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Inspired by the "post interesting facts about your country thread", just post facts pertaining to the state/province you live in! 

 

Here in Florida....

 

  • It isn't all tourist traps and white sand beaches. Most of it is rural farmland, especially the more inland and north you go in the state. In fact, Florida is the top producer of watermelon in the USA, as well as tomatoes, strawberries, sugar, and, not to anyone's surprise....oranges. :ButtercupLaugh:
  • In terms of area, Jacksonville FL is actually the largest city in the USA.
  •  Florida has more toll roads and bridges than any other state in the Union.
  • No matter where you are in Florida you are never more than 60 miles from the ocean.
  • Gatorade was named after the University of Florida's football team the Gators, where the drink was first developed.
  • The number of visitors in Orlando EVERY DAY is equivalent the population of Atlanta.

 

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Ohio time

  • here in Zanesville we have a Y-shaped bridge, Amelia Earhart called Zanesville "the most recognizable city in the country" because of it, and Ripley's Believe it or Not proclaimed the Y bridge in Zanesville to be the only bridge in the world that you can cross and still be on the same side of the river.

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  • the Ohio flag is the only non-rectangular shaped state flag in the country

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  • the Cuyahoga River was so polluted that it had caught fire 13 times, this helped establish the EPA and as a result it hasn't caught fire since 1969. to add onto this, in 2019 the American Rivers conservation association awarded it River of the Year in honor of 50 years of environmental resurgence
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Uhh... let's see...

  • Texas has a ranch called King's Ranch, and it's bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island.
  • It's hot in Texas. We only have 3 seasons: rainy, hot, and stupid hot.
  • We have the Alamo. And we used to be our own republic. Yeh. :p
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While Idaho may be the potato state, Washington actually produces more potatoes per acre, so if we were to make an effort we could easilly get out of second place. Washington is also in fourth in wheat production, but we have the most wheat productive county in the entire country. Where we lead without question is in apple production. Makes you wonder why Grand Pear would move to Vanhoover if his goal was to get away from apples.

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Somebody already did Texas? Huh. Some may be repeats then.

  • Texas is a state now, but it used to be its own country alongside the US (and the only state in the country with said distinction). Only lasted about 9 years or so before it joined up with the US.
  • A smaller city in Texas has the world's oldest and largest pecan. It is 57 years old. It is 5 feet long, 2 1/2 feet wide and weighs over 1000 pounds. 
  • Texas has been ruled by a total of 6 different countries (Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, and United States), and their six flags were the inspiration for the Six Flags theme parks.
  • Texas is larger than every country in Europe (so are Alaska and I believe Montana as well).
  • The state capital of Texas was almost named "Waterloo." But it was changed to "Austin" to be named after Steven F. Austin.
  • The deadliest natural disaster in human history occurred in Texas when a category 4 hurricane that took over 6000 lives hit the city of Galveston in 1900.
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DC is the friggin capital! :sneer:

It has the largest public museum complex in the world.

There’s also a spy museum and a bonsai museum.

Darth Vader is on the National Cathedral.

It used to be called “chocolate city” for being the biggest majority African-American city at one time.

The Washington Monument is the tallest free-standing masonry structure in the world and was even the tallest building too at one point.

Skyscrapers are illegal in DC.

It has the longest escalator in the western hemisphere! (...okay technically that’s across the border into Maryland but whatever)

DC’s license plates say “end taxation without representation” cause DC residents have no congressional representation :maud: 

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Right... Scotland (my country is small so not much per region, because regions are incredibly small),

We have no toll roads, Lewick to Gretna Green, Greater Glasgow to Greater Edinburgh you will not find a toll road on Scottish soil,

There is an estimate of 1.5 million of Irish decent in Scotland, with the highest amounts being in Greater Glasgow, and Greater Edinburgh.

We made the TV

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New Jersey, The Garden State, has THIS!

The USS Rancocas. We all call it The Cornfield Cruiser. It's located in Moorestown, NJ. I'm not saying where I live, but I see it at least once a week!

 

 

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Yes ma'am! :ticking: My home state (If you didn't already know) is Arkansas.

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Here's some interesting trivia about Arkansas!

