Nowadays, we all love facts. It matters not where they come from, all that matters is that they are out there for us to digest and spew out at a social gathering or meeting of minds. Here are a few useful North American facts.
North American Facts
In this post, we are going to be looking at a few things facts and myths that you may not know about the United States, and hopefully, we can arm you with something to use to impress those around you.
Why We Love Facts
The truth seems to be that it’s not the fact itself we love; it’s simply that we may have access to some knowledge that somebody else may not. If you don’t believe us, then ask yourself this; how do you feel when you toss out a fact, and somebody responds with “I know”?
Nowadays, it has never been easier to access information, and with the internet at our fingertips, we would be hard-pressed not to have access to a few brilliant facts even when we are scrolling through our social media newsfeed.
The Declaration Of Independence
While originally many thought and still think that the declaration of independence was signed on July 4th, this is actually not the case.
The truth is that on July 2, there was a vote carried by the Second Continental Congress for a declaration of independence. This prompted John Adams to famously write that “July 2, will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.”
While Adams predicted correctly, the document wasn’t approved until July 4. While the fourth of July is widely known as Independence Day, the truth is that the declaration of independence document didn’t receive its first signature until August 2.
The Largest Airport In The US
One of the biggest myths that still gets lost in translation is what is the biggest airport in the US? Now when it comes to deciphering what the biggest airport in the United States is, we must not get this confused with what the busiest airport in the United States is.
While most Americans know the busiest airport is the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport, they are often misled into thinking it’s the biggest airport in the United States.
The truth is, the biggest airport in the United States is the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. So next time somebody tries to tell you that they know the biggest airport, you should look up the facts, they are possibly confusing it with the busiest.
Alaska Isn’t Purebred American
Another great North American facts is, while many Americans are aware that Alaska didn’t become a US state until 1959, most of them aren’t too sure why.
What may be a shock to some people is that in the early 19th century, Alaska was actually a part of Russia. It is thought that around the mid 19th century, Alaska was sold off to the Americans, and it became US territory.
Alaska, or by its original name Alaxsxaq is now thought to be one of the most beautiful places in the United States with its stunning national parks, and we also cannot forget that it’s home to Denali, the tallest mountain in the USA.
Another thing you may not know about Alaska is that it’s the home of the North Pole, well, it’s home of a Christmas town called North Pole. While most presume it only shares a name with the North Pole, in fact, it embraces everything Christmas the whole year-round. So if you fancy seeing Santa’s grotto any time of year, then Alaska could be the place to go.
The United States Is The Home Of London Bridge
Ok, so many of you are probably reading this and thinking that London Bridge is in London, right? Well, no, the bridge you are thinking of is, in fact, called Tower Bridge.
On April 18, 1968, London Bridge was put up for auction and purchased by the city of Lake Havasu, Arizona. When the bridge was purchased, there was a little misunderstanding, and the man who brought the bridge did think he had got his hands on Tower Bridge.
Despite the misunderstanding, London Bridge looks stunning in its Arizona home, let’s just hope we don’t get a future rewrite of the popular nursery rhyme.