55 Things About America You May Not Know

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Submitted by Michael Snyder of The American Dream blog,

Is America the greatest nation on the planet?  Before you answer that question, you might want to check out the statistics that I have shared in this article first.  The reality is that the United States is in a deep state of decline, and it is getting harder to deny that fact with each passing day.  Mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially we are a train wreck.  Many that are “patriotic” attempt to put a happy face on our growing problems, but the truly patriotic thing to do is to admit just how bad things have gotten so that we can start finding solutions. 

If you truly love this country, then you should know that this nation needs a huge wake up call.  We have abandoned the values and the principles that early Americans held so dear, and as a result our society is a giant mess.  The following are 55 things about America that you may not know…

#1 We are supposed to have a government “of the people, by the people, for the people”, but only 25 percent of all Americans know how long U.S. Senators are elected for (6 years), and only 20 percent of all Americans know how many U.S. senators there are.

#2 Americans spend more on health care per capita than anyone else in the world by far, and yet we only rank 35th in life expectancy.

#3 Only one state in the entire country has an obesity rate of under 20 percent.  11 states have an obesity rate of over 30 percent.

#4 Of all the major industrialized nations, America is the most obese.  Mexico is #2.

#5 Back in 1962, only 13 percent of all Americans were obese, but it is being projected that 42 percent of all Americans could be obese by the year 2030.

#6 According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 31 percent of all food in the United States gets wasted.  In case you were wondering, that amounts to approximately 133 billion pounds of food a year.

#7 America has the highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population in the entire world by a wide margin.

#8 In America, we even put 81-year-old women in prison for feeding the birds.

#9 According to a Newsweek survey taken a few years ago, 29 percent of all Americans could not even name the vice president.

#10 Americans spend more time sitting in traffic than anyone else in the world.

#11 60 percent of Americans report feeling “angry or irritable”.  Two years ago that number was at 50 percent.

#12 36 percent of Americans admit that they have yelled at a customer service agent during the past year.

#13 Only 30 percent of all Americans can tell you in what year the 9/11 attacks happened.

#14 There are more “deaths by reptile” in America than anywhere else in the world.

#15 Right now, 29 percent of all Americans under the age of 35 are living with their parents.

#16 Average SAT scores have been falling for years, and the level of education that our kids are receiving in most of our public schools is a total joke.

#17 According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug.  An astounding 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.

#18 Americans spend more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs each year.

#19 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors in the United States write more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants each year.

#20 Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants than children in Europe are.

#21 In the United States today, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.

#22 America has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire planet.

#23 According to the federal government, the number of heroin addicts in the United States has more than doubled since 2002.

#24 It is hard to believe, but 56 percent of all Americans now have “subprime credit”.

#25 America exports more weapons to other countries than anyone else in the world.

#26 The United States has the most complicated tax system on the entire planet.

#27 Corruption is rampant throughout our society.  In fact, America leads the world in money given to fake charities.

#28 America leads the world in soft drink consumption by a wide margin.  Today, the average American drinks more than 600 sodas a year.

#29 In 2008, 53 percent of all Americans considered themselves to be “middle class”.  In 2014, only 44 percent of all Americans consider themselves to be “middle class”.

#30 70 percent of Americans do not “feel engaged or inspired at their jobs”.

#31 40 percent of all workers in the United States actually make less than what a full-time minimum wage worker made back in 1968 after you account for inflation.

#32 Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps.  Today, about one out of every 6 Americans is on food stamps.

#33 The marriage rate in the United States has fallen to an all-time low.  Right now it is sitting at a yearly rate of 6.8 marriages per 1000 people.

#34 In the United States today, more than half of all couples “move in together” before they get married.

#35 America has the highest divorce rate in the world by a good margin.

#36 America has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.

#37 100 years ago, 4.52 were living in the average U.S. household, but now the average U.S. household only consists of 2.59 people.

