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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 Jersey

New Jersey is the fourth smallest state in the United States, but it is the most densely populated state.

It is illegal to pump your own gas in New Jersey (Self-service gas stations are banned statewide).

The iconic American board game Monopoly was based on the streets and properties of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

New Jersey is home to the first ever recorded baseball game, which took place in Hoboken in 1846.

The first drive-in movie theater in the world opened in Camden, New Jersey, in 1933.

The world’s first recorded motion picture was filmed in West Orange, New Jersey, by Thomas Edison in 1893.

The Holland Tunnel, connecting New Jersey and New York City, was the first mechanically ventilated underwater tunnel in the world.

New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is often referred to as the “Diner Capital of the World.”

The longest boardwalk in the world can be found in Atlantic City, stretching over 5 miles (8 km). Built in 1870, it was initially 8 feet wide (243 cm). Now it is 60 feet (18 meters) wide.

Atlantic City in New Jersey was the first place in the United States outside of Nevada to legalize casino gambling.

New Jersey has more horses per square mile than any other state in the U.S.

The famous inventor and scientist Albert Einstein resided in Princeton, New Jersey, for more than 20 years.

The first ever professional basketball game was played in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1896.

The original Miss America beauty pageant took place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1921.

New Jersey is home to the first Indian reservation in the United States, the Brotherton Reservation, established in 1758.

The first cultivated blueberries were developed in Whitesbog, New Jersey, in the early 20th century.

The Statue of Liberty, although located in New York Harbor, is situated closer to New Jersey than to New York.

New Jersey is home to the highest roller coaster in the world, the Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson.

The first ever drive-in bank was opened in New Jersey in 1946.

New Jersey is famous for its tomatoes and is sometimes referred to as the “Tomato Capital of the World.”

The Revolutionary War Battle of Trenton, where George Washington famously crossed the Delaware River, took place in New Jersey.

New Jersey is home to many prominent universities, including Princeton University, Rutgers University, and Seton Hall University.

The first organized baseball game with a codified set of rules was played in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1846.

New Jersey is known for its diverse music scene and has produced many famous musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, and Whitney Houston.

It is illegal to frown at a police officer in New Jersey.

In New Jersey, it is illegal to wear a bulletproof vest while committing a crime.

It is illegal to delay or detain a homing pigeon.

It is illegal to slurp soup in public in Newark, New Jersey.

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New Hampshire

New Hampshire has no sales tax or income tax, making it one of the few states in the U.S. with no broad-based tax on earned income.

New Hampshire is known as the “Granite State” because of its extensive granite formations and quarries.

The state motto of New Hampshire is “Live Free or Die.”

It was the first state to declare its independence from England in 1776.

The famous poet Robert Frost lived in New Hampshire for many years and wrote some of his most famous poems there.

The Mount Washington Observatory, located on the summit of Cannon Mounted, has recorded some of the most extreme weather conditions in the world, including the highest wind speed ever measured on land. The wind gusted to 199.3 miles per hour (320.7 kph), the highest speed the anemometer could record.

The Old Man of the Mountain, a famous rock formation resembling a face, was a well-known symbol of New Hampshire until it collapsed in 2003.

New Hampshire is home to the oldest continuously operated general store in the United States, the Brick Store in Bath, which has been open since 1790.

The state is bordered by Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, the Atlantic Ocean, and Canada’s Quebec province.

New Hampshire has a short coastline of about 18 miles (29 kilometers), making it the smallest coastline of any U.S. state.

The first free public library in the United States was founded in Peterborough, New Hampshire, in 1833.

The first women’s strike in the United States took place in Dover, New Hampshire, in 1828, led by the female textile workers known as the “Dover Girls.”

The famous motorcycle rally, Laconia Motorcycle Week, has been held annually in Laconia, New Hampshire, since 1923 and is one of the oldest motorcycle rallies in the country. The very first ride including over a hundred motorcyclists was held in 1916. It was originally called the “Gypsy Tour.” It is not uncommon for a few riders to die most years, with seven fatalities in 2008. New Hampshire does not require helmets for riding motorcycles, which according to helmet advocates may account for some of the deaths.

The inventor of Tupperware, Earl Tupper, was born in Berlin, New Hampshire.

New Hampshire is one of the few states in the U.S. that does not require adults to wear seat belts while driving.

The first American astronaut to travel in space, Alan Shepard, was born in Derry, New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire State House in Concord is the oldest state capitol building in which the legislature meets in its original chambers

The state boasts over 800 lakes and ponds.

New Hampshire is home to the world’s longest candy counter, located at Chutters Candy Store in Littleton.

The Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge, spanning the Connecticut River between New Hampshire and Vermont, is the longest covered bridge in the United States.

New Hampshire has more than 70 state parks and recreation areas, offering a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and fishing.

These laws are on the books in New Hampshire but seldom enforced:

If a person is caught raking the beaches, picking up litter, hauling away trash, building a bench for the park, or many other kind things without a permit, he/she may be fined $150 for ‘maintaining the national forest without a permit’.

New Hampshire law forbids you to tap your feet, nod your head, or in any way keep time to the music in a tavern, restaurant, or cafe.

You may not run machinery on Sundays.

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Gavin Newsom

Gavin Newsom was born on October 10, 1967, in San Francisco, California.

In 2004, at age 37, Newsom gained national attention when he authorized same-sex marriages as the mayor of San Francisco.

As a child, Gavin had severe dyslexia making learning to read very difficult. To this day, he prefers audio reports, dictation and audiobooks to written communication.

During his childhood, his mother took in foster children, imparting on Gavin the importance of service. She also needed the money, since his father was known for giving away a large portion of his earnings to people who needed it more.

