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 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 pizzaistock/rez-art
Meanwhile, we sell enough pizza every day to cover 100 acres.
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) 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 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 jobistock/EdStock
Statistically, the deadliest job in America is … president. Of the 45 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 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 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.
In praise of the pilgrimsistock/zudin
An estimated one in ten of us could be a blood relative to one of the original 102 pilgrims who arrived aboard the Mayflower in 1620. But we still believe these myths about Thanksgiving.