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33 Strange Facts About America That Most Americans Would Be Shocked To Learn

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

Did you know that about one-fourth of the entire global prison population is in the United States?  Did you know that Apple has more money than the U.S. Treasury?  Did you know that if you have no debt and also have 10 dollars in your wallet that you are wealthier than 25 percent of all Americans?  Did you know that by the time an American child reaches the age of 18, that child will have seen approximately 40,000 murders on television?  There are some things that are great about the United States, and there are definitely some things that are not so great.  Once upon a time we were the most loved and most respected nation on the entire planet, but those days are long gone.  We have wrecked our economy, we have lost our values and we have fumbled away our future.  But if you look close enough, you can still see many of the things that once made this country a shining beacon to the rest of the world.  This article includes some weird facts, some fun facts, but also some very troubling facts.  It has been said that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, and hopefully as people enjoy reading the fun facts in this article they will also take note of the more serious facts.  If we are ever going to change course as a nation, we need to come to grips with just how far we have fallen.  The following are 33 strange facts about America that most Americans would be shocked to learn…

#1 The amount of cement that China used from 2011 to 2013 was greater than the total amount of cement that the United States used during the entire 20th century.

#2 In more than half of all U.S. states, the highest paid public employee in the state is a football coach.

#3 It costs the U.S. government 1.8 cents to mint a penny and 9.4 cents to mint a nickel.

#4 Almost half of all Americans (47 percent) do not put a single penny out of their paychecks into savings.

#5 In 2014, police in the United States killed 1,100 people.  During that same year, police in Canada killed 14 people, police in China killed 12 people and police in Germany didn’t kill anyone at all.

#6 The state of Alaska is 429 times larger than the state of Rhode Island is.  But Rhode Island has a significantly larger population than Alaska does.

#7 Alaska has a longer coastline than all of the other 49 U.S. states put together.

#8 The city of Juneau, Alaska is about 3,000 square miles in size.  It is actually larger than the entire state of Delaware.

#9 When LBJ’s “War on Poverty” began, less than 10 percent of all U.S. children were growing up in single parent households.  Today, that number has skyrocketed to 33 percent.

#10 In 1950, less than 5 percent of all babies in America were born to unmarried parents.  Today, that number is over 40 percent.

#11 The poverty rate for households that are led by a married couple is 6.8 percent.  For households that are led by a female single parent, the poverty rate is 37.1 percent.

#12 In 2013, women earned 60 percent of all bachelor’s degrees that were awarded that year in the United States.

#13 According to the CDC, 34.6 percent of all men in the U.S. are obese at this point.

#14 The average supermarket in the United States wastes about 3,000 pounds of food each year.

#15 Right now, more than 200 million people around the planet are officially considered to be unemployed.  Meanwhile, approximately 20 percent of the garbage that goes into our landfills is food.

#16 There is a city in Bangladesh called Dhaka where workers are paid just one dollar for every 1,000 bricks that they carry.  Meanwhile, the “inactivity rate” for men in their prime working years in the United States is hovering near record high levels.

#17 According to one recent survey, 81 percent of Russians now have a negative view of the United States.  That is much higher than at the end of the Cold War era.

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10 comments to 33 Strange Facts About America That Most Americans Would Be Shocked To Learn

  • rl

    Yeah, I know all this.
    Also know there is nothing better than a good 33 in your face too.

  • C.i.

    #18. Most Australians Have A Negative Opinion Of Any One From America.

  • Eric

    Most Americans are too ignorant and uninformed to be shocked by anything that doesn’t fit into their happy little consumerism bubble.

    Take the football and beer away…now that would give them all heart attacks.

  • What is this ” We ” crap ?

    The ” Tribe ” has conquered this country and is now running the show !

    From the Financial and Economic , MSM , Hollyweird , DHS and it’s bastard stepchild ” Police State ” , Common Core Diseducational Government Factory School System , to the Zio-Unsupreme Court and the system under it , to the AIPAC run Legislative and Executive Branches of the U.S. Government !

    Yeap , I do KNOW THAT America is an ” Occupied ” Country ! ”

    ” All Hail Satan ! “

  • rl

    Time to take notice of the yank bashing guys.
    Its here and other posts and places as the world does as its designed to following the script.
    Fear mongering for bashing and theft for poverty coming home to roost.
    Were are to be day by day the world idiots and fools, barrys stupid bitches and our fellows pawns.
    Aussie opinion is cool to note for just this reason and why would be any different.
    Yet of they many I knew and lived amongst the norm was that the women loved us, and men didnt, accordingly. Seems macho blowhard was optional, or at least thats what I was told to many times to count.
    It was funner watching the brits and aussies measure dicks anyway while the rest of us swilled pints and swayed the lasses.
    But what do I know.
    Times change but I do know Shiela and the good blokes from down knew to.

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