This Great Nation: Fun Facts About the USA
Test Your Trivia
Time to test your Trivial Pursuit knowledge! How much do you really know about our great nation? Perhaps you know a lot about Minnesota and the Great Lakes but you don't know anything about the beautiful New Mexico and Wheeler Peak. You'll definitely find some new and interesting facts to buff up your database!
- On February 16, 1968, the first 911 call was made on a rotary dial telephone from Haleyville, Alabama. The phone now rests in a Haleyville museum.
- On April 8th, 1974, Alabama's Hank Aaron swung his bat so hard that he shattered the home run record, previously held by Babe Ruth.
- Magnolia Springs, Alabama is the only city in the continental United States that has its mail delivered entirely by boat.
- When kids write letters to Santa, they usually end up in North Pole, Alaska where there is a team of people who are ready to answer each and every one of them!
- Alaska is home to the easternmost and westernmost points of the United States! The snowy state straddles the 180th Meridian which is the global dividing line.
- The Iditarod marathon is 1,150 bitter cold miles of terrain which begins in Anchorage and finishes in Nome. The race is done entirely on dogsleds. The current record holder finished in just under ten days!
- In 1968, an Arizona entrepreneur purchased the London Bridge from the UK government and shipped it to Lake Havasu, Arizona where it was reconstructed and re-opened in 1971.
- Oatman, Arizona is so hot in the summers that they host an annual egg-frying contest on the sidewalks every 4th of July!
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- Conway, Arkansas hosts the World Champion Toad Races each year so train up your best hopper and head to the games! Toad Suck Daze Festival is where the fun begins!
- Arkansas is home to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. You do the digging and you keep every diamond you find regardless of size! Better grab your Arkansas toothpick!
- In San Luis Obispo there is a graveyard of used bubblegum. The final resting place for thousands of pieces of chewed gooey leftovers! Aptly named Bubble Gum Alley, feel free to stick your gum and go!
- The two main cables that secure the San Francisco Bay bridge contain over 80,000 miles of steel wire. Enough wire to wrap around the earth three times!
- There are several nightclubs in Los Angeles that have contributed to the US music scene. Three of the biggest contributors are within mere blocks of one other. The Viper Room, The Whiskey A Go GO and Roxy are all famed for being pivotal in boosting the careers of many top acts.
- The Swetsville Zoo in Timnath, Colorado housed more than 160 scrap-metal characters including a car with spider legs and a dinosaur playing in a rock band!
- If you're feeling indecisive about where to vacation, you can simply stand at the southwestern most corner of Colorado - Four Corners. You'll be in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah all at once!
- Manufactured in Orange, Connecticut, PEZ are one of America's favorite treats! In fact, we eat about 3 billion of them each year!
- In Ridgefield, Connecticut at the Keeler Tavern Museum you can see actual evidence of the Revolutionary War. In one of the Tavern's beams rests an actual British cannonball!
- Did you know that Delaware was the first state to ratify the US Constitution in 1787. The authentication took place at a local pub known as Dover's Golden Fleece Tavern.
- People travel from miles around for the annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ contest held every autumn around Halloween. Bridgeville, Delaware becomes a pumpkin flinging party!
- There was only one Revolutionary War battle fought in Delaware: The Battle of Cooch's Bridge. It's believed that the very first flag, adorned with 13 stars, was flown for the first time during this battle.
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- A professor at the University of Florida noticed that the football players were suffering from dehydration due to the excessive heat. His ingenious solution for the Florida Gator football players? Gatorade. The successful product has since been commercially purchased and has become Pepsico's 4th largest selling brand.
- There are more lighting strikes per capita in Clearwater, Florida than anywhere else in the United States. It's unique location provides for thunderstorms about 1/3 of all days of the entire year.
- If you've never seen a catfish crossing, you might want to visit Florida. Asian catfish actually come out of the water and on to the road.
- Did you know that Georgia is somewhat of a snacker's paradise? They are among the top producers of peaches, peanuts and pecans in the United States.
