Jul 4, 2010

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My Life’s Quirks – Learning More About My Neighbor

I’m not sure if you are aware, but I am not American. 😉  But in honor of The United States’ Independence Day celebration, I have decided to research my good neighbor and try and find some interesting tidbits that I may not already know.  What I found was interesting…to say the least.  (It’s not necessarily the States’ fault as much as the internet’s blunder.)  Of all the things I read, here are the facts that I found the most note-worthy:

  • Jimmy Carter was the first president born in a hospital. (I’m happy for his mommy)
  • The State of Florida is bigger than the country of England! (What do we think – does size really matter?)
  • There are no snakes in Maine. (Phew!  Good to know!)
  • In 1919 there was a molasses disaster in Boston. 2 million gallons burst from a tank and engulfed a neighborhood and killed 21 people! (But what a way to go!…)
  • General Ulysses S. Grant’s real name was Hiram. (Sounds like the kind of name we’d find in one of our time-travel themed historical romance novels…)
  • Roger Sherman, was the only shoemaker to sign the Declaration of Independence..  (There was only one?  What was wrong with those people?!)
  • Giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camelsand camels have three eyelids. (I really don’t know what that has to do with the United States specifically.  I just found it peculiar that this particular fact was listed in an article called “Fun Facts about the U.S.”)
  • It’s estimated that at any one time around 0.7% of the world’s population is drunk.  (Yet another non-U.S. related fact that I found on the same list… Seriously, who wrote this thing?  They must have been among the 0.7%!  I hope it was at least noon where they were…)
  • 55.1% of all US prisoners are in prison for drug offenses. (Alrighty then…)
  • The first President to ride in an automobile was William McKinley. After being shot, he was taken to the hospital in a 1901 Columbia electric ambulance. (Well um, lucky him?!?…)
  • The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used. (Woo Hoo!  Go U.S.A.!  Wait…what?!)
  • Many important inventions hail from the United States of America:  Air conditioning in 1911, the camera in 1888, the car radio in 1929, chewing gum in 1848, the microwave oven in 1947, the typewriter in 1867 and let’s not forget Bumpits in 2007!

The States is a proud country with a very rich and complex history.   American’s are not afraid to let you know where they are from and why they are so cool.  There are over 307,000,000 people living in the U.S.  so I’m sure you definitely don’t know Dick from the States do you?!  There were many quirky facts online, but there were also many pages that just listed all of the ways America was a wonderful country and how much its people just loved living there.  So Happy Independence Day to all of you who are happy to be Americans!  I hope it’s not raining where you are so you can enjoy the fireworks!

Learning more about my neighbor.  Just another one of my life’s quirks.

  1. Thanks Julie!! Sometimes its a hard line to walk being an American…i do think the better off countries should help the less fortunate and sometimes that puts right in the middle of a war! Not something everyone agrees with.

    but i love all ur funny facts…thank goodness for AC!! and Bumpits are still highly popular….LOL!

  2. Bumpits kind of scare me! lol I have yet to see anyone use them — big hair is not so popular up here.

  3. I had no idea FL > England. And the Bumpit…omg…that is the worst infomercial/invention ever!!!

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