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Strange and interesting facts about the USA

#1   In more than half of all states in the United States of America, the highest paid public employee in the state is a football coach.

#2   It costs the U.S. government 1.8 cents to mint a penny and 9.4 cents to mint a nickel.

#3   Almost half of all Americans (47 percent) do not put a single penny out of their paychecks into savings.

#4   Apple has morecash than the U.S. Treasury.

#5   The state of Alaska is 429 times larger than the state of Rhode Island, but Rhode Island has a significantly larger population than Alaska does.

#6   Alaska has a longer coastline than all of the other 49 U.S. states put together.

#7   The city of Juneau, Alaska, is about 3,000 square miles in size. It is actually larger than the entire state of Delaware .

#8   When LBJ’s “War on Poverty” began, less than 10percent of all U.S. children were growing up in single parent households. Today, that number has skyrocketed to 33 percent.

Why:  the ‘breadwinner’ is Uncle Sam’s welfare program.

#9   In 1950, less than 5 percent of all babies in America were born to unmarried parents. Today, that number is over 40 percent.

#10  The poverty rate for households that are led by a married couple is 6.8 percent. For households that are led by a female single parent, the poverty rate is 37.1 percent.

#11   In 2013, women earned 60 percent of all bachelor’s degrees that were awarded that year in the United States.

#12   According to the CDC, 34.6 percent of all men in the U.S. are obese.

#13   The average supermarket in the United States wastes about 3,000 lbs of food each year.  Meanwhile, approximately 20 percent of the garbage that goes into our landfills is food.

#14   According to one recent survey, 81 percent of Russians now have a negative view of the United States. That is much higher than at the end of the Cold War era.

#15   Montana has three times as many cows as it does people.

#16   The grizzly bear is the official state animal of California.  But no grizzly bears have been seen there since 1922.

#17   One recent survey discovered that “a steadyjob” is the number one thing that American women are looking for in a husband, and discovered that 75 percent of women would have a serious problem dating an unemployed man.

#18   According to a study conducted by economist Carl Benedict Frey and engineer Michael Osborne, up to 47 percent  of the jobs in the United States could soon be lost to computers, robots and other forms of technology.

#19   The only place in the United States where coffee is grown commercially is in Hawaii.

#20   The original name of the city of Atlanta was “Terminus“.

#21   The state with the most millionaires per capita is Maryland.

#22   One survey of 50-year-old men in the U.S. found that only 12 percent  of them said that they were “very happy”.

#23   The United States has 845 motor vehicles for every 1,000 people.

#24    48 percent of all Americans do not have any emergency supplies in their homes what so ever. Even fewer have fire extinguishers.

#25   There are three towns in the United States that have the name “Santa Claus“.

#26   There is actually a town in Michigan called “Hell“. (I wonder how far down the road from Detroit that is?).  Also one called ‘Climax’.

#27    If you have no debt and also have 10 dollars in your wallet … you are wealthier than 25 percent of all Americans.

#28   By the time an American child reaches the age of 18, that child will have seen approximately 40,000 murders on television.

 

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About Dick and Danna

OUR BUCKET LIST: 1950 First kid in the area with a portable radio on my bike when I was in grade school........... 1951 Built a 5 watt radio transmitter when I was in high school and went on the radio from home. Not the most legal thing to do. Built a PA system from scratch also........... 1951-1954 Learned to play Steel Guitar. Played many shows of country music on 6 different radio stations with different groups in Western Pennsylvania........... 1954 Married Danna Lewis at when she was 15 years old........... 1960 Got into Citizen Band Radio. Danna and I were two of the original founders of CB Rangers CB club in Butler. We published a call book of all of the CBers in the Tri-State area............ 1969 Danna and I were two of the original founders of the Tri-State Country Music Association. I wrote a column for their newspaper every month........... 1960 We went to Nashville. Met Ralph Emery of WSM radio and Archie Campbell, a Hee Haw TV Entertainer. Had coffee with them at Linbaugh’s Restaurant in Nashville. Archie bought the coffee........... 1965 We developed a successful network marketing business. In later years developed a few others. Greatest training on attitudes and success........... 1968 Had a Built an outdoor stage. Had a country music jam session on our lawn at home with around 500 musicians and their family from 5 different states........... 1969 Played music on the staff band of the WWVA Jamboree and backed up all of the entertainers in front of thousands of people for 4 months. WWVA was second largest country music show at that time next to WSM Grand Old Opry........... 1984 Danna started her own typesetting business in her home. Danna Vernon Graphics had customers in 3 counties. Very successful. She taught herself how to run the typesetter machine. It was a photo typesetter. She also did layout work for printers........... 1988 I taught the secretaries at Butler hospital how to use word processing and computers, but I never had any schooling or education on it. I also did some computer programming. Before this I ran the printing operation at the hospital........... 1989 I quit a good computer job and Danna and I bought a printing franchise, Minuteman Press in Butler PA. Operated it for 5 years............ 1994 We bought a motor home. went to Florida. Spent 9 years going to Florida for 6 months every year and back to Pennsylvania for 6 months............ 1995 We played music with “Spur of the Moment” band in Florida........... 2001 Never knew my dad. Met him in 2001 and Danna and I spent a wonderful 5 years together before he passed away. Went on a wonderful 2 weeks tour of Europe (5 countries) with him. He lived in Bradenton Florida........... 2002 Danna started singing and ended up running the Suncoast Jamboree in Florida, She had her own band and scheduled everything. She sang and emcee’d the show. Played many of the RV parks in the area........... 2004 Started a recording studio in Pa and FL. Danna recorded numerous CD’s........... 2007 Since I was a little kid, I have always wanted to wear the spots off a deck of cards. I finally accomplished it this year. Threw the deck away........... 2010 We started and played in various Gospel Music Groups. Country Transition, Good News Country Gospel. Played churches all over Western Pennsylvania........... 2010 We played music on television shows on WHCU-TV Kittanning........... 2010-2014 Danna and I did a 30 minute interview talk show, Danna’s Radio Diner, on WTYM & WAVL radio. Over 30,000 hits from over 100 countries on our website as of June 2017. Still get many hits every day........... 2010 Danna and I were on TV participating in Family Life TV WHKU helping their Christmas Auction on television........... 2011 Danna and I both read our first commercial to be broadcast on WTYM radio. Also I wrote a radio promo and a short radio script........... 2012 Operated a TV camera on a live TV show on WKHU-TV........... 2013 Produced an hour TV show – Armstrong Trails on WKHU-TV Kittanning, PA. Produced a monthly live country music dinner show with various bands at WTYM radio........... 2014 We went on a country music cruise and interviewed 12 top county music TV stars for our radio show........... 2014 Rode for an hour in the cab beside the engineer of a locomotive on Kiski Jct. railroad. Broadcast it on one of our radio shows........... 2014 Played Steel for Nashvile recording star Teea Goans when they came to Kittanning on WKHU-TH and WTYM Radio. Also in 2013 backed up Joann Cash (Johnny Cash sister)........... 2015 Started Danna’s Internet Café, an internet radio show. Also shows were run on WXED-FM 107.3 and WFSN-FM 96.7. for a year and a half........... 2016 I bought a Uke Bass and learned to play it. Played a jam session a week later. Sounds like a big upright bass.
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