Today is Earth Day! This special day is celebrated every twenty second day of April. We have all heard that saying that “this land is our land” and it is true. What we do to it and for it will benefit the land, atmosphere and all the people who reside in each and every town; even one as small as Winona , Mississippi.
Today so many people will tell stories, report news and suggest ideas and solutions to many issues that concern our dearly beloved planet. Planting trees is an important part of Earth Day . Replenishing those cut down and used to make all sorts of paper products and furniture. Then again there are others who will give advice on how to reuse, re-purpose and recycle items from your household.
All of these are important and that was just a few. There are so many things that can be done to help the environment and communities that surround us. But there are other things that can be important too. Learning some tidbits of information and broadening our knowledge about all the states in our part of the world. Some of these are interesting and others are fun to learn about.
The United States
Alabama was the first place to have 9-1-1 and it began in 1968.
Alaska is where one out of every sixty-four 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 has an economy that is so large that if it were a country by itself it would rank seventh in the entire world.
Colorado is the only state that turned down the Olympics in 1976.
Connecticut is the state of Yale University where the Frisbee was invented.
Delaware has more engineers and scientists than any other state.
Florida has a city called Jacksonville that is the largest city in the U.S. and spreads across 874.3 square miles.
Georgia is the place where in 1886 a pharmacist called John Pemberton made the first vat of Coco-Cola.
Hawaii is where Hawaiians live on average five years longer than residents of any other state.
Idaho happens to have a city called Rigby where the TV, in 1922 was invented.
Illinois has a Governor in jail, one pending jail and is considered the most corrupt state in the union.
Indiana is the home of Santa Claus and the post offices there receive over a half a million letters written to Santa Claus every year.
Iowa is the only state that begins with two vowels. It is also where the Winnebago gets its name; from Winnebago County.
Kansas has an exact replica of the house used in the movie The Wizard of Oz.
Kentucky has more than six billion dollars in gold underneath Fort Knox.
Louisiana has parishes instead of counties because they were originally Spanish Church units.
Maine is so big that it covers as many square miles as the other five New England states combined.
Maryland is the home of a city called Baltimore. In 1892 the Ouija board was created.
Massachusetts has a town called Newton which is where the Fig Newton got its name.
Michigan is the baby food capital of the world. It is the home of Gerber in the town of Fremont.
Minnesota has a mall called Bloomingtons Mall of America. It is said that it is so large that if you spent a minimum of ten minutes in each store it would take four days to see it all.
Mississippi is where President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear and that is how the teddy bear got its name.
Missouri is the birthplace of the ice cream cone.
Montana is the state where a sapphire came from and is now in the Crown Jewels of England.
Nebraska has more triplets born to its residents that any other state.
Nevada has so many hotels it is said that it would take one person 288 years to spend just one night in each hotel room in Las Vegas alone.
New Hampshire is the birthplace of Tupperware which was invented in 1938 by Earl Tupper.
New Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area of the world.
New Mexico is where a forest fire in 1950 developed that resulted in the rescue of Smokey the Bear.
New York is the home to the nation’s oldest cattle ranch that began in Montauk in the year 1747.
North Carolina is the home of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut.
North Dakota has a town called Rigby which lives exactly geographically center of North America.
Ohio is where the hot dog was invented; in the year 1900 to be exact.
Oklahoma is the state where the grounds of the state capital are covered by operating oil wells.
Oregon has the most ghost towns in the country.
Pennsylvania is where the smiley :) was first used by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University in 1980.
Rhode Island has the nation’s oldest bar, the White Horse Tavern which opened its doors in 1673.
South Carolina is the home of Sumter County where the world’s largest gingko farm prospers.
South Dakota is the only state that’s never had an earthquake.
Tennessee is the home of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. It is also the longest running live radio show in the world.
Texas in the town of Waco back in 1885 is where the Dr. Pepper was invented. The hamburger was also invented in 1906 in the town of Arlington.
Utah is where the first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in 1952 was opened.
Vermont is home of their state capital located in Montpelier. It is the only state capital without a McDonald’s.
Virginia is the home of the world’s largest office building which is named the Pentagon.
Washington where the city of Seattle is located contains 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. It was laid in 1870 and is called Summers Street.
Wisconsin in 1881 is where the ice cream sundae was invented. The spelling of this ice cream treat was changed to eliminate religious conventions that were offensive to some and would not be considered illegal for sale due to blue law rulings.
Wyoming is where the JC Penney stores were started, in the city of Kemmerer.
For more fun facts and interesting tidbits of information from the state you live in just click on the states above to be redirected. Then again you can always utilize the town’s library reference section. If you live in Winona or are just passing through head on down to the Winona-Montgomery County Library for the information you are looking for. The library is located at 115 N. Quitman Street. (662) 283-3443
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