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Stars and Stats

Age at which boys in colonial America were apprenticed to master craftsmen to learn a trade: 14

Age girls were taught embroidery at home: 6

Approximate value of all the U.S. flags this country imports, mostly from China: $4.7 million

Percent of grill owners who barbecue on the Fourth of July: 76

Metric tons of carbon dioxide they produce barbecuing on the Fourth: 225,000

Vacation Vibes

Average number of paid vacation days per year that workers in Italy get: 42

Average number in the U.S.: 13

Percent growth in day camps in the U.S. over the past 20 years: 90

Percent of summer travelers who use the Internet to plan their trips: 71

Percent who use a travel agent: 7

Number of visitors per year to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the country’s most popular national park: 9,289,215

Number of visitors to Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve in Alaska, the least popular: 60

Percent of parents who say EPCOT is their favorite Walt Disney World theme park for a family vacation: 50

Percent who say the Magic Kingdom: 33

Sources: Suite101.com, Census.gov, ScienceDaily.com, Infoplease.com, DCAcamps.org, Blizzardinternet.com, Nationalparkstraveler.com, Familyvacationcriticism.com

Updated 11:55 am, December 12, 2016
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