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North Dakota

North Dakota has an area of approximately 70,700 square miles (183,000 square kilometers).

The state’s nickname is the “Peace Garden State” because it is home to the International Peace Garden, located on the border between North Dakota and Manitoba, Canada.

North Dakota is the least-visited state in the country, making it a great destination for those seeking a quieter and more peaceful experience.

The western part of the state is known for its picturesque Badlands, featuring unique rock formations and stunning vistas.

The state’s economy is largely driven by agriculture, with wheat being the primary crop grown in the region.

North Dakota is one of the top producers of honey in the United States, thanks to its vast fields of wildflowers that attract bees.

North Dakota is rich in fossil fuels, particularly coal and oil. It has significant oil reserves in the Bakken Formation, making it an important energy-producing state.

Rugby, North Dakota, is considered the geographic center of North America.

The state is home to several Native American tribes, including the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, and Lakota Sioux.

North Dakota has a strong Norwegian influence, and the city of Minot hosts the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Scandinavian festival in North America.

North Dakota has a vibrant rodeo culture, with numerous rodeos held throughout the state during the summer months.

Laws Still on the Books in North Dakota

In Fargo, North Dakota, it is illegal to wear a hat while dancing.

Don’t keep an elk in a sandbox in your yard. That’s breaking the law.

You may not let your horse sleep in your house.

It is illegal to fall asleep with your shoes on.

It is illegal to shoot an Indian on horseback, provided you are in a covered wagon.

It is illegal to dance to the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

It is illegal to play hopscotch on a Sunday.

It is illegal to dance while wearing a hat in a courtroom.

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North Carolina

North Carolina is known as the “Tar Heel State” and its residents are called “Tar Heels.”

The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, conducted their first powered flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903.

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is the largest privately owned house in the United States. It has 250 rooms and covers 178,926 square feet.

The state’s official beverage is milk.

Pepsi Cola was invented and first served in New Bern, North Carolina, in 1893.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the oldest public university in the United States, chartered in 1789.

The state’s Outer Banks are a chain of barrier islands that are constantly shifting due to ocean currents and winds.

The state is known for its beautiful lighthouses, including the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which is the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States.

North Carolina is one of the leading producers of sweet potatoes in the country.

The town of Wilmington, North Carolina, is a popular filming location for movies and TV shows, earning it the nickname “Hollywood East.”

The “Research Triangle” is a region in North Carolina that includes Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. It is home to several prestigious universities and research institutions.

Blackbeard, one of the most infamous pirates in history, had a hideout in Beaufort, North Carolina.

North Carolina is the largest producer of tobacco in the United States.

Cheerwine, a cherry-flavored soda, was created in Salisbury, North Carolina, in 1917 and remains popular in the state.

The city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was originally two separate towns, Winston and Salem, which merged in 1913.

North Carolina is home to the largest military installation in the world, Fort Bragg, which covers over 251 square miles.

Silly Laws Still on the Books in North Carolina

It is illegal to use elephants to plow fields unless they are accompanied by a state-licensed elephant driver.

Bingo games cannot last more than five hours.

Alligators may not be kept in bathtubs.

If a man and a woman who are not married enter a hotel room together, they may be arrested.

It is against the law to sing off-key.

Women must have their bodies covered by at least 16 yards of cloth at all times.

Fights between cats and dogs are prohibited.

It is illegal to sell more than two drinks to the same person at a time.

No one may sing “Happy Birthday” in a public restaurant.

It is illegal to go to bed without first having a full bath.

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New York State

New York City was originally settled by the Dutch in 1624 and was known as New Amsterdam until it was captured by the English in 1664 and renamed New York.

In 1785, New York City became the first capital of the United States under the new Constitution before it was moved to Philadelphia and eventually to Washington, D.C.

The Seneca Falls Convention, held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, marked the beginning of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States.

The New York Draft Riots, which took place in 1863 during the Civil War, were the largest civil insurrection in American history, sparked by opposition to conscription.

In 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City resulted in the deaths of 146 garment workers, leading to significant labor reforms and safety regulations.

