If everyone lived like a resident of the United States, we would need the resources of 4.5 planet Earths for sustainable supply.
Americans can’t pass their own citizenship test. An impressive 91% of immigrants who seek to take an American citizenship test pass it. A sampling of Miami residents — all of whom were naturalized American citizens — didn’t do as well. Only 1 in 15 passed.
The USA made a $1 Billion payment to Native Americans for the theft of 56 million acres of land. Attorney general, Eric Holder, said the settlement was fair and honorable.
There exists the idea, that the growing Hispanic population in the American Southwest will allow Mexico to regain these territories, called the Reconquista.
In the early 1900′s, farmers used their fences to communicate. In some isolated farmers’ communities, it was cost effective for corporations to invest on the telephone infrastructure. Instead, the existing extent of barbed wire fences could be use to transmit electric signals and connect phones in neighboring farms.
The US consumes 99% of Vicodin in the world.
There is a group of people in northern California and southern Oregon who wish to secede from their states and create a 51st state, to be called Jefferson.
A Texas man has been in an armed standoff at his ranch for more than 12 years after jumping bail for assaulting a police officer.
Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, American Airlines and two other corporations released a movie called Proud American in 2008. The movie featured a overly-patriotic storyline about the wonders of American life. It was a failure, and became IMDB’s worst movie of the 2000′s.
44% of homeless people in the US actually have jobs but can’t afford housing.
The US, working with Hanes and Levi’s, pressured the Haitian government to block a minimum wage increase. Haitian workers are the lowest-paid in the western hemisphere.
The US economy has doubled in size since 1983, but the bottom 90% of earners have seen no growth in their income.
The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today. Approximately one out of every five households in the United States is now on food stamps. One out of every four American workers has a job that pays $10 an hour or less. 1.2 million students that attend public schools in America are homeless.
One out of every four bridges in America either carries more traffic than originally intended or is in need of repair.
Americans rank well below the worldwide average in just about every measure of skill. In math, reading, and technology-driven problem-solving, the United States performed worse than nearly every other country in the group of developed nations.