Gavin’s started in politics in 1996 at the age of 29, when the Mayor, Willie Brown, appointed him to the Parking and Traffic Commission.

He served as the mayor of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011.

Newsom is a member of the Democratic Party and has been involved in politics since the 1990s.

Newsom is a businessman and entrepreneur. He co-founded the PlumpJack Group, which includes wineries, restaurants, and hotels.

He has been married twice. His first marriage was to Kimberly Guilfoyle, who later became a Fox News personality. They divorced in 2006.

Newsom has four children: two from his first marriage and two with his current wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

He was elected as the lieutenant governor of California in 2010 and served in that position until 2019.

Newsom was sworn in as the 40th governor of California on January 7, 2019.

He implemented several progressive policies as governor, including expanding healthcare access, pushing for stricter gun control laws, and advocating for environmental protection.

Newsom faced criticism for his handling of the state’s homelessness crisis, which has been a major issue in California.

He declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in California in March 2020.

Newsom received both praise and criticism for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, 2020. He implemented strict lockdown measures to curb the spread of the virus.

In 2021, Newsom faced a recall election after a petition to remove him from office garnered enough signatures. However, he successfully survived the recall attempt.

Newsom has been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ rights throughout his political career.

He supports the legalization of marijuana and played a significant role in the successful passage of Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana in California.

Newsom has been involved in efforts to combat climate change and has set ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in California.

He signed a moratorium on the death penalty in California in 2019, effectively halting executions in the state.

He has been known to use social media, particularly Twitter, to communicate with the public and make policy announcements.

Newsom comes from a wealthy background. His father, William Newsom, was a state appellate court justice, and his mother, Tessa Newsom, was an environmentalist.

He attended Santa Clara University but dropped out before completing his degree.

Newsom has been open about his struggles with alcoholism and has sought treatment for addiction.

He is known for his slicked-back hairstyle, which has become somewhat of a trademark.

Newsom has been a strong supporter of education funding and has made efforts to increase funding for schools in California.

He has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration and its policies, particularly on immigration.

Newsom was involved in the successful campaign to pass Proposition 30 in 2012, which temporarily raised taxes on high-income earners in California to fund education and healthcare.

He has been a proponent of criminal justice reform and has advocated for changes to the state’s bail system.

Newsom has been recognized for his leadership during crises, including wildfires, droughts, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has been mentioned as a potential candidate for higher office, such as a run for president in the future.

Gavin Newsom could be a contender for President of the United States.

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Coincidences

Both Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy were assassinated on a Friday while seated beside their wives. Both JFK and Abe Lincoln reported having dreams about being assassinated shortly before their deaths.

The Royal Synchronicity: Queen Elizabeth II was born on the same day that King George V, her grandfather, died.

The Unsinkable Woman: Violet Jessop, a stewardess, survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, the sinking of the HMHS Britannic in 1916, and the collision of the RMS Olympic in 1911.

On December 5, 1664, a ship sank off the coast of Wales. The only survivor was a man named Hugh Williams. On December 5, 1785, another ship sank. One man survived, another Hugh Williams. On December 5, 1860, yet another ship went down with only one survivor – you guessed it – his name was Hugh Williams.

Mark Twain and Halley’s Comet: Mark Twain was born in 1835 when Halley’s Comet appeared, and he died in 1910 when the comet returned.

The Triple Lightning Strike: In 2006, Roy Sullivan, a park ranger, was struck by lightning for the seventh time, making him the person with the most recorded lightning strikes.

Jonathan Swift wrote a classic book called Gulliver’s Travels that borders on science fiction. It was written before ‘science fiction’ was what you called such books. In this book he wrote about two moons circling Mars. His descriptions of their size and orbital distance weren’t perfect but surprisingly accurate. He did this one hundred years before they were described by astronomers.

The Reunited Brothers: Two brothers, separated at birth, named Jim Lewis and Jim Springer, coincidentally named their sons James Alan and James Allan.

The Train Crash Prediction: In 1895, author Morgan Robertson wrote a novel titled “Futility” about an unsinkable ship named the Titan that hit an iceberg and sank. Fourteen years later, the RMS Titanic suffered a similar fate.

In 1979, a man named Frane Selak survived a train crash, a plane crash, a bus crash, and a car crash, and then won the lottery.

The Converging Paths: In 1975, two women with the same name, both traveling from England to the Canary Islands, wearing identical clothing, and carrying similar bags, ended up sitting next to each other on the plane.

The Identical Twins: In 2002, two unrelated identical twin brothers, separated at birth, named Jim Springer and Jim Lewis, coincidentally reunited and discovered they shared the same first name, occupation, and hobbies.

The Bridge Collapse: In 1940, a worker named Harold C. W. Keevil fell off the unfinished Tacoma Narrows Bridge but survived. A year later, he was on the same bridge when it collapsed, but he survived again.

The Struck by Lightning Brothers: In 2018, two brothers, aged 5 and 7, were both struck by lightning on separate occasions within the span of a year.

The Separated Sisters: In 2007, two sisters named Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier, who were adopted from South Korea, discovered they were identical twins after one saw the other in a YouTube video.

The Winning Lottery Numbers: In 2003, the winning numbers of the Virginia Lottery’s Pick 4 game were 6-6-6-6, causing a record number of winners and resulting in the lottery having to pay out millions of dollars.

The Mysterious Subway Meeting: In 2008, two strangers named Laura and Laura, who had the same birthday, height, hair color, and were both wearing a black coat and a red scarf, accidentally bumped into each other on the London Underground.