July is the month we celebrate America, and while you may think you know all
about our history, you probably don't know these thirty tidbits. Read on to
discover some little-known fun facts.
Washington's teeth were never made of wood. Human and animal teeth, even ivory,
but never wood.
2. Theodore Roosevelt was a speed reader with a
photographic memory. He could read an entire page in the time it took someone
else to read a sentence.
3. Gerald Ford was the only President whose two
assassination attempts were made by women and the only one who modeled for
4. As a young man, Andrew Johnson was indentured to a tailor.
He also made all his own clothes.
5. Lyndon Johnson started out as was a
teacher at a small school in Texas.
6. James Garfield was the only president
who was a minister.
7. Harry S. Truman's middle initial isn't short for
anything. His parents could not decide which grandfather to name him after ?
Shippe or Solomon, so the initial honors them both.
8. Among Thomas
Jefferson's many inventions were the pedometer, the lazy Susan, and the swivel
9. At a mere five-foot-four and weighing just one hundred pounds,
James Madison was our most diminutive President.
10. Andrew Jackson fought
in over one hundred duels and married his wife Rachel before she was divorced
from her first husband. (They legally married later.)
11. Zachary Taylor's
wife taught him to read and write.
12. James Garfield could write Latin
with one hand and Greek with the other... at the same time.
13. Jimmy Carter
was the first President to be born in a hospital.
14. Herbert Hoover made
"The Star Spangled Banner" our national anthem.
15. The "largest" city in the U.S. is not L.A. or New York. It's Juneau, Alaska
which covers about 3,000 square miles, roughly the size of Delaware.
16. Martin Luther King Jr's name was originally Michael, like his father's. Dad
changed both their names when young "Martin" was five.
17. Maine is the
only state in the lower 48 to have no poisonous snakes and to border only one
18. While many movies romanticize immigrants standing on the
ship deck awestruck by the Statue of Liberty, the reality is most were below
deck with little or no view.
19. Los Angeles is not known for its
skyscrapers for a reason. Before 1957 there was a law against building more than
13 stories due to fear of earthquakes.
20. We have 140 towns and cities
with the word Christmas in their names.
21. The crookedest street in the
world is not in San Francisco but is actually found in the Midwest. "Snake
Alley" is in Burlington, Iowa.
22. In an attempt to increase tea sales in
the U.S., a British businessman was the first to serve iced tea in the U.S. at
the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.
23. Virginia has more Civil War
battlegrounds than any other state.
24. Despite what we all learned in
school, our longest river is not the Mississippi at 2,348 miles, but the
Missouri at 2,466 miles. The Mississippi is considered the longest because it is
the longest continuous river whereas the Missouri is not continuous.
25. Roger Sherman was the only shoemaker to sign the Declaration of
26. The current version of our flag was
designed by an 18-year old high school student who only received a B- for his
27. Six U.S. flags are on the moon put up by Apollo 11, 12, 14,
15, 16 and 17.
28. When folded properly, the U.S. flag is shaped like a
triangle with only the stars showing. For those who are precise, it usually
takes 13 folds, the same number of original colonies.
29. Early American
flags tell the story of their struggles with the environment. That's why they
put beavers, pine trees, and snakes on many of them.
30. While the most
common form of a star is the six-point, Betsy Ross objected to it because it was
often used in England and she wanted something different for our new nation. She
insisted on the five-point, which she could also make with a single scissor
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