5 Facts About 5 States #7
Last updated: Sunday February 27th, 2022
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The invention of the Polaroid was inspired by an event that occurred in New Mexico: Polaroid or instant photos are a great deal, especially when you are on vacation. Remember Edwin H. Land, the inventor of the Polaroid camera, the next time you take one. Her daughter wanted to take instant photos, so he was inspired to develop the technology.
The white sands national monument is a white gypsum crystal structure that is home to the white sands national monument. It is a popular tourist destination in the area. The gypsum dune field is the world's largest of its type. Southern New Mexico is home to the white sands. The 275 square miles of great white dunes are covered in white sand. Some of the dunes reach 60 feet in height. In addition, the park provides additional activities to ensure that you have a good time while you are there. There are kids' craft programs, stargazing parties, and sunset strolls available.
There is a downside to being the state that produces fine wine: the state ranks first in alcohol-related deaths. New Mexico is the state with the highest number of alcohol-related deaths. Since 1981, New Mexico has ranked first, second, or third in the United States for total alcohol-related deaths. Alcohol is responsible for one out of every ten deaths among working-age adults (ages 20-64) in the United States. This ratio is one in every six deaths in New Mexico.
Smokey Bear hails from the state of New Mexico. Although we now know that putting out forest fires aggressively isn't the best way to manage our country's forests, Smokey was created during World War II to help educate the American public about the dangers of wildfires. During the massive Capitan Gap fire of 1950, firefighters from Taos Pueblo in southeastern New Mexico discovered a black bear cub, which became the living symbol of Smokey. Until his death in 1976, Smokey was a resident of the National Zoo in Washington, DC.
The first European settlement in New York was in Albany, the state capital. In 1797, Albany was designated as the state capital. It is also the United States' longest continuously chartered city (a charter city is one whose governing system is defined by the city's own charter document rather than by general law).
The Erie Canal, the Oswego Canal, the Cayuga–Seneca Canal, and the Champlain Canal make up the New York State Canal System. The 525-mile system is spread across 17 counties in upstate New York (excluding New York City). The system is primarily used for recreational and flood control purposes, with very few commercial vessels passing through.
Did you know that the Hudson River has two directions of flow? The river runs 315 miles before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. The direction of the river's flow reverses due to low and hide tides, which occur twice every 24 hours on average. The river flows northwards towards Troy when the tide is high, and southwards when the tide is low (southwards). The river also serves as a 21-mile border between New York and New Jersey.
The Empire State Building, which stands 1,454 feet tall from base to antenna, is a physical manifestation of human potential and an engineering marvel. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts can be seen from the two Observation Decks on the 86th and 102nd floors. It took only 1 year and 45 days to construct the structure. The building's final rivet shot was made of solid gold.
Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals once roamed North Carolina. Three different dinosaur species — two duck-billed vegetarians and one large carnivore — are known to have once roamed the state of North Carolina. In 1869, the remains of a duck-billed vegetarian dinosaur were discovered in Sampson County. Paleontologists believe that tyrannosauruses also inhibited the state during the Cretaceous period, based on evidence.
The Biltmore Estate, built by George Washington Vanderbilt II in the late 1800s, is the country's largest mansion. Throughout the year, tourists flock to this mansion to admire its French chateau-inspired architecture. The 250-room residence took 6 years to complete, with a floor area of 4 acres. It was added to the US National Registry of Historic Places three years after it was designated as a national historic landmark in 1963.
More than 300 breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls can be found in North Carolina. The Upper Whitewater Falls, located in Transylvania County, is the East Coast's tallest waterfall. Glassmine Falls, located in North Carolina, is another 'tallest' waterfall. The Glassmine Falls, on the other hand, only flows on rare occasions and thus has lost its claim to being the East Coast's tallest waterfall.
North Dakota may or may not be the 39th state to join the union. At the same time, North and South Dakota were admitted. President Benjamin Harrison asked James Blaine, the Secretary of State at the time, to shuffle the paperwork so that no one would know which state was signed first. Despite this, North Dakota is listed as the 39th state, while South Dakota is listed as the 40th. All of this is due to the alphabetical order.
The 2063-foot KVLY-TV Tower in Blanchard, North Dakota, was the world's tallest man-made structure that could be ascended by ladder or elevator until 2010. However, because the wires are supported by guy-wires attached to the ground, the building is not usually considered when counting the tallest buildings.
The largest Scandinavian festival in North America is held in North Dakota. Each year in Minot, North Dakota, tens of thousands of people attend the Norsk Hstfest to celebrate the state's Nordic heritage. In the late 1800s, immigrants from Nordic countries such as Iceland, Sweden, and Denmark flocked to the state. The land owned by Norwegians and their descendants accounted for 20% of all land in the state in 1914.
Chris Antes is a man from Ohio who possesses a remarkable and one-of-a-kind ability to sculpt with his mouth. Chris, also known as "Gum Man," can shape chewing gum into a variety of shapes, including humans, articles, vegetables, fruits, animals, human body parts, and more. And he accomplishes this in less than a minute. He claims to be the first and only person in the US to do so.
Did you know that at least 7 children were shipped in the mail in the United States between 1913 and 1915? And the first instance of this strange act was when the Beagles, a couple from Ohio, handed over their 8-month-old son to the mailman after paying for postage stamps and insurance money, to be delivered to his grandmother's house, which was only a mile away. As word spread, other parents began to take advantage of the low-cost service; a six-year-old girl was even sent from her home in Florida to her father's home in Virginia. And that's quite a distance to travel!
The gas mask and traffic light were invented by Garrett Morgan, a Cleveland, Ohio resident. In 1914, he patented the Morgan safety hood. He made headlines in 1916 when he used his gas mask to save 32 men trapped in an underground tunnel 250 feet beneath Lake Erie during an explosion. In Cleveland, he was the first African-American to own a car. He patented an electric automated traffic signal in 1923. General Electric eventually bought the rights to his invention (traffic signal) for $40,000.
Following Pennsylvania, Ohio has the second-largest Amish population in the United States. Holmes County, Pennsylvania, is the world's second-largest Amish community, after Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Holmes County is a relatively rural county located about 70 miles south of Cleveland. The area, affectionately known as Amish Country, is home to around 35,000 Amish people. It has grown into a popular regional tourist destination for shopping, dining, and other activities.