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From: Chrysantha
Date: 11-09-2006, 09:35 PM (1 of 10)

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 gets 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 Oujia 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.

NEVADA ... Has more hotel rooms than any other place in the world.

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.

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.
User: Chrysantha
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From: GreenDragonLady
Date: 11-09-2006, 10:02 PM (2 of 10)
Those are really interesting! I didn't know 99% of that! Thanks!

Go Tupperware! :smile:
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From: DorothyL
Date: 11-09-2006, 10:53 PM (3 of 10)
I don't know about 99 percent of it -- but there are several that are incorrect.
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 11-10-2006, 12:29 AM (4 of 10)
I didn't write it...just re-posted from someone else..
It sounds alright to me...but then again I've only lived in about 12 of the states...
User: Chrysantha
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From: pucktricks
Date: 11-13-2006, 10:34 AM (5 of 10)
So, what facts are inaccurate?

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From: pretnichols
Date: 11-13-2006, 11:18 PM (6 of 10)
A whole big state full of history, and we get to be known for dying the Chicago River Green! There has to be something more interesting than that. And yes, they do truly dye it green. One year I got to watch from a building up above when they dumped the dye. They also paint parts of the street green for the parade.

How about Chicago is the only city (I think) that has a street with one name, that actually runs in 4 directions?!
Wacker Drive runs North, South, East & West as it wanders through the Chicago Loop.

Anyone else want to contribute other "interesting facts" about their State (or Provinces). Could be fun??!!

So little time, sew much to do...........
User: pretnichols
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Total posts: 342
From: Chrysantha
Date: 11-13-2006, 11:30 PM (7 of 10)'s a crime to 'molest' alligators and crab traps in FL. $1500. Even if you weren't aware of it being a crime...(molesting = baiting, trapping, taking, killing or eating wild gators or someones crabs, not in a restaurant.) It's also a crime to take or dig up sea oats, and the white sand here in the NW (inFL) has to be kept WHITE, if you live near the beach and your sand is NOT the right white color, they will fine you...and make you remove it...(lots of silly things, but true...)
User: Chrysantha
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From: lsoutherla
Date: 11-14-2006, 10:24 AM (8 of 10)
In Gainesville, the Chicken Capital of the World it is illegal to eat chicken with a fork.
User: lsoutherla
Member since: 05-04-2006
Total posts: 72
From: Pudge99
Date: 11-14-2006, 12:45 PM (9 of 10)
If I remember correctly from my few years of living in Florida they have some really wacky laws on the books. Some of them pertaining to the "private relations" you have with your husband.
As for Illinois there are surely more interesting things than the river dying thing but at least they don't drain it once a year like they do here in San Antonio.
Where I grew up in Illinois, Iowa was actually north of Illinois. Oh boy did that make Geography lessons hard to master.
Here is a tidbit about Texas that I did not know until I moved here. It is the only state that retains it's right to sucede from the union, and when you think about it is probable that it could succeed.
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User: Pudge99
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From: Pudge99
Date: 11-14-2006, 01:26 PM (10 of 10)
Well this post has me waisting quality sewing time. I found this site.
And I starteed reading about the states I have lived in.
IN my home town in Illinois. There are two laws that I know for a fact are true on this list as the signs are clearly posted. Here they are: "Moline: Ice skating at the Riverside pond during the months of June and August is prohibited; There is a ban on unnecessary repetitive driving on 23rd Avenue" (now known as Avenue of the Cities). This driving law was started while I was in highschool. It was to prevent kids from "Cruising The Avenue" This law can be argued by individuals definition of "neccessary". Many teens find it neccessary to drive back and forth on the same road to enhance their social life.:wink:
Pictures of my successes and failures
Pfaff 2040
Janome Mylock 134D
Singer Futura CE-100 w/ Autopunch
Husqvarna Viking 3D Sketch
User: Pudge99
Member since: 10-30-2001
Total posts: 1375
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