Saturday, March 20, 2010


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, :) 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 kind of cool when I got it in my e-mail from a friend in California! 


Lothiriel said...

This is very interesting! Thanks for this! I love stuff like this!

veterankindergartenteacher said...

I love krispy kreme doughnuts. Maybe thats why I love them so much...they were first made here in NC. Thanks for the trivia!

LaVonne said...

I like this. Thanks for posting. :)

Unknown said...

That explains why California is a broke state.

Hootin' Anni said...

I love stuff like this...very very fun read. Now I know why you can't find Pepsi in Georgia!!!

Lorie Shewbridge said...

~ I guess you'd really NEED a pilot's license in Alaska!
~ I knew about AZ, CT, FL, and HI - I'm smart, aren't I??
~ Didn't know about Newton, MA but I have been there.
~ I have GOT to go to that mall in Minnesota!
~ What the hell is in the water in Nebraska? If I go there I am definitely drining bottled!
~ Thank goodness for PA! :-)
~ Why create a KENTUCKY Fried Chicken in Utah?????
~ Seattle has more Starbucks, too!
~ WV may have had the first brick paved street, but was it only one??? Hey, I can say that, my dad was born there. TeeHee
~ Way to go WY - we women love you!

Gem said...

That's nice to know about my state (HI) =).

Colette S said...

This is very interesting! CA is huge!!

Anonymous said...

Your blog is definitely nice.. really had fun reading it.!!Thank for the post!!I did not know that KFC restaurant was first opened in Utah.!!I learned something new this day..hahaha

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