The Empire State Building in New York City was the tallest building in the world until the completion of the North Tower of the World Trade Center in 1970.

The Empire State Building, completed in 1931, was constructed in just over a year and became an iconic symbol of New York City and the United States. During WWII, a US bomber pilot lost his way in cloudy conditions, smashing into the 78th floor of the Empire State Building. Unlike the World Trade Center, the building did not collapse. The damage was totally repaired.

The abolitionist movement gained momentum in New York State in the 19th century, and it became a critical hub for the Underground Railroad, helping enslaved individuals escape to freedom.

The construction of the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France, was completed in France in 1884, and it was then disassembled and shipped to New York City where it was reassembled on Liberty Island.

The Great Blizzard of 1888 paralyzed New York City and the surrounding area with record-breaking snowfall and strong winds, resulting in significant loss of life and economic disruption.

The Catskill Mountains in upstate New York were a popular destination for vacationers, entertainers and artists in the 19th and 20th centuries, inspiring the Hudson River School of landscape painting.

The Finger Lakes region in upstate New York, with a population of around 4 million people, and known for its wine production, particularly Rieslings and other cool-climate varietals, is named after the long, narrow lakes that resemble fingers on a hand.

The Adirondack Park in northern New York is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States.

The Woodstock Music Festival, one of the most iconic music events in history, took place in Bethel, New York, in 1969.

The first American pizzeria, Lombardi’s, opened in New York City in 1905 and is still operating today.

New York State has hosted the Olympic Games four times: twice in Lake Placid (1932 and 1980) and twice in New York City (1904 and 1932).

The world’s first commercial-scale electric power plant, the Pearl Street Station, began operation in New York City in 1882.

New York State is home to numerous prestigious universities, including Columbia University, Cornell University, and New York University.

New York State has more ski resorts than any other state in the United States, making it a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts.

In 1859, Central Park in New York City had a “Vinegar Hill” – a small, isolated mound of rock that was made entirely of discarded vinegar barrels.

The town of Phelps, New York, holds an annual “Sauerkraut Weekend” festival to celebrate its history as a major sauerkraut producer.

In the town of Cairo, New York, there is a building known as the “World’s Smallest Church,” which can only accommodate a congregation of about 8 people.

The town of Medina, New York, is home to the “Floating Bridge,” which is a bridge built on a pontoon system, allowing it to rise and fall with changes in water levels.

The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, is home to the world’s largest collection of glass art, spanning over 3,500 years of history.

New York State has a town named “Sodom,” located in the Finger Lakes region. Its name has sparked various theories about its origin.

The village of Lake George, New York, hosts an annual “Winter Carnival” featuring events like an outhouse race, ice diving, and a chili cook-off.

The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, houses the National Toy Hall of Fame, where iconic toys like Barbie and LEGO have been inducted.

In the town of Saratoga Springs, New York, you can find the “Spam Museum of Saratoga Springs,” dedicated to the canned meat product.

The world’s largest kaleidoscope can be found in Mount Tremper, New York. It is housed in a silo and offers a mesmerizing visual experience.

New York State has a town named “Chili,” which is often subject to jokes and puns related to the spicy food. The town name is pronounced like “Chy ly” but also “Che lee.”

TThe town of Geneseo, New York, holds an annual “Dog Parade” where participants dress up their dogs in creative costumes and march through the streets.

The town of Sackets Harbor, New York, hosts an annual “Civil War Weekend” featuring reenactments, historical tours, and cannon firings.

Silly Laws Still on the Books in New York State

It is illegal to take a lion to the movies.

You cannot allow a donkey to sleep in your bathtub.

It is illegal to jump off a building more than 50 feet tall.

It is illegal to greet someone by putting one’s thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers.

It is illegal to keep a bear as a pet.

It is illegal to honk someone else’s car horn.

If you intend to dry your laundry on a clothesline, you must first obtain a permit.

It is illegal to frown at a police officer.

No more than three unrelated people can share an apartment.

Do not pee on pigeons unless you’re OK with breaking the law.

It is illegal to wear a bulletproof vest while committing a crime.

