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What makes your state so special?

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 US that doesn't follow Daylight Savings Time.
ARKANSAS: Has the only active diamond mine in the US
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 gets a half million letters 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 in 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 in1747 in Montauk.
NORTH CAROLINA: Home of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut.
NORTH DAKOTA: Rugby, 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 earth quake.
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. (Nope not in Kentucky)
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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