Summer brings out the patriot in us with fireworks, parades, and community celebrations. We eat apple pie, sing the national anthem at baseball games, and visit historic spots like Gettysburg and the Statue of Liberty. While you learned the basics of American history in high school, there are plenty of fascinating facts not covered in typical textbooks. Here are just a few?
1. Due to painful dentures, George Washington gave the shortest inaugural address in history. With only one real tooth left at the time of his second inauguration, his 135-word speech lasted only 90 seconds.
2. What object do Americans choke on most often? A toothpick!
3.About 20 percent of the garbage in the world is generated by Americans.
4. The state with all or part of the ten largest American Indian reservations is Arizona.
5. Virginia extends farther west than West Virginia.
6. There have been no Democrat U.S. Presidents with a beard.
7. Harry Truman was the last President with no college degree.
8. Honolulu is the only place in the U.S. with a royal palace.
9. The first U.S. President to be born in a hospital was Jimmy Carter.
10. Due to sediment deposits from the Mississippi River, Louisiana is the only state that actually increases in land area every year.
11. In addition to its mainland, Louisiana consists of 2,482 islands.
12. Missouri and Kansas each have a Kansas City.
13. More than 10 percent of the world’s salt is used to de-ice American roads.
14. No President was an only child.
15. Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in any name of a state.
16. Thomas Jefferson was known to greet White House guests in his robe and slippers.
17. A little over 1 percent of Americans share the most common last name in the United States ? Smith.
18. The last time American Green Cards were actually green was 1964.
19. Florida is bigger than England.
20. The U.S. has more bagpipe bands than Scotland.
21. The U.S. motto, ?In God We Trust,? was not adopted as the national slogan until 1956.
22. The seven rays on the crown of the Statue of Liberty represent the seven continents. Each measures up to 9 feet in length and weighs as much as 150 pounds.
23. The United States consumes 25 percent of the world’s energy.
24. There are ten towns named Hollywood in the United States.
25. There are three towns in the United States that have the name ?Santa Claus.?
26. There are 365 steps on the front of the U.S. Capitol Building – one for every day of the year.
27. Alaska has a longer coastline than all of the other 49 U.S. states put together.
28. Abraham Lincoln was also a licensed bartender.
Show your patriotism and knowledge by sharing a few of these fun facts at your next family barbecue. And, if you want to buy American products, be sure to read labels carefully, consult websites, or contact a manufacturer directly. As always, your local Twist OP can be a helpful resource as well. Stop or call today.