You will definitely be surprised: 15 interesting and little-known facts about the United States
The United States has a rich and interesting culture. There are many known facts about this. But there are those that few people know about. Edition "Around the world" collected 15 little-known, but very interesting facts about the United States.
1. The design of the US flag in its present form (with 50 stars) in 1958 was created by a 17-year-old schoolboy. It was Robert Heft's homework assignment, for which he, by the way, got a 4-.
2. In 1956, In God We Trust became the official motto of the United States. Presumably, it appeared during the Civil War, and now it is applied to all American banknotes.
3. The seven rays on the crown of the Statue of Liberty symbolize the seven continents. The length of each of them is 2,75 m, and the weight is 68,5 kg.
4. If you have $ 10 in your pocket and have no debt at all, then you are richer than 25% of Americans. The external debt of the United States is more than $ 21 trillion and is constantly is growing.
5. About 40% of children in the United States are born out of wedlock. This is primarily due to the fact that in America there are more couples who live without a stamp in their passports than those who legitimize their relationship. Interestingly, every 8-I married couple met on the Internet.
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6. Despite the fact that 74% of Americans believe in God, according to statistics, 42% also believe in the existence of ghosts, 26% - witches, and 24% - in reincarnation. At the same time, the United States leads in the number of scientific papers, which is about 30% of published worldwide.
7. In the USA there is a unique monument of four corners (Four Corners Monument). This monument is the only point where four American states intersect at once: Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. The first marker in the form of a concreted area was installed in the 1912 year, then a bronze disk was made in the 1931 m, and in the 1992 year the Monument of four corners was built in its modern form.
8. There is no official state language in the USA. Proposals have been repeatedly put forward to legislate the status of English, which is native to 80% of Americans. But at the federal level, such a decision was never made.
9. From 1776 to 1967, marriages between different races were banned in the United States.
10. There are many funny laws in the USA. For example, in Ohio you can't buy cornflakes on Sundays, in New Orleans, Louisiana you can't tie crocodiles to fire hydrants, in New York you can't carry ice cream in your pockets, and in Arizona you will be fined if you put a donkey to sleep in the bathroom.
11. US military forbidden to use US flags made in China.
12. In 7 states of the USA - Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas - atheists cannot hold public office. This is prohibited by local constitutions.
13. There are traces of cocaine on 90% dollar bills. Some were used to inhale cocaine, and some were used in drug deals.
14. In America, lives 4 746 people whose name and surname are exactly the same. Most often this is Thomas Thomas.
15. The only American president who was elected after he divorced his wife was Ronald Reagan. At the same time, about 100 married couples break up every hour in the United States. Donald Trump also had several divorces, but at the time of his election in 2016, his marriage to Melania had already proven its strength.
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