-The world's largest company by revenue, Walmart, is headquarted in Bentonville, Arkansaswalmarthq.thumb.jpg.90556c75e87d7f98344add1fe74d29d2.jpg

-The Buffalo National River was the first designated national river in the USA

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-42nd President of the USA, Bill Clinton, was born in Hope, Arkansas

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-Famous singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, Johnny Cash, was born in Kingsland, Arkansas

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-Arkansas is the only state in the US with an active diamond mine

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-Alma, Arkansas, is the spinach capital of the world

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-Ouachita National Forest is the oldest national forest in the South

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-Famous YouTuber Boogie2988 (Best known for his fictional character Francis) lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas

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-Hot Springs National Park is the oldest federal reserve in the USA

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-A cryptid known as the Boggy Creek Monster was first spotted near Fouke, Arkansas

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-Near Dover, Arkansas is an overlook with a view of Ozark Valley. Here, you can see a strange phenomenon known as the "Dover Lights". Some say that they are the ghosts of Spanish Conquistadors searching for their lost gold in the Ozark Foothills.

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Well? Is that enough trivia for you? ;)

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Dublin

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Baile Átha Cliath - Town of the Ford of Hurdles

  • Capital and most populous region of Ireland. Home to aprox. 1.6 million people; over 20% of the nation's population.
  • Founded as a Norse Viking settlement in 841AD. Was one of the busiest trading ports in Western Europe by the turn of the millennium.
  • Captured by Anglo-Normans in 1171 and became the centre of rapidly expanding English rule across the country. Many prominent medieval structures survive to this day inc. Dublin Castle and Christ Church Cathedral.
  • Was the scene of many infamous acts of rebellion during the early 1900s such as Bloody Sunday and the Easter Rising. Was also where Irish independence was formally declared in 1922.
  • Was home to some of the most famous writers in literature including James Joyce and Bram Stoker.
  • The centre of our government, Leinster House, was designed by the same architect as the White House in Washington.
  • The Guinness Brewery is located here. Arthur Guinness leased the land for the brewery at £45 per year for the next 9000 years.
  • The River Liffey divides the city in two; known as Northside and Southside respectively. The two sides tend to have a bit of a rivalry over which represents the "true" spirit of Dublin.
  • One of the city's most notable structures is a large pointed Spire that rests in the centre of one of our busiest shopping districts. Often just called "The big pointy thing" by locals, it is the tallest structure in the city and often the subject of jokes regarding what exactly it is supposed to represent. :dash:
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Facts about Rhineland-Palatinate, a state from germany:

- Rhineland-Palatinate is besides Hesse the state with the biggest forest area in germany. 42% of the surfsce from Rhineland-Palatinate is wooded. When it is about population, Rhinelad-Palatinate lies in the middle of the german states. 

- Rhineland-Palatinate is one of the warmest states in germany, especially around the Rhine. While other regions are really famous for their beer, Rhineland-Palatinate is famous for their wine. We have the most wine-growing areas in whole germany. The region Palatinate is also famous for the cultivation of vegetable and is often called Tuscany of germany because of the vineyards and a lot of subtropical plants like Bananas, palm trees, fig trees, stone pines or mediterran cypresses which grows there. 

- the western and northern parts (where I live), or more correct Westerwald and Eifel, are volcanic mountain ranges. While the Westerwald is not active anymore, the Eifel, especially the lake laach, shows activity and an eruption is a potential hazard for middle europe. When this volcane erupt the last time, magmatic rocks were hurled as far afield as Italy and Sweden. Besides this, the Rhine Area is also an earthquake zone. 

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Fun facts about New York State, the state where I live in 

-Southern part of the state has the most extensive transit network in the US (subway, bus and commuter rail). It also has some of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere (One World Trade Center and the Empire State Building as examples) and the world's oldest train tunnel in Brooklyn dating to 1844. 

-The city of Rochester used to have it's own subway system from 1927 to 1956 and it consisted of interurban rail cars for the operation.

-Buffalo also it's own rail line that is being planned for extensions. The city itself is located right next to the Canadian border, and it is a 20-30 minute drive from the city to Niagara Falls (which has been hit by poverty and decline for many decades although things are slowly improving). 

-The northern part of the state has many forests and wilderness places.

-It is surrounded by five states. 

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So unique facts about North Carolina..

- Krispy Kreme Donuts was founded here

- Babe Ruth hit his first home run in NC

- Produces the most sweet potatoes in the nation

- Not to mention lots of rednecks here in the south if you ask me

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