#CoolFacts USA Edition Volume 2

1-5 CoolFacts About USA

Moose

1. If you hit a moose with your car in Maine, you get first dibs on the carcass. – Source

2. Deep inside an abandoned mine 230 feet below Pennsylvania, 600 federal workers process truckloads of retirement paperwork by hand, moving files to and from over 28,000 file cabinets, desk to desk, from cavern to cavern. The process works as slowly now as it did in 1977. – Source

3. The Pennsylvania Dutch aren’t actually Dutch, they are German. Upon arrival, they were saying “Deutsch” which is German for, well, German. Germany in their native language is “Deutschland.” English speaking Americans just assumed they were saying “Dutch.” – Source

4. In 1992, an Australian gambling syndicate bought almost all the combinations in a Virginia lottery and won, turning a $5 million purchase into a $27 million winnings. – Source

5. State of Maine only has one area code (207), with the exception of four residents who use the area code of Quebec (418). – Source

6-10 CoolFacts About USA

House of Cards

6. After Netflix threatened to move House of Cards S3 production when Maryland removed millions of dollars of tax benefits for filming, the legislature responded by threatening to use eminent domain to seize the production team’s assets, since they had already received millions in tax benefits – Source

7. In 1939, Maine Rep. Cleveland Sleeper introduced a bill to make it illegal to add tomatoes to clam chowder. – Source

8. Abraham Lincoln arrested pro-confederate members of Maryland’s legislature as they were headed to a vote on whether Maryland would secede from the Union, in order to prevent Maryland from seceding. – Source

9. There are no natural lakes in Maryland. – Source

10. In 2006, a Maryland state circuit court determined that mooning is a form of artistic expression protected by the United States constitutional right of freedom of speech. – Source