- In 1886 an Atlanta pharmacist/chemist by the name of John Stith Pemberton invented a drink known as Pemberton's French Wine Coca. Today we call it Coca-Cola.
- Although the well known classic film, Gone With the Wind was set in Civil War era, Atlanta, Georgia, the entire film was shot in Los Angeles, California.
- Hawaii produces nearly 7 million pounds of coffee beans every year and they are the only state in the United States that produces them.
- There are only two states in the United States that don't observe daylight savings time. Hawaii is one of them. Do you know which is the other state?
- Mount Wai'ale'ale, on the island of Kaua'i is privy to the second highest amount of rainfall each year in the world. The average is about 460 inches.
The Hokey Pokey Has Changed Over the Years
- Blackfoot, Idaho is home to the world's largest potato chip. The fried spud measures 14 inches by 24 inches.
- The largest collection of horse fossils in the United States was found in the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument. It's now known as the Hagerman Horse Quarry and considered the most important historical horse information in the world.
- Local legend in Idaho is that a man by the name of Larry LaPrise got together with a few pals and wrote a well known dance song to entertain local skiers in Sun Valley. They called their boogie "The Hokey Pokey".
- In 1893 the Chicago World's Fair debuted the first Ferris Wheel. George Ferris designed the amusement attraction which was 250 feet tall and held 60 passengers. The World's Fair was also the setting of Dr. H. H. Holmes and his hotel of death. Dr. Holmes (Herman Webster Mudgett) built a hotel close to the site of the World's Fair luring tourists to their death. (Devil in a White City by Erik Larson)
- The zipper was invented in Chicago in 1891.
- Chicago is home to Sue, the world's largest Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. She resides in the Field Museum and is a mere 67 million years old.
- Madam C.J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove) was one of the first female millionaires. She made her money by manufacturing hair products and cosmetics for black women. Her career began by going door-to-door in the early 1900s.
- Martinsville, Indiana is home to the first goldfish farm in the United States. Grassyfork Fisheries opened in 1899 and by 1949 they were producing 25 million goldfish a year.
- Did you know that Indiana has sent five women into successful presidential campaigns? They've all become the wives of Vice-Presidents.
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- Seven brothers of German descent, were watching a traveling show being unloaded in a small town by the name of McGregor, Iowa. They started their own traveling show and upon joining with other groups eventually became known as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
- The Iowa State Fair hosts the annual Butter Cow sculpture competition. The average sculpture consists of about 600 pounds of butter and could provide enough delicious spread for about 19,000 slices of toast.
- Iowa is the birthplace of the 4-H Club. Jessie Field Shaumbaugh started the boys and girls clubs as well as the clover design that still represents 4-H today.
- Fort Leavenworth was built in 1827 to protect caravans on the Sante Fe trail. It has been occupied by the United States Army since it's inception and played very important roles in both the Mexican and Civil wars. Fort Leavenworth's United States Disciplinary Barracks is also the only maximum security penal facility for the United States military.
- In 1958, a pizza parlor opened in Wichita with a mere $600 borrowed out of motherly love. Today, the Pizza Hut chain bakes their gold and bubbly Italian favorites world wide. In 2001, Pizza Hut even sent slices to the International Space Station.
Waverly Hills Sanitorium Louisville, Kentucky
- Although they are separated by 17 years, sisters Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle are both Kentucky natives and coal miner's daughters.
- The US Treasury's Fort Knox Gold Depository holds about 4,600 tons of gold bullion. Built in 1936 at the behest of President Roosevelt , it was completed for what today would be about $8.5 million.
- Bud Hillerich happened to be watching a baseball game in 1884 and saw Pete "The Gladiator" Browning swing his bat so hard that he broke it. Unfortunately he wasn't swinging at a ball. Bud returned to his father's woodshop and what history acquired was the Louisville Slugger.
Passionate Peach Shake Recipe
- 3 medium peaches, peeled and sliced, or 3 cups frozen sliced peaches
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons TABASCO® brand Original Red Sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon minced crystallized ginger or 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
Makes 2 cups.
