10 All-American Things That Actually Aren't

10 All-American Things That Actually Aren’t

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10 All-American Things That Actually Aren't

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10 All-American Things That Actually Aren't

Here are 10 things often thought to be American creations but actually aren’t.

Some aspects of our culture have become so synonymous with the American experience that many naturally believe they were invented here. That isn’t always the case.

Here are 10 All-American things that actually aren’t.

Number 10. The National Anthem. Francis Scott Key is credited with writing The Star Spangled Banner, but he actually just supplied the words. The melody was taken from a song performed by the Anacreontic Society, a British glee club.

Number 9. Apple pie. The first documented recipe for one dates back to the late 14th century and appeared in an English cookbook. A hundred or so years later the Dutch added a bit of flair to the simple dish, topping it with a lattice crust.

Number 8. Cars. Though many credit Henry Ford with inventing the first automobile, others will point to
Germany’s Karl Benz in the late 1880s. Ford’s major contribution was revolutionizing mass production and thus affordable cars. 

Number 7. Cowboys. Thanks mostly to
Hollywood, cowboys are associated with the Wild West and the expansion that occurred in the 1800s. They’ve been around since the 16th century, though, and came from Mexico

Number 6. Hotdogs. In the battle over which country actually created the ballpark favorite, the
US isn’t even a contender. Germany and Austria both claim to have first enjoyed the food hundreds of years before it ever turned up on American soil

Number 5. The Statue of
Liberty. The statue, and the sentiment behind it, were France’s doing. French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi was commissioned to make it, and upon completion it was sent to the US as a gift. 

Number 4. Peanut Butter. Washington Carver may be credited with finding over 300 uses for the peanut, but they don’t include turning them into a spread. There’s evidence that the Aztecs made something similar, but it was a Canadian who was issued the patent for the food in 1884. 

Number 3. Fireworks. Other than that they’re heavily used in the
US, there isn’t much about the explosives that’s particularly American. Fireworks were invented by the Chinese, and it was Italian pyrotechnicians who figured out how to make them in an array of dazzling colors. 

Number 2. The YMCA. The Young Men’s Christian Association was founded in
London in the mid-1800s. Further, putting together the musical group the Village People, who famously sang about the organization, was the work of a French music producer. 

Number 1. Donuts. The Dutch have long challenged
America’s claim to the invention of donuts, but it looks like neither country actually did. A recipe for a similarly-named fried dough delectable was found in a British cookbook written decades before any other known reference. 

Which All-American import do you find most surprising?

source: Geobeats

Vocabulary

The National Anthem

a nemzeti himnusz

to credit sy with sg

valamit valakinek tulajdonítani

The Star Spangled Banner

A csillagos, sávos lobogó (az Egyesült Államok himnusza)

banner

zászló, lobogó

flair

érzék, rafinéria

lattice

rácsozat, rácsozott

crust

kéreg

contribution

hozzájárulás, közreműködés

to revolutionize

forradalmasít, gyökeresen megváltoztat

mass production

tömegtermelés

affordable

megfizethető

expansion

terjeszkedés, kibővítés

contender

versenyző, versengő

to claim

állítani valamit

soil

föld

The Statue of Liberty

Szabadság szobor

sentiment

érzelem

it is somebody’s doing

valakinek a műve

sculptor

szobrász

to commission

megbízni valakit valamivel

uponcompletion

amikor elkészült

spread

kenhető élelmiszer

evidence

bizonyíték

patent

szabadalom

fireworks

tűzijáték

explosive

robbanóanyag

pyrotechnician

pirotechnikus

to figure out

kitalálni, kifejleszteni

an array of sg

egy seregnyi valami

dazzling

káprázatos, vakító

YMCA The Young Men’s Christian Association

Keresztény Ifjúsági Egyesület

to found

alapítani

dough

tészta

delectable

kellemes, élvezetes

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