More people live in New York City than in 40 of the 50 states and by
using the latest US Census data, just nine states - California, Texas, Illinois,
Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia and Florida - account for half
of the entire US population!
The word 'Pennsylvania' is misspelled 'Pensylvania.' on the Liberty Bell.
This spelling was one of several acceptable spellings of the name at that time.
Lake Superior's 3 quadrillion gallons are enough to cover both North and South
America under a foot of water. Downing half a gallon of water daily, it would
still take you 16.4 trillion years to drink Lake Superior. The Big Lake holds
as much water as all of the other Great Lakes combined plus three more Lake Eries!
There's a town in Washington with treetop bridges made specifically to help
squirrels cross the street. The Nutty Narrows Bridges is squirrel bridges in
Longview, Washington engineered to solve traffic fatalities among the local
squirrel population. Six squirrel bridges cross the town's streets.
In 1872, Russia sold Alaska to the Unites States for about 2 cents per acre.
The Alaska Purchase was the United States' acquisition of Alaska from the
Russian Empire on March 30, 1867, by a treaty ratified by the US
Senate, and signed by President Andrew Johnson. Russia wanted to sell its
Alaskan territory, due to the difficulty of living there. Russia sold 1.5
million hectares to America for $7.2 million, or about 2 cents per acre.
Western Michigan is home to a giant lavender labyrinth so big you can see it
on Google Earth.
There's an island full of wild monkeys off the coast of South Carolina called
Morgan Island, also known as Monkey Island, and it's not open to humans.
At its base, Hoover Dam is as thick (660 ft.) as two footballs fields measured
end-to-end. There is enough concrete in Hoover Dam (4 1/2 million cubic yards) to
build a 2 lane road from Seattle, Washington to Miami, Florida or a 4 ft. wide
sidewalk around the Earth at the Equator!
Kansas is number one in flour milling in the United States. Kansas produces enough
wheat each year to bake 36 billion loaves of bread and enough to feed everyone in
the world, over six billion people, for about 2 weeks. An acre of Kansas wheat
produces enough bread to feed nearly 9,000 people for one day!
Oregon's Crater Lake is deep enough to cover six Statues of Liberty stacked
on top of each other!
The Los Angeles Coroner's Office has its own quirky gift shop called Skeletons
in the Closet.
The Library of Congress contains approximately 838 miles of bookshelves - long
enough to stretch from Houston to Chicago!
At 46 letters, Massachusetts's Lake - Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg,
also known as Lake Webster, is a lake in the town of Webster, Massachusetts,
United States, with the third longest single word place name in the world, and
number one in the United States.
In 1922, a man built a house and all his furniture entirely out of 100,000 newspapers.
It was built by Mr. Elis F. Stenman, a mechanical engineer who designed the machines
that make paper clips. He did it as a hobby. The structure still stands today in Rockport, Massachusetts.
The entire Denver International Airport is twice the size of Manhattan.
Back in 1893, Lucas Miller proposed abolishing the Army and Navy, wiping out pension
laws, and even wanted to amend the U.S. Constitution to rename the United States of
America to 'The United States of Earth.'
A highway in Lancaster, California plays the 'William Tell Overture' as you drive
over it. Honda's marketing team joined forces with the city to turn a stretch of
road on the edge of town into a giant LP that plays the tune you might more
readily recognize as the theme to 'The Lone Ranger.' The quarter-mile stretch of
Avenue K renamed 'Civic Musical Road' features grooves cut into the pavement in
such a way as to make the tires resonate to the classic symphony.
The total length of Idaho's rivers could stretch across the United States about 40
The town of Centralia, Pennsylvania has been on fire for 55 years.
The Centralia mine fire is a coal seam fire that has been burning
underneath the borough of Centralia, Pennsylvania, United States,
since at least May 27, 1962. At its current rate, it could continue
to burn for over 250 years!
The number of bourbon barrels in Kentucky outnumbers the state's
population by more than two million!
Meet Gracie, Glacier National Park's 'bark ranger'. She is a border collie who helps
protect people and herds wildlife away from high-traffic areas.
You can watch more than 100 horses and ponies swim to Chincoteague Island
every year in Virginia.
In 1943, the temperature in January in Spearfish, South Dakota jumped 49
degrees in just TWO MINUTES! It rose from -4°F to 45°F, one of the most drastic
changes on record!
The world's tiniest park is in Portland, measuring a mere two feet wide.
The biggest signature in human history belongs to Texas farmer Jimmie Luecke.
The two-mile landmark can be seen from space!
Only one-third of all $100 bills are actually inside the United States.
The dead outnumber the living by nearly 1,000 to 1 in Colma, California.
South Florida is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist
in the wild. Crocodiles and alligators belong to a group of reptiles called crocodilians, which
are the largest of the living reptiles. Of the 23 different species of crocodilians
in the world, 2 species are native to the United States. South Florida is the
only place where both of these species coexist.