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The Union

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First to the Union

On July 4, 1776, The United States Declaration of Independence, written mainly by Thomas Jefferson, declared the thirteen American colonies to be independent from Britain and part of a new union, the Unites States.

The first thirteen states were as follows: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.



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Last to the Union

The following states did not join the Union until after the twentieth century had started (after 1900):

Oklahoma (1907)

New Mexico (1912)

Arizona (1912)

Alaska (1959)

Hawaii (1959)

US Map: Admission of States and Territories

Click on image to enlarge. US map: addmission of states and territories

US Money: Proof of Cocaine Use

US dollar bill

Testing paper currency from around the world showed that the US is the biggest drug user in the world (or at least among the many countries tested). Chemists Sergio Armenta and Miguel de la Guardia lead the study. Drug dealers usually trade with cash only; therefore, drug residue usually remains on the money touched by drug dealers.

Can you get high licking US paper money? Don't bother; you'll get sick from all the germs paper money holds.

A Depressed Nation

Depression Era woman and her childrenDepression Era Woman

The United States is the most depressed country! The following were results of a study done by Harvard Medical School and World Health Organization indicating the percentage of people in each nation who suffer from depression (March 2007):

9.6% in the US

6.6% in Lebanon

4.8% in Mexico

3.8% in Italy

3.1% in Japan

0.8% in Nigeria (a country that suffers from violence, poverty, and diseases!)

The number of American children (including preschoolers) who take anti-depressants has grown an average of 10% each year between 1998 and 2004 (The Washington Post).

What's a Savings Account?

In 2006, personal savings rate in America fell to negative oneā€”the first time the rate was in the negative since the Great Depression (Associated Press). Perhaps that's the reason for the 2008/2009 recession. However, as a result of the 2008/2009 recession, personal savings rate rose to 1.3% in the first quarter of 2009 (USA Today).

By senior year, the average American college student has accumulated a credit card debt of about $5,000.



Americans do not use 80% of materials they keep.

Americans throw away 133,000 personal computers every day (US News and World Report).

Misplaced Stuff

The average American spends over 150 hours each year looking for misplaced items.



US population hit 100 million in 1915, 200 million in 1967, and 300 million in 2006.

Not Quite Overcrowded

In the US, we lose 250 open-space acres every hour (or 6,000 acres every day). However, if we were to give each American family a couple of acres, the whole US population would barely fill the state of Texas.

American Wild Pets

There are the following number of wild pets in the US:

10,000 tigers

15,000 monkeys

7.3 million reptiles (snakes, lizards, and turtles)

9 million ferrets


There is a 62% chance of a major earthquake in San Francisco Bay Area sometime in the next few years (US Geological Survey, 2004).

College Education

Graduation hats

27% of native-born Americans hold a college degrees. Compare to the following:

48% of Asians living in the US hold a college degree.

11% of Latin Americans living in the US hold a collage degree.

US Debt

How much is a trillion dollars? If we were to stack $1 trillion in one dollar bills, the stack would reach 67,900 miles high!

Richest and Poorest

Maryland is the wealthiest state in the Union: the average household income in 2007 was $65,144.

Mississippi is the poorest state in the Union: The average household income in 2007 was $34,473.


The average American works 1,804 hours each year.

The average French works 1,564 hours each year.

The average Norwegian works 1,407 hours each year.