It is illegal to eat peanuts and walk backward on the sidewalks of Rochester, New York.

It is illegal to wear slippers in public restrooms.

It is illegal to ride an elevator with more than four people and a dog.

It is illegal to throw a ball at a person’s head for fun in a city park.

It is illegal to walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone in your pocket on Sundays.

You cannot legally change the color of a rabbit’s fur.

It is illegal to perform a puppet show without a state license.

It is illegal to keep more than two dildos in a house.

It is illegal to dye a duckling blue and offer it for sale, unless more than six are for sale at once.

It is illegal to give a dog a lighted cigar.

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New Mexico

New Mexico is the only state with an official state question: “Red or green?” referring to the choice of chili sauce.

The state is known as the “Land of Enchantment” and has a rich Native American and Hispanic cultural heritage.

New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanic population among all the states in the U.S.

It is home to the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States, Taos Pueblo, which has been inhabited for over 1,000 years.

The state flag of New Mexico features the Zia symbol, a sacred symbol of the Zia Pueblo Native American tribe.

The city of Santa Fe, the state capital, is the highest capital city in the United States, sitting at an elevation of 7,199 feet (2,194 meters).

Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico is home to one of the largest underground cave systems in the world, with more than 119 known caves.

The Trinity Site in New Mexico is where the world’s first atomic bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945.

Roswell, New Mexico gained international fame for the alleged crash of an unidentified flying object (UFO) in 1947.

The state is home to the world’s longest tramway, the Sandia Peak Tramway, which takes visitors from Albuquerque to the top of the Sandia Mountains.

Los Alamos, New Mexico has more PhDs per capita than any other city in the U.S.

The Very Large Array (VLA) is located in New Mexico, a radio astronomy observatory made up of 27 giant radio telescopes that work together to observe deep space.

The state hosts the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest hot air balloon festival in the world.

New Mexico is home to the oldest capital city in the United States, Santa Fe, which was founded in 1610.

The state has 19 Native American tribes, including the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American reservation in the United States.

New Mexico has more than 300 days of sunshine per year, making it one of the sunniest states in the U.S.

The world’s first commercial spaceport, Spaceport America, is located in New Mexico.

There is a town in New Mexico called “Truth or Consequences.”

The New Mexico State University in Las Cruces is home to the Chile Pepper Institute, dedicated to the research and preservation of chili peppers.

The Four Corners Monument marks the only spot in the United States where four states (New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado) meet at a single point.

Some Crazy Laws in New Mexico

In New Mexico, it is illegal for idiots to vote in elections.

It is against the law for a woman to appear unshaven in public in Carrizozo, New Mexico.

In Raton, New Mexico, it is illegal for a woman to ride horseback down a public street while wearing a kimono.

It is illegal to hunt in Mountain View, New Mexico while in a moving vehicle, except for whales.

In Silver City, New Mexico, it is forbidden for couples to have sex in a parked vehicle during their lunch break from work.

It is illegal to let a llama roam around a public highway in New Mexico.

It is illegal to dance in a public school building in New Mexico.

In New Mexico, it is illegal for a woman to cut her own hair without her husband’s permission.

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, it is illegal for women to appear unshaven while wearing a bikini.

It is illegal to spit on a seagull in New Mexico.

In New Mexico, “idiots” are prohibited from operating tractors on highways.

It is against the law to walk backwards after sunset in New Mexico.

In Carlsbad, New Mexico, it is illegal to fish from the back of a camel or giraffe.

It is illegal to hunt in New Mexico with a catapult or a crossbow.

In New Mexico, it is illegal to hunt in a cemetery.

It is against the law to hunt a bear using a firearm with less than .25 caliber in New Mexico.

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Science Jokes

Why don’t scientists trust atoms? Because they make up everything!

Did you hear about the chemist who was reading a book about helium? He just couldn’t put it down!

Why was the math book sad? Because it had too many problems!

What did one magnet say to the other magnet? I find you very attractive!

Why do chemists like nitrates so much? They’re cheaper than day rates!

How do you organize a space party? You planet!

