“Born in the U.S.A” by Bruce Springsteen reached higher on the charts in Ireland, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands than it did in the U.S.A.
There is a street that is split down the middle by the USA-Canadian border, aptly named Canusa street. People who live in houses on the south side of the street are in the USA, and the north side, in Canada. Crossing the street requires having to report to the border crossing office.
“This Land Is Your Land,” by Woody Guthrie, a popular American folk song among patriots, was originally created as a criticism of Capitalism and the U.S. government by a Communist labor organizer.
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.