Interesting Facts about the United States of America

It costs more to buy a new car today in the United States than it cost Christopher Columbus to equip and undertake three voyages to the New World.

During the American revolution, inflation was so great that the price of corn rose 10,000%, the price of wheat 14,000%, the price of flour 15,000%, and the price of beef 33,000%.

32% of all land in the US is owned by the federal government.

In 1796, two brothers ran against each other for President of the United States. Charles Pinckney and his younger brother Thomas (both from South Carolina) both received electoral votes, but John Adams won the election. It was the only time in US history that two brothers got electoral votes for President in the same election.

Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that US Supreme Court justices have to be lawyers or have any legal training. In fact, several justices in the court's history had never attended law school. James Byrnes, on the court from 1941 to 1942, had little formal education and never attended college.

Since World War II, every American president to address the Canadian House of Commons in their first term of office have all been reelected to a second term. Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, and Clinton have all had the honor, while Kennedy, Johnson, Ford, Carter, and Bush did not address the parliament.

There was some question as to whether Barry Goldwater could legally serve as President. The Constitution requires presidents to be born in the United States. Goldwater was born in Arizona before it was a state.

The first President to ride in an automobile was William McKinley. After being shot, he was taken to the hospital in a 1901 Columbia electric ambulance.

Warren G. Harding was the first American President to visit Canada. He stopped in Vancouver, British Columbia while he was on his way to Alaska.

Jimmy Carter was the first president born in a hospital.

Andrew Jackson was the only US President to believe that the world is flat.

Gerald Ford was the only man who held both the Presidency and the Vice- Presidency but who was not elected to either post.

George Washington was deathly afraid of being buried alive. After he died, he wanted to be laid out for three days just to make sure he was really dead.

The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the U.S., but technically it is number 47. Until August 7, 1953, Congress forgot to vote on a resolution to admit Ohio to the Union.

Original copy of the Declaration of Independence is lost. The copy in Washington D.C. is what is referred to as a holograph. That is a term for a handmade copy of a document and is not the same as a laser produced hologram.

Alexander Hamilton was shot by Aaron Burr in the groin.

Only two people, John Hancock and Charles Thomson signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until five years later.

The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.

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