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Secret Beach House Inside Box Truck


This guy, Scott, built what many might consider the ultimate recreational vehicle (RV), all in an 18-foot box truck. His whole home is in just a bit less than 144 square feet. He estimates the cost, including buying his used Isusu truck, at $85,000. That’s high, but as you can see, he spared no expense.

By building his own motorhome, he avoided many of the problems associated with typical RVs.

Many motorhomes are problematic because the manufacturers attempt to keep costs down by building on truck or van chassis that aren’t really up to the job. Then, the household appliances, plumbing and electrical systems are not really equipped to be shaken all the time as the vehicle drives down the road. By the time they are 60,000 to 65,000 miles (100,000 km) old, they are so broken down they are not cost-effective to keep running.

For instance, running an automotive V8 engine full out while going up hills warps the exhaust manifolds, tends toward overheating, blows gaskets, and may even burn the valves.

The ordinary household plumbing fittings will vibrate apart, resulting in gallons of water being pumped out across the carpeting, warping the cabinetry near the floor, and setting off irreparable mold growth.

Whereas manufactured homes (formerly called ‘mobile homes’) have to be made with proper and safe materials, it is legal to build motorhomes and trailers with just about any kind of cheap materials. There have been numerous reports of new RV owners having ongoing flu-like symptoms from out-gassing of formaldehyde from the paneling, cabinetry and upholstery. We don’t even want to consider the long-term effects.

Many RVs come with labels that say ‘not for full-time use.’

You might think you’re covered with a nice warranty when you buy a new RV. Unfortunately, you may discover that the dealer has had you sign paperwork stating that the dealer is not responsible for warranty work. That’s left to the manufacturer. But who is the manufacturer? If the refrigerator breaks, it’s the company that made it. If the paneling starts coming apart, it’s the coach builder. If the roof leaks, is that the coach builder or the chassis maker? You may find you have to drive a thousand miles to have the warranty work done by the manufacturer.

Worse, especially if you buy a half-million dollar diesel pusher (a large motorhome with a diesel engine in the rear), that repairs are not only expensive, but you may not easily find a shop willing to do the work. For instance, if the shifter quits working, it might be the push-button panel in the dashboard, but it might be the transmission, or it might be in the ten meters of wiring somewhere under the floor between the front and back. It is not uncommon for repairs, even on a new unit, to take literally months to have completed.

Maybe you should buy a used RV and using some of the money you saved to fix it up. That’s a good idea in general until you find out how much some of the repairs may cost. For instance, replacing a transmission in an RV can be twice as costly as in a car because it is so much more difficult to reach. Then, you might also discover that many RV parks will turn down anyone with a rig older than 15 years.

There have been numerous cases of motorhomes and trailers falling apart on the road, leaving the owner stranded without even a tow truck large enough to move it. Sometimes that straps that hold in tanks under the floor fail. In some cases, the paneling that makes up the sides of the vehicle has been known to work loose then blow off in the wind.

Among the most significant breakdowns from a practical point of view are slide out sections that won’t slide back in, or hydraulic levelers stuck in the down position. Your RV isn’t going anywhere when this happens.

Enough with the negativity already! On the plus side, you are living a lighter footprint on the earth if you’re a full-time RVer. Instead of commuting many miles to and from work, you can park your RV near to where you work. Instead of heating a 4,000 square-foot McMansion, you’re only heating a couple hundred square feet. So, even though the insulation is much thinner in an RV, you’re still leaving a smaller carbon footprint. If you’re not connected to city services, you have very little water, electricity and propane on board. You can learn to make these supplies last weeks, again reducing waste and pollution. Because you have limited storage, you’re less likely to buy and consume things.

Finally, there’s expense. If you’re in a financial bind, you might consider buying an older RV, knowing you’ll probably have to fix things from time to time, then find a good RV park or private property, where the rent is only a few hundred dollars per month.

Many of the RV parks need managers. The manager checks people in and out, offers a bit of security, and maintains the facilities such as mowing the lawn and helping people back in their trailers. This is in trade for free living.

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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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Volcanoes

Volcanoes are vents or openings in the Earth’s crust that allow molten rock, gases, and ash to escape from beneath the surface. That and molten iron is the stuff this whole earth is made of, and it’s right under your feet, although very far down in most cases.

The word “volcano” is derived from Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.

There are approximately 1,500 active volcanoes worldwide.

The largest volcano on Earth is Mauna Loa in Hawaii, which is also the largest shield volcano. It rises about 13,678 feet (4,169 meters) above sea level and extends about 30,000 feet (9,144 meters) below sea level.

The tallest volcano in the solar system is Olympus Mons on Mars, reaching a height of about 69,841 feet (21,287 meters), almost three times the height of Mount Everest.

Volcanoes can form on land or underwater, with some of the most spectacular volcanic activity occurring beneath the ocean surface.

The eruptions of volcanoes can vary widely, ranging from peaceful lava flows to explosive eruptions that can eject ash, gases, and pyroclastic materials into the atmosphere.

When the Krakatoa volcano erupted in 1883, the sound could be heard 3,000 miles (4,800 km) away.

Volcanic ash can travel long distances, carried by wind currents. The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland disrupted air travel across Europe for several days due to the ash cloud it produced.

