The women who work in the garment recycling industry in India have a theory that because of a water shortage in the West, it must be cheaper to buy new clothes than to wash them. This explains why so many clothes are discarded barely worn.
A small town in Minnesota attempted to secede from the United States, as it could not get funding to fix it’s water system, and believed that it would be easier to accept foreign aid. It received it’s first “aid” in the form of a Ford squad car, and 10 cases of Jeno’s Sausage Pizza Mix.
Happiness and life satisfaction among United States adolescents, which increased between 1991 and 2011, suddenly declined after 2012. By 2016-17, both adults and adolescents were reporting significantly less happiness than they had in the 2000s.
“This map shows the most commonly spoken language in every US state, excluding English and Spanish”, by Andy Kiersz and Ivan De Luce, Business Insider (1/18/20)
The micronation of the Conch Republic seceded from the United States in 1982. They declared war on April 23rd 1982 and surrendered 1 minute after the declaration so they could apply for foreign aid.
On 7 May 1999, the United States bombed a Chinese Embassy and claimed it was a mistake. The incident is still brought up in meetings.
Similar to the fact that the American South may referred to as “The Bible Belt”, or the Great Lakes Region is referred to as “The Rust Belt”, the Mormon Corridor (in the Midwest of the US)is nicknamed “The Jello Belt” because they consume twice the amount of Jello as the average American.
The saying “Thank God for Mississippi” is used by residents of states who do poorly in rankings comparing US States, because Mississippi is almost always doing worse than they are.
In 1918, the geographic center of the United States was determined by balancing a cardboard cutout shape of the US on a point. It was accurate to within 20 miles.
The USA has a law that allows citizens to occupy any unclaimed island in the world, as long as there is seabird or bat poop on it.