Continuing with my series of the strangest facts about each one of the United States.
1. Nebraska is far from the sea, but it has a lighthouse in Ashland – the Linoma Beach Lighthouse. This graces a forty acre lake and was built more than seventy-five years ago.
2. Based in Hastings, Edwin Perkins developed the Kool Aid juice drink in 1927. He converted his ‘Fruit Smack’ syrup into powdered Kool Aid, which made it easier to ship. On May 21, 1998, Gov. Ben Nelson declared Kool-Aid to be the official state soft drink.
1. The World’s Largest Margarita was made in Nevada, taking over 300 hours and 60 people to make the 8,500-gallon beverage. It was made at the Margaritaville Casino in Las Vegas. The two-story beverage was named “Lucky Rita.”
2. Used as a flight testing facility, Area 51, is a top-secret U.S. Airforce Military installation located at Groom Lake in southern Nevada. In the past, this area has been linked to various speculations including UFO sightings.
1. The first potato grown in the United States was planted in New Hampshire in 1719.
2. New Hampshire is the only state in the U.S. that does not require adult (over the age of 18) motorcycle riders to wear a helmet while riding.
1. The state has more horses per sure mile than any of the other 49 states. That’s probably why the United States Equestrian Team is based in Gladstone, New Jersey.
2. The world’s largest light bulb which is 13 feet tall and weighs eight tons stands near Thomas Edison’s old lab in Edison, New Jersey. The light bulb was constructed in 1938 and it is encased by 153 individual pieces of Pyrex.
1. If you plan on driving through the state, make sure your car has plenty of gas and maybe four-wheel drive. We recommend these because 3/4 of the state’s roads are either dirt or caliche (sedimentary rock).
2. New Mexico is known for the many reports about UFO’S. In a recent event, the pilots of at least three separate aircraft encountered an unidentified flying object high above southern Arizona and New Mexico on 24th February 2018.
1. The Empire State Building is a familiar sight (even to those who have only seen it on screens or photos), but you might not know that the landmark building has its own zip code (10118).
2. Toilet paper was invented by Joseph Gayetty of New York City.
1. Fayetteville, NC bears the distinction of being the place where Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a pro.
2. A drugstore clerk named Caleb Bradham from the city of New Bern invented a syrupy drink in the year 1893 that he claimed helped with digestion. He called it Brad’s Drink. He changed the name of the drink to “Pepsi-Cola” in 1898.
1. David Henderson, from North Dakota, invented the camera in 1887. To give it a name, he shuffled the first four letters of the word “Dakota” and then added the letter “K” to make the word “Kodak”. He was later to sell Kodak camera rights to George Eastman.
2. The state has more cattle than people. It has a population of roughly 1.8 million cattle, compared to just about 750,000. The cattle are more than twice the human population
Learning anything new with this series?
Feel free to leave a suggestion for a new series when I am done with this one. Anyone?
Perhaps I could do research on your country, leave me a comment please.
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I watched a documentary about Nebraska. But here I learned a lot of interesting facts. Especially for North Dakota, I was impressed by both – the creation of Kodak and that there are more cattle than humans
I am learning so much with this series. It is hard to decide which facts to share. The Kodak was a surprise to me.
For a long time I thought Kodak is Japanese … LOL
I can understand why!
So the drink margarita is called Margarita because it was made at Margaritaville Casino in Las Vegas???? Toilet paper is such a relevant invention…
That is what my research told me. I never knew most of these.
Strange slang words?
Odd names for fish?
Sounds very interesting, thanks Doc.
you are welcome, i was short on ideas today.
I understand I am multi-tasking again.
Who needs to go to school when we Carol to teach us. There is always something interesting to learn,
That is funny. I am learning as well through all of this research. Keeps my mind occupied for a little while.
Well we are all grateful that you are sharing with us while you’re learning. Sharing is caring.
Thank you my friend, I feel the same about your writing you share.
I worked all day on a writing project and I feel tired I could use that giant Margarita
That does sound good, right!
Very interesting facts once again. The name “Kodak” is witty.
I liked the Kodak fact too, did not know. Glad you enjoyed.
This series is very interesting. I learned a lot.
Thanks, I have too. It is time consuming but interesting.
Please do one similar report for my country . By the way, I did read all the facts but liked New Hampshire the most. I hate to wear a helmet while riding a motorbike. I also hate to wear a helmet while riding a bike which is must at my current location.
It is so dangerous to not wear a helmet! What is your country?
I am originally from India but currently in Australia. I hate to wear helmet but always wear one.
Australia it is. Next on my list. Love that country.
I read a lot about the USA just the question of how much will stay in my head … it was really very interesting
There is a lot to learn. You can always come back and visit if you forget.
This is very fun. I have learned a lot and it made me smile.
It takes a lot of research but I enjoy doing it. Keeps my mind busy. Glad it made you smile.