a giant ball of twine weighing over 17,000 pounds.

9: Moon Landings

The U.S. is the only country to have landed humans on the moon.

10: Montana’s Cows

Montana has three times as many cows as people.

11: Shortest River

The Roe River in Montana is the shortest river in the world at 201 feet long.

12: Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France in 1885 and arrived in 214 crates. It was nearly lost to other cities due to funding issues until Joseph Pulitzer’s fundraising campaign.

13: One-Person Town

Monowi, Nebraska, has a population of one.

14: Billionaires

The U.S. has the largest number of billionaires in the world.

15: Record Temperature

The highest temperature in the U.S. was 134°F in Death Valley, California, in 1913.

16: Longest Suspension Bridge

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City spans over 13,000 feet, connecting Brooklyn to Staten Island.

17: Prison Population

The U.S. has the largest prison population in the world.

18: First McDonald’s

The first McDonald’s opened in San Bernardino, California, in 1940.

19: Toothpick Factory

Maine has the largest toothpick manufacturing plant in the world.

20: Largest Diamond

The world’s largest diamond was found in South Africa and later cut and polished in New York City.

21: Economy

The U.S. has the largest economy in the world.

22: First Powered Flight

The Wright brothers made the first successful powered airplane flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903.

23: Giant Ball of Paint

Alexandria, Indiana, is home to the world’s largest ball of paint.

24: Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon was formed over millions of years by the Colorado River.

25: First Public Library

The first public library in the U.S. opened in Boston in 1854.

26: Heart Transplant

The first successful heart transplant in the U.S. was performed in 1967.

27: California’s Population

California has more residents than the entire country of Canada.

28: Another Strange Town Name

What Cheer, Iowa, is ironically named, as it’s filled with boarded-up buildings.

29: Chocolate Consumption

The U.S. consumes more chocolate per capita than any other country.

30: Highest Waterfall

Yosemite Falls in California is the highest waterfall in the U.S., dropping 2,400 feet.

31: Longest Escalator

The longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere is in the Wheaton Metro Station in Maryland.

32: Serial Killers

The U.S. is home to more serial killers than any other nation.

33: First U.S. Capital

New York City was the first capital of the U.S.

34: Military Budget

The U.S. has the largest military budget in the world, over $800 billion.

35: Boring, Oregon

There’s a town in Oregon called Boring.

36: Tornadoes

The U.S. has more tornadoes than any other country in the world.

37: Highest Capital City

Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the highest capital city in the U.S. at 7,198 feet.

38: Largest Snowflake

The largest snowflake on record fell in Montana in 1887, measuring 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.

39: Airports

The U.S. has the most airports in the world.

40: First Drive-In Theater

The first drive-in movie theater opened in New Jersey in 1933.

41: Social Security

The first person to receive a Social Security check was Ida May Fuller in 1940, amounting to $22.54.

42: Televised Debate

The first-ever televised presidential debate was between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960.

43: Rail Network

The U.S. rail network spans nearly 140,000 miles of track and over 100,000 bridges.

44: Longest Prison Sentence

Paul Geidel Jr. served the longest continuous prison sentence in the U.S. – 68 years and 257 days.

45: First Car Accident

The first automobile accident in the U.S. occurred in New York City in 1891.

46: Louisiana Purchase

The U.S. bought vast amounts of land from France in the Louisiana Purchase for only three cents an acre.

47: Yuma Criminals

Yuma, Arizona’s high school team is called the Criminals. This name originated when the school used a prison for classes after a fire destroyed the original building.

48: Opioid Addiction

The U.S. has the highest rate of opioid addiction in the world.

49: Early Car Crash

In 1893, there were only two cars in Kentucky, and they had a head-on collision.

50: Teen Pregnancy

The U.S. has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy among developed countries.


I hope you enjoyed these interesting and unusual facts about the United States! Have a great day and be nice to each other!


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