Tuesday, January 19

Did You Know?

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.


Kay Dennison said...

These are great!!! And yeah, we gave the world hot dogs as well as light (Edison) and flight (the Wright Bros.) to the world.

LL Cool Joe said...

I didn't know, no. But now I do, thanks! :D

Gilly said...

Absolutely fascinating! But why the triplets in Nebraska? Could there be a lot of in-breeding there??

Arkansas Patti said...

Now that was interesting. As for those diamonds in Arkansas, they are only safe till the weather clears, then they are MINE.

John said...

Fun and interesting factoids! How come nothing from Nevada though?

bobbie said...

The most shopping malls, huh? I think that's kind of sad. I'd love to go back to the little mom and pop neighborhood store. But I guess that's just me.

Bob-kat said...

A fact for every state! I love it and I learnt so much too :)

I can't help wondering who exactly reads those letters to Santa in Santa Claus and if they reply? Also, I must find out what a Fig Newton is!

One Woman's Journey said...

Judy, thank you - now I know a lot more then I did.

Darlene said...

Very interesting. I wonder why the Hawaiians live longer; nature or nurture?

Judy, I left a meme award on my blog for you. I got it from Kay.

Darlene said...

I thought I left a comment, but it seems to be missing. I wondered whether nature or nurture contributed to the longevity of the Hawaaians.

I have an award for you on my blog. The gadget is the last one on the sidebar.

rosemary said...

I think these are very telling about the states and their population....I'm not surprised at California....wasteful/excessive state...I lived there for over 50 years.

Shephard said...

I somehow would have thought the Ouija board was invented in some place like Louisiana... interesting.
~S :)

Peter said...

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

That one takes the cake Judy, some interesting stuff there, the folks in Nevada must be pretty boring????

Pat said...

No No! Santa Claus lives in Iceland.
My boys used to drive me nuts with frisbees. They should be banned!
(Mrs Grumps)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

These are unbelievable...Who Knew?? LOL!
Great info...Now, if I could just remember these interesting facts...!

Granny Annie said...


Star said...

That was fun :)