- 90% of the crawfish eaten in the United States each year comes from the Louisiana fishermen and crawfish farms. The freshwater crustacean brings the bayou state an average of $120 million per year.
- Squirrel hunting is so popular in Louisiana that some school districts actually cancel classes for the opening day of squirrel season.
- In 1868, Edmund Mcllhenny decided he needed to add some flavor to his food. He created what we still know today as Tabasco sauce.
- The longest bridge in the United States spans 24 miles across Lake Pontchartrain and takes nearly 30 minutes to cross.
- Did you know that the waters off the coast of Maine were once so plentiful with the famed "World's Best" Lobster that the tender delicacy was served to prisoners and servants.
- In Bangor, Maine there is a home surrounded by an eerie cast iron fence adorned with gargoyles. The master of this ominous castle is none other than the commander of creepy himself: Stephen King. He has written many of his darkest tales in this Bangor home.
- Mr. George Allen took a simple idea and patented it in 1888. It's a small wrench that can be found in nearly every man's workbench. What's it called? The Allen wrench.
Home of Stephen King
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- In 1854, The famous Baltimore author Edgar Allen Poe wrote a poem called "The Raven". Years later the National Football league named adapted the poem's name creating the Baltimore Ravens.
- The official sport of Maryland is jousting. Fortunately they've taken the human target out of the equation and attempt to ride 80 yards with their lance and spear suspended rings.
- One of the best American female jazz singers of all times was from Baltimore, Maryland. Today there is a statue of "Lady Day" standing in Druid Hill. Miss Billie Holliday was and continues to be one of the most influential female musicians.
- MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is known for generating some of the greatest minds in the world. These whiz kids are also known for being proficient pranksters. In 2007, students transformed the John Harvard statue (namesake of Cambridge University) into a Halo character.
- Webster, Massachusetts is home to the longest named lake in American geography. It's named Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg which translates to: "You fish on your side, I fish on my side, and no one fishes in the middle."
- In 1930, a woman broke chocolate pieces to put into her cookie batter in Whitman, Massachusetts. Miss Ruth Wakefield was disappointed when the chocolate didn't melt but to her delight, the Toll House Inn served her cookies with the chocolate chips intact. They were a tremendous success with guests and eventually a company by the name of Nestle took on the chocolate chip. They acquired her chocolate chips in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate. Who got the better end of the deal?
- In 1959, Berry Gordy had an idea to start a music label featuring black artists. Motown (derived from motor and town) was born and history was made.
- The division of predominantly wealthy and the underprivileged is Michigan's famous 8 Mile Road. Marshall "EMINEM" Mathers brought the limelight to 8 Mile with his jagged and tumultuous musical style which slammed onto the Rap and R&B scene in 1996 and is still making torrential movement today.
- There are more than 9 acres of artistically painted surfaces surrounding the Michigan State Capitol building including flowers, trees, animals and mythical creatures.
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- Every year St. Paul is host to the Winter Carnival and the ice palace which is built from more than 30,000 blocks of solid ice harvested from local lakes.
- Duluth, Minnesota is home to the famous lifting bridge and the last resting place of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald. November 9th, 1975 brought one of the worst winter storms Lake Superior had seen. With hurricane-force winds the Mighty Fitz sank and her entire crew perished.
- The largest shopping mall in the world is in Bloomington, Minnesota. It's the equivalent of 78 football fields and has an indoor amusement park. If you spent 60 seconds in each store, not including the 8 anchor stores, the restaurants or the kiosks, you would be there a mere 10 hours.
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- In 1935, a woman in Tupelo, Mississippi gave birth to a young man with an exceptional voice and a flair for swinging his hips. The "shotgun shack" where he was born is now part of the Elvis Presley Museum which profits about $45 million a year.
- The most famous frog in the United States is said to have been born on the banks of Deer Creek. Jim Henson, creator of Kermit the Frog, grew up playing along the banks of Deer Creek in the town of Leland, Mississippi.
- Mississippi is named for the Chippewa Indian words mici zipi which means "great river" since the mighty Mississippi River flows a varitable dividing line through the middle of the state.
