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Name a fun fact about your home state. Because I am missing the food I will name this.

New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the diner capital of the world. North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world with seven major shopping malls in a 25 sq. mile radius.

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I don't think there's anything fun about Connecticut.

Wildflower Level 7 Dec 15, 2018

Hello... terrific pizza! And there are some very cute little 18th century towns in the western part of the state.

Medical weed!

Most densely forrested State in the US! We rock. 😁

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As I'm from the UK it'll be about my home county (Equivalent of state)

When the tide is in the Isle of Wight is the smallest county in the UK, when the tide is out it's the 2nd smallest smile001.gif

ipdg77 Level 8 Dec 15, 2018
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I grew up in Michigan during the height of the automakers. Once you get aways from the urban centers in the southern part, there is rich agriculture land including a fruit belt along Lake Michigan. That fruit belt is the largest non-citris fruit belt. Above the agricultural zone are vast Northern forests. (Tourism used to be Michigan's second largest industry.)

Above all else, four of the five Great Lakes are partially in Michigan. The Great Lakes hold one fifth of all the world's surface water. I used to like a bumper sticker that Ohio State University fans had on their cars, which was an intended dig at rival U. of Michigan. It read: "The best half of Michigan is under water." smile001.gif

TheAstroChuck Level 8 Dec 15, 2018

@Shelton Lake Superior is my favorite. A trip around it is full of spectacular water falls, especially on the Canadian side. There is a day train from Sault-Ste. Marie (Canada) that goes up to a mountain summit and back. In the autumn, it offers spectacular views of colorful the maple trees.

The Outta Luck-Eyes.

@TheAstroChuck

I also grew up in Michigan. At age 21, I moved to Washington State to climb mountains and stayed.

What I miss about Michigan

  1. Great Lakes.
  2. Cardinals.
  3. Fireflies.
  4. Fall colors.
  5. Ice storms that covered every horizontal surface with ice. In the morning, when the sun came out, the world glittered like diamonds.
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I grew up in Michigan too. Left when I was 31. Been going back the last couple of summers and have been rediscovering the beauty of the state, especially the UP and northern Michigan.

@BeeHappy From Iron Mountain and Copper Harbor, to the Tahquamenon Falls and the Straights of Mackinac, I've always been particularly fond of the UP.

@TheAstroChuck I can't get enough!

@BeeHappy Ever walk across the Big Mac Bridge on Labor Day weekend? I did back in the 1970s.

@TheAstroChuck No, never did. Have some family that has. I'd like to now but I don't know how well I'd handle the crowds. Would it be worth it, you think?

@BeeHappy Your family could probably advise you better since they know you better. For me, it was a spur of the moment thing. A college dormitory chum and I were on our way, driving the loop around Lake Superior. We had a camper on a pickup truck and a canoe to use on out of the way lakes and rivers. We just happen to arrive at Mackinaw in time to make the 5 mile hike. Busses were provided to bring us back.

@TheAstroChuck Thanks, I'll check with them. It has been fun sharing similar places of interest in a state we both grew up in. I was born in Detroit but spent most of my years growing up in Royal Oak. What about you?

@BeeHappy I grew up in the little town of Potterville, 12 miles SW of Lansing. I did my undergraduate studies at MSU prior to leaving the state. I returned a couple of times each year until 2010, mostly with my kids visiting their grandparents.

@TheAstroChuck I've never been there but know where it is. The last two summers I've been staying in Perrinton (about 30 miles north of Lansing) just south of Ithaca where my daughter's dad grew up. I like visiting the area and even considered moving there to be near my daughter but I miss the diversity of larger cities. So I've been having a bit of a tug-of-war with myself about it. Diversity seems to be winning at the moment. Does that sound selfish? I think it might be.

@BeeHappy Doesn't sound selfish to me, especially if you visit your daughter from time to time.

@TheAstroChuck Thanks. πŸ™‚

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Minnesota:

Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.

Minnesota has one recreational boat per every six people, more than any other state.

The headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River start in northern Minnesota. Pictures of my kids walking across it several years ago...

Marcie1974 Level 8 Dec 15, 2018

Interesting stuff and cute kids! But, uh, did you forget to mention mosquitoes?

Wow. Now that is impressive. But I live being near the water. Lived near Lake Michigan as a kid.

They were the Minneapolis Lakers for a reason =)

My hometown, Duluth, MN: westernmost point on the St. Lawrence seaway; the "nose" of the wolf's head that is Lake Superior. I grew up seeing freshwater stretch as far as the eye can see, and hearing the foghorns of ore boats in the distance lull me to sleep. smile001.gif

@stinkeye_a my oldest is currently a sophomore at UMD!! She loves it up there. Beautiful city but I don’t think I could handle staying a whole winter.

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California is my 'home' state and it is the 5th largest economy in the world....bigger than the U.K. That just blows my mind. It is a country all on it's own.

