184 Random America Facts

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1. The first person to legally own a slave in Colonial America was black.
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2. America has never lost a war when donkeys were used.
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3. Less than a quarter of Americans express confidence in the criminal justice system.
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4. More than seven people die from suicide every hour in the Americas.
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5. Americans spend more than $5.4 billion dollars on their pets each year.
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6. One in six American adults binge drink weekly.
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7. American teachers are legally allowed to spank children in the classroom in 19 states.
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8. On average, Americans eat 3 hamburgers a week.
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9. Native Americans lost their history, their land, their culture, and is one of the least discussed genocides in world history.
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10. 3 out of 4 Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.
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11. Portland has a higher percentage of literate people than any other major city in America.
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12. Among young American adults aged 25-34, 17.7% of men and 11.7% of women live with their parents.
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13. 53% of Americans say they are satisfied with the acceptance of gays and lesbians in the U.S.
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14. 1 in 4 American dogs are overweight.
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15. $43 is the average amount Americans spend on a first date.
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16. Fortune cookies were actually invented in America, in 1918, by Charles Jung.
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17. White Americans are about 10% more optimistic about race relations than Black Americans are.
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18. The average American 3-year-old can recognize about 100 brand logos.
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19. One in three Americans believe in ESP, or a sixth sense that allows a person to pick up on unseen things with their mind.
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20. An American charity pays drug addicts roughly $300 to get sterilized.
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21. In colonial America, it was normal for people above the age of 15 to drink the equivalent of seven shots of alcohol per day.
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22. The average American sees 16,000 advertisements, logos, and labels per day.
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23. Each year approximately 250,000 American husbands are physically attacked and beaten by their wives
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24. New York is currently the most unhappy city in America.
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25. 1 in 4 Americans think God helps decide the outcome of football games.
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26. An average of 11 Americans die at work every day.
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27. 51% of Americans surveyed say abortion should be legal in all or most cases.
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28. The average American eats 25 pounds (11.3 KG) of candy each year.
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29. For 62% of Americans, success is defined by making a positive impact on the lives of others.
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30. American cows produce four times as much milk as they did in 1942.
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31. In 2007, an American man named Corey Taylor tried to fake his own death in order to get out of his cell phone contract without paying a fee.
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32. Money, work, economic outlook, family, and relationships are the most commonly cited sources of stress for Americans.
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33. About 15 to 25 percent of all Americans are supertasters, people who have more taste buds than the rest of us.
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34. Toothpicks are the objects most often choked on by Americans.
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35. In 1820, the average American drank half a pint of whisky every day.
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36. Americans on average spend 18% of his or her income on transportation. Only 13% is spent on food
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37. More than one-third of American babies are tapping on smartphones and tablets even before they learn to walk or talk, according to a study.
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38. In 18th-century America, Thanksgiving was celebrated with a day of fasting and prayer.
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39. The typical American child will be exposed to 12,000 violent acts on television a year.
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40. Americans spend more than 5.4 billion dollars on their pets each year.
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41. No American has died of old age since 1951.
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42. About 600 American patients catch fire during surgery every year.
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43. 20 percent of Americans never floss their teeth.
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44. According to one poll, 45% of Americans believe in ghosts or that the spirits of dead people can come back.
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45. One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.
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46. If you were drafted during the American Civil War, you could legally pay someone else $300 to go in your place.
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47. 46% of American adults can't read well enough to understand the label on their prescription medicine.
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48. 13 Americans have died as a result of laxative overdose.
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49. More than 80,000 bartenders in America have university degrees.
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50. 64% of Americans believe that having a sense of humor is the most important quality for a successful relationship, a survey revealed.
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51. In an American experiment, when showed gay porn, 80% of the homophobes had an erection compared to 34% of the non-homophobic subjects.
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52. By the time an average American child leaves school, they have seen over 40,000 murders on TV.
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53. Most modern Americans crave self-respect more than feelings of security and belonging.
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54. The American Automobile Association was founded for the sole purpose of warning motorists of police speed traps.
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55. The most misinformed Americans tend to be the most confident in their political views and are also the strongest partisans, research shows.
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56. In 1830, the average American was consuming 1.7 bottles of hard liquor per week.
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57. Nearly 4 in 10 Americans are afraid of walking alone at night within a mile of their home.
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58. 15% of Americans secretly bite their toe nails.
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59. 70% of Americans believe in the existence of the devil.
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60. In the American Depression, old tyres and fish skin were used as money.
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61. 75% of Americans have experienced at least one negative side effect of stress in the past month, with 37% feeling irritable or angry.
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62. Nearly 10% of Americans have gone to work while high on marijuana at least once.
