Even the most educated American will not know all the massive trivial facts about the United States. The following collection represents a wide selection of the unknown and sometimes just strange facts, events, products and people that make this country.
Paper currency in the United States is made by the Crane and Company of Massachusetts and Connecticut and has been exclusive since 1879. They are most famous for producing their fine stationary products since the late 1700s.
Toothpaste made by the Colgate Company started in 1873 in a jar rather than a tube.
Coke Cola, originated in Georgia and first large sign advertising Coke was placed on a building in Carterville, Georgia in 1894. That sign remains over a hundred years later on that building.
Mr. Peanut, the icon for Planters Peanut Co., was developed by schoolchildren in 1916.
The American built Boeing 747-400 has six million parts.
On the LIFE MAGAZINE cover over the decades, it is the actress, Elizabeth Taylor, who has graced the cover the most times.
Mickey Mouse’s original name suggested by Walt Disney was ‘Mortimer Mouse’.
The Jelly Bean Candy Company with their two factories produces 1,250,000 jelly beans an hour.
Monkey Nuts and Goober Peas is another name for peanuts in the South in the 1800s.
The first prime time cartoon aired in the U. S. was “The Flintstones”, running on ABC from 1960 to 1966.
Herbert Hoover was not only a U.S. President but held many governmental jobs over his 47- year career. He never kept any of his governmental salaries, instead, he turn the money over to various charities.
Residents of the United States use an average of 749 pounds of paper products a year.
On an average there are 550 auto accidents per day from the driver falling asleep at the wheel.
America’s only mobile national monument are the San Francisco cable cars.
Toothpicks which are made of birch wood are mostly produced in Strong, Maine.
The number one city in the U. S. with the most registered bowlers is Detroit, Michigan.
Niagara Falls stopped flowing for about 20 minutes in 1848 due to the massive frozen ice in the Niagara River.
The first Whopper Sandwich of Burger King cost 37 cents in 1957.
On the U. S. $5 dollar bill, along the top of the Lincoln Memorial image appears the names of all 50 states.
Bubble gum, good for blowing large bubbles, is pink because the inventor, Walter E. Diemer, who worked for the Fleer Chewing Gum Company in Philadelphia, only had the pink food coloring available.
Dustin Hoffman’s nickname as a child was “Tootsie.” He suggested that name for the movie he starred in 1982.
The famous Super Bowl trophy is made by the Tiffany Company of New York.
New Haven, Connecticut had the first telephone directory. It was produced in 1878 and was one page in length with fifty names.
The most popular cheese in America is ‘cheddar cheese.’
Approximately 70% of all present-day Americans have visited Disneyland and / or Disney World at least once.
The oldest professional baseball team is the Cincinnati Reds.
Aspirin was the first drug produced in tablet form.
The original name for the board game ‘Scrabble’ was ‘Criss Cross Words.’
During their childhood, American kids eat about 1,500 peanut butter sandwiches. Americans overall, consume more peanut butter than anyone else in the world.
The S.O.S. cleaning pads were invented in 1917. The name stands for ‘Save Our Saucepans.’
Thomas Edison was inspired to invent the light bulb because he was afraid of the dark.
In Las Vegas, is America’s largest hotel, the MGM Grand, with 5,690 rooms.
In 1897, America’s first subway system was in operation in Boston, Massachusetts.
The longest paved road in the United States is Route 20, at 3,365 miles in length.
The Tootsie Roll candy started in 1896 and sold as a wrapped piece for one cent.
Cartoon character, ‘Popeye’, was based on the Frank (Rocky) Fiegel, a real individual in Chester, Illinois, who was considered a very tough, strong man. Frank was born in 1868 and died in 1947.
There are no clocks hanging or on display in any of the Las Vegas casinos. That way players will not realize how long they have been in the casino.
During World War II, there was a candy shortage. So instead of candy being purchased in the movie theatres, the owners started selling popcorn. It became an instant hit.
In the U. S., birthdays for all race horses are marked as January 1st, not matter when they were actually born.
The Hollywood Oscars, were first made of gold-plated bronze, then brittania metal covered in 24-karat gold. During 1942-1944, the Oscar winners received painted plastic statues because all metals were needed for the war effort. After the war ended, the Oscar winners during the war years received the traditional gold covered metal statues.
Twenty-five per cent of American households owned at least one cat, making a total of about 65.8 million cats.
There was no full moon during February 1865 and February 1999.
The string on a box of ‘Animal Crackers’ was originally placed there in 1902 so children could have the box of cookie treats hanging on the Christmas tree.
Factory produced lollipops began in 1908 in New Haven, Connecticut.
Two food items, chop suey and the fortune cookie, originated in the U.S., not China.
There are 250,000 rivers across the United States.
Only one female has ever appeared on U. S. paper currency and it was Martha Washington. She was on the face of the $1 Silver Certificate of 1886 and 1891 and then on the back of the 1896 $1 Silver Certificate.
The two marble lions outside the entrance of the NYC Public Library are named ‘Patience’ and ‘Fortitude’ in the 1930’s by the city’s Mayor LaGuardia. The original name for the lions were ‘Leo Astor’ and ‘Leo Lenox’, after The New York Public Library founders John Jacob Astor and James Lenox. Then known as ‘Lady Astor’ and ‘Lord Lenox’ until the mayor officially changed the names.
Unusual place names in the United States include: Intercourse, PA; Shafter, CA; Climax, CO; Hell, MI; Peculiar, MO; and Monkey’s Eyebrow, KY.
There are over 2 million prison inmates in the United States, about 1 out of every 140 Americans.
Americans flush 5 billion gallons of water daily using a toilet.
For her personal safety, the U.S. Secret Service had First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt carry a small handgun in her purse.
On September 13, 1916, the citizens of Erwin, Tennessee hung “Mary, the Elephant” for murdering Red Eldridge, a worker for the Sparks World Famous Shows. The inexperienced Eldridge was killed by the elephant while he was handling her after a performance. About 2,500 people came out to witness the elephant’s hanging.
There are approximately 100 million single adults of all ages in the United States.