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Do the digits in my social security number represent anything in particular?

Do the digits in my social security number represent anything in particular, or is it just a random number? Do they recycle social security numbers so that if someone dies, that number goes back into action?


10 Misconceptions About U.S. Immigration

10 Misconceptions About U.S. Immigration

Is immigration a good thing or not? We sort out the facts from about some major U.S. immigration myths at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How do new states become part of the U.S.?

How do new states become part of the U.S.?

How do new states become part of the U.S.? Find out how new states become a part of the U.S. at HowStuffWorks. See more »

What is the DREAM Act?

What is the DREAM Act?

What is the DREAM Act? Read about the DREAM Act and how it could affect undocumented youth. See more »

How the American Dream Works

How the American Dream Works

What exactly is the American dream? And how do you know if you're living it? Read about the American dream at HowStuffWorks. See more »

American Dream Quiz

American Dream Quiz

Are you a dreamer of the American dream? Test your knowledge of our nation's characteristic aspirations with this quiz. See more »

This Land Is Your Land: The Citizenship Quiz

This Land Is Your Land: The Citizenship Quiz

This citizenship quiz will test your knowledge of the process of becoming an American citizen. Check out our citizenship quiz. See more »

How do I start my own country?

How do I start my own country?

To start a new country takes lots of plans, relationships with other countries and some political wiles. Learn about the process to start a new country. See more »

Is it illegal not to have a name?

Is it illegal not to have a name?

Is it illegal not to have a name? Maybe not. But it is certainly a lot of trouble. Find out why it's not exactly illegal to not have a name. See more »

October 12 1999: The World Population Hits 6 Billion

The world's population hit 6 billion people on this day in October of 1999. Read about the historic day in which the world's population hit the 6 billion mark. See more »

How Passports Work

How Passports Work

A passport identifies a traveler as a citizen or national with a right to protection while abroad. Read more about using and applying for a passport. See more »