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Five facts you probably never knew about the US

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IN RESPECT of America celebrating its Independence Day, here are five little known nuggets about the global superpower that could prove useful in a pub quiz.

1. Jimmy Carter was the first US president to have been born in a hospital.

The Georgia-native was the 38th POTUS following victory against Republican Gerald Ford in 1976, and was also the only President to be awarded a Nobel Peace prize after leaving office – in 2002.

2. According to the US' National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, more than 68 per cent of adults in America are either overweight or obese.

Additionally, overweight and obesity issues affect 76.7 per cent of black Americans, compared to around 66 per cent of Caucasians.


SUPER SIZE: Obesity is a major problem in the States

3. The United States has 845 motor vehicles for every 1,000 people. Britain only has 525 for every 1,000 people and Germany has 540 for every 1,000 people, in comparison.

The US population has grown from 203 million in 1970 to more than 311m in 2012, while the number of motor vehicles in the country grew by 150m.

4. The Hollywood Bowl is the world's largest outdoor amphitheater.

Based in sunny Los Angeles, California, the Bowl his filled by nearly 18,000 seats and is the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the host of hundreds of musical events each year.

5. The only place in the United States where coffee is grown commercially is in Hawaii.

Around seven millions pounds of coffee beans are made each year on more than 700 farms, following its introduction to the island in the early 19th century.

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