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63. On average, Americans move to a new home 11 times in their life.
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64. The average American literally eats a ton of food each year — about 2,000 pounds.
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65. Until 1999, the American Heart Association warned the public not to eat fat, suggesting instead things like soft drinks and hard candy.
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66. 55% of Americans think they are smarter than the average American.
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67. There are more black people in jail now in America than were enslaved in 1850.
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68. The name 'jaguar' comes from the Native American word "yaguar" meaning 'he who kills with one leap.'
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69. The average American will eat 35,000 cookies in their lifetime.
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70. Almost 1 in 5 Americans have been hacked.
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71. 51 percent of Americans think bad weather affects cloud computing.
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72. The average American eats about 50 tons of food and drinks 50,000 liters (11,000 gallons) of liquid during their life.
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73. 50 to 60% of American teenage girls believe they are overweight, yet only 15 to 20% of them are actually overweight.
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74. Six percent of Americans don't know how to ride a bike.
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75. 90% of the thermostats in American offices don’t work.
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76. Over 50% of all single people in America have not had a date in more than two years.
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77. Nigeria is estimated to exceed the U.S. in population by 2050, despite being one-tenth the size of America.
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78. 47% of Americans say they cannot cover a $400 emergency expense without borrowing money or selling something.
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79. America has 19 aircraft carriers—the rest of the world has 12 combined.
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80. 100 years ago, most Americans spent 43% of each day working just to get food. Now, they spend only 7% of each day doing so.
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81. In 75% of American households, the women manage the money and pay the bills
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82. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
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83. 2.8 million American dogs are on antidepressants.
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84. American Civil War soldiers had a code of honor that forbade shooting at men while they were pooping.
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85. A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.
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86. A survey revealed that 15% of Americans find sarcasm to be an important quality in a relationship.
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87. There are 192 million pet fish in America
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88. Tobacco is the leading cause of death in America, more than any other drug or alcohol. Yet, it is legal.
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89. More than a third of the lobster dishes in American restaurants contain cheap seafood imitations in place of real lobster meat.
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90. 5% of white American adults are natural blonds
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91. In 2007, 210,000 Americans were injured by lawnmowers.
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92. In 2002, an American bomber attempted to plant 18 bombs which, when they exploded, would form a giant smiley face.
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93. The average American/Canadian drinks about 600 sodas a year.
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94. 3 out of 4 Americans store their dollar bills in rigid order with singles leading up to higher denominations.
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95. 92% of American children under age 2 have digital profiles and images of them posted online.
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96. On average, Americans consume 4 gallons of ice cream per person each year.
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97. Cast iron skillets used to be the leading source of iron in the American diet.
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98. The average American spends approximately 90% of the time indoors.
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99. 1 in 8 Americans have worked at McDonald’s.
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100. Almost 1% of American mothers claim to have been virgins when they gave birth.
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101. In 2014, just 24.5% of American 16-year-olds had a license, a 47-percent decrease from 1983, when 46.2% did.
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102. 98% of American women are larger than fashion models.
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103. Being a shopaholic negatively affects more than one out of every 20 Americans.
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104. Tesla Motors is the second oldest publicly listed American Automaker.
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105. 10% of Americans own a smartphone but do not have broadband internet at home, according to research.
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106. Until 1913, children in America could legally be sent by parcel post.
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107. American flags made in foreign countries are banned in the U.S. military.
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108. A 2014 survey revealed that more than one-quarter of Americans ages 18 to 33 had quit a job because their co workers were rude to them.
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109. By 2050, the average American will be of mixed race.
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110. American man Charles Osborne hiccuped continuously for 68 years, from 1922 to 1990.
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111. The poorest Americans are still richer than 80% of the world.
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112. White Americans live, on average, about 4 years longer than Black Americans.
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113. 1 in 5 Americans say they have seen a ghost or felt in the presence of one.
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114. Every year, the average meat-eating American ingests more than enough blood to fill a soda can
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115. The average American consumes 1.2 pounds of spider eggs a year and eat 2.5 pounds of insect parts a year.
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116. 90% of Americans expect a world disaster within the next 25 years.
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117. Each year, zebras are responsible for more injuries to American zookeepers than any other animal.
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118. In 1989, a new blockbuster store was opening in America every 17 hours.
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119. By the age of 70, the average American will have eaten the equivalent of 23 pigs, 14 cattle, and 12 sheep.
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120. According to the American Psychological Association, rural Americans are more likely to kill themselves than urban Americans.
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121. Pokémon provides scholarship money to top finishers in their American and world championship leagues.
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122. The average American spends a third of their overall time online playing games and using social networks.
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123. Nearly one-third of Americans believe animals should have the same rights as people, a recent Gallup poll found.
