The Land of the Free… and unusual.

  • Ben Franklin actually proposed an image of Mosesnot a wild turkeyto be the emblem
    of America. According to his notes, Franklin proposed an image of “Moses standing on the shore, and extending his hand over the sea, thereby causing the same to overwhelm pharaoh who is sitting in an open chariot” along with the motto “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.”
  • Airlines sell all their unclaimed baggage to a store in Scottsboro, Alabama that resells everything.
  • You can visit the “future birthplace” of Star Trek’s Captain Kirk in Riverside, Iowa.
  • America is the only country that celebrates college sports and elevates their players to elite status. Technically, college athletes are just students doing extracurricular activities.
  • Harriet Tubman fought and led soldiers in the Civil War. In fact, she was the first woman to lead an armed excursion in the war, and successfully liberated 700 slaves in the Combahee River Raid. 
  • Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario make up 21 percent of the planet’s surface fresh water. The largest of these, Lake Superior, contains enough to cover all of North and South America in 1 foot of water.
  • The United States’ 42,000 ZIP codes are searchable except the president’s secret code. The USPS issues a new personal ZIP to each incoming president to help manage the large volume of correspondence the first family receives. 
  • There are an estimated 10 million Americans and 35 million worldwide descendants of the Mayflower. Among them are John Adams, Julia Child, Humphrey Bogart, and Norman Rockwell.
  • Only six people signed both the Declaration of Independence and the ConstitutionGeorge Clymer, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, George Read, James Wilson, and Roger Sherman.