What did the zero say to the eight? Nice belt!

Why did the physics teacher break up with the biology teacher? There was no chemistry.

What’s the fastest way to determine the sex of a chromosome? Pull down its genes!

Why don’t skeletons fight each other? They don’t have the guts!

Did you hear about the biologist who had twins? He named them Gene and Jean!

What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus!

Why did the bacteria join the gym? They wanted to get a little culture!

What’s a scientist’s favorite type of dog? A lab!

What’s the difference between a chemist and a plumber? A chemist washes their hands before they go to the bathroom, while a plumber washes their hands afterward.

Did you hear about the chemist who lost an electron? He’s positive he’ll never find it.

Two antennas met on a roof and fell in love. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent!

What’s a physicist’s favorite food? Fission chips!

Why did the bicycle fall over? Because it was two-tired!

How did the mathematician solve his constipation problem? He worked it out with a pencil!

What did one DNA strand say to the other? “Do these genes make me look fat?”

Did you hear about the mathematician who’s afraid of negative numbers? He will stop at nothing to avoid them.

What’s the difference between a dog and a marine biologist? One wags a tail, and the other tags a whale.

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Nevada

The name “Nevada” is derived from the Spanish word for “snow-covered,” due to the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Nevada is the driest state in the country, with an average annual rainfall of only about 7 inches (18cm).

Las Vegas, Nevada, is often referred to as the “Entertainment Capital of the World” and is famous for its casinos, hotels, and vibrant nightlife.

The Hoover Dam, located on the border of Nevada and Arizona, is one of the largest man-made structures in the world and a major tourist attraction.

Nevada is the only state in the U.S. where prostitution is legal in some counties (but not in the major cities like Las Vegas or Reno).

The extraterrestrial-themed highway, Nevada State Route 375, is popularly known as the “Extraterrestrial Highway” due to numerous UFO sightings reported in the area.

Nevada is home to the largest gold-producing area in the United States, known as the Carlin Trend or Carlin Unconformity. It’s a place where giant tectonic plates collided 330 million years ago.

The Black Rock Desert in Nevada is the location of the annual Burning Man festival, a unique celebration of art, music, and community.

In Nevada, you can find the Valley of Fire State Park, known for its stunning red sandstone formations and petroglyphs.

Nevada is the largest producer of silver in the United States and the second-largest producer of gold.

The state has a relatively small population compared to its land area, with the majority of the population concentrated in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. More than two of every people in Nevada live in the Las Vegas metro area.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), is known for its research and programs in hospitality, gaming, and entertainment.

Nevada has a unique legal gambling age of 21, while most states have a legal gambling age of 18 or 19.

The state’s official motto is “All for Our Country.”

Nevada is home to Area 51, a highly classified U.S. Air Force facility known for conspiracy theories and alleged UFO sightings.

Nevada has a vibrant cowboy culture and hosts numerous rodeo events throughout the year.

Nevada’s nickname is the “Silver State” due to its historical silver mining industry.

Silly laws Still on the Books in Nevada

It is illegal to place a bench or chair within 50 feet of a highway.

It is illegal to pawn your dentures in Nevada.

It is illegal to use an x-ray machine to determine a person’s shoe size.

It is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish in Nevada.

It is illegal to wear a hat that obstructs someone’s view in a public theater.

It is illegal to kiss longer than three minutes in public.

It is illegal to sit on the sidewalk or lie down on a street in the city of Las Vegas.

It is illegal to catch a fish with your bare hands in Nevada.

There are a number of laws involving camels in Nevada, originating from a time when the US military experimented with a camel-mounted cavalry, figuring that camels have greater durability in dry conditions.

Nevada Laws Involving Camels

It is illegal to ride a camel on the highway in Nevada.
It is illegal to drive a camel on a city street without a bell attached to it.
It is illegal to bring a camel on a streetcar or a trolley in Nevada.
It is illegal to hunt camels on Sundays.
It is illegal to shoot camels from a moving vehicle.
It is illegal to drive a camel while under the influence of alcohol.
It is illegal to use a camel as a getaway vehicle during a crime.
It is illegal to throw a camel from a moving vehicle.
It is illegal to tie a camel to a parking meter or fire hydrant.
It is illegal to ride a camel while wearing a sombrero in public.
It is illegal to ride a camel without a valid camel license.
It is illegal to disturb a camel by honking your car horn unnecessarily.

