A Fun Fact for Each State

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by jojo54, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. jojo54

    jojo54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2009
    BC Canada
    An interesting email I received. [​IMG]

    A Fun Fact for Each State

    ALABAMA ... Was the first place to have 9-1-1, started in 1968.

    ALASKA ... One out of every 64 people has a pilot's license.

    ARIZONA ... Is the only state in the continental U.S. that
    doesn't follow Daylight Savings Time.

    ARKANSAS ... Has the only active diamond mine in the U.S.

    CALIFORNIA ... Its economy is so large that if it were a country,
    it would rank seventh in the entire world.

    COLORADO ... In 1976 it became the only state to
    turn down the Olympics.

    CONNECTICUT ... The Frisbee was invented
    here at Yale University.

    DELAWARE ... Has more scientists and engineers
    than any other state.

    FLORIDA ... At 759 square miles, Jacksonville is
    the U.S.'s largest city.

    GEORGIA ... It was here, in 1886, that pharmacist
    John Pemberton made the first vat of Coca-Cola.

    HAWAII .. Hawaiians live, on average, five years longer
    than residents in any other state.

    IDAHO ... TV was invented in Rigby, Idaho, in 1922.

    ILLINOIS ... The Chicago River is dyed green every St.Patrick's Day

    INDIANA .... Home to Santa Claus, Indiana,
    which get a half million letters to Santa every year.

    IOWA ... Winnebagos get their name from Winnebago County.
    Also, it is the only state that begins with two vowels.

    KANSAS ... Liberal, Kansas, has an exact replica of
    the house in The Wizard of Oz.

    KENTUCKY ... Has more than $6 billion in gold
    underneath Fort Knox.

    LOUISIANA ... Has parishes instead of counties
    because they were originally Spanish church units.

    MAINE ... It's so big, it covers as many square miles
    as the other five New England states combined.

    MARYLAND ... The Ouija board was created in Baltimore in 1892.

    MASSACHUSETTS ... The Fig Newton is named after
    Newton, Massachusetts.

    MICHIGAN ... Fremont, home to Gerber, is the
    baby food capital of the world.

    MINNESOTA ... Bloomington's Mall of America is so big, if you
    spent 10 minutes in each store, you'd be there nearly four days.

    MISSISSIPPI ... President Teddy Roosevelt refused to
    shoot a bear here ... that's how the teddy bear got its name.

    MISSOURI ... Is the birthplace of the ice cream cone.

    MONTANA ... A sapphire from Montana is in the
    Crown Jewels of England.

    NEBRASKA ... More triplets are born here than in any other state.

    NEW HAMPSHIRE ... Birthplace of Tupperware,
    invented in 1938 by Earl Tupper.

    NEW JERSEY ... Has the most shopping malls in one
    area in the world.

    NEW MEXICO ... Smokey the Bear was rescued from
    a 1950 forest fire here.

    NEW YORK ... Is home to the nation's oldest cattle ranch,
    started in 1747 in Montauk.

    NORTH CAROLINA .... Home of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut.

    NORTH DAKOTA ... Rigby, North Dakota, is the exact
    geographic center of North America..

    OHIO ... The hot dog was invented here in 1900. OH !!!!

    OKLAHOMA ... The grounds of the state capital are
    covered by operating oil wells.

    OREGON .... Has the most ghost towns in the country.

    PENNSYLVANIA ... The smiley, [​IMG] was first used in 1980
    by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University.

    RHODE ISLAND ... The nation's oldest bar, the
    White Horse Tavern, opened here in 1673

    SOUTH CAROLINA ... Sumter County is home to the
    world's largest gingko farm.

    SOUTH DAKOTA ... Is the only state that's never
    had an earthquake.

    TENNESSEE ... Nashville's Grand Ole Opry is the longest
    running live radio show in the world.

    TEXAS ... Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco back in 1885.

    UTAH ... The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant
    opened here in 1952.

    VERMONT ... Montpelier is the only state capital
    without a McDonald's.

    VIRGINIA ... Home of the world's largest office building ...
    the Pentagon.

    WASHINGTON ... Seattle has twice as many college graduates
    as any other state.

    WASHINGTON D.C. .... Was the first planned capital in the world.

    WEST VIRGINIA ... Had the world's first brick paved street,
    Summers Street, laid in Charleston in 1870.

    WISCONSIN ... The ice cream sundae was invented
    here in 1881 to get around Blue Laws prohibiting
    ice cream from being sold on Sundays.

    WYOMING ... Was the first state to allow women to vote.

    I hope you enjoyed this. I found it interesting
  2. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    [​IMG] Kansas also has the biggest ball of twine ever made.
  3. desertgirl

    desertgirl Roo Magnet

    Mar 29, 2009
    What a cool thread! Thanks (and rock on, Smokey the Bear!!!!).
  4. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Not exactly accurate, as Jax is the largest city in Continental US.....there are 4 cities in Alaska, including Juneau and Anchorage, that are larger.
  5. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

    Jan 20, 2008
    Hrrmmph. Texas can do better than that. Let's see, I'll try to find something close to home . . .

    More species of bats live in Texas than in any other part of the United States.

    No kidding, and tons of 'em. Bracken Cave near San Antonio houses the largest bat colony in the world, and Austin hosts the largest urban bat population on earth . . . and here in College Station we have an impressive colony at Kyle Field, and all that's only one species! Take that, Dr. Pepper.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2009
  6. SarahFair

    SarahFair Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2008
    Monroe, Ga
    That was BORING for Georgia....
    Everyone knows Coke was made here. The WORLD of Coke is here [​IMG]

    Known as the sweetest onion in the world, the Vidalia onion can only be grown in the fields around Vidalia and Glennville

    I thought this one interesting:
    In 1828 Auraria, near the city of Dahlongea, was the site of the first Gold Rush in America.
  7. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2008
    Dayton Indiana
    Indiana used to be 80 percent forest. Amazing and a little sad at the same time.
  8. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    Vermont is the retirement state for hippies and it is the most liberal state in the country. It is also the healthiest state and one of the most expensive to live in. One of the smallest, a population of 650,000 yet has the second or third highest paid governor despite a large poor rural population. Still a lot of cows here but dairy is dying. The best skiing in the northeast is here.
  9. Scoop

    Scoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2009
    Central PA
    Pennsylvania also had the first oil well in the world. I believe it was near Titusville.
  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Springfield MA is where the sport basketball was first invented/played.

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