10 Fun Facts About America Even Americans Don’t Know

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1.Out of this world flag:

During the 1960’s and 1970’s the crew of the famous Apollo spacecraft planted six flags on the surface of the moon. Each of the six successful Apollo mission that landed on the moon planted a flag. According to the lunar scientist, those flags which were planted way back in the time between 1969 and 1972 are still standing tall representing the great pride and honor of the nation.

2.Americans on the moon:

The famous initiative known as the “Apollo Mission” several astronauts of the US were sent to the moon. Such a mission was conducted six times(Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17). Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong took his memorable “One Small Step” on July 20, 1969. Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan left the lunar surface on December 14, 1972, saying, “I take man’s last step from the surface, back home for some time to come.”

3.The greatest of the Great Lakes: Lake Superior in the United States is the largest lake in terms of water volume and the amount of area covered. The water volume is about 2,904 cubic miles(12,104 cubic kilometers) and the surface area covered by the lake is about 31,700 square miles(82,103 square kilometers).

4.The most visited museums in America:

i)The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum:

Located in Washington, D.C. the museum offers the world’s largest display of aviation and space aircraft including the Wright Flyer and Command Module from the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. It consists of twenty-three galleries which exhibits hundreds of aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets and other flights.

ii)New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art: It has over two million works from some of the greatest artists in the world which includes works of artists like Monet, Renoir, Picasso, and Van Gogh etc. It ranked among the third most visited museum in the world with nearly 7.06 million visitors in 2016.

Both museums saw around 7 million visitors in 2017. The second place goes to the National Museum of China in Beijing.

5.America’s Favorite Drink:

You may be extremely surprised to learn that according to a recent report the most favorite drink of US right now is water. Yes, you have heard it right. For the first time in nearly 30 years, water has beaten soda as the most favorite drink of US. The two are closely followed by tea and coffee. The people in the US on an average drink 23 gallons of coffee and 20.2 gallons of milk per year.

6.The Library of Congress Archives: It is the national library of the US and the largest library in the world which consist of over 167 million items like rare books, manuscripts, photographs, recordings and plenty of other important and historical materials.

Incidentally, the library hosts the US copyright office. They’ve been archiving tweets since 2006 to “preserve a record of knowledge and creativity for Congress and the American people.”In December 2017 the library announced that they would stop collecting tweets from everyone and would be way more selective from 2018 onwards.

7.Hollywoodland:

It is actually a 352-foot-long sign(107.3m) which is made up of 45-foot-tall(13.7m)letters. Located in Los Angeles in California it stands as a landmark and icon of Hollywood. The total cost of building it was around $21,000 in 1923. This iconic sign actually read “Hollywoodland” instead of “Hollywood.” It was originally meant to be a real estate ad for a local real estate company that was only supposed to stand for about a year and a half. The sign is now protected and promoted by “The Hollywood Sign Trust” which is a nonprofit organization.

8.Halloween Craze:

Most of the people in America seem to love this spooky holiday enough to make all kinds of things like dressing up in different attires, throwing parties and making expensive purchases. People love to engage themselves in different types of Halloween related festivities. It’s a kind of fun activity which is enjoyed by people of all ages. This holiday comes second only to Christmas in terms of festivity and enjoyment.

9.The Empire State Building lightning strikes:

The Empire State Building is considered as one of the tallest building in the world with 102 stories and 1,454 feet tall (443.2m). It’s no surprise that the building is susceptible to lightning strikes. According to estimates, the building is struck by lightning 23 times per year. As the place is often frequented by storm and lightning the tower gets hit very often.

10.The Statue of Liberty:

A fact that many of us don’t know about this landmark structure is that this statue was not built in the country itself. Actually, it was built in France and was brought to America in 1886. It was received as a gift from the people of France and was designed by a renowned French sculptor. You can climb the 162 steps from the pedestal to the crown for a unique view through the tiny windows up there, but there’s only a very cramped 6 feet of space there.

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