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12 Things You Didn't Know About The U.S.


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8. Every tweet Americans make is archived by the Library of Congress


Twitter in April 2010 signed a deal with the Library of Congress, giving it access to tweets dating back to the company's inception in 2006. The Library of Congress collects 400 million tweets a day.

12. A 17 year old high school senior designed the current version of the US flag


In anticipation of Alaska and Hawaii becoming states, Robert G. Heft created the 50-star flag as part of a history project (for which he received a B-) before submitting it to Congress for consideration. In August of 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower chose Heft's design over 1,500 other applicants and informed him of the news over the phone. (Heft's teacher also changed his grade to an A).

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