- Kansas City, Missouri has more fountains than any other city in the United States. The only other city in the world with more fountains is Rome, Italy.
- In 1928, The Chillicothe Baking Company decided that it would be better to slice the bread before selling it to customers. Needless to say, the idea was a landmark decision. In 2007, Chillicothe became the "Home of Sliced Bread."
- Did you know that the Gateway Arch stands 630 feet tall? That's twice the height of the Statue of Liberty! The St. Louis Arch, otherwise known as the Jefferson National Memorial is America's tallest national monument. You can ride to the top in egg-shaped cylinders and on a windy day, the entire monument will move with the breeze to overlook the Missouri River.
- On July 25, 1806, William Clark carved his signature and the date into a rock at Pompeys Pillar. It's a good thing he did because it's the only tangible evidence that the Lewis and Clark expedition existed.
- Helena, Montana was once known for it's multitude of millionaires. In 1888, more than $3.5 billion worth of glimmering gold was mined there during the gold rush.
- The greatest temperature change ever recorded in a 24-hour period took place on January 14th-15th in Loma, Montana. The temperature went from -45 degrees Fahrenheit to 59 degrees Fahrenheit.
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- If you're driving westward on Interstate 80 and you happen to see a large copper structure stretching across both sides of the interstate like a majestic gateway to the west, you've just passed the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. Kearney, Nebraska is home to this one of a kind museum that pays homage to those who traveled, settled, lived and perished in the great migration west.
- In 1927, a man by the name of Edwin Perkins invented a delicious drink that he called Fruit Smack. It was a huge hit. He changed the name to Kool-Ade (now Kool-Aid) and by 1950 his company was manufacturing 50 million packets of the tasty treat every day.
- Buffalo Bill's Wild West show was launched in North Platte, Nebraska in 1883. Bill Cody had hired ropers, cowboys and cowgirls to demonstrate their rodeo skills and the people of North Platte loved the show.
Top 5 Casinos in Las Vegas
- The Venetian
- The Bellagio
- Flamingo Las Vegas
- Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
- Ceasar's Palace
Top 5 Shows to See in Las Vegas
- Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular (The Venetian)
- Le Rêve (Wynn)
- Blue Man Group (The Venetian)
- Criss Angel Believe (Luxor)
- KÀ Cirque du Soleil (MGM Grand)
- Did you know that 6 of the top 10 employers in Las Vegas are casinos? If you're planning on moving to Vegas, learn how to deal cards or serve cocktails!
- The largest and highest alpine lake in North America was formed nearly 2 million years ago in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Lake Tahoe is a fresh water lake and is home to numerous ski resorts and tourist attractions.
- The largest open-pit gold mine is in Elko, Nevada. People come from all over the world hoping to strike it rich in the pit that is aptly named Goldstrike. Nevada produces more gold than any other state in the US.
- In 1938, Earl Tupper, a German immigrant, started a company that manufactured food storage containers. The containers were sturdy and worked quite well. You can still buy his Tupperware today.
- If you're hoping to be a blacksmith or a cooper you can apply to New Hampshire's Traditional Arts apprentice program. The ancient arts are still practiced today.
- Exeter, New Hampshire was host to a very secret meeting held by Amos Tuck in 1853. He strongly opposed the democratic party and felt it necessary to create another political party. From this assemblage came the Republicans.
- Dorothea Lange, born in Hoboken, New Jersey, was one of the most influential photographers of her time. The "Depression Era Migrant Worker" is the photo she is most recognized for.
- Alice Paul, born in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, was one of the most important suffragists during the struggle for the 19th Amendment. She began a hunger strike while incarcerated at Occoquan Workhouse and after several years of lobbying Congress, the measure passed in 1920.
- Have you ever wondered where the street names for Monopoly come from? Charles Darrow, the inventor of the game, spent his summers in Atlantic City. He liked the city so much that he aptly swindled the names for his beloved game!
- In 1947, there was an alleged accident that is still widely whispered about today. You can go to the crash site and visit the "Roswell Incident". There is UFO Museum and Research Center. Unfortunately, getting into Area 51 on Edwards Air Force Base is highly unlikely.
