50 States

Everybody loves fun facts, because they are mostly fun. We gathered fifty fun facts, one for each state in the United States. This article can have a lot of uses. For example, you can use it as a reminder for the names of all the fifty states. It can also be used to use to pick up girls and boys from every state: "Oh, so you are from Wyoming, Did you know that…?" and the last and best use is to avoid annoying Christmas questions: "Hey son, how's school?" "Did you know that there's a house in Rockport, Massachusetts that is entirely built of newspaper?" So, here they are. Fifty fun facts about the fifty states, remember them and be awesome whenever you want to be.

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ALABAMA

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Each state have official things. Like official birds, official flowers, official colors and also official drinks. Alabama is the only one that have an alcoholic beverage: Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey.

ALASKA

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Peonies need cold weather, and in the middle of wedding season (often between June and September) Alaska is the only place in the United States where you can grow them. It is now one of the biggest business in the state.

ARIZONA

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There's at least one thousand cotton farms in Arizona. That farms altogether produce an average of 600,000 bales, enough to make one pair of jeans for every person in the United States.

ARKANSAS

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The name of Arkansas is not that difficult to write compared to others, but you need to be very careful when you say it out loud: It's forbidden by law to mispronounce it. It's "ar-kan-saw"

CALIFORNIA

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California is a wealthy state. If it was an independent country, it would be the eighth in the richest countries rank, only being beaten by the rest of the United States and countries like China, United Kingdom, France and Germany.

COLORADO

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Denver was supposed to be the host city of the 1976 Olympics, but a plebiscite made at last minute determined that it would be too expensive for the city, so they declined, making Colorado the only state in the world to say no to the Olympics.

CONNECTICUT

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This state has the oldest public library in the Country. It was made by a dude that gathered some money from his neighbors and then went to London to buy 200 books.

DELAWARE

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Delaware is the only state that doesn't have any place that depends on the National Parks System. That means that there are no National Parks, Battlefields, Seashores, Memorials, Historic Sites and Monuments.

FLORIDA

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Like we said, States have official things. And the official gem of Florida is the Moonstone since 1970. The funny thing about it is that moonstone can't be found in Florida.

GEORGIA

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The popular park Six Flags is actually called Six Flags over Georgia, and the origin of the name are the six flags that one flew over the state: Spain, England, Liberty, Georgia, Confederate States of America and United States.

HAWAII

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Hawaii is the most isolated inhabited place in the World, being more than 2,000 miles apart from any coast. It is also the widest state and it's actually the top of the world's tallest mountain range.

IDAHO

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The city of Rigby, in Idaho, is called "The Birthplace of Television" since it was invented there by Philo Taylor Farnsworth. The first experiments that Farnsworth made are displayed in the city museum.

ILLINOIS

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The first skyscraper in the world was built by William Le Baron Jenney in Chicago, Illinois. It was demolished in 1931. Then they built the tallest building in the world: The Sears Tower, that is now the second tallest in America.

INDIANA

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The Raggedy Ann Doll was made in 1914 by Marcella Gruelle, a little girl from Indianapolis that made the doll and whose father turned it into a character. Marcella died when she was 13 after being vaccinated, and the doll became a symbol of anti-vaccination.

IOWA

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Cornell College was founded in 1953 in Mount Vernon. It has a campus that is over 130 acres and is the only University in the entire country that has all its campus buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

KANSAS

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The list of inventions made in Kansas include the dial telephone in 1889, the Helicopter in 1909, helium in 1903, Pizza Hut in 1958 and the Coleman Grills in 1900.

KENTUCKY

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Mammoth Cave is the largest cave system in the World, is visited by more than two million people per year. It was first promoted in 1816, what makes the cave the second oldest tourist attraction in the United States after the Niagara Falls.

LOUISIANA

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Louisiana is the only state in the United States that is not divided in counties. It is divided in Parishes. The best Parish to live, according to a magazine is Terrebonne Parish.

MAINE

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The name says it all: Eastport, in Maine, is the Eastern city in the United States. This means that it is the first place to receive the sunlight every day.

MARYLAND

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Founded in 1696 in Annapolis, St. John's School was the first school in the entire country. In 1784 it was turned into a College, that is still functioning and it's called St. John's College.

MASSACHUSETTS

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The Boston University Bridge, built in 1928 on Commonwealth Avenue, in Boston, is allegedly the only place in the world where a boat can sail aside of a person walking under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.

MICHIGAN

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Old Log theatre, opened in 1930, is the oldest continuously working theatre in America. More than 6 million people attended productions at this theatre through its history. Nick Nolte used to be a member of the company.

MISSISSIPPI

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While visiting Sharkey County in Mississippi, President Theodore Roosevelt was forced to shoot a bear in an event organized by his team. He refused, and that was the origin of the Teddy Bear.

MISSOURI

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Missouri is called "The Show Me State". The origin of this slogan is a mystery, but it may come of a phrase pronounce by a congressman who said "I'm from Missouri, you have to show me". It is now used to indicate the conservative and non credulous spirit of missourians.