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Nebraska

Silly Laws in Nebraska

In Nebraska, it is illegal to go whale fishing. (Note: Nebraska is a landlocked state with no access to oceans.)

It is against the law for a bar owner to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.

It is illegal to fish with a firearm in Nebraska.

In Omaha, sneezing or burping during a church service is prohibited.

It is illegal for a mother to give her daughter a perm without a state license.

It is illegal for a man with a mustache to kiss a woman in public.

In Waterloo, it is illegal for barbers to eat onions between 7 am and 7 pm.

It is illegal to go whaling in a car in Nebraska.

In Omaha, it is against the law for a child to wear a hat that is too large while dancing.

It is illegal to fly a kite higher than 10 feet off the ground in Nebraska.

Nebraska Facts

Nebraska’s silly state nickname, the “Cornhusker State,” comes from the nickname given to the University of Nebraska athletic teams.

Nebraska’s motto on its state license plates is “The Good Life.”

Nebraska is the only state in the United States with a unicameral legislature, meaning it has only one chamber in its legislature. This came about over time because too many important bills were blocked when Democrats and Republicans could not agree.

Omaha, Nebraska’s largest city, is home to the headquarters of five Fortune 500 companies, including Berkshire Hathaway.

Nebraska has the largest indoor rainforest in the United States, located at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha.

Kool-Aid was invented in Hastings, Nebraska, by Edwin Perkins in 1927.

The world’s largest publicly held company, Berkshire Hathaway, is based in Omaha, Nebraska, and is headed by billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

Nebraska is the birthplace of the actress and singer Hilary Swank, known for her roles in movies such as “Million Dollar Baby” and “Boys Don’t Cry.”

The town of Alliance, Nebraska, is home to Carhenge, a replica of Stonehenge made entirely from old cars.

The world’s largest train yard, Bailey Yard, is located in North Platte, Nebraska.

Nebraska is the birthplace of the actor Marlon Brando, known for his iconic performances in movies such as “The Godfather” and “On the Waterfront.”

Nebraska has the largest population of Czech-Americans per capita of any state in the United States.

Nebraska is home to the world’s largest indoor desert, located at the Desert Dome in the Henry Doorly Zoo.

The first-ever 911 emergency phone system was implemented in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1959.

The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument in Kearney, Nebraska, is a unique museum built over Interstate 80 that showcases the history of westward expansion.

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Minnesota

Minnesota is known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” but it actually has over 11,000 lakes.

Minnesota is home to the largest mall in the United States, the Mall of America, which has more than 500 stores.

Minnesota has the highest number of golfers per capita in the United States.

The state is the birthplace of the pop-up toaster, invented by Charles Strite in 1921.

It is the birthplace of iconic figures including Bob Dylan, Prince, and Judy Garland.

Minnesota has one of the longest-running science fiction conventions in the world, known as CONvergence.

The world-famous Mayo Clinic is located in Rochester, Minnesota.

Minnesota has a strong Scandinavian heritage, with many residents having Swedish, Norwegian, or Finnish ancestry.

The state has the longest-running music radio show in the United States, “A Prairie Home Companion,” hosted by Garrison Keillor.

Minnesota is the birthplace of the stapler, invented by George McGill in the late 1800s.

Minnesota has the highest voter turnout in the United States, with consistently high participation in elections.

The Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, are considered the birthplace of the indoor shopping mall concept.

It is home to the largest Somali population in the United States.

Minnesota has more miles of bike trails than any other state, making it a popular destination for cyclists.

It has one of the highest literacy rates in the country, with a strong emphasis on education.

The state has a rich Native American heritage, with eleven sovereign Native American tribes residing within its borders.

Minnesota is the headquarters for many Fortune 500 companies, including Target, 3M, and General Mills.