- Every year in early October, Albuquerque hosts a 9-day hot air balloon festival. Nearly 800 hot air balloons take flight in what is the largest event of its kind in the world.
- Did you know that only 1/3 of New Mexico's roads are actually paved? The climate is so hot and dry that it actually acts as a self-paving mechanism which works just as well as the real thing!
- Contrary to popular belief, the famous music festival Woodstock did not take place in Woodstock, New York. It took place about 40 miles southeast in a town called Bethel at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in the Catskills.
- In 1884, after the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge, P.T. Barnum bravely led a mass of 21 elephants marching across the new construction to prove to the citizens of New York that the structure was safe and sound. The famous Jumbo (the elephant) led the convoy of behemoths.
- Every day in New York City, between 35,000 - 40,000 police officers are on duty for the first shift.
- North Carolina has a reputation for creating Nascar legends. Richard Lee Petty and Dale Earnhardt are the two most accomplished drivers with 7 championship wins. They are the most recognized faces in Nascar.
- In 1937, a man named Vermon Rudolph started a bakery in Old Salem, North Carolina. His bakery made such delicious doughnuts that he could barely keep up with demand. Now, Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be purchased all over the United States.
- The University of North Carolina must have been proud when the Chicago Bulls signed their star athlete, Michael Jordan to play for the NBA. Michael wore his college shorts under his Bulls uniform for good luck.
- Devil's Lake was originally named Spirit Lake by the Sioux Indians. However, due to mistranslation by white settlers, legend says that there are monsters in the lake.
- Norsk Fest is the largest gathering of Scandinavian and Nordic culture and cuisine in North America. It takes place every year in late September in Minot, North Dakota and is host to food, music, artisans and more.
- In 1931, Rugby, North Dakota was declared the official geographical center of North America. A monument adorns the town with a motto that says, "Welcome to the center of it all!"
- Did you know that The Wicked Witch of the West ran a nursery school before becoming an actress? Margaret Hamilton, the woman who played the spooky spellbinder, ran a Cleveland day-care center before she was cast as the witch in The Wizard of Oz.
- If you love roller coasters then you should visit Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. The park is home to 17 operating roller coaster which is more than any other amusement park in the world.
- One of the most popular toys of the 20th century is made in Bryan, Ohio. The Ohio Art Company invented the Etch-A-Sketch which is beloved by kids and trendy for accomplished artists as well.
- Did you know that the Oklahoma "Sooners" got their nickname because when settlers arrived in 1889 to lay claim to the land, as opposed to waiting to legally claim the land, they claimed the territory too soon.
- Every spring the city of Beaver hosts the World Championship Cow Chip Throw. There are actually rules and regulations to this quirky contest. There are 4 separate competitive divisions and your cow chips must meet specific requirements.
- William Jay "Bill" Bowerman was the head coach at the University of Oregon for 24 years. During his course at Oregon he trained 51 All-Americans, 12 American record-holders, 24 NCAA Champions, 16 sub-4 minute milers, 4 NCAA titles and 31 Olympic athletes. He was particular about the type of shoes his athletes wore so during the thick of his career, he subsequently co-founded a company with Phil Knight that created a running shoe. Today you can't walk a single block without seeing a pair of NIKE shoes.
- The Oregon state capital was named by a coin toss in 1851. The city founders both wanted to name the new capital after their home towns. (Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine.)
- The deepest lake in the United States is in Crater Lake National Park. 7,700 years ago a volcano erupted and collapsed. The result was Crater Lake. It's more than 1,900 feet deep and home to many varieties of fish.
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- Pennsylvania is home to the sweetest place on earth. More than 80 million kisses a day are produced at the Hershey Chocolate Factory.
- In 1900, a factory opened in Easton, Pennsylvania. They produced sticks of wax that children could use to color paper with standard names like red, blue, green and violet. Today Crayola has invented names such as: hot magenta, blizzard blue and laser lemon.
