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40 Weird Facts About The United States That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe

In case you hadn't noticed, the United States is a really weird place.  Not that "weird" is always bad.  Sometimes "weird" can keep life interesting.  But without a doubt, the United States is one of the most unique nations in the history of the world.  Some of the weird facts about the United States listed below may be difficult for you to believe.  Others are likely to completely shock you.  Hopefully there is a little something for everyone in this article, and hopefully you will learn some new things from reading it.  I know that I certainly learned some new things as I wrote it.  In general, everything tends to be larger in America.  The people are larger, the cars are larger, the divorce rate is the highest on the planet and the U.S. government has piled up the largest debt in the history of the world.  Whether America does something good or bad, it usually does it in a very "big" way.  It is easy to love the United States and all the good that it has done, but it is also easy to be horrified by how far this nation has fallen and by the direction that this country is currently headed.  So where does America go from here?  That is a very good question.

The following are 40 weird facts about the United States that are almost too crazy to believe....

#1 The highest point in the state of Florida is only 345 feet (115 yards) above sea level.

#2 Today, 66 percent of all Americans are considered to be overweight.

#3 The state of Alaska is 429 times larger than the state of Rhode Island is.  But Rhode Island has a significantly larger population than Alaska does.

#4 The average supermarket in the United States wastes about 3,000 pounds of food each year.

#5 Approximately 48 percent of all Americans are currently either considered to be "low income" or are living in poverty.

#6 Alaska has a longer coastline than all of the other 49 U.S. states put together.

#7 In the UK, an average of about $3,500 is spent on healthcare per person each year.  In the United States, an average of about $8,500 is spent on healthcare per person each year.

#8 Montana has three times as many cows as it does people.

#9 The average U.S. citizen drinks the equivalent of more than 600 sodas each year.

#10 The only place in the United States where coffee is grown commercially is in Hawaii.

#11 The United States has 845 motor vehicles for every 1,000 people.  Japan only has 593 for every 1,000 people and Germany only has 540 for every 1,000 people.

#12 The grizzly bear is the official state animal of California.  But no grizzly bears have been seen there since 1922.

#13 For many years it was the other way around, but today a majority of all Americans (including Pat Robertson) actually support the legalization of marijuana.

#14 Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. president to have been born in a hospital.

#15 In the middle of the last century, the United States was #1 in the world in GDP per capita.  Today, the United States is #13 in GDP per capita.

#16 Today, approximately 25 million American adults are living with their parents.

#17 One survey found that 25 percent of all employees that have Internet access in the United States visit pornography websites while they are at work.

#18 In 2011, our trade deficit with China was more than 49,000 times larger than it was back in 1985.

#19 One out of every seven Americans has at least 10 credit cards.

#20 The city of Juneau, Alaska is about 3,000 square miles large.  It is actually bigger than the entire state of Delaware.

#21 The United States puts a higher percentage of its population in prison than any other nation on earth does.

#22 There are more unemployed workers in the United States than there are people living in the entire nation of Greece.

#23 The original name of the city of Atlanta was "Terminus".

#24 Sadly, more than 52 percent of all children that live in Cleveland, Ohio are living in poverty.

#25 The median price of a home in the city of Detroit is now about $6000.

#26 Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs.  Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

#27 According to author Paul Osterman, about 20 percent of all U.S. adults are currently working jobs that pay poverty-level wages.

#28 According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, approximately 167,000 Americans have more than $200,000 of student loan debt.

#29 There are three towns in the United States that have the name "Santa Claus".

#30 There are 313 million people living in the United States.  46 million of them are on food stamps.

#31 In the United States as a whole, one out of every four children is on food stamps.

#32 In 1940, 68.0% of all women in the 20 to 34 year old age group in the United States were married.  In 2010, only 39.2% of women in that age group were married.

#33 The United States has a teen pregnancy rate of 22 percent - the highest in the world.  New Zealand is number two at 14 percent.

#34 According to the CDC, there are 19 million new cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia in the United States every single year.

#35 The United States has the highest divorce rate on the globe by a wide margin.  Puerto Rico is number two.  Perhaps Puerto Rico really would fit in as the 51st state.

#36 More people have been diagnosed with mental disorders in the United States than in any other nation on earth.

#37 The United States has more government debt per capita than Greece, Portugal, Italy, Ireland or Spain.

#38 If Bill Gates gave every single penny of his fortune to the U.S. government, it would only cover the U.S. budget deficit for about 15 days.

#39 The U.S. national debt is now more than 22 times larger than it was when Jimmy Carter became president.

#40 It took from the founding of the nation until 1981 for the U.S. national debt to cross the one trillion dollar mark.  Today, our national debt is well over 15 trillion dollars and we add more than a trillion dollars to our debt every single year.

Do you have any other weird facts that you think should be added to this list? Please feel free to leave a comment with your feedback below....

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  • Jupiter.

    This list is absolutley appalling. As a proud Black American citizen—no! As an American citizen periode, I have to ask, aren’t there any facts that don’t have to deal with Obesity, poverty, wasting food? Where are the facts on our culture?
    Our proud Native and modern cultures?
    America is more than this disgraceful list.
    What more can be said? Pity for the person who made this.

