This was sent to me by "S.L." of Seattle, Washington, and I thought I'd include it here. Maybe you can check it out in between doing crossword puzzles. Maybe you didn't know something about your own state. So here goes:
Was the first place to have 9-1-1, started in 1968.
One out of every 64 people has a pilot's license.
Is the only state in the continental United States that doesn't follow Daylight Savings Time.
Has the only active diamond mine in the USA.
Its economy is so large that if it were a country, it would rank seventh in the entire world.
In 1976 it became the only state to turn down the Olympics.
The Frisbee was invented here at Yale University.
Has more scientists and engineers than any other state.
At 759 square miles, Jacksonville is the USA's largest city.
It was here, in 1886, that pharmacist John Pemberton made the first vat of Coca-Cola. [Hey, do you know what was in the formula originally that was eventually removed? No, not sugar in favor of high fructose corn syrup.]
Hawaiians live, on average, five years longer than residents in any other state.
TV was invented in Rigby, Idaho, in 1922.
The Chicago River is dyed green every Saint Patrick's Day
Home to Santa Claus, Indiana, which get a half million letters to Santa every year.
Winnebagos get their name from Winnebago County. Also, it is the only state that begins with two vowels.
Liberal, Kansas, has an exact replica of the house in The Wizard of Oz.
Has more than $6 billion in gold underneath Fort Knox.
Has parishes instead of counties because they were originally Spanish church units.
It's so big, it covers as many square miles as the other five New England states combined.
The Ouija board was created in Baltimore in 1892.
The Fig Newton is named after Newton, Massachusetts.
Fremont, home to Gerber, is the baby food capital of the world.
Bloomington's Mall of America is so big, if you spent 10 minutes in each store, you'd be there nearly four days.
President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear here. That's how the teddy bear got its name.
Is the birthplace of the ice cream cone.
A sapphire from Montana is in the Crown Jewels of England.
More triplets are born here than in any other state.
Birthplace of Tupperware, invented in 1938 by Earl Tupper.
Has the most shopping malls in one area in the world.
Smokey the Bear was rescued from a 1950 forest fire here.
Is home to the nation's oldest cattle ranch, started in 1747 in Montauk.
Home of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut.
Rigby, North Dakota, is the exact geographic center of North America.
The hot dog was invented here in 1900. OH!
The grounds of the state capital are covered by operating oil wells.
Has the most ghost towns in the country.
The smiley, :) was first used in 1980 by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University.
The nation's oldest bar, the White Horse Tavern, opened here in 1673
Sumter County is home to the world's largest gingko farm.
Is the only state that's never had an earthquake.
Nashville's Grand Ole Opry is the longest running live radio show in the world.
Dr Pepper was invented in Waco back in 1885.
The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant opened here in 1952.
Montpelier is the only state capital without a McDonald's.
Home of the world's largest office building -- the Pentagon.
Seattle has twice as many college graduates as any other state.
Had the world's first brick paved street, Summers Street, laid in Charleston in 1870.
The ice cream sundae was invented here in 1881 to get around Blue Laws prohibiting ice cream from being sold on Sundays.
Was the first state to allow women to vote.
That covers the fifty states. Now, for the bonus fun fact from a non-state ...
WASHINGTON, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Was the first planned capital in the world.