Volcanoes are responsible for creating new land, as the lava cools and solidifies over time.

Volcanic eruptions can produce pyroclastic flows, which are fast-moving currents of hot gas, ash, and volcanic materials that rush down the slopes of a volcano.

Your author and his wife had the privilege of walking on brand new real estate that hadn’t existed the day before on the Big Island of Hawaii. We were advised to bring face masks in case the wind direction shifted, wear winter-like clothing to shield us from the heat, and wear boots. Of course most of that clothing isn’t available on Hawaii, but we did dress in layers. As we walked across the dry lava, we could see cracks leading 2 inches (5 cm) down still glowing red.

We came to a river of lava, a pyroclastic flow, and were able to poke 6-foot (2-meter) ohia sticks (a straight hardwood) into the molten lava and pull some out on the instantly flaming sticks. It turned into smooth, hardened glass, with long streamers as drips froze in mid-fall. Our sneakers were smoking, and when we returned, we found that tho soles had slightly melted into new shapes.

The famous volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, preserving them remarkably well.

Some volcanoes exhibit a lava lake, a pool of molten lava that can be observed within the volcano’s crater.

Volcanic lightning, known as “dirty thunderstorms,” can occur during volcanic eruptions due to the electrical charges generated by ash particles colliding in the plume.

The largest volcanic eruption in recorded history was the eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia in 1815. It caused the “Year Without a Summer” in 1816, resulting in widespread crop failures and unusually cold temperatures.

The volcanic activity on Io, one of Jupiter’s moons, is the most intense in the solar system. Its surface is covered with hundreds of active volcanoes.

Volcanic eruptions can create unique geological formations, such as volcanic cones, calderas, and lava tubes.

Some volcanoes have produced massive eruptions in the past, known as supervolcanic eruptions. The most recent one occurred about 74,000 years ago at Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Underwater volcanoes, also known as seamounts, can form islands over time when they emerge from the ocean surface.

The deadliest volcanic eruption in history occurred in 1815 on Mount Tambora, killing an estimated 71,000 people.

Some volcanoes, known as “stratovolcanoes” or composite volcanoes, are made up of alternating layers of lava, ash, and rock.

The Hawaiian Islands were formed by a series of volcanic eruptions over millions of years, as the Pacific tectonic plate moved over a hot spot in the Earth’s mantle.

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Earthquake

Earthquakes can occur on any continent, including Antarctica.

Earthquakes have been recorded in every state in the United States.

The largest recorded earthquake in history was the Great Chilean Earthquake of 1960, with a magnitude of 9.5.

Earthquakes can trigger other natural disasters, such as tsunamis, landslides, and volcanic eruptions.

The point within the Earth’s crust where an earthquake originates is called the hypocenter or focus.

The point on the Earth’s surface directly above the hypocenter is called the epicenter.

Earthquakes can happen at any time, but they are more likely to occur in the early morning hours.

The instrument used to measure earthquakes is called a seismometer.

Earthquakes can be caused by tectonic plate movements, volcanic activity, or human activities like mining or reservoir-induced seismicity.

Many are saying the recent flooding in California and other places put more weight on the tectonic plates, and could hasten the next earthquakes.

The study of earthquakes is known as seismology.

The Earth experiences thousands of small earthquakes every day, but most of them go unnoticed by humans.

The Richter scale, developed in 1935, is used to measure the magnitude of earthquakes.

The largest earthquake ever recorded in the United States was the 1964 Alaska earthquake, with a magnitude of 9.2. The picture below was taken after the Alaska earthquake.

After the Alaska earthquake

The Ring of Fire, a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity.

Earthquakes can cause changes in the Earth’s rotation, leading to slightly shorter or longer days.

The speed of seismic waves generated by an earthquake can range from a few hundred meters per second to several kilometers per second.

The San Andreas Fault in California is one of the most well-known and studied earthquake-prone areas in the world.

Earthquakes can occur underwater and are often responsible for creating new landforms, such as islands.

The deadliest earthquake in recorded history occurred in 1556 in Shaanxi, China, estimated to have claimed the lives of approximately 830,000 people.

The term “aftershock” refers to smaller earthquakes that occur after a major earthquake.

Earthquakes can cause liquefaction, where saturated soil temporarily loses its strength and behaves like a liquid.

Some animals have been observed displaying unusual behavior before an earthquake, possibly sensing the seismic activity.

Earthquakes can generate a variety of wave types, including primary (P-waves), secondary (S-waves), and surface waves.

Deep earthquakes, those occurring at depths of more than 300 kilometers (186 miles), are associated with subduction zones.

Earthquakes can be felt over long distances, and some large earthquakes have been reported to shake buildings thousands of kilometers away.

The largest recorded intraplate earthquake (occurring within a tectonic plate) was the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes in the United States.

The term “seismic gap” refers to an area along a fault line that is locked and has not experienced a significant earthquake in a long time, potentially indicating increased seismic hazard.

The study of historical seismicity helps scientists understand patterns and recurrence intervals of earthquakes in different regions.

Earthquakes can be monitored and early warning systems can provide a few seconds to minutes of advance notice before the shaking reaches a particular location.

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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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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.