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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • John Reichley: Odd things the 50 states are known for

  • The title of a recent, otherwise unattributed email was “What states are famous for.” No author was listed, nor was a reason why each subject was chosen. But they are interesting. Read away:
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  • The title of a recent, otherwise unattributed email was "What states are famous for." No author was listed, nor was a reason why each subject was chosen. But they are interesting. Read away:
    Alabama was the first state to have 9-1-1, which began in 1966.
    Alaska has one out of every 64 people with a pilot's license.
    Arizona is the only state in the continental U.S. that doesn't follow daylight-saving time.
    Arkansas has the only active diamond mine in the U.S.
    California's economy is so large that if it was a country, it would rank seventh in the entire world.
    Colorado became the only state to turn down hosting the Olympics, in 1976.
    Connecticut is where the Frisbee was invented, at Yale University.
    Delaware has more scientists and engineers living in it than any other state.
    Florida has the largest city in area in the U.S., Jacksonville, at 874.3 square miles.
    Georgia is the home of Coca-Cola, first produced by pharmacist John Pemberton in 1866.
    Hawaiians live on average five years longer than residents of any other state.
    Idaho is where television was invented, in Rigby, in 1922.
    Illinois has two governors in jail, making it the most corrupt state.
    Indiana's city of Santa Claus gets a half million letters to Santa each year.
    Iowa is where Winnebagos were invented, in Winnebago County, and is the only state with a name that begins with two vowels.
    Kansas has an exact replica of the farm house from the movie Wizard of Oz, in Liberal.
    Kentucky has more than $6 billion in gold underneath Fort Knox.
    Louisiana is the only state with parishes instead of counties, because they were originally Spanish church units.
    Maine is so big it covers as many square miles as the other five New England states combined.
    Maryland is where the Ouija board was created, in Baltimore in 1892.
    Massachusetts is where the Fig Newton was first produced, in Newton.
    Michigan is home to Gerber, the baby food capital of the world, in Fremont.
    Minnesota has the Mall of America in Bloomington, so big that if you spent 10 minutes in each store, you'd be there nearly four full days. (Don't tell Friend Wife.)
    Mississippi is where President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear, giving the teddy bear its name.
    Missouri is the birthplace of the ice cream cone. No date was given.
    Montana had a sapphire mined there in the crown jewels of England.
    Nebraska has more triplets born than in any other state.
    Page 2 of 2 - New Hampshire is where Tupperware began, invented in 1938 by Earl Tupper.
    New Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the entire world.
    New Mexico is where a bear, to be known as Smokey, was rescued from a forest fire in 1950.
    New York is home to the nation's oldest cattle ranch, started in Montauk in 1747.
    North Carolina is home of the first Krispy Crème doughnut, no date given.
    North Dakota has the exact geographic center of North America, in Rigby. (Another Rigby.)
    Ohio is where the hot dog was invented in 1900.
    Oklahoma has operating oil wells on the grounds of the state capital.
    Oregon has the most ghost towns in the country. (But Fort Leavenworth's houses are more famous in this area.)
    Pennsylvania is where the first smiley ☺ was used in 1980 by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University.
    Rhode Island is home to the nation's oldest bar, the White Horse Tavern, founded in 1673.
    South Carolina's Sumter County is home of the world's largest gingko farm.
    Tennessee's Nashville is home of the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running live radio show in the world.
    Texas is where Dr. Pepper was invented, in Waco in 1885, and the hamburger in Arlington in 1906.
    Utah had the first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise, in 1952.
    Vermont's capital, Montpelier, is the only state capital without a McDonald's. (Say it ain't so.)
    Virginia is home to the world's largest office building, the Pentagon.
    Washington's Seattle has twice as many college graduates as any other city.
    West Virginia had the world's first brick-paved street, Summers Street, in Charleston, in 1870.
    Wisconsin is home of the first ice cream sundae, invented in 1881 to get around Blue Laws that prohibited ice cream being sold on Sundays.
    Wyoming was the first state to allow women to vote.
    John Reichley is a retired Army officer and retired Department of the Army civilian employee.

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