50 Astonishing Facts You Never Knew About the 50 States
Quick: Where are “idiots” not allowed to vote? Plus 49 other odd, outrageous, or revealing tidbits about America’s 50 states.
The only state whose official drink is an alcoholic beverage (Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey, originally distilled by legendary moonshiner Clyde May). These are the 50 dumbest laws in every state.
The state is known for fishing, mining, and oil, but its latest industry is peonies. Peony farms blossomed from zero in 2000 to more than 200 in 2014. Say these 9 words and we’ll be able to tell you where you grew up.
The state that produces enough cotton each year to make two T-shirts for every American (that’s 599 million tees).
Famous for its diamond trade, Arkansas is the only state where tourists can search for diamonds in their original volcanic source. At Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park, tourists can dig through fields maintained by the park and are allowed to keep any diamonds they discover. The park also offers a complimentary identification and registration of the gems.
If it were a country, it would have the eighth-largest economy in the world, beating out Italy, Russia, and India. These are the strangest food laws you’ll find in every state.
Although Congress intended the state to be a perfect rectangle, its surveyors wandered a bit off course. A tiny kink in the western border disqualified it from rectangle purity.
The first phone book was published in New Haven in February 1878, containing just 50 names. Similarly, Connecticut’s Hartford Courant is the country’s oldest continuously published paper, per Mental Floss.
The state with the most generous laws regarding company ownership has been the model for Cayman Islands and other offshore tax havens. These are the cheapest months of the year to visit all 50 states.
The remains of an 8,000-year-old human civilization were found buried in a peat bog here. The bodies were so well preserved that human brain tissue was found in a woman’s skull with her DNA still intact.