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Saturday, July 5, 2008

My Country ‘tis of Thee

A day late, here are some of the reasons America is such a great place to live. I can’t guarantee the veracity of all these facts, because I found them online.

13 facts for the 13 colonies

13.No star on the flag represents any one state.

12.The crookedest street in the world is Snake Alley, located in Burlington, Iowa

11.The largest underground cave in the world, at 300 miles long, is the Mammoth-Flint Cave system in Kentucky

10.The largest meteorite crater in the world is in Winslow, Arizona. 4,150 feet across and 150 feet deep.

9.Approximately 35 million Americans are linked by blood to one (or more) of the 102 pilgrims who came to America on the Mayflower in 1620

8.The most telescopes in the world are located in Tucson, Arizona

7.According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there are 140 towns and cities in the U.S. that have the word "Christmas" in their names.

6. 98% of the world's crayfish can be found in Louisiana

5.The first electric traffic lights were invented and installed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1914

4.Iced tea was first served at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. A British businessman wanted to increase tea sales in America

3.Coca-Cola was first bottled in 1894 in Vicksburg, Mississippi

2.One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.

And the number one reason America is a great place to live...

1. Peanut butter was invented here by George Washington Carver

Sources: http://www.theholidayspot.com/july4/facts.htm, http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0770175.html, http://www.stephencarr.com/facts.html

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