The U.S. may have recently lost its title as most obese nation to our neighbors down southin Mexico, but America is still winning in a lot of other not-so-great categories.Our list of ways America is still #1 explores the true essence of what it means to be anAmerican. with stupidity and dumbness for all.
Highest Incarceration RateThe land of the free? Not unless you count free meatloaf in America's jails.The U.S. boasts the highest incarceration rate of any country,with 730 people imprisoned out of every 100,000.
Highest Bipolar RateAmerica might just be the Amanda Bynes of the world. In a study of 11 countries,the U.S. proved to have the highest rate of bipolar disorder with 4.4% of citizensreceiving diagnoses in their lifetimes. But fret not. Insanity is most common in wealthycountries, showing that the crazier we are, the better it is for America.
Wasting ElectricityLeaving the lights on and the AC blasting is as American as it gets,making this country a proud leader in wasting energy. Low energy productivitycosts the U.S. $130 billion per year, a staggering amount exceptwhen compared to the cost of gasoline for your SUV.
Divorce RateThe U.S. has an average of 4.95 divorces per every 1,000 people. The bad newsis that's a lot of broken homes. The good news is there are plenty of easy targets on the rebound!
Drug UsePut down your pipe and pay attention. America leads the world incannabis and cocaine usage, which makes for a sad reality but a great databaseof mug shots. Researchers also found that America leads the world in alcohol and tobacco usage.
TV WatchingAmericans spend way too much time in front of the boob tube.The U.S. is tied with the U.K. for the most TV watching per week,clocking in at an average of 28 hours per person. And that wasbefore the final season of Breaking Bad started!
Teen MomsWith the popularity of shows like Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant,America does a stellar job when it comes to glamorizing young moms.So much so, in fact, that the country has the highest percentage ofteenage pregnancies of any developed country on Earth.
PhishingWe may not have a Nigerian prince who wants to give us a milliondollars, but we do lead the world in the number of internet phishing sites witha whopping 24%. It's good to know all that stolen Internet cash is going to our neighbors.
The Most Lawyers Per CapitaNo country knows how to sue better than this one, so thank goodness wehave tons of attorneys chasing our ambulances. There is one lawyer for every265 Americans, which may sound like a bad thing unless you sell billboard space.
The Cost Of Having A BabyIn the U.S., that little bundle of joy is going to cost you a big bundle of cash.A standard delivery costs $9,775, which, for mothers not covered byinsurance or Medicaid, can be more painful than the labor itself.
Wine ConsumptionAmerica is number one in wine drinking, beating out France, Italy and Spain --a list that includes countries whose citizens start drinking wine at birth.A study shows 12.54% of the world's wine consumption happens in the U.S.,presumably by people who've grown immune to excruciating wine hangovers.
Plastic SurgeryThe U.S. is the leader in plastic surgery with more than 21.1% of totalprocedures worldwide taking place within the borders of our country.Turns out the face of the nation is full of Botox and silicone.
Soft Drink ConsumptionYou want a Big Gulp, a Super Big Gulp or a Super Super Big Gulp?America leads the way in soft drink consumption. Males ages 12-29 arethe biggest culprit, ingesting an average of 160 gallons of soda each year.We'd like to buy the world a Coke, if only so it can catch up to our gargantuan soda habit.
We Own The Most (Annoying) DevicesIt's no surprise that America is a land where consumption reigns supreme,but this is especially true when it comes to our smartphones, iPads andother gizmos. As of last year, the U.S. led the world with 165million devices. The biggest problem? Where to charge them all.
Most Twitter UsersThere are more Twitter users in the U.S. than in any other country.However, the Netherlands is more active, fronting a competitive race tosee which nation can make the most terrible jokes in 140 characters or less.
The Most Millionaires...Wouldn't it be nice to be uber-rich? Chances are someone you know isa millionaire. In America, there are 5.9 million millionaire-status households.The trick is to find out who they are so you can work your way into their inner circles.
...And the Most BillionairesThose poor millionaires they have no idea what wealth really means!Alongside the most millionaires, the U.S. also has the highest number ofbillionaires. Though this is primarily based off what we've heard in rap songs.
DogsThey may be hairy, loud and messy, but unlike your college roommatewho bore the same traits, you love your pet pooch.In the U.S., 37% of all pet-owning households own a dog.
CatsCats aren't just for old spinsters anymore. The U.S. is the worldcat leader with more than 76 million pet felines in households acrossthe country. And every single one of them has a video on YouTube.
CrowdfundingCan't raise money for your weird peanut butter and jelly-themedavant-garde art installation? Make your friends pay for it! That's the logicbehind crowdfunding, which has risen in popularity in recent years.The U.S. leads the world in friend and family-funded projects with72% of global crowdfunding projected to come from America in 2013.
Roller CoastersAmericans aren't afraid of a wild ride. The U.S. boasts a whopping 650coasters, including 464 sit-down coasters and 44 inverted coasters.Now if only we could bring our guns along for the rides.
Worker ProductivityIn spite of the lazy American stereotype, U.S. citizens stay longerin the office than those in most other nations and produce more money per person.Unfortunately, the study doesn't say how much of that time is justour workers playing Candy Crush on Facebook.