Saturday, January 8, 2011

Did You Know?

Here are some random facts I found about America recently. Don't ask how one stumbles upon a cache of trivia like this, just read it and enjoy the learning.
  • Alabama honored an insect pest with a statue because it forced farmers to switch from cotton to more profitable crops: Boll Weevil Monument in Enterprise. 
This really Exist, knowing this alone make your life better for reading STMTZ.
  • The highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States are both in California: Mount Whitney and Death Valley.
  • The Famous song "America the Beautiful" was inspired by the view from Pikes Peak, Colorado. 
  • Most people have heard about California's gold rush, but the first U.S. gold rush was near the town of Dahlonega, Georgia in the late 1820's.
  • Artic bearberries grow next to prickly pear cacti and northern jack pines grow next to southern dogwood at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
  • Kentucky is home to the longest known cave system in the world, Mammoth Cave approx. 350miles. 
Bjork wasn't lying, this is where the Dynosaurs are hiding.
  • Native Americans were mining copper in Michigan's Upper Peninsula long before the arrival of Europeans.
  • Because a rive's course chifts over time, some land belonging to Mississippi lies on the west banks of the Mississippi River.
  • Missouri was the epicenter of some of the most powerful earthquakes ever to occur in the United States, called The New Madrid Earthquakes, 1811-1812.
  • The highest non-tornadic gust of wing was 231 mph, recorded at Mount Washington, New Hampshire. Bill Bryson climbs this mount in "A Walk Through the Woods."
  • In 1853, a resort in Saratoga Springs, New York invented the potato chip. (I have not confirmed this as I have heard stories of Ohio being another possible birthplace, maybe someday I'll do more research.)
  • In just one day (April 22, 1889), Oklahoma city grew from zero resident's to more the 10,000. Why? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_Run_of_1889)
  • The deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake, is found in the bowl-shaped depression atop an extinct Oregon volcano.
  • On May 5th 1978, Ben and Jerry ( after completed a correspondence course on ice cream making from Pennsylvania State University's Creamery. ) starting making Ice cream in a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont
It was between a picture of coews or girls in bikini's, I chose coews.
  • Long frequented by Native American's and later surveyed by George Washington, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia became the first public spa in the U.S.
Their you go 15 things you may not have known, or even cared to know, but now you do so your welcome

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