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Calendar >  More Interesting & Unusual Trivia Facts about America & Our History

More Interesting & Unusual Trivia Facts about America & Our History

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TR Robertson — There are a lot more facts and trivia that make up everything that makes this country so unusual, different and fascinating. Here are some more bits and pieces to add to your knowledge about our country.

  • The world’s tallest roller coaster in the world is Kingda Ka at 465 ft., located at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, but Skyscraper is soon to open in Orlando at 500 ft.
  • Venus Fly Traps only live in the wild in the Carolinas and nowhere else in the world.
  • Amelia Earhart designed her own line of clothes that were sold in the U.S.
  • Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon, but he was almost the first man lost in space when Gemini 8 began spinning out of control after a docking maneuver. Armstrong almost blacked out before correcting the problem.
  • A redwood tree in Montgomery Woods State Reserve has been classified as the Tallest Living Thing at 367 ft.
  • The average American spends more than 10 hours a day using an electronic device.
  • John F. Kennedy is the only President to die before his parents.
  • In 1893, an amendment was proposed to rename the U.S. into the United States of the Earth.
  • George Washington once owned one of the largest distilleries in the 18th century, once producing 11,000 gallons of whiskey a year.
  • The term “O.K.” is credited to Martin Van Buren who was raised in Kinderhook, New York. Once in politics he became known as “Old Kinderhook”, shortened to O.K. The word okay was derived from this.
  • There is a 3,000-year-old Egyptian obelisk, 66 feet tall and called Cleopatra’s Needle, in New York’s Central Park.
  • The California Grizzly Bear is the state’s official animal, but it had become extinct when it was named the official animal. The last California Grizzly was killed in 1922.
  • More Civil War battles were fought in Virginia than any other state.
  • The first U.S. capital was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • The world’s largest silver nugget was found in Colorado, in 1894, weighing close to 2,000 pounds.
  • The oldest public school in the U.S. was opened in 1635 in Boston, Mass.
  • The Grand Canyon of the Snake River in Idaho is deeper than the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
  • The U.S. current 50-star flag was designed as a school project by 17-year-old Robert G. Heft. Heft received a B- for the project, but the teacher said he would change the grade if Congress accepted his design. Congress accepted the design and Robert received an A.
  • The only active diamond mine in the U.S. is in Arkansas.
  • Before Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay, was a prison, it was a military fort.
  • There are 140 towns and cities in the U.S. that have the word Christmas in their name.
  • According to a Kiowa Native American legend, Devils Tower National Monument was created when bears chased some young girls and they jumped on a low rock. They prayed for help, the rock rose, and the bears scratched gouges in the side trying to climb up.
  • Gambling is illegal in Boulder City, Nevada.
  • Alaska’s coastline is longer that all other 49 states’ coastlines combined.
  • All banks were closed during the week of March 5th-13th, 1929, to keep people from taking their money out during the market scare.
  • There are more breweries in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world.
  • During the Civil War, more soldiers died from disease than they did from gunshots and fighting.
  • Harvard, in Cambridge, Mass., was the first university in the U.S.
  • The deadliest hurricane to hit the U.S. hit Galveston, Texas, on Sept. 8, 1900. An estimated 10,000 people died.
  • The word Pennsylvania is misspelled on the Liberty Bell.
  • The average American spends 17 days watching commercials, in their lifetime.
  • The oldest capital city in the U.S. is Santa Fe, New Mexico, founded in 1610.
  • The London Bridge, built about 160 years ago in London, England, was transplanted in 1968 to Lake Havasu, Arizona.
  • President Trump has 10 grandchildren and Pres. Nominee Joe Biden has 6, but former President William Henry Harrison had 25 grandchildren when he became President in 1841.

Feel like you know a little more about your country than a few minutes ago. Incredible bits of info surround all aspects of our country and what makes up the history of our nation.

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