United States Trivia, Fun Facts & Firsts

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The tomato was put “on trial” on September 25, 1820, in Salem, New Jersey. In front of a courthouse, Robert Johnson ate a basket of tomatoes to prove they were not poisonous. The crowd waited for him to keel over dead. He never did.

Buffalo on the Great Plains

Buffalo on the Great Plains

American bison were once hunted to near-extinction. Only 1,000 remained in 1890, down from 30 million bison less than a century earlier.

Ford Motor Company paid auto workers $5 per day in 1914.

The streets in Virginia City, Nevada, were once unknowingly paved with silver ore. When the locals found out what it was, they tore up the streets in a frenzy in less than 2 days.

Before President Trump, our first president, George Washington, was also the wealthiest with assets worth more than $500 million (in today’s dollars).

Two-thirds of all US $100 bills are held outside the US.

The 1962 escape from Alcatraz, the only successful one, is still under investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service.

The Library of Congress is keeping an archive of every tweet ever tweeted.

Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The oldest national park is Yellowstone, Wyoming which was founded in 1872.

The Founding Fathers penned the first couple of drafts of the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper since at the time at least 75 percent of all the world’s paper was made from cannabis hemp fiber.

Thomas Jefferson would greet White House guests in his robe and slippers.

American Indians were not made citizens of the U.S. until Congress acted in 1924.

The government is still paying one pension on behalf of a Civil War veteran (to his 85-year-old daughter).

Statistically, the deadliest job in America is … President. Of the 45 men who’ve held the post, four have been assassinated in office—a rate of roughly 9 percent (or about one in ten) killed on the job.

In 1918 a flu epidemic killed 548,000 people in the U.S.

Thomas Jefferson invented the swivel chair.

100 acres of Pizza are served in the U.S. every day.

President James Madison weighed less than the average American teenage girl. He was only 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed under 100 pounds.

It Costs the Government 1.7 Cents to Mint a Penny

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826 – 50 years to the day after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The state of Alaska is 429 times larger than the state of Rhode Island, but Rhode Island has a significantly larger population.

The term “O.K.” is credited to Martin Van Buren who was raised in Kinderhook, New York. After he went into politics, Van Buren became known as “Old Kinderhook.” Soon people were using the term O.K. referring to Van Buren and the word “okay” was derived.

The Four Corners Monument is the only point in the U.S. shared by four states.

63% of U.S. prison inmates can’t read.

80% of the land in Nevada is owned by the U.S. government.

America’s first slave owner was a black man.

Snake Alley, the most crooked street in the world, can be found in Burlington, Iowa.

FBI G-Men make an arrest

FBI G-Men make an arrest

The 30’s gangster Machine Gun Kelly gave the FBI the nickname “G-Men.”

150 residences in New York City got the first televisions in 1936.

James Buchanan was an eternal bachelor. He was the only president never to marry.

America’s oldest airport is located in Maryland. It was founded by the Wright brothers in 1909.

Every second, Americans collectively eat 100 pounds of chocolate.

Although Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the U.S., it is technically 47th because Congress forgot to vote on a resolution to admit it to the Union until 1953.

Grover Cleveland personally answered the White House phone.

The first gold rush in the United States happened in Dahlonega, Georgia, 1828.

The first program NBC broadcast to them was a cartoon of Felix The Cat!

By 1808 a law was set by Congress, this law banned the importing of African slaves into the U.S.

President George Washington

President George Washington

George Washington was the only American president to be unanimously elected.

There’s a town called “Big Ugly” in West Virginia.

Ulysses S. Grant was the first president to run against a woman candidate, Virginia Woodhull the nominee of the “Equal Rights Party” in 1872.

By law, only dead people can appear on U.S. currency.

In Montana, cows outnumber people 3 to 1.

Los Angeles was not as “tall” as other large cities and sprawls for miles. One reason is that before 1957, there was a law against any building having more than 13 stories. They were afraid of earthquakes. City Hall, built in 1927, was the lone exception.

GPS is owned and controlled by the U.S. Government. It can be ‘switched off’ at any time.

One out of every eight Americans has been employed by McDonald’s at some point.

The only president who was an executioner: Grover Cleveland. As sheriff of Erie County, New York, he hanged a murderer.

An estimated one in ten of us could be a blood relative to one of the original 102 pilgrims who arrived aboard the Mayflower in 1620.

During Prohibition, the government started poisoning beer, which led to thousands of deaths.

The lowest point in the Western Hemisphere is Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park. It is 282 ft. below sea level.

A South Dakota miner started calling Mount Rushmore by this name after a visiting New York attorney – Charles Rushmore – inquired about the name of the granite cliff. The name stuck and became official in 1930.

In 1919, Boston had a molasses disaster. 2 million gallons of crude molasses burst from a tank and pushed its way through the neighborhood and city. It killed at least 21 people and took weeks to clean up.

There are three towns in the United States that have the name “Santa Claus“.

The world’s tallest roller coaster is Kingda Ka located at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.

America is one of the only countries to display their flag almost everywhere.

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 all over the United States.

Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon, everyone knows that. But did you know that he was almost the first man “lost” in space? He was aboard Gemini 8 when it began spinning out of control while attempting a docking maneuver. Armstrong almost blacked out before correcting the problem.

A redwood tree in California has been dubbed the Tallest Living Thing. It is about 367 feet high and resides in Montgomery Woods State Reserve.

The North American beaver is the continent’s largest rodent, weighing nearly 60 pounds.

The Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park, drawing more than 10 million recreational visits each year.

The average American spends more than 10 hours a day using an electronic device.

In 1893, an amendment was proposed to rename the U.S. into the “United States of the Earth”.

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