Here goes the rundown of top 10 fascinating facts about the USA:
No.10 – 80% Nevada is Owned by the Government
Located in the western and southwestern region of the country, Nevada is one of the 50 American states. Out of the total area of Nevada, the US government owns 80% area. Bureau of Land Management is responsible for managing the government-owned land. It consists of various wildlife refuges, national parks, wilderness areas, and forests.
No. 09 – New York City was The Capital City from 1785 – 1790
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New York City is the largest city in the USA. Moreover, it is the most visited city in the nation as well as the 2nd richest city in the world. From 1785 to 1790, it was the national capital. The city of Washington/Washington D.C. was founded in 1791 and shortly declared as the new American capital. FYI, the name of present-day capital city honors the First President of USA, George Washington.
No. 08 – 100 Acres of Pizza a Day
The most preferred food in the USA, followed by burgers, is the pizza. According to an estimation by the Pizza Industry Trade Organization of USA, the nation consumes almost 100 acres of pizza in a single day.
No. 07 – 3 of the World’s 5 Oldest Rivers
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The three rivers in the USA, namely New, Susquehanna and French Broad are among the world’s 5 oldest rivers. Quite a rare feat!
No. 06 – No Official Language
Most of us think that the official language of the USA must be English, but in reality, it’s not true. In fact, the country has no official language. Moreover, English is the most common language, trailed by the Spanish language.
No. 05 – Deadliest American Job
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It is very hard to believe, but it’s true that the deadliest job in America is that of the American President. Till now, 45 people held the supreme post. Out of the 45, 4 people have been assassinated during the service.
No. 04 – American Flag, Designed by a 17-year Old
The beautiful American flag comprises of 50 stars representing the 50 states of the country. Also, it has 13 red and blue stripes, which represent the 13 British Colonies that were freed from the Kingdom of Great Britain to become the early states of the USA. Amazingly, the American flag was designed by a 17-year old high-school student, Robert G. Heft as his school project.
No. 03 – Birthplace of the Internet
The internet, which, undoubtedly, became the biggest medium for information exchange took birth in the USA in the 1950s. The Defense Department of the USA developed the first packet network systems under the name of ARPANET. At that time, it was solely developed for military purposes.
No. 02 – America Acquired Alaska from Russia
Originally belonging to Russia, America purchased Alaska on March 30, 1867, for a bid of $7.2 million. According to historians, Russia sold the land because they were facing financial issues at that time. It was getting kind of hard for them to manage the cold wilderness. After some years of the deal, Americans discovered that Alaska holds a vast amount of natural resources, including gold, oil, and coal. Some deal that was!
No. 01 – Consumes 18% of World’s Entire Energy Produce
18% of the world’s total energy is consumed by the USA alone. In numbers, out of the 539 Quadrillion British Thermal Units (BTU) produced globally, USA single-handedly consumes 98 Quadrillion British Thermal Units. Of course, the energy consumption in the USA is astonishing.
That sums up the list of top 10 fascinating facts about the USA. Which fact do you find the most fascinating? Let us know in the comments!