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124. 50% of all Americans live within 50 miles of where they grew up
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125. 1 in 6 Americans over seven feet tall are professional basketball players.
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126. 50% of Americans give more thought to their outfit for the day than their breakfast.
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127. Native Americans lost their history, their land, their culture in one of the least discussed genocides in world history.
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128. 1 in 10 Americans has had their identity stolen.
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129. Einstein denounced segregation, calling it a "disease of white people" and worked against racism in America.
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130. 25% of Americans have appeared on TV at least once in their life.
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131. The average American uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water a day, with toilet flushes being the largest use of water.
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132. Americans buy 11 billion paper clips a year, which is about 35 clips for every person in the country.
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133. Medical mistakes kill enough Americans each week to fill four 747s.
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134. If you have no debts and £10 in your pocket, you are wealthier than a quarter of Americans.
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135. 52% of Americans cannot afford the house they are currently living in.
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136. A quarter of American couples sleep in separate beds.
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137. By the time they leave high school American children will have eaten 1,500 peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches.
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138. 70% of the silent movies made in America have been lost.
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139. As of 2014, most Americans state that walking alone at night is their number one fear.
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140. Americans today work for the equivalent of one month more each year than they did in 1976.
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141. The average American unknowingly breaks at least three federal criminal laws every day.
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142. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, and 37% confuse thirst for hunger.
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143. The average American produces 10,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime: about the same amount of water as leaks from the average American home in a year.
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144. Black and White Americans use drugs at almost identical rates, but black people are 3 times for likely to be arrested for it.
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145. America once issued a 5-cent bill.
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146. 29 percent of Americans believes in astrology.
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147. Midcentury American lawyers spent 12 years arguing about what percentage of peanuts constitutes real peanut butter.
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148. Not a single winning couple from any season of the American reality show "The Bachelor" have remained married.
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149. 1 in every 200 young American women claims to have experienced a "virgin pregnancy."
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150. Every year, as many as 20% of Americans get sick with the flu, which can cause serious, even lethal complications.
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151. 1/4 of Americans think god helps decide the outcome of football games.
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152. American tank crews have a superstition that will not allow them to eat apricots, allow apricots on board or even say the word ‘apricot’.
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153. Leaving America with more than $5.00 in pennies is a crime that could land you in jail for five years.
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154. Einstein denounced segregation, calling it a "disease of white people" and worked against racism in America
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155. Nearly 10% of Americans say they have gone to work high on weed at least once.
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156. Sideburns are named after American Civil War General, General Burnside, who had huge sideburns connected by a mustache.
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157. If you are an average American you will spend 6 months of your life waiting at a stop light.
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158. Over 95% of all Americans will be overweight or obese in two decades.
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159. Mexican households generate 30% more rubbish than American households.
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160. Americans are as likely to be killed by their own furniture as by terrorism.
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161. Economic inequality in America today is worse than it was in 1774, just before the American Revolution.
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162. In the US today, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.
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163. About 30,000 Americans are injured by toilets every year.
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164. The higher the income, the more likely an American man will cheat on his wife.
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165. Most SouthernAmericans make no phonic distinction between pen & pin & this is one of the most recognized features of Southern speech today.
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166. The average American male lives about 3,962 weeks.
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167. An American threw a rat into a pile of burning leaves and it ran into his house while still ablaze and burnt his house down.
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168. The American giant water bug paralyzes its victim and then sucks the juices out of it.
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169. Only 2% of the clothing sold in America is made in America.
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170. In 2014, 66% of single American men and 50% of single American women reported that they had engaged in a one-night stand.
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171. According to the American Psychological Association, men are more likely to kill themselves than women.
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172. A study found that 1 in 5 American pediatricians have dismissed families who refuse to vaccinate their children from their medical practice.
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173. In 1859, a moral panic swept America over young people playing too much chess.
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174. Americans have the most difficulty falling asleep on Sunday nights.
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175. Marijuana is the most commonly used drug by people over the age of 12 in America.
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176. 20% of all Americans families have no family member employed.
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177. A study found that, in America, the average first and second grader has three times the recommended homework load.
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178. 41 percent of Americans did not use any vacation days in 2014.
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179. 28% of Americans believe a secret elite is conspiring to run the world.
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180. American kids are not getting fatter. Obesity rates are holding steady and have been for 9 years.
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181. In the past five years, at least six Americans have been shot by dogs.
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182. People in developing countries, such as Nigeria, are up to 5 times less likely to show clinically significant anxiety levels than Americans.
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183. The average Canadian is now richer (for the first time in history) than the average American.
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184. 40% of Americans iron their clothes while in their underwear or naked.

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