Special Report

50 Most Amazing Things About America Today

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46. Native American influence

More than half of the states–26–have names with native American origins.

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47. Hurricanes

The U.S., with its extensive coastline, has had more tropical cyclone hits, 268, than any other country, according to data from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.

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48. Americans love hot dogs

Americans bought more than $3 billion worth of hot dogs in supermarkets last year. Los Angeles is top dog for franks, consuming about 31 million pounds a year.

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49. Belief in God

A Pew Research Center study conducted from 2011 to 2013 found that about 54% of Americans said religion was very important in their lives, compared with 24% of people in Canada, 21% in Australia, and 21% in Germany.

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50. Basketball

While baseball may be America’s favorite pastime, it borrows heavily from the British game of cricket. Similarly, football is based largely on the British sport of rugby. Invented in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891, basketball is the most popular uniquely American game.