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Fun facts about the USA

There are many amazing facts about the United States and here are some of the most interesting.

The state of California is so big that it is larger than 85 of the world’s smaller nations.

Both the highest and lowest places in the US are in California…they are even located within 160 km of each other. Mount Whitney has a topmost point that reaches 4418 m above sea level. "Bad Water" is a low-lying area in Death Valley that is 86 m below sea level.

The United States does have a royal palace, the Iolani in Hawaii.

Some US Presidents had unusual careers before going into politics. Jimmy Carter, the 39th President, was a peanut farmer. The next President was Ronald Reagan who was a famous film actor.

The first log cabins built in the United States were built in the 1600s by Swedish immigrants.

The most diverse environment in the world is found in the state of California.

All modern trees are descendants of California’s state tree, the redwood

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has enough steel wire in the cables to circle the earth’s equator 3.5 times.

The longest underground cave in the world is located in the state of Kentucky (Mammoth-Flint Cave System).

Mount Horeb, Wisconsin is the self-proclaimed Capital for both trolls and mustard. The city has the largest collection of trolls in existence. Troll statues and pictures are even found on the streets, and likenesses of trolls are carved into many of the trees. Their famous mustard museum pays homage to over 3500 varieties of mustard, and yes, they do have samples for guests to taste.

Alaska has the longest coastline of any of the states.

The "teddy bear" was named after President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt after he refused to shoot a bear cub when out on a hunting trip in 1902.

In 1587, the first English baby was born in America. This was Virginia Dare, who was born on Roanoke Island, which is part of the state of North Carolina.

Battle Creek, Michigan is known as The Cereal Capital of the World, and is home to the famous Kellogg’s company.

Andrew Jackson was one of the more famous US presidents during the 19th century, and he believed that the world was FLAT.
Rip Van Winkle’s home was in the Catskills, which are located in the state of New York.

One US man was both a vice president and a president, but no one voted for him. This man was Gerald Ford.

William McKinley was the first president of the United States to ride in an automobile. This happened when he was taken to the hospital in an electric ambulance after an assassination attempt. 

Russia was the country that sold Alaska to the United States.

It is perfectly legal for any American citizen to give whatever name he or she chooses to any mountain or hill in the United States as long as it does not already have a name.

The oldest rock in the world was found in Minnesota (3.8 billion years old).

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