#38 According to the Pew Research Center, only 51 percent of all American adults are currently married.  Back in 1960, 72 percent of all adults in the United States were married.

#39 For women under the age of 30 in the United States, more than half of all babies are being born out of wedlock.

#40 At this point, approximately one out of every three children in the United States lives in a home without a father.

#41 In 1970, the average woman had her first child when she was 21.4 years old.  Now the average woman has her first child when she is 25.6 years old.

#42 America has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world by a very wide margin.

#43 Approximately one out of every four teen girls in the United States has at least one sexually transmitted disease.

#44 America has the highest STD infection rate in the entire industrialized world.

#45 According to the latest figures released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, there are 20 million new sexually-transmitted infections in the United States every single year, and Americans in the 15 to 24-year-old age range account for approximately 50 percent of those new sexually-transmitted infections.

#46 As I wrote about recently, there are 747,408 registered sex offenders in the U.S. according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

#47 America produces more pornography than any other nation in the world.

#48 America has the most lawyers per capita in the entire world.

#49 If you choose to be a “Constitutionalist” in America today, you may get labeled as a potential terrorist by the U.S. government.

#50 America has the largest national debt in the history of the world.  Back in 1980, the U.S. national debt was less than one trillion dollars.  Today, it is over 17 trillion dollars.

#51 According to the Congressional Budget Office, interest payments on the national debt will nearly quadruple over the next ten years.

#52 Americans spend more money on elections than anyone else does in the world by a very wide margin.

#53 65 percent of Americans are dissatisfied “with the U.S. system of government and its effectiveness”.  That is the highest level of dissatisfaction that Gallup has ever recorded.

#54 Only 8 percent of Americans believe that Congress is doing a “good” or “excellent” job.

#55 70 percent of Americans do not have confidence that the federal government will “make progress on the important problems and issues facing the country in 2014.”

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Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:36 | 4536491 DoChenRollingBearing
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I still prefer living in the USA to Peru.  But, the gap is closing.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:42 | 4536524 max2205
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100 years ago. Nobody had indoor toliets.....I'd say that things are moving in the right direction

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:50 | 4536557 zionhead101
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yep, 100 years ago everybody walked 50 yards to shit away from the house, now everybody shits in the house, ...

is this progress?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:53 | 4536572 The Gooch
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100 years ago, the FED was unborn.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:01 | 4536603 zionhead101
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In 1910 Lord Balfour said ...

"All I ask is that you allow is to control your currency, and we will let you shit in the house" - Lord Balfour, 1914


The rest is history, Rhodes got unlimited FIAT via the US FED, UK gave ZIO- the USA/PALESTINE. UK doesn't have to baby sit their colony of hair-lips anymore,...

"Why did the US public give it all up?", just so they could shit in the house, and live like a plantation owner, rather than a field nigger, or house-nigger.

Today every american gets to shit in the house, and ZIO-NEO rules the American/Palestine from Tel-Aviv, ... is Lord Balfour happy? Me thinks yes, ... what did the UK get from the arrangement?

It's always best to have a man 'work for free' for religious reasons, rather than pay him.


Has the great 'experiment' been ran to the ground? Me thinks almost there, ... most telling will be when SYNDER sucides then we'll know the end is near.


Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:11 | 4536640 prains
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Chicom Troll 101


everyone knows 'muricans can't count to 55 so this article is a nonsequitur.......duh

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:28 | 4536936 The Vineyard
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America rocks.  We're a little down on our luck right now.  But we'll right the ship.  Bitches.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:44 | 4536995 The Alarmist
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With respect to #46 A, how many of those are US Representatives or US Senators?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:48 | 4537237 Anusocracy
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Hitlery is an offense to the female sex.

Along with all of her ilk in the world.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:45 | 4536996 1fortheroad
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Luck has nothing to do with it.


