America is associated with a lot of things we consider to be ‘American’ by nature. But some of them are not from America at all.
According to the Flag Manufacturers Association of America the United States, we imported almost $22 million worth of American flags from 2005-2009. The majority of these flags came from China. In 2001 we imported $51.7 million in American flags, including $34.8 in October (the first full month after September 11th) alone.
The phrase “As American as Apple Pie” has become a cliché, but Apple Pie has been around long before the United States of America. Apple Pie dates back to the 14th century, and the largest major difference between the recipe used then and those used today is the addition of sugar, which wasn’t as readily available during the time of Chaucer.
I’m not talking about the origins of the game of baseball, which is hotly contested, but rather the actual balls used in the game. While 80% of the world’s baseballs are made in China, every ball used in a Major League Baseball game is made by one factory in Costa Rica. Furthermore, almost every single baseball in the world is made by hand.
Obviously Hot Dogs have their origins in German sausage, and most of the hot dog origin stories involve a German immigrant of some kind. But the fact is, German sausage served on a bun have existed in Frankfurt, Germany since the 13th century. It should be noted, by the way, that the term hot dog came from the (sometimes correct) belief that dog meat had been used to create the sausage.
While GM, Chrysler and Ford are considered to be the “American” car manufacturers, many of their domestic models are currently made in Canada and Mexico. Furthermore, even among those cars assembled in the United States, several of the cars use parts, including engines and transmissions, that were made outside of the US.
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