See these 5 interesting facts even Americans don’t know about USA
What would you say if you discovered that even though George Washington was the first president of the United States, he never lived in the White House? Weird right?
Although the average native-born American would boast that they know their country's history, the sad truth is most would be shocked to realize that they may not pass the U.S. citizenship test.
If you're interested in knowing more than just that our country was discovered in 1776, here are 5 crazy facts about the U.S. that would keep you on the edge of your seats.
1. We've got no official language
Tree map of languages spoken in the United States by number of speakers:
Yes, we know what you're thinking – no way! With over 350 spoken languages in the U.S., there's no declaration of an official language by the government. Not even English. Sorry to say that you're probably part of the many people who always fail this history question.
2. The original capital of the United States was Philadelphia
Washington, D.C. wasn't the initial capital of our country. In fact, it was only built after the U.S. was created, and Philadelphia remained as temporary capital from 1790 up till 1800.
3. Where did all the $100 Bills go?
What if we told you that cash transactions had declined recently? With about two-thirds of $100 greenbacks situated abroad, these notes are among America's leading exports. Don't worry, though; this brings several benefits for the U.S.
4. There's a U.S. town with a population of 1
If you thought the idea of social distancing started in 2020, wait till you meet Elsie Eiler - the only resident of Monowi village in Nebraska. She's got no neighbors within 40 miles of her home! 84-year-old Elsie is the town's librarian, mayor, and bartender. That may not be bad to anyone who considers the fact that she pays herself taxes.
5. July 4th may not be Independence day
For a long time, July 4th has always been the national Independence day. However, there are claims to support July 2nd as Independence day. It turns out that July 2nd, 1776 was the day that the continental congress actually voted for independence. They finally approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, and it made sense to choose this day.
Still, there are others who believe that August 2nd may be more appropriate! On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was officially signed.
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