The fricking ship is the problem

Wake up grasshopper

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 01:55 | 4537508 AldousHuxley
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Plentiful natural resources in diverse climate with very few native population = LUCK

Oceans apart from European world wars to come out as the only standing productive capacity = LUCK


That's about it America had going. Everything else they stole or purchased.



Wed, 03/12/2014 - 06:43 | 4537749 eurogold
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I love #43.......yikes !

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:14 | 4536862 ILLILLILLI
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...worse than this, the Government deliberately set out to deceive the Arab majority in Palestine as to their real intentions with promises and guarantees that they had 'nothing to be frightened about' and that Britain would 'never consent' to a Jewish Government being set up to rule their land. 

In reply to a memorandum from Lord Curzon, Balfour stated quite categorically that: 

‘in Palestine we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country …. The Four Great Powers are committed to Zionism. And Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-long traditions, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land’.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:02 | 4536606 sunaJ
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is this michael snyder's record?  just wonderin'


Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:53 | 4537252 El Oregonian
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So what that I'm fat, addicted to cheetos, take down my Jack Daniels nightly by the quart with a 12 pack of malt liqueur beer chasers, and can still make you dance with my .45 Ruger. SO DON"T PISS ME OFF AND NOBODY GETS HURT! CAPICHE!!!


Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:00 | 4537059 yellencrash
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Actually, the Fed was born in 1913.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:57 | 4537263 Anusocracy
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In reality, it was the spawn of two demons - born with the head of a bankster and the body of a government.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:35 | 4536965 TheFourthStooge-ing
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100 years ago everybody walked 50 yards to shit away from the house

Must have been a real pleasure when it was 2o F. and your ass stuck to the frozen seat.

now everybody shits in the house, ...

is this progress?

Yes, unless you're shitting on the floor, in the bathtub, or in the kitchen sink. Most people figure that out pretty quickly, though.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:43 | 4536988 1fortheroad
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U lazy spoiled fuk u

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 23:17 | 4546444 MeelionDollerBogus
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Thanking the goodness we are still having AnAnonymous Shitizenism to 'show' us the way.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:02 | 4536815 RafterManFMJ
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I can't name the 5th Persian Emperor either; know why?

For the same reason most cannot name their Senator or the Vice President: It doesn't fucking matter to your life.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:46 | 4537005 Miffed Microbio...
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Especially when you don't vote. Why clutter your mind with useless facts?


Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:15 | 4537102 RafterManFMJ
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I'm starting to take a shine to you, MM.

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 00:52 | 4537406 Miffed Microbio...
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And to that I am humbly honored. But I couldn't resist a friendly tease.

Your stance on woman's vote has validity and I acknowledge your point. If the Republic is ever restored I think it should be implemented. If you are correct, and this would prevent a return to our state today, I'm fully on board ( not that I would have a say in this matter). However, you may consider the likelihood of this even happening. Rome tried to return to a Republic several times unsuccessfully and they simply eroded to the point the Goths and Visigoths overran them. I am saddened to face the fact this is our more likely future.


Thu, 03/13/2014 - 22:51 | 4546345 MeelionDollerBogus
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What republic has existed in profit, sustainable even, without slavery? Maybe city-states or no-state would be better.

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 23:24 | 4546466 Miffed Microbio...
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Rome was built on slavery. It never could have achieved its historical greatness without it. Funny what this means ultimately. I await my virtual shackle to morph into the physical.


Wed, 03/12/2014 - 16:48 | 4540306 TruthHunter
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#7 Imprisonment rates

China keeps its rate of incarceration low by having people just disappear.

The work hours and food are better in American prisons than for most Chinese jobs.  Also you get time off

about as often.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:51 | 4536545 kaiserhoff
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#9 According to a Newsweek survey taken a few years ago, 29 percent of all Americans could not even name the vice president.

   100% of Americans don't care who Joe Biden is.

#15 Right now, 29 percent of all Americans under the age of 35 are living with their parents.

   The rest are in college or in prison, so what's the question?

