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The only time the USA was debt free was in 1836. It lasted exactly one year.
In the fiscal year of 2014, the U.S. government spent over US$49 million per hour in interest on its debt.
The average credit card debt for a US household is over US$15,000.
The average U.S. college student with loans graduates with US$33,000 of debt.
Germany’s debt from WW1 was equivalent to 96,000 tons of gold.
Student loans have passed credit cards and auto loans to become the second biggest source of personal debt in the U.S., trailing only mortgages.
In 1978, a student in the U.S. working a minimum wage job could pay for 4 years of college with no debt.
It took Quebec until 2006 to pay off its debt from hosting the 1976 Summer Olympics.
Global debt amounts to US$152 trillion or 225% of global GDP.
Cuba offered to pay a US$270 million Soviet-era debt to the Czech Republic entirely in rum.
As of 2017, every American would have to contribute US$43,503 to pay off the U.S. national debt.
Nearly one in four American adults under the age of 65 has medical debt.
100,000 Japanese disappear without trace every year, many to save their honour after a divorce, job loss, failing an exam or debt.