Published on February 26th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
Facty things: 14 facts about the United States
Read time: a bit over 2 minute
Running low on ridiculous travel yarns? Supersize your travel experiences and re-stock your tall story inventory with a good, old-fashioned American road trip.
Score some prime Philly Cheese Steak in Philadelphia, double down in Las Vegas, get amongst the Humans of New York, listen to some Blues on Beale Street and pretend you don’t really dig country music in Nashville. From boot scootin’ in Texas to twerking in Miami, krumping in Los Angeles and beyond, America is waiting for you to come on over and bust some moves in their clubs, barns and dive bars. Go on… we dare you.
1. TIE THE DOUGH-KNOT
Couples can get married at Portland, Oregon’s Voodoo Doughnut store.
Several states of the U.S. do not tax personal incomes. Alaska, Florida, Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Wyoming here we come!
3. POISONED PLACE
Picher, Oklahoma has the dubious honour of being ‘America’s Most Toxic Town’. Environmental damage caused by mining resulted in widespread evacuation. Apparently a handful of hardy (or crazy) residents remain in what is now a crumbling, eerie, ghost town.
4. NIL BY MOUTH
Found in the Death Valley, the Kangaroo Rat is capable of living its entire life without ever drinking water.
5. SIMPSON’S STREETS
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening named many characters after street names in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Visitors can stroll down Lovejoy, Quimby, Kearney and Flanders streets.
6. KILLER ART SCENE
California’s Museum of Death holds the world’s largest collection of serial murderer artwork.
7. MUSICAL MESSIAH
San Francisco is home to the St John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, a church that worships the talent of jazz great, John Coltrane.
8. COFFEE OVERKILL
68 of Manhattan’s 100+ Starbucks stores are located within 2 blocks of another Starbucks store.
9. THE ENFORCER
The 22nd (and 24th) President of the United States, Grover Cleveland was once employed as an executioner and came to be known as the ‘Buffalo Hangman’.
10. GET A ROOM
Las Vegas has the most hotel rooms in the world, the world’s most expensive resort, and the world’s largest hotel.
11. YOU WANNA PIZZA ME
It’s estimated that around 100 acres of pizza is served in the US every day.
12. HAHA WHAT?!
It’s no secret that there are some pretty funny names doing the rounds in America. In fact, there are at least 98 citizens called ‘LOL’.
13. THE NAME GAME
Before it was New Jersey, the coastal US state was called Lorraine.
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