Special Report

The Most Amazing Things About America Today

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16. Inventions

The United States is at the center of global invention. Airplanes, computers, cellphones, potato chips, and the light bulb are just a few examples of American ingenuity.

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17. Americans love dogs

There are an estimated 76.8 million dogs in the United States, more than double the number in Brazil, the country with the second most dogs.

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18. The US economy is massive

Though the United States is home to less than 5% of the world’s population, it accounts for approximately 25% of global economic output.

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19. Oil production

The country produced 18.6 million barrels of oil per day in 2020, or about 20% of the world’s total. This is well above the daily production of Saudi Arabia, the world’s second-biggest oil producer. Oil includes crude oil, all other petroleum liquids, and biofuels.

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20. Oil consumption

The United States is also the world’s largest consumer of oil. Gasoline, distillate fuel oil, hydrocarbon gas liquids, and jet fuel consumption combine for a total of 20.5 million barrels of oil consumed daily.

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