@Shelton IKR? Mind blowing. Imaagine the power that gives being the 5Th largest. I think I could get on board the secession train on this one! πŸ˜›

California has a vibe to me that feels like home. Love San Diego area and nearby

@gigihein Yes I get the same vibes. I too love San Diego. It really is my 'home' city. 😍

@patchoullijulie It isn't mine. But my daughter lived there over 3 yrs. When we first flew there the minute I stepped out of the plane, I felt I landed on my home planet.

I'm from NORTHERN California... you're from SOUTHERN California (this was before they started calling it SoCal). When I was growing up, people were in Northern California (in the most snobbish way possible) were really obsessed with pointing out the difference. I think that was maybe more back when Southern California was very Republican and Northern California was very democrat.

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Missouri, where I was born and raised, is called the "Show Me" state. It is usually used to gather evidence. If somebody makes an iffy claim, I could say, "I'm from Missouri. Show me." But some use it for other purposes. For example: "I'll bet your naked tits are beautiful. Show me."

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Connecticut has the highest personal income per capita (more than $70,000) in the country. However, the national average is $50,392.
Did you know when and where the first hamburger in the United States was made? Learn that Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut is the first and the oldest still operating hamburger serving restaurant in the U.S.
Basically...There's great hamburgers available...if you can afford them!
Oh, and the 4th worst infrastructure in the country. BAD roads around here.

AmiSue Level 8 Dec 15, 2018

And Mountain Laurel is protected. smile009.gif

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It’s also a radical left wing gun control state that is willing to arrest gun owners who have done nothing wrong. I have no desire to ever visit there.

Trajan61 Level 8 Dec 15, 2018

They are heartbroken.

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Wyoming: the only escalator in the state belongs to the First Interstate Bank in Casper. It only goes up one floor.

BlackDove Level 7 Dec 16, 2018
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Virginia is for lovers, haters, chronic masturbators as long as you pay your taxes, don’t use a radar detector, or curse at our most popular beach for every resident of Pennsylvania fuck our traffic up every summer getting too you might like the place

Also we’ve had the most presidents born here, the countries first coal mine, the first English settlement, was the name of most of the country for nearly 70 years, had the first slaves, had the court case that changed the rules for indentured servitude into chatted slavery, the headquarters for the confederate government, and the home of a certain political weasel known as Tim Kaine and that’s the fun stuff. 😊

48thRonin Level 8 Dec 16, 2018

@Shelton Eh it can be. I grew up between Newport News, Staunton and Richmond.
And most of my adult life has been in Richmond.
Spent a year outside of Blacksburg and won’t do NORVA but just moved back to North Carolina and so far it’s ok.

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Arizona has the most idiots

lerlo Level 7 Dec 15, 2018

No, surely that has got to be Utah? Unless an awful lot of Mormons got lost?

@LenHazell53 Well I wouldnt necessarily categorize them by religion but we have a LARGE Mormon population

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Texas. Not only is everything big, (yeah, that too) but we can sucede from the U.S. government at any givren time, and still have our own military, NASA, SpaceX, tacos, oil, Dell, and did I mention tacos? Yeah, okay. And we have our Mexican friends. And more tacos.

Can you please go ahead and secede already? Okay, maybe Austin can stay... but the rest...

Actually, if you read up on it, we can't, and if we did, we would immediately become a third world country with no Army, no real economy, and no allies. I am also sure there are 49 other states who would be glad we left.

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@Sticks48 Texas probably makes up half of the U.S. Military. 😊

@SleeplessInTexas So the U.S. government is going to let Texas keep a of that equipment? Hahahahahahahaha! I think not.

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Tennessee" comes from the Cherokee Native American word, "Tana-see." This means, "The Meeting Place."

Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Whiskey, country music, minigolf, and the atom bomb were first developed here. We have 3,800 caves, and tie with Missouri as most bordered states. Almost everything shipped by truck throughout the eastern half of North America comes through here. And for a long while up until legalization in so many states we also produced the most underground herb other than California. As far as black market goes probably still do.

Wurlitzer Level 7 Dec 15, 2018

Cool fun facts

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Bracken Cave, near San Antonio and Austin, TX, is the summer home to the largest colony of bats in the world. Circa 1970, an observer said the bats mass was 30 miles long and 20 miles wide. They eat tons of insects every night.

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EdEarl Level 8 Dec 15, 2018

@Shelton It is.

Love bats. Must be incredible. We used to float in pool at dusk to watch bat show above eating insects attracted to flood light above the pool

@gigihein Once they start to come out of the cave, it takes hours until the last one flies away, well after dark.

Thank you bug eating bats! It's much appreciated. smile001.gif

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This is the one that I've always been told Washington has all four environment types we have mountains we have oceans we have rain forest and we have deserts

Drsmash253 Level 7 Dec 15, 2018

There are more environment types though.

