Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Independence Day

U.S. Population.: In 1776, 2.5 million. In 2007, 302 million.
Liberty, as a town name: 30 of them. Iowa has four: Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty, West Liberty.
Eagle: 32. Eagle Pass TX is the largest. There’s also an Eagle County in Colorado.
Independence: 11. The one in Missouri is the tops with 110,208.
Freedom: 5. Freedom CA takes it with 6,000 residents.
Patriot, Indiana, the only Patriot in the country, pop. 195.
How about America or its variants? You’re in luck; we have five and the largest is American Fork, Utah, with 21,372 residents.

Flags: While we import almost all of our flags from China, the flags we export go in large measure to Trinidad and Tobago.

Cookout Info: Chances are 1 in 4 that your dogs and sausages came from Iowa . . . 50-50 that your baked beans came from Michigan or North Dakota . . . also 50-50 that your potato salad and/or chips came from Idaho or Washington . . . 70 percent that your lettuce came from California . . . 2 in 3 that your tomatoes came from Florida or California. But it’s close to a sure thing that your ketchup came from California.

A colorful Independence Day event is the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island (Brooklyn, NY), which supposedly started on July 4, 1916, as a way to settle a dispute among four immigrants as to who was the most patriotic.

(Info with bold print is from the Census Bureau.)


Blogger mjr said...

The Nathan's hot dog eating contest is so big now that it's televised on ESPN!

July 07, 2007 7:34 PM  

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