#4  Mexico is a major industrialized nation?  Since when?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:55 | 4536581 Ralph Spoilsport
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Not quite 100%. There's a bunch of Delawareans who care about Biden. Before he got made the VP, Delaware was mostly known for corruption by all the Italian construction firms like the Capanos and the Radisson Hotel fiasco.


Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:12 | 4536648 Dr. Venkman
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Biden is a joke in Delaware. He is infamous for being a cheapskate. His landscaper once had to block his driveway in order to get paid.

And the real estate corruption was the natural result of having a bunch of thieves on the New Castle County Board. Now let me see. . .what was Chris Coons (Biden's ultimate successor) prior to being in the Senate? Ah yes, New Castle County Executive.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:40 | 4536740 Ralph Spoilsport
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Lived in Wilmington/Newark from the mid 50s on until I escaped with most of my sanity around 2000. I even remember Mayor Babiarz and actually know some of the more notable slumlords in Wilmington. Biden is indeed "Delaware's Douchebag".

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:15 | 4536867 Dr. Venkman
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Hmmm I wonder if "Delaware's Douchebag" made it into that book Biden wrote that nobody read. I like it.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:47 | 4537006 The Alarmist
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Biden?  Who is that again?

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 01:22 | 4537452 KickIce
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I think the dems duct taped his mouth shut and hid him in a closet somewhere.  I could suggest several others that could use the same treatment.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:45 | 4536765 johnQpublic
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we do not care one bit who biden is, since he is doing nothing

which is prolly a good thing

ralph pretty much has the rest covered

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:05 | 4537077 yellencrash
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It's tough to know who he is, what with the plagiarism.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:57 | 4537265 post turtle saver
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Yes, it is the greatest, and Texas is its greatest state

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:36 | 4536499 NoDecaf
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I thought if we just click our heels and chant USA USA USA, everything will be alright.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:09 | 4536628 kaiserhoff
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I blame Whitey.

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 00:47 | 4537398 El Vaquero
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Whitey...is something else.


(The book report at the end is fucking hilarious.)

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 22:48 | 4537012 The Alarmist
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It only works if you are sporting a big We're #1 foam finger when you chant the magic words

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:37 | 4536502 General Decline
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#10 Americans spend more time sitting in traffic than anyone else in the world.

Ever been to Cairo?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:57 | 4536803 Leboob
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Or LA? Oops, I thought that was part of Mexico...

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:40 | 4536515 Duc888
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Sounds like it's time to wipe the slate clean.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:45 | 4536538 Shad_ow
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If we rid ourselves of politicians we can take care of several of the bad things, including deaths by reptiles.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 21:58 | 4536806 ghengis86
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can we wipe the state clean while we're at it?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:35 | 4537176 Dugald
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can we wipe the state clean while we're at it?

Sure you can, why do you think your great leaders are trying to get you all involved in a large punch-up....

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:41 | 4536520 McMolotov
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#56 Most Americans don't read lists like this if there are more than ten items.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:43 | 4536528 fonzannoon
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It is starting to become clear to me that this author does not appreciate my constructive criticism.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 20:48 | 4536549 zionhead101
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Ten reasons to love Zionism ( snyder )

1.) Ziocon's have big dicks

2.) Ziocon's have all the money

3.) Ziocon's control all the cops, judges, and prison

4.) Zioncon's control the US-MIL

5.) Zioncon's control all media

6.) Zioncon's run and control ZH

7.) Your reading this so Zio-head control's you

8.) Zio's can fuck you anytime they wish

9.) Zion's can take all your wealth  anytime

10.) You mother, sister, granny, and dog were all fucked by ZIO, most likely you have ZIo- blood which is why your on ZH.

There just 10 reasons to love Snyders bullshit, but never forget the big-dick, ... its all about dick, just ask Obama, Cass Sunstein, or Nuland, or Clinton, or Pelosi, or Feinstein


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