|About the Book|
For nearly 140 years, The World Almanac has been an American tradition, delivering authoritative and comprehensive information to curious people of every age, from schoolchildren to U.S. presidents. Now comes 10,000 American Facts, a collection ofMoreFor nearly 140 years, The World Almanac has been an American tradition, delivering authoritative and comprehensive information to curious people of every age, from schoolchildren to U.S. presidents. Now comes 10,000 American Facts, a collection of quirky stories, amazing records, startling statistics, and notable quotes-providing provocative and illuminating tidbits for every history buff, pop culture fanatic, lover of the offbeat, collector of curiosities, and American reader like you. Red State, Blue State: Whats the difference? Wheres the biggest fungus in the U.S.? Did Johnny Appleseed really plant all those trees? Which President could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other -- at the same time? When did people start wearing bellbottoms? (And what were they thinking?) Where can you go to see the 5,000-egg Omlette of Friendship? In what year did the H-Bomb, the polio vaccine, and Singin in the Rain all debut? If youre in Alabama, should you ask for soda or pop? In which states do minorities make up a majority? American Decades: A thrilling ride through 24 decades of American life and history, including milestones in science, sports, arts, and pop culture American Personalities: Quick facts about noteworthy Americans in sports, science, arts, and more- surprising facts about our presidents, first ladies, and other cultural figures- and the truth behind American myths and legends America by the Numbers: The most important (and unbelievable) American stats, from education to economy to transportation, with easy-to-understand charts and graphs Our 50 States: A state-by-state guide to the most important and entertaining state and city facts, from major cities to national parks, great American landmarks and unusual attractions Offbeat Festivals: A look at some of Americas most beloved and bizarre local traditions, from the Tarantula Awareness Festival to the Interstate Mullet Toss If you want to explore the facts about what makes Americans American, 10,000 American Facts is the book for you.