How does your state rate?
I won’t guarantee the accuracy of any of these; I’m just reprinting what I received.
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 US’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 letter 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 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 geo- graphic 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.
This page was last updated November 1, 2006.