40 Cool, Quirky Facts About America That Might Just Blow Your Mind

40 Cool, Quirky Facts About America That Might Just Blow Your Mind

Welcome, fact-lovers! America is known for its star-spangled banner, its love of freedom, and its Apple pies. But did you know that the land of the brave and the home of the free also has some pretty quirky tidbits tucked away in its red, white, and blue pockets? Prepare to embark on a journey through 40 facts about the U.S. that might just have you saying, "No way, really?!" Ready? Let's roll!

1. State of Freshness  

Alaska has over 3 million lakes! Yes, you read that right. Over 3 million! Out of all those, only about 3000 are officially named. 

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2. Dollar, Dollar Bills, Y’all  

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing uses 9.7 tons of ink each day. That's a lot of green! 

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3. Mmm… Jellybeans

Ronald Reagan was so fond of jellybeans that there was a special holder for them on Air Force One. Everyone has their weakness! 

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4. Name Mix-Up 

The city of Cleveland was originally spelled “Cleaveland”. They dropped the “a” because of a newspaper typo. Good thing it makes sense either way. 

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5. Literal Land of Lakes 

Minnesota has more shorelines than California, Florida, and Hawaii combined. Lake lovers, you know where to head!

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6. King of Burgers  

Americans eat about 50 billion burgers a year. That's a whole lot of buns and patties! How don't they get sick of it? 

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7. Original Capital City

Before Washington, D.C., the U.S. capital was actually in Philadelphia, home of the Philly Cheesesteak. 

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8. Caffeine Central  

Seattle has the most coffee shops per capita, which makes sense given that it's the birthplace of our beloved Starbucks. Java lovers, rejoice!

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9. Mountains of Gold 

There’s still gold in them hills! The state of Colorado has more ghost towns than active municipalities.

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10. Postal Zeal

The smallest post office in the U.S. is in Ochopee, Florida. It’s just 7 x 8 feet! It was converted into a Post Office in 1953. 

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11. Longest Place Name  

Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in Massachusetts has the longest place name. Try saying that ten times fast. 

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12. Underground Living

There’s a town in South Dakota where people live in caves! It's called Coober Pedy.

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13. Unfortunate Watermelon Incident

The largest food fight in the U.S. took place in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1837. The weapon of choice? Watermelons!

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14. Unlucky President

Poor William Henry Harrison. He gave the longest inaugural speech and had the shortest presidency. Harrison died just 31 days after his inauguration as president in 1841.

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15. No Apostrophes Allowed

It’s officially against the rules for a place name in the U.S. to have an apostrophe. Weird, but true. 

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16. Very Berry Pie

The official state dessert of Vermont is apple pie. But there’s a catch: the law states it should be served with a glass of cold milk, a slice of cheddar cheese, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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17. Kansas Wizardry  

There's a town named Dorothy in Kansas. No yellow brick roads reported... yet. 

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18. Geographical Puzzle

Reno, Nevada is actually further west than Los Angeles, California. Bet you didn't see that one coming! It's true, look it up on the map. 

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19. Moo-ve Over

Cows outnumber people 3 to 1 in the state of Montana. That's A LOT of methane. 

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20. Global Toast

The first toast in America took place in Virginia. The ritual of offering toasts began in men’s social clubs and filtered into everyday use for gentlemen.

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21. No Need for Alarm  

The town of Alert in Indiana is so small it doesn’t even have a stoplight. The town's population is less than 2,000 today. 

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22. Presidential Play

George Washington never lived in the White House. He lived in the President's House in Philadelphia because the White House hadn't been built yet. Mind blown, right?

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23. Tomato Trials

In 1893, the Supreme Court declared that tomatoes are a vegetable, not a fruit. Who gets to decide these things? 

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24. Nickel Novelties

There's a hidden room behind Abraham Lincoln’s face on Mount Rushmore. It houses bronze and glass cabinets containing important historical documents, such as the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence

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25. Pizza Passion 

Over 100 acres of pizza are served in the U.S. every day. That's pizza paradise!

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26. First Female Mayor 

The U.S. had its first female mayor, Susanna M. Salter, in 1887, in Argonia, Kansas. You go girl! 

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27. Serial Number Ones

Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution on December 7, 1787. 

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28. Avocado Avenue 

Fallbrook, California claims to be the Avocado Capital of the World. They even host an annual avocado festival. 

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29. Liberty’s True Colours

The Statue of Liberty was originally copper-coloured. She turned green over time due to oxidation. Makes sense, since she's been there for almost 200 years. 

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30. Traffic Trouble 

The busiest air route in the U.S. is between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It's only an hour-long flight. 

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31. Wigged Out

The first American vending machine was introduced in 1888 and it sold... gum! It was built in 1888 by the Thomas Adams Gum Company, selling gum on New York City train platforms. 

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32. Witchy Ways 

Despite the Salem Witch Trials, no one was burned at the stake. More than 200 people were accused. Thirty people were found guilty, 19 of whom were executed by hanging as well as 2 dogs.

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33. One Big Tree 

The General Sherman tree in California is the largest living tree by volume.

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34. Peculiar Prohibition

It’s illegal to whisper in someone's ear while they’re moose hunting in Alaska. This law is for the safety of the hunters.

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35. Denim Days

Jeans were invented in San Francisco for the Gold Rush miners who needed tough pants. Bet they didn't have holes in them back then. 

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36. Lobster Lore

In colonial times, lobster was considered a poverty food and was fed to prisoners. Those were some well-fed prisoners. Now it's an expensive luxury! 

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37. Horsing Around

There’s a horse museum in Kentucky that has over 50 breeds of horses.

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38. Musical Streets

There’s a road in Lancaster, California that "plays" the William Tell Overture when you drive over it.

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39. Winding Waters 

The longest river in the U.S., the Missouri River, is actually longer than the Mississippi River. It's 3,767 km long and the Mississippi river is 3,766 km long. 

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40. Batty for Bracken  

The world’s largest bat colony (20 million bats!) can be found in Bracken Cave, Texas.

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