- Benjamin Franklin was such an important part of American History that Philadelphia erected a statue in his honor. The figure stands 101 feet tall and boasts a lightening strike, a kite and a key to celebrate the experiment that forever changed the understanding of electricity.
- Ever wondered where the word sideburns comes from? The Civil War general Ambrose Burnside, commander of Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island, was famous for his facial hair. His barbers referred to his whiskers as "burnsides" and later as sideburns.
- The first public roller skating rink opened in the summer of 1866 in Newport. Vacationers from all over loved the roller skating and it became a huge hit!
Yields: 8 servings
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
1 1/2 gallons water
Juice of one (1) lemon
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
2 pounds sausage (kielbasa, etc.), cut into 1/2-inch slices
10 to 12 ears of corn on the cob, broken into 3-inch pieces
4 pounds uncooked shrimp in shell
In a large stock pot over medium-high heat, add the water, lemon, salt, and Old Bay Seasoning; bring to a boil.
Add sausage and gently boil, uncovered, five minutes. Add corn and cook and continue cooking an additional five minutes (begin timing immediately, don't wait until water is boiling).
Add shrimp and cook and additional three minutes longer. Remove from heat, drain immediately, and serve.
Yields 8 servings
- In order to help set the record straight, Gaffney, South Carolina has erected a 1,000,000 gallon water tower in the shape of a giant peach to let the world know which southern state produces the most peaches. Alas, it's not really Georgia after all.
- On April 12, 1861, a shot was fired at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Confederate forces had triggered the beginning of the Civil War and with their aggressive action, were able to hold Fort Sumter for 4 years.
- Have you ever had Frogmore Stew? It's named after a local town near Beaufort, South Carolina. It's a good 'ole southern meal that's traditional to South Carolina and it's served on newspaper.
- The biggest and baddest rally of bikers get together every year in Sturgis, South Dakota. The Sturgis Biker's Rally is infamous for drawing a raucous crowd, gnarly tattoos, spectacular music and bikers as far as they eyes can see. Record attendance has been as high as close to 800,000 bikers and tourists.
- In 1892, a Corn Palace was built in Mitchell, South Dakota. Every year the palace is redecorated and restored with a different theme being used every year. The artists use different colors of corn to adorn and accentuate their work.
- Pierre, South Dakota has an unusual fountain. Since it's fed by natural gas, it smells terrible but it's also on fire and it never goes out! It's a beautiful sight but hold your nose!
- If you can make it here you can make it anywhere. Nashville is known for producing more country music stars than any other city in the world. Sorry New York!
- In 1925, a radio show began broadcasting live from the Grand Ole Opry. It's the nation's longest running radio show and is touted as American Country's Most Famous Stage.
- Graceland, the Memphis home of Elvis, enjoys nearly 600,000 visitors every year. There is only one other home in the United States with more visitors each year and that's the White House.
Fun Texas Getaways
- USS LEXINGTON
- SXSW or South by Southwest
- Whataburger Field
- Malaquite Beach
- Texas State Aquarium
- South Texas Institute for the Arts
- Horses On The Beach
- Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
- Port Aransas Birding Center
- Bob Hall Pier
- Texas Surf Museum
- Selena Museum
- Hans A. Suter Wildlife Area
- Harbor Playhouse
- Laguna Madre
- Mirador del Flor / Selena's Seawall Statue
- Beach Loop
- South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
- Did you know that Bonnie Parker was a spelling bee champion in Dallas,Texas? That was before she met and fell in love with Clyde Barrow in 1930 and as history would have it, the duo would later become the notorious and criminal Bonnie and Clyde.
- Texas had to change their state anthem in 1959 when Alaska became one of the United states. Prior to the addition of Alaska, Texas was the largest state per square mileage and sang it proudly in their state song. However, since Alaska had more than double the square miles of size, Texas had to change the lyrics from "largest" to "boldest". They continue to stand by their motto "Don't mess with Texas".
- In 1866, a boy was born in Beaver, Utah. Robert Leroy Parker grew up and worked as a butcher. Unfortunately he was seduced by a criminal lifestyle so he changed his name to Butch (from his days as a butcher) and took on the last name of Cassidy in honor of Mike Cassidy - an old cattle rustler. Butch Cassidy had been unveiled.
