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Thursday, October 11, 2012


Something to brighten up your day, a few fun state facts. I bet you didn't know...


1. California raises more turkeys than any other state.
2. Fallbrook is known as the Avocado Capital of the World and hosts an annual Avocado Festival. More avocados are grown in the region than any other county in the nation. 
3. The largest three-day rodeo in the United States is held on the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff. 
4. The first motion picture theater opened in Los Angeles on April 2, 1902. 
5. The first person to personally receive a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood was actress Joanne Woodward. She received it in 1960.   
6. There are more than 300,000 tons of grapes grown in California annually. 
7. During his engagement at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, Otis Redding stayed on a houseboat in Sausalito. While there he wrote his last song and greatest hit: "The Dock of the Bay." 
8.  The Country Store in Baker has sold more winning California State Lottery tickets than any outlet in the state. 

1. Florida is not the southernmost state in the United States. Hawaii is farther south. 
2. The Saint Johns River is one of the few rivers that flows north instead of south. 
3. Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was first developed. 
4. The United States city with the highest rate of lightning strikes per capita is Clearwater. 
5. Miami installed the first bank automated teller machine especially for rollerbladers. 
6. Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America because the city has 185 miles of local waterways. 
7. During the 1991 Gulf War the busiest military port in the country was Jacksonville. From this location the military moved more supplies and people than any other port in the country. 
8. DeFuniak Springs is home to one of the two naturally round lakes in the world. 
1. Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team. 
2. Cincinnati had the first professional city fire department. Akron was the first city to use police cars. 
3. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton. 
4. Ohio gave America its first hot dog in 1900. Harry M. Stevens created the popular dining dog. 
5. Some well-known personalities were born in Ohio. Among them Steven Spielberg, Paul Newman, Annie Oakley, Arsenio Hall and Clark Gable.
6. Cleveland became the world's first city to be lighted electrically in 1879. 
7. Jesse Owens grew up in Cleveland. He won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. 
8. Roy J. Plunkett of New Carlisle invented Teflon in 1938. 
Please tell me which fact surprised you the most in a comment. Thanks for stopping by.
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Molly Daniels said...

I had no idea Gatorade was named for the Florida Gators, or that it had been invented there!

Lindsay said...

Most of these facts I didn't know. Now I've got one for you. Which (in)famous author used to call CT home?

JL Hammer said...

Thanks for teaching me some new facts about my home state of Cali. I'm drivig to Baker first thing in the morning to buy my Lotto ticket.