CHARLOTTE, NC: So you think you know all about the United States eh? Well, Caitlin Morton did a little research and came up with some very interesting facts about our homeland that may surprise you. Just to kick things off, did you know there is a town in Washington with treetop bridges made specifically to help squirrels cross the street.
We all know that New York is the most populated city in the U.S., but how about the fact that more people live in New York City than in 40 of the 50 states. Even the Empire State building has its own zip code.
The country doesn’t center around the Big Apple, however:
Would you believe that the entire Denver International Airport is twice the size of Manhattan?
Texas has always been proud of its size, even when Alaska became a state to make the Lone Star folks number two; That said, if Texas were its own country, it would have the 10th largest GDP in the world.
New York’s east coast rival, Boston has the reputation of having the worst drivers out of the nation’s 200 largest cities. Kansas City, by the way, has the best.
Here’s a good one: a highway in Lancaster, California plays the William Tell Overture as you drive over it, thanks to some well-placed grooves in the road.
Continuing on down the road, did you know there are more than 70 streets in Atlanta with some variation of the name “Peachtree.”
Now for a change of pace.
The Midwest has often been called the “Nation Breadbasket.” Little wonder considering Kansas produces enough wheat each year to feed everyone in the world for about two weeks.
Better yet. the number of bourbon barrels in Kentucky outnumbers the state’s population by more than two million.
Or how about this odd culinary twist. Many states have official state foods, but only Oklahoma has an official state meal: Squash, cornbread, fried okra, barbecued pork, grits, biscuits, sausage and gravy, corn, strawberries, chicken-fried steak, black-eyed peas, and pecan pie.
With more than 2,500 National Historical Landmarks in the country, only two can willfully move: San Francisco’s cable cars and New Orleans’s St. Charles streetcar line.
It may not be a national park, but the world’s smallest park is in Portland, Oregon measuring a just two feet wide.
Oregon is said to be the state with the fastest talkers. Mississippi has the slowest.
A drop more of trivia
The total length of Idaho’s rivers could stretch across the United States about 40 times.
There’s enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America in one foot of liquid.
Or how about this climate change phenomenon in 1943 when the temperature in Spearfish, South Dakota jumped 49 degrees in two minutes (-4°F to 45°F). It was one of the most drastic temperature changes on record.
Did you know that South Florida is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist in the wild?
Speaking of animals, it is possible to get a unicorn hunting license from Michigan’s Lake Superior State University.
And in the sunny south, there is an island full of wild monkeys off the coast of South Carolina called Morgan Island. It’s not open to humans. Do we see yet another movie sequel called Island of the Apes?
With approximately 5,000 commercial airplanes flying over the United States at any given time does it not seem amazing that flying is still one of the safest forms of transportation?
Looking for your lost luggage? Airlines sell all their unclaimed baggage to a store in Scottsboro, Alabama, that resells everything.
With the proliferation of social media and the 24/7 broadcast news cycle, daily newspapers are struggling to compete these days. However, in 1922, a man built a house and all his furniture entirely out of 100,000 newspapers. The structure still stands today in Rockport, Massachusetts.
Utah is the happiest state in the nation, followed by Minnesota. Alabama and West Virginia rank as the unhappiest.
According to the 2010 census, the one-woman town of Monowi, Nebraska is the only officially incorporated municipality with a population of 1. In 2017, the sole, 83-year-old resident was the city’s mayor, librarian, and bartender.
Only one-third of all $100 bills are actually inside the United States.
This one would put Rocky Balboa to shame. The word “Pennsylvania” is misspelled on the Liberty Bell.
And finally, in 1893 American arrogance ran amok once again when Congress put forth an amendment to rename the country to the “United States of Earth.”
You see, in the world of trivia, you just really never know what oddities and treasures you can discover.
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor is also an award-winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is the founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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