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56 Most Amazing Things About America Today

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51. Basketball

While baseball may be America’s national 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.

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52. Longest border

The United States shares the world’s longest land border with its neighbor to the north, Canada, at over 5,500 miles. The border is split between the northern edge of the lower 48 states, and the eastern border of Alaska.

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53. Agricultural powerhouse

The United States produces more corn than any other country in the world, accounting for over 366 million metric tons in the 2018-2019 season. The next closest country, China, trailed U.S. corn production by over 100 million metric tons.

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54. Business hub

Of the 2,000 world’s largest companies, 575 are U.S.-based, according to Forbes. China and its special administrative region of Hong Kong are home to 309 of the 2,000 biggest businesses.

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55. Golf hotspot

Being such a large country, the United States has plenty of room to build top-of-the-line golf courses. Of Golf Advisor’s top 100 golf courses in the world, 52 are located in the United States.

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56. Most billionaires

CNBC reported the United States is home to by far more billionaires than any other country, with 705 — more than the next four countries combined. Seven of the world’s 10 richest people are American.

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