Elvis Presley, Hollywood, McDonald's, Obesity, Meth, The Grand Canyon, JFK, New York City, The White House, Las Vegas, Prohibition, Gun Crime, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches and more. A country so incredibly young in years, yet it is actually one of the most powerful nations in the world. But how? Well, with size certainly having something to do with it, it is no surprise to see a country, that is the fourth largest in the world, be so successful. Plus the isolation from the rest of the world doesn't hurt, with the USA so far from other major parts of the globe it makes it super safe from its enemies, of which there have been many.
And what of its people? Americans are loved and loathed worldwide with stereotype upon stereotype reinforcing an image that actually isn't that accurate. Americans are not stupid, they are not obnoxious, loud and incredibly patriotic... well, some of them are, but then name a country that also doesn't have these people. Patriotism is key to what America is really about, however, it does sometimes lead to some questionable decisions that unfortunately make the USA one of the most backward thinking Western countries that we have today. Which is a shame because this is the same country that gave us the Oreo.
Yet, with America being a country that has mostly been built on immigration, it can be surprising to see such hatred towards those that now want to do the same. With the likes of Donald Trump and Sarah Palin blurring the lines between freedom and plain old oppression, it does force the rest of the world to stop, look and really try to figure out just what the hell is going on over there in the good ol' United States of America? And the answer? Many things! So here are 15 shocking facts about the USA.
15 Prison Population = 9 Million
14 Questionable Cops
13 Prohibition Poisoners
12 In The Red
11 They Keep Their Enemies Close
10 Ecological Damage
9 Obesity: A $100 Billion Problem
8 They Are Watching You
7 America Has No Official Language
6 Innocent Until Proven Guilty
5 R@pists Have Rights
4 America's Not So Secret Service
3 Bubonic Plague
2 Suicidal Soldiers
1 Interracial Marriage
Banned for most of America's lifespan, interracial marriage was only made legal in 1967, when the supreme court changed the laws regarding who could marry whom. These were named the Anti-Miscegenation laws, which restricted marriages on the basis of race, and came from the Latin wording of 'Miserere', which means 'to mix'. Although the passing of the law happened only a measly 50 years ago, it is even more shocking that gay marriage was only eventually made legal in 2015.
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