- One of the flattest places on earth is the Bonneville Salt Flats. It's a densely-packed salt pan located in Tooele County, west of the Great Salt Lake. People come from everywhere just to race. Land speed records are set and broken there on a regular basis.
- America's first trans-continental railroad was born when a golden spike was hammered into the ground in 1869 at Promontory Summit where the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific lines met. The spike symbolized the synthesis of the two railroads to connect the San Francisco Bay with the Eastern United States.
- Vermont is one of the largest producers of maple syrup in the United States. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make a single gallon of syrup. Standards for making syrup are slightly different between Canada and The United States however both are delicious to eat.
- Did you know that Vermont was the first state in the nation to outlaw slavery. It was written into the constitution in 1777, before statehood existed, when they were still known as the Vermont Republic.
- Unused ice cream from the Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory is taken to local pigs in Waterbury, Vermont to ear. The only flavor the sows have ever turned down is Mint Oreo Cookie.
- Arlington, Virginia is home to one whopper of an office building; the largest in the world. The Pentagon, or Department of Defense, is almost 6.5 million square feet of space and houses 28,000 employees.
- Did you know that Virginia was the final stop for two of the United States' major wars. The Revolutionary War ended in 1781 with the Battle of Yorktown and the Civil War ended in 1865 at the Appomattox Courthouse.
- There are less than 10 women who have been inducted into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame. Of those women, Elizabeth "Crazy Bet" Van Lew of Richmond, Virginia, commandeered a 12-person spy ring for the Union during the Civil War.
- The Grand Coulee Dam provides 1/3 of America's hydroelectric power. It's the greatest source of electricity in the United States.
- There's a town in Washington named George so the incoming mailing address reads George, Washington.
- Did you know that it's illegal to exhibit a hypnotized person for advertising purposes in Everett, Washington? If you're caught advertising an entranced individual in your front window you can spend up to 6 months in jail and pay a fine of up to $ 500.
- The Library of Congress is the world's largest library with over 120 million pieces. The library receives 22,000 new books on a daily basis and inaugurates 10,000 pieces into their permanent collection.
- Every year Washington, D.C. holds an annual Cherry Blossom Festival in honor of the very first tree planted by First Lady Helen Taft in 1912. Japan donated 3,200 cherry trees to Washington, D.C. to celebrate the relationship between the two nations.
- One of the best piano players of all time, born in Washington, D.C., started playing at the age of 7 and won countless Grammy awards. In 1999, Duke Ellington was posthumously recognized and given a Pulitzer Prize.
- The most famous feud in history took place in West Virginia along the Tug Fork. The bickering began over a mistaken murder and confusion about a pig's homestead. The battle lasted for more than 20 years and is still discussed today.
- Did you know that the city of Romney was a very confused domain during the Civil War. It's proprietorship changed hands between the Union army and the Confederate army 56 times.
- Every May, Charleston holds a festival called the Vandalia Gathering. You can enter the baking contest, the musicians contests or the liars contest. Which one would you enter?
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- Ehrich Weiss grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin. He practiced magic and escape. After adopting a stage name, The Great Houdini changed the world for magicians and is still considered the best escapologist to have ever lived.
- In 1883, John Michael Kohler of Sheboygan, applied enamel to a cast iron horses trough. He realized that his creation was the world's first enamel bathtub and Kohler Company was born.
- The first woman to win the Alaskan Iditarod was Libby Riddles from Madison, Wisconsin. In 1985 she set out across the Alaskan terrain and won, securing her a place in the Iditarod Hall of Fame.
- Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote. As soon as the Wyoming territory was formed in 1869, women had the same political pull as men. Way to go Wyoming!
- In 1902, James Cash Penney bought a local store in Kemmerer. After changing the name and marketing the store quite well, JC Penney was on its way to super success.
- During the Cheyenne Frontier Days festival and 10-day rodeo, there is such a high demand for the free pancake breakfasts, the pancake batter is actually mixed in cement trucks.
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