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This Great Nation: Fun Facts About the USA

Test Your Trivia

Time to test your Trivial Pursuit knowledge! How much do you really know about our great nation? Perhaps you know a lot about Minnesota and the Great Lakes but you don't know anything about the beautiful New Mexico and Wheeler Peak. You'll definitely find some new and interesting facts to buff up your database!

ALABAMA

  • On February 16, 1968, the first 911 call was made on a rotary dial telephone from Haleyville, Alabama. The phone now rests in a Haleyville museum.
  • On April 8th, 1974, Alabama's Hank Aaron swung his bat so hard that he shattered the home run record, previously held by Babe Ruth.
  • Magnolia Springs, Alabama is the only city in the continental United States that has its mail delivered entirely by boat.

ALASKA

  • When kids write letters to Santa, they usually end up in North Pole, Alaska where there is a team of people who are ready to answer each and every one of them!
  • Alaska is home to the easternmost and westernmost points of the United States! The snowy state straddles the 180th Meridian which is the global dividing line.
  • The Iditarod marathon is 1,150 bitter cold miles of terrain which begins in Anchorage and finishes in Nome. The race is done entirely on dogsleds. The current record holder finished in just under ten days!

ARIZONA

  • In 1968, an Arizona entrepreneur purchased the London Bridge from the UK government and shipped it to Lake Havasu, Arizona where it was reconstructed and re-opened in 1971.
  • Oatman, Arizona is so hot in the summers that they host an annual egg-frying contest on the sidewalks every 4th of July!

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ARKANSAS

  • Conway, Arkansas hosts the World Champion Toad Races each year so train up your best hopper and head to the games! Toad Suck Daze Festival is where the fun begins!
  • Arkansas is home to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. You do the digging and you keep every diamond you find regardless of size! Better grab your Arkansas toothpick!

CALIFORNIA

  • In San Luis Obispo there is a graveyard of used bubblegum. The final resting place for thousands of pieces of chewed gooey leftovers! Aptly named Bubble Gum Alley, feel free to stick your gum and go!
  • The two main cables that secure the San Francisco Bay bridge contain over 80,000 miles of steel wire. Enough wire to wrap around the earth three times!
  • There are several nightclubs in Los Angeles that have contributed to the US music scene. Three of the biggest contributors are within mere blocks of one other. The Viper Room, The Whiskey A Go GO and Roxy are all famed for being pivotal in boosting the careers of many top acts.

COLORADO

  • The Swetsville Zoo in Timnath, Colorado housed more than 160 scrap-metal characters including a car with spider legs and a dinosaur playing in a rock band!
  • If you're feeling indecisive about where to vacation, you can simply stand at the southwestern most corner of Colorado - Four Corners. You'll be in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah all at once!

CONNECTICUT

  • Manufactured in Orange, Connecticut, PEZ are one of America's favorite treats! In fact, we eat about 3 billion of them each year!
  • In Ridgefield, Connecticut at the Keeler Tavern Museum you can see actual evidence of the Revolutionary War. In one of the Tavern's beams rests an actual British cannonball!
The Birth of Old Glory Painting - Betsy Ross Flag

The Birth of Old Glory Painting - Betsy Ross Flag

DELAWARE

  • Did you know that Delaware was the first state to ratify the US Constitution in 1787. The authentication took place at a local pub known as Dover's Golden Fleece Tavern.
  • People travel from miles around for the annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ contest held every autumn around Halloween. Bridgeville, Delaware becomes a pumpkin flinging party!
  • There was only one Revolutionary War battle fought in Delaware: The Battle of Cooch's Bridge. It's believed that the very first flag, adorned with 13 stars, was flown for the first time during this battle.

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FLORIDA

  • A professor at the University of Florida noticed that the football players were suffering from dehydration due to the excessive heat. His ingenious solution for the Florida Gator football players? Gatorade. The successful product has since been commercially purchased and has become Pepsico's 4th largest selling brand.
  • There are more lighting strikes per capita in Clearwater, Florida than anywhere else in the United States. It's unique location provides for thunderstorms about 1/3 of all days of the entire year.
  • If you've never seen a catfish crossing, you might want to visit Florida. Asian catfish actually come out of the water and on to the road.

GEORGIA

  • Did you know that Georgia is somewhat of a snacker's paradise? They are among the top producers of peaches, peanuts and pecans in the United States.
  • In 1886 an Atlanta pharmacist/chemist by the name of John Stith Pemberton invented a drink known as Pemberton's French Wine Coca. Today we call it Coca-Cola.
  • Although the well known classic film, Gone With the Wind was set in Civil War era, Atlanta, Georgia, the entire film was shot in Los Angeles, California.
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Waimea Canyon at the Summit of Mount Wai'ale'ale

Waimea Canyon at the Summit of Mount Wai'ale'ale

HAWAII

  • Hawaii produces nearly 7 million pounds of coffee beans every year and they are the only state in the United States that produces them.
  • There are only two states in the United States that don't observe daylight savings time. Hawaii is one of them. Do you know which is the other state?
  • Mount Wai'ale'ale, on the island of Kaua'i is privy to the second highest amount of rainfall each year in the world. The average is about 460 inches.

The Hokey Pokey Has Changed Over the Years

IDAHO

  • Blackfoot, Idaho is home to the world's largest potato chip. The fried spud measures 14 inches by 24 inches.
  • The largest collection of horse fossils in the United States was found in the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument. It's now known as the Hagerman Horse Quarry and considered the most important historical horse information in the world.
  • Local legend in Idaho is that a man by the name of Larry LaPrise got together with a few pals and wrote a well known dance song to entertain local skiers in Sun Valley. They called their boogie "The Hokey Pokey".
World Colombian Exposition White City

World Colombian Exposition White City

ILLINOIS

  • In 1893 the Chicago World's Fair debuted the first Ferris Wheel. George Ferris designed the amusement attraction which was 250 feet tall and held 60 passengers. The World's Fair was also the setting of Dr. H. H. Holmes and his hotel of death. Dr. Holmes (Herman Webster Mudgett) built a hotel close to the site of the World's Fair luring tourists to their death. (Devil in a White City by Erik Larson)
  • The zipper was invented in Chicago in 1891.
  • Chicago is home to Sue, the world's largest Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. She resides in the Field Museum and is a mere 67 million years old.
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