  • HHH

    It took 205 years for America’s debt to reach 1 trillion $ and it has gone up 14 trillion in the past 32 years and some of you skinheads are trying to say this country is okay. WTF!?!

  • HHH

    Georgia?! Forget Georgia come to Wisconsin. Milwaukee, WI!

    • urgo

      YAHHHHHHHH!

  • lol

    its funny

  • lol

    you idiots

  • Tafsirul Royal

    Its amaze me that how could you guys even think that you are poor!!!! go see Africa, Asia, and others to know that what is the actual meaning of poverty… They are crying for foods, dying for cloths and you are sitting on a replica and saying oH! I am getting poor day by day Cz my AC is not working……Wake up.

    • Mystery Man

      Agreed

  • Reln

    This is ridiculous and upsetting. Why only include negative things about the US? Why not include some positive things as well.

    • JustAGoodGuest

      “#29 There are three towns in the United States that have the name ‘Santa Claus’”
      If that’s not positive then I don’t know what is

  • American

    Usa rocks

  • Jim

    What in the world….. these facts are pretty negative. Check out facts about Canada and the focus is on the positive. I love living in the USA and feel privileged to be here. Start focusing on your positives!

  • jeet varma

    i was living in the virginia, usa . I had faced lots of weird problems that i still havn’t faced in london.

  • John

    America is America it’ll be what it wants to be…………….. while at the same time being the number 1 nation. So back the f up with these stupid comments. #hatersgonnahate

  • gdfgdgfgw54tres

    Uus people are over weight

  • gdfgdgfgw54tres

    who lives in England ME! England is the best and i have a randoom name :) !

  • gdfgdgfgw54tres

    USA vs ENGLAND
    Which do you chose?

    • zennonuc

      England

  • america

    **** you gdfgdgfgw54tres you are a stupid brit actually America sucks are government is terrible

  • England!

    England vs America
    Whos side are you on?

  • zennonuc

    USA SUCKS!!!! GO TO CANADA!!!!!!! BOOO REPUBLICANS!!!!!!!!

  • Name

    41 :- Usama-bin-ladin is Obama-bin-ladin

  • Lawrence

    And the Gov. Still hasnt woke up. That God hand is nowhere around.

  • me

    this isn’t weird. it’s depressing-

  • Em

    I think America is getting worse by the minute. Other countries may think that we’re rich, that’s not true. 15 trillion?? That’s more than what every single American will earn in a lifetime!!! Also, there’s a difference between poverty and very low income. POVERTY is when you can’t keep/no longer own your home, you only have a few meals a week, don’t have a car. Low income is just when you’re struggling, if you’re near the poverty level you probably have to cancel tv service for a while to catch up with your bills, have a mortgage on your home, and eat every day, but have to skip a meal a day probably. Let’s hope Obama doesn’t turn this nation upside down. Debts and gas prices have tripled since he came along. Also, he thinks he can turn Obamacare around when it’s a plane falling down to earth and he’s trying to get it flying again. I think Britain and France and Spain and all those European countries get all the good stuff. We have some pretty bad things about us, like missing a plane if you don’t arrive at the airport because they think there’s gonna be more terrorist attacks ( I don’t blame them I would too), technically we’re at war, we’ve killed 3x as many Iranians as they’ve killed us, and China is very close to attacking us, because we owe them way too much… Nothing much to brag about folks.

    Also, we’re not as bad as some countries. Like India, also, Africa isn’t as bad as it seems, only about 2% of the African population is poor says Wiki. But at least most of you guys have a roof over your head and food on the table, right?

  • Hayden

    Seriously if you guys think the US sucks so bad go live in North Korea where they have a dictator and see if you still think the US is the worst country in the world now!

  • Hayden

    Seriously I’d bet 99.9% of you are racist,fat,and Uneducated.

  • ashley

    cool facts
    didnt know those things about the usa
    live in canada

  • John

    The person who I bet “made up” these facts is sooooooo liberal.

  • DaRussianBeast

    In Tucson, it is illegal for women to wear pants.
    In Globe, it is illegal to play cards in the street with a Native American.
    In Glendale, it is illegal to drive a car in reverse.
    In Nogales, it is illegal to wear suspenders.

  • Truth

    The president of America is illuminati and the dollar will crash if all the money from around the world will come back and then probably america will make an electronic money which will lead to a inserting chips in the people and government will vote for the leader of whole world and then it will be the end then the catastrophes will start and the islands going to go under the water and the moscow going to crash and fall inside the earth but before that the russia going to grow in politics and will make an empire and will make a czar of that empire but anyway after time it will crsh and then it will be whole world drought there wont be any food and drink because of the world and lots of people will die and then the illuminati will come to the power.

  • Hannah

    Go Louisville!

  • gummybear

    if Obama keeps fighting us on gun control and he wins that means more fist fights.. :(

  • a person

    I looked at this for facts about the USA government not for this place to be trashed.

  • Edward

    U.S.A suxxxxxxxxxx! Canada is wayyyyy better!

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