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8 Weird Facts About America That'll Make You Go Huh?

Weird Facts About America
 8 Weird Facts About America That'll Make You Go Huh?


Facts - You probably know that the Statue of Liberty was one of America’s first ambassadors to the world and that she represents freedom, but how much do you really know about our country? Below are eight facts about America that will make you say huh?


These Secrets Will Blow Your Mind

The people who founded this country, after all, were considered weird too. Here are some of the most weird facts about America: *Native Americans called the Pilgrims crazy for walking off their land to start a new society in a desolate wasteland. *The mountain range that contains California's Death Valley, Nevada's Las Vegas, and Arizona's Grand Canyon is the largest mountain range in North America with one-quarter of its area at an elevation greater than 8,000 feet above sea level. To put it into perspective, these mountains span from Canada to Mexico. Death Valley has had over 150 consecutive days where the temperature has exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit every year since 1911. There have been 46 days where temperatures have exceeded 130 degrees Fahrenheit or more since 1913. And there have been two days in which the temperature reached 134 degrees Fahrenheit or more, both occurring in July 2018. 

One town named Coalwood was devastated by coal mining when residents started noticing frequent cancer cases due to heavy exposure to coal dust on their homes and cars. It became known as the dirtiest town in America. Though life expectancy rates are still low there today, they've improved dramatically since 1980 because of cleaner air standards mandated by environmental regulations set by state and federal agencies.


The Mystery that Changed History

Fifty years ago, a day that was meant to be one of the happiest days in two thousand year's worth of human history, JFK was assassinated. His death has left behind more questions than answers and will continue to haunt Americans for generations to come. Here are just some of the weird facts about America we have learned as a result of Kennedy's death.

#1 If it weren't for an ice cream vendor who came up behind Oswald and sold him some ice cream, history might be very different indeed. How do you get from ice cream to changing history? Well, there is evidence that someone- or something- distracted Oswald at the critical moment when he pulled the trigger on his rifle, causing his aim to falter and JFK's head to move at precisely the right time so as not to take a fatal shot. Some believe this person may have been an agent of Satan himself. The official story is that Ruby acted alone out of sheer love for Jackie Kennedy, but there's still plenty of mystery surrounding what happened fifty years ago.#2 When Jacqueline Kennedy ran over her husband with her pink Cadillac after learning he had been killed, she refused help from anyone but her friend Charles Bartlett.


The Wacky Congressmen

There's plenty of weird facts about America that makes it go huh? What's even more amazing is the number of outlandish people who were elected to Congress. For example, Bob Dornan served in Congress for twenty-eight years before retiring in 1996. But after beating his opponent by one vote, he was sworn back into office six days later. He managed to serve a total of 28 years with a seven day break in between! The only other person on record as doing this is James K. Polk, and they both only did it once. Other bizarre congressmen include Steve Stockman who thought it would be funny to send out a tweet telling people they could ask him questions if you promise not to shoot me. And Louisiana Representative John Fleming once said that global warming was a fraud foisted on the world.


The Untold Story of What Happened

One of the weird facts about America is that we're not exactly united. As of 2018, over 50% of Americans live in a county that voted for a different presidential candidate than their neighbors, and 27% live in one that went for somebody else entirely. How would you like it if your neighbor couldn't stand you and wanted to know as little about you as possible? Yikes! 

In fact, more Americans live in counties where they're outnumbered by other counties going to the opposite political side. This means they are being outvoted every day on fundamental issues. It's kind of like making two people share an umbrella and keeping them both shivering no matter how hard they try to do their best.


The Tall Tale Becomes Reality

Weird facts about America seem to be all over the place, but who are we kidding? There's no place like home! The Statue of Liberty welcomed all sorts of foreigners into this beautiful country, and even Hollywood often takes us away from our world for some truly immersive experiences. Here are eight weird facts about America that will make you go huh.

1) Thirteen of our presidents owned slaves. 

2) The largest city in Hawaii is not Honolulu; it's actually Hilo with a population of 42,073. 

3) Walt Disney World doesn't have working public restrooms because the idea came to Mickey as he was dying on November 17th, 1966.


How the Crazy Laws Were Made

If you're anything like me, when you come across a weird law, your first thought is Who made this stupid law and why? But what if I told you that these laws were not created arbitrarily by some joker with nothing better to do. Some crazy laws have a rich history that gives us insight into American culture over the years. Let's take a look at 8 weird facts about America and find out how they came to be. 

#1 The original U.S. Constitution didn't give women the right to vote! It wasn't until 1920 that women finally won the right to vote. Women had been working hard for decades leading up to it but still, it took another forty-two years before we could vote on every level of government (that's also known as We Can Vote Now). What do you think are some reasons why it took so long for women to win their voting rights?


All the Murder, Mayhem and Tragedy

This country has seen some weird shit. From serial killers to lynchings, the US has had it all. Here are 8 weird facts about America that you never knew: -There's a city in Michigan called Big Beaver where, according to census data, there's over 10 times as many men than women living there. How or why this is the case is anybody's guess. -The average American only eats 2lbs of fresh fruit and vegetables each day. Actually, if you add up all the fruits and veggies eaten by all Americans per year, they would be responsible for roughly 150 million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually! What do we feed our kids then? Chips and soda I suppose... *yikes*


True Stories from Other People's Lives

Everyone needs a creative outlet, and an overactive imagination is the perfect place to start. I love weird facts about america, and these are some of my favorites:

- The Great Lakes hold 1/5th of the world's fresh water supply. - Buffalo Wings were created by Teressa Bellissimo in 1964 at her bar, the Anchor Bar in Buffalo NY. - If you're feeling antisocial and want to avoid people for awhile all you have to do is visit North Dakota or Maine during February when snowstorms render them virtually inaccessible for most of the year. There are plenty more where those came from but those are my favorites! - The average age of death in the US is 79 years old. 

- 30% of Americans aged 18-30 say they would prefer to live on Mars if given the chance. 

- To produce enough paper for one day, 10 acres of trees must be harvested (that's approximately 2 square miles). 

- More than 50% of US citizens live within 50 miles of a coast line. 

- 75% of Americans between 18 and 24 don't meet their state government's requirement for physical education classes each week.

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