How Many of These Facts about America Did You Know?

Our Grand Old Flag

Our Grand Old FlagISTOCK/FLYSNOW
The current 50-star American flag was designed by a 17-year-old as a school project in 1958. He got a B-. Want to explore the beauty of the American West? Get more info about an amazing travel experience to America’s Cowboy Country here.
 

Talk about a Great Lake

Talk about a Great LakeISTOCK/MICHAEL WESTHOFF
There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover the entire landmass of North and South America in one foot of liquid.
 

A whole lotta pizza

A whole lotta pizzaISTOCK/REZ-ART
Meanwhile, we sell enough pizza every day to cover 100 acres.

Our mighty military

Our mighty militaryISTOCK/JOHN BELL
The largest air force in the world is the U.S. Air Force. The world’s second-largest air force is the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps combined.

Cry me a (very old) river

Cry me a (very old) riverISTOCK/DWIGHT NADIG
Three of the world’s five oldest rivers flow here: The New, the Susquehanna, and the French Broad Rivers are each hundreds of millions of years old.

The power of youth

The power of youthISTOCK/BCWH
But our nation is young: The government is still paying one pension on behalf of a Civil War veteran (to his 85-year-old daughter).
 

America’s deadliest job

America's deadliest jobISTOCK/EDSTOCK
Statistically, the deadliest job in America is … president. Of the 
44 men who’ve held the post, four have been assassinated in office—
a rate of roughly 9 percent (or about one in ten) killed on the job.

An entrepreneurial president

An entrepreneurial presidentTHE ALFRED WHITAL STERN COLLECTION OF LINCOLNIANA, ALEXANDER HESLER/LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
The only U.S. president to own a patent and a saloon: Abraham Lincoln. His patent was for a device to lift boats over sandbars. His saloon was a miserable failure. Here are famous presidential “quotes” that are completely fake.

The president you don’t want to mess with

The president you don't want to mess withNAPOLEON SARONY/LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
The only president who was an executioner: Grover Cleveland. As sheriff of Erie County, New York, he hanged a murderer.
 
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