What Are Some Unusual Trivia Facts About the United States?


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Some unusual trivia about the United States include the fact that the largest state, Alaska, has over 400 times the surface area of Rhode Island, but only a fraction of the population; Wyoming first gave women the vote; and there is no official language, although English is the most used. Alaska has more coastline than the contiguous United States and its capital city, Juneau, is larger than some states.

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The Statue of Liberty is not only a gift from France, but it is not actually located in the state of New York. It actually lies in New Jersey. New York was originally called New Amsterdam when it was settled by the Dutch, but the English changed the name once they took over the city. Another architectural masterpiece from Europe is the London Bridge, moved to Arizona in 1968.

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the second and third president of the United States respectively and two of the founding fathers, had a long-standing rivalry that included a bet on who would be the first to die. Both died on the same day, July 4, 1826. Washington D.C. did not become the nation's capital until nearly halfway through George Washington's two terms. Between time in the Virginia militia and the Continental Army, Washington grew hemp at Mount Vernon.

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