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Old 10-18-2006, 05:14 AM
 
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My dad sent me an e-mail about this subject. What do you think makes your state special?
ALABAMA . ........Was the first place to have 9-1-1.
ALASKA ..... ........1 of every 64 people has a
pilot's license.
ARIZONA .... ........Only state in the continental
U.S. that doesn't follow Daylight Savings Time.
ARKANSAS ........ Has 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.
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. Patty's Day.
INDIANA ............. Home to Santa Claus, Indiana, which
gets a half million letters to Santa every year.
IOWA .................. 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, MA.
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.
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.
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 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 in 1885.
UTAH ............................ The first KFC was 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
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.
WYOMING ..................... Was the first state to allow women to vote.
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Old 10-18-2006, 05:19 AM
 
Location: ♥State of the heart♥
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WOW - that is an interesting list of facts!

I guess I don't live in the right place in NJ - I have to drive 45 minutes to the area's only shopping mall.

NC is home of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut? I KNEW something was drawing me there...
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Old 10-18-2006, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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Yes, Philo T. Farnsworth did invent the TV in Rigby, ID, in fact there's even a museum there

Idaho also is great for fly fishing in many areas of the Snake River. There are several awesome areas for both downhill and crosscountry skiiing, backpacking, camping, hunting and most areas still have the small town charm.

Along with being infamous for potatoes, we also grow barley, sugarsnap peas and wheat.
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Old 10-18-2006, 06:28 AM
 
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WOW - that is an interesting list of facts!

I guess I don't live in the right place in NJ - I have to drive 45 minutes to the area's only shopping mall.

NC is home of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut? I KNEW something was drawing me there...
Adream, didn't I read somewhere that you're originally from Bucks County, PA? I lived there for several years (my husband's family still does.) Wouldn't you agree that one of the things that makes PA special is the food? Best Webbers!
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Old 10-18-2006, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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Adream, didn't I read somewhere that you're originally from Bucks County, PA? I lived there for several years (my husband's family still does.) Wouldn't you agree that one of the things that makes PA special is the food? Best Webbers!
The husband and I were once enroute (in the semi) to NY and we stopped at little town outside of Allentown (I think), at any rate in PA and oh my we had the yummy-est food in a little mom & pop joint there

Now you've left me reduced to drooling as I sit and think of their pie
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Old 10-18-2006, 08:08 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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Now I have another reason to love N.C. better than Texas....I love Krispy Cream Donuts!
I think the beauty of western N.C. is beyond describing. The mountains, the waterfalls, the view from the Blueridge Parkway! Oh how I LOVE IT!!!
Texas, well I'll say this, its big.
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Old 10-18-2006, 10:41 AM
 
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Gonna try this again......
This is what makes my state special! And it's year round!


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Old 10-18-2006, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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hey my grandparents lived in Rigby from 1930 till their deaths so about 60 years, thats cool info I didnt know that about Rigby. Also I lived in oregon for 32 years and didnt know about the ghost towns!!!
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Old 10-18-2006, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Traverse City, MI
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MICHIGAN ............. Fremont, home to Gerber, is the baby
food capital of the world.

What!? What!? I can't believe what I'm reading... oh dear... I hope this isn't what most people think is special about Michigan. No offense- I know you didn't compile that list, Grammy- but a Michigander would find that insulting, I think.

Here is what is special about my state: Michigan is surrounded by the world's largest source of fresh water!

When outsiders think "Michigan," they often conjure images of gritty, industrial Detroit. In reality, the state is a vast rural territory, graced with thousands of square miles of pristine wilderness and freshwater shores. Also, outsiders tend to think "If I want to live near a beach, I must buy some expensive real estate on one of our U.S. coastlines, where it will most likely be crowded." But, sometimes I wonder if Americans realize that the great lakes are like oceans, only much more pleasant to swim in and are not crowded! I think people are afraid of the cold here and so never explore our lakes... but our summers are gorgeous!

Some facts:

-The Great Lakes are the largest group of fresh water lakes on Earth... we have 20% of the world's freshwater.
-The combined surface area of the great lakes is larger than the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire combined.
-The world's largest freshwater dunes line Lake Michigan.
-Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the United States
-A person in Michigan is never more than 85 miles from open Great Lakes water and is never more than 6 miles from a natural water source.
-We have 11,037 inland lakes

Sorry- just happen to be very proud of where I am from!
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Old 10-18-2006, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Anne Arundel County MD
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Here in MD, we have the 3rd highest household income AND the 3rd highest crime rate. It's the best of both worlds
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