Pretty cool. Have you been to each one that's there?

@gigihein as a matter of fact I have

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Kansas is home to the world's largest ball of twine. And we also have the world's largest cow hairball.

sewchick57 Level 7 Dec 15, 2018

@ProudMary We also used to have the World's largest, free, concrete, municipal swimming pool. I don't think it's free anymore though.

And it's the portal to the land of Oz! smile002.gif

@BestWithoutGods LOL, yup, and there's even a Yellow Brick Road highway.

@sewchick57 I love Kansas. My mother's family came from Salina.

@BestWithoutGods I like Salina. I lived there for about 10 months a long time ago. We're finally getting shopping and dining choices out here past the outback. LOL

Minnesota has the first (and best) ball of twine. It was also built by one man. Incidentally my parents both grew up in Darwin and knew Francis Johnson

@Marcie1974 I think they still add to the one here. I've actually been past it a couple of times and I stopped once so the kids could check it out.

@Marcie1974 Okay children, let's not get into a "who's got the bigger ball of twine" fight.

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I don't think I can say that I have ever seen an actual Indian.....

IamNobody Level 8 Dec 15, 2018

What is your opinion of the Indy 500? It is worthwhile or too much noise and hype?

@HippieChick58 It's something you have to see at least once in a life time for so many reasons. Like anything else, as big as it is, it gets old like anything else. Once is probably enough. However, it's a tradition for many local and out of state families and the weekend before the event is actually a big deal for them. It's crazy time for some, sports madness to the max for others, sun and booze for youngsters... it does cover pretty much all aspects of the fun department. Highly recommended.

@IamNobody My ex was at Ft. Benjamin Harrison for several months in 1983 taking a class. They had the class in hotels across town until the weekend of the Indy, and they all had to move. I was in the town a few times, but crowds will keep me away from most places.

@HippieChick58 Actually President Harrison landmark building is now a hotel at the Fort. It's been open for a while now, more than five years I would say. That area of town is actually very nice.

@IamNobody Last time I was there was 1983. I do remember they had an awesome Children's Museum.

@HippieChick58 There's only 1 real race in Indy and it's over Labor Day.

@HippieChick58 Still running... better than ever !!!

@Secretguy It's actually Memorial day for the Indy 500 but also we have NASCAR and used to have Grand Prix and sadly we had the GPX few years but I believe it's gone now..... but yeah, INDY500 is king !!!!

@ProudMary See !!!.. I knew you are cool !!!!! smile001.gif

@ProudMary Perhaps Geist?

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We are the reddest state in the nation now but are original Founders were socialists.

Lorajay Level 7 Dec 15, 2018

I’m proud that we are the reddest state in the Nation aren’t you?

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Arizona: The original London Bridge was shipped stone-by-stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

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Montana, the "Big Sky" state: gave us Jeanette Rankin, first woman to hold Federal office (Representative), and the only person in Congress to vote against declaring war during WWII; pacifist and women's rights advocate.

Also Jeff Ament, bass player for Pearl Jam, builder of skateparks, and hella cool guy.

stinkeye_a Level 8 Dec 16, 2018
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Queensland (Australia) home to The Great Barrier Reef which is the world’s largest coral reef system, stretching from the northern point of Queensland down to Bundaberg. The Great Barrier Reef is made up of over 3000 reefs and 600 islands. It covers approximately 344,400 km2, making it the Earth’s only living structure that can be seen from space. It is both National Heritage and World Heritage listed.

MsDemeanour Level 7 Dec 15, 2018
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Massachusetts is Weed Legal.

RavenCT Level 9 Dec 15, 2018

@Shelton Yes!
Here in Connecticut it's only medical.. But I'm betting the surrounding States will want the revenue too? 😁

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California is too big... so I'll keep it local. I grew up in what became Silicon Valley, Joan Baez and James Franco (ugh) both went to the same high school I did. My home town had the first Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie store, I remember seeing Harold and Maude being filmed in the downtown, Jerry Garcia taught guitar lessons at Dana Morgan's Music Shop in downtown, as a little kid I saw Charles De Gaulle going through town in a motorcade, my oldest brother was close friends with the son of Hewlett of Hewlett-Packard. My state has always been Northern California... I feel zero connection with LA and San Diego. The tract home I grew up in originally cost my parents $21K (my dad moved in the early 90s). It recently sold for $2.4 million! Such a ridiculous place.

PalacinkyPDX Level 8 Dec 15, 2018
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Hmmm....I think (not positive) that Pa. has the most road (miles) of any state. We certainly have the gas tax to prove it.

Secretguy Level 7 Dec 15, 2018
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Norfolk uk apparently has the most ghosts

LeighShelton Level 8 Dec 15, 2018
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