MONTANA

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In the last decade of the nineteenth century the city of Helena, capital of Montana held two world records: It had the largest indoor pool in the world and had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world.

NEBRASKA

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Nebraska means "flat water" in the Oto indian language. There are a lot of counties in Nebraska that are called as native tribes: Dakota, for example, means "Friends" and Cheyenne "to speak unintelligibly"

NEVADA

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Charles Fey invented one machine called "The Liberty Bell", that became the model to the upcoming slot machines. Now there's an average of one slot machine for every ten residents of Las Vegas.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

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New Hampshire declared the independence from England six months before the actual Independence was signed, becoming the first free colony. Maybe that's why the motto of the city is "Live free or die".

NEW JERSEY

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New Jersey is the only state to have all its counties listed as metropolitan areas. It has thirteen times the average population density, being the most dense state of all.

NEW MEXICO

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The Palace of the Governors, in Santa Fe, was built in 1610, being one of the oldest still standing buildings in America. It was the seat of the spanish government.

NEW YORK

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The city of Rochester is called both Flower City and Flour City. It has seen the birth of a lot of inventions, such as marshmallows, Jell-o, baby shoes, gold teeth and the mail chute.

NORTH CAROLINA

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The Island called Roanoke was the place where the first English Colony was established. It is famous because they disappeared mysteriously. The only trace they left behind was the word "Croatoan" carved in a tree.

NORTH DAKOTA

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The city of Rugby is the exact geographical center of North America. It has a monument to celebrate this, a stone obelisk with the flags of Canada and the United States.

OHIO

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The Y Bridge in Zanesville was first built in 1814, in the intersection of the rivers Muskingum and Licking. It is said to be the only bridge in the world that you can cross without leaving your side of the river.

OKLAHOMA

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The land where Oklahoma is located belonged to the natives. In 1889 the lands were given to settlers in a "Land Rush", and people would claim territories by grabbing the stakes marking each plot.

OREGON

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From the nine lighthouse that stand along the coastline, five of them are still working and the others work as touristic sites. The most photographed lighthouse in America is one of them: Heceta Head Lighthouse, the one in the picture.

PENNSYLVANIA

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Philadelphia was the main witness of the Declaration of Independence, but in Pennsylvania you can also find Hershey, the Chocolate Capital of the World for obvious reasons, and Kennett Square, that is the Mushroom Capital of the World.

RHODE ISLAND

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The smallest state of all, Rhode Island was the place where the first Polo match was played in 1876. The state was also home of the first International Lawn Tennis Competition in 1899 and the first Open Golf Tournament in 1895.

SOUTH CAROLINA

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Drayton Hall is the oldest and best preserved mansion and plantation in the United States. It is still standing near Charleston since the 1730's, surviving earthquakes, hurricanes, wars and floods.

SOUTH DAKOTA

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The city of Belle Fourche is kinda small and ordinary. It has 5,000 inhabitants or so, but is mainly known because it is the geographical center of the United States.

TENNESSEE

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McKissack & McKissack, founded in 1905, the oldest african-american architectural firm in the United States and Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company, founded in 1904, the oldest african-american bank, are both located in Nashville.

TEXAS

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In all its history, Texas was ruled by eight different governments: Spain, France, Spain again, Mexico, Republic of Texas, United States, Confederate States, United States. For nine years Texas was an independent nation, from 1836 to 1845.

UTAH

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Utah has the highest rates of married people among all the other states. 57% percent of all women are married. They also marry at a younger age, the average is 24 for the bride, while in the rest of the country is 27. They also have the highest divorce rate, but they are most likely to remarry.

VERMONT

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With less than 8,000 inhabitants Montpelier, the capital of Vermont, is the smallest capital in the Country. It is so small that is also the only one without a McDonald's.

VIRGINIA

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Virginia, named after Queen Elizabeth I "The Virgin Queen", was home of the first english settlement in the entire country, in Jamestown. That is why this state is often called "The birthplace of a nation"

WASHINGTON

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During World War I and World War II some regions of Washington grew pretty much thanks to the industry. Everett, for example, is known for the Boeing assembly plant, that is also the biggest building in the world, with 13.385.378 m³ of volume.

WEST VIRGINIA

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75% of the 24,000 square feet covered by Virginia belong to forest. The state, with a population of 1.8 million people, has the lowest crime rate of all states.

WISCONSIN

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Wisconsin has a lot of Fun Capitals. The state itself is the Dairy Capital of the Country, Mercer is the Loon Capital of the World, Boscobeel is the Turkey Capital of the State and Monroe is the Swiss Cheese Capital of the World (Yup, it's not Switzerland)

WYOMING

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Wyoming is the number one coal productor of the Country, producing more than three tons per week. It was house of the first Coal Mine of the United States, located in Carbon, and the largest Coal Mine, in Wright.


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