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Some Useless State Facts

ALABAMA: Was the first place to have 9-1-1, started in 1968.

ALASKA: One out of every 64 people has a pilot's license.

ARIZONA: Is the only state in the continental U.S. that doesn't follow Daylight Savings Time.

ARKANSAS: Has the only active diamond mine in the U.S.

CALIFORNIA: Its economy is so large that if it were a country, it would rank seventh in the entire world.

COLORADO: In 1976 it became the only state to turn down the Olympics.

CONNECTICUT: The Frisbee was invented here at Yale University.

DELAWARE: Has more scientists and engineers than any other state.

FLORIDA: At 759 square miles, Jacksonville is the US's largest city.

GEORGIA: It was here, in 1886, that pharmacist John Pemberton made the first vat of Coca-Cola.

HAWAII: Hawaiians live, on average, five years longer than residents in any other state.

IDAHO: TV was invented in Rigby, Idaho, in 1922.

ILLINOIS: The Chicago River is dyed green every St. Patrick's Day.

INDIANA: Home to Santa Claus, Indiana, which get a half million letter to Santa every year.

IOWA: Winnebagos get their name from Winnebago County. Also, it is the only state that begins with two vowels.

KANSAS: Liberal, Kansas, has an exact replica of the house in The Wizard of Oz.

KENTUCKY: Has more than $6 billion in gold underneath Fort Knox.

LOUISIANA: Has parishes instead of counties because they were originally Spanish church units.

MAINE: It's so big, it covers as many square miles as the other five New England states combined.

MARYLAND: The Oujia board was created in Baltimore in 1892.

MASSACHUSETTS: The Fig Newton is named after Newton, Massachusetts.

MICHIGAN: Fremont, home to Gerber, is the baby food capital of the world.

MINNESOTA: Bloomington's Mall of America is so big, if you spent 10 minutes in each store, you'd be there nearly four days.

MISSISSIPPI: President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear here. That's how the teddy bear got its name.

MISSOURI: Is the birthplace of the ice cream cone.

MONTANA: A sapphire from Montana is the Crown Jewels of England.

NEBRASKA: More triplets are born here than in any other state.

NEVADA: Has more hotel rooms than any other place in the world.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Birthplace of Tupperware, invented in 1938 by Earl Tupper.

NEW JERSEY: Has the most shopping malls in one area in the world.

NEW MEXICO: Smokey the Bear was rescued from a 1950 forest fire here.

NEW YORK: Is home to the nation's oldest cattle ranch, started in 1747 in Montauk.

NORTH CAROLINA: Home of the first Pepsi & Krispy Kreme doughnut.

NORTH DAKOTA: Rigby, North Dakota, is the exact geographic center of North America.

OHIO: The hot dog was invented here in 1900.

OKLAHOMA: The grounds of the state capital are covered by operating oil wells.

OREGON: Has the most ghost towns in the country.

PENNSYLVANIA: The smiley, :) was first used in 1980 by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University.

RHODE ISLAND: The nation's oldest bar, the White Horse Tavern, opened here in 1673

SOUTH CAROLINA: Sumter County is home to the world's largest gingko farm.

SOUTH DAKOTA: Is the only state that's never had an earthquake.

TENNESSEE: Nashville's Grand Ole Opry is the longest running live radio show in the world.

TEXAS: Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco back in 1885.

UTAH: The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant opened here in 1952.

VERMONT: Montpelier is the only state capital without a McDonald's.

VIRGINIA: Home of the world's largest office building...the Pentagon.

WASHINGTON: Seattle has twice as many college graduates as any other state.

WASHINGTON D.C.: Was the first planned capital in the world.

WEST VIRGINIA: Had the world's first brick paved street, Summers Street, laid in Charleston in 1870.

WISCONSIN: The ice cream sundae was invented here in 1881 to get around Blue Laws prohibiting ice cream from being sold on Sundays.

WYOMING: Was the first state to allow women to vote.


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Kevin Smith:

Ok. Upon further reflection, I realized that research is what Google is good for. So, after "Googling" KFC, and visiting their website, and taking their traveling timeline history lesson, I've discovered that TECHNICALLY the first KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN franchise was indeed opened in Salt Lake City, Utah. However, Col Sanders did in fact open his FIRST RESTAURANT in Corbin, Kentucky. It was called Sanders' Court and Cafe. It was opened in the small front room of a gas station. He later added a hotel, and the governor granted him honory Kentucky Colonel status for his contribution to the cuisine of Kentucky. It was destroyed by fire, but then rebuilt. He then began marketing his KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN recipe across the country, personally cooking it for interested buyers. That's when he awarded his first KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN FRANCHISE in Utah.

Enough history for today.


Kevin Smith:

I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure I read in a KFC that the first ever KFC was built in Kentucky, hence the name Kentucky Fried Chicken.

I'm going to my local KFC to research it.

Tammi Diaz:

3900 South and State in South Salt Lake Utah I also live in South Salt Lake.

edward schwarzmann:

WISCONSIN: The ice cream sundae was invented here in 1881 to get around Blue Laws prohibiting ice cream from being sold on Sundays.
The way I heard it, it was the sale of ice cream SODAS that was illegal on Sundays, and that "sundae" was adopted as the spelling to avoid using the Lord's Day's name for commercial purposes.

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