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Know It All
January 08, 2014, 05:00 AM

Alabama is the only state that has all of the natural resources needed to make iron and steel.

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The first settlement in Alaska was established by Russian whalers and fur traders in 1784. Alaska became the property of the United States in 1867 when U.S. Secretary of State William Seward paid Russia two cents per acre, a total of $.2 million, for the land.

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There are only two ways to get into the inner canyon of Arizona’s Grand Canyon; hike in by mule, or raft in on the Colorado River.

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How well do you know the state of California? Can you name the state flower, bird, animal and motto? You’re really good if you know the state tree, insect and mineral. See answer at end.

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Colorado is the only state ever to turn down the Olympics. The 1976 Winter Olympics were to be held in Denver. However, a vote in 1972 showed that 59 percent of Coloradans did not want the Olympics to be held in their state because of the cost and pollution the games would bring. The 1976 Winter Olympics were held in Innsbruck, Austria.

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The Kangaroo Conservation Center in Dawsonville, Ga., has the largest of kangaroos outside of Australia.

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Hawaii is the world’s leading harvester of macadamia nuts. It takes 345 pounds of pressure to crack the outer shell of a macadamia nut. That’s why they are always sold shelled.

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The capitol building in Idaho is heated unlike any other capitol building in the country. It is heated by geothermal water. The hot water is tapped and pumped from a source 3,000 feet underground.

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Ray Kroc (1902-1984) opened the first McDonald’s in Des Plaines, Ill., in 1955.

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The state of Indiana has more miles of interstate highway per square mile than any other state and more major highways intersect in Indiana than in any other state. No wonder the state motto is “Cross Roads of America.”

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Actor Don Ameche (1908-1993) is buried in an unmarked grave in Dubuque, Iowa. Ameche starred as John Bickerson in the 1940s radio comedy series “The Bickersons.” He won an Oscar for his role in the 1985 movie “Cocoon.”

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The largest amount of gold stored anywhere in the world is in the underground vaults in Fort Knox, Ky. More than $6 billion worth of gold is kept there.

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The state bird of Louisiana is the pelican. The state flag pictures a pelican feeding its young, and a pelican is featured on the Louisiana State Seal.

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Ninety percent of the United States lobster supply is caught off the coast of Maine. The largest lobster ever caught in Maine measured 36 inches from nose to tail.

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Author Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was buried in the Westminster Cemetery in Maryland in 1875. The “Pennies for Poe” campaign has been ongoing since the 1870s. Visitors to the grave often leave pennies at the gravesite. The coins are collected and used to pay for upkeep of the cemetery.

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The largest mall in the United States is the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. Opened in 1992, the mall has 520 stores.

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Answer: California State Flower: Golden Poppy, State Bird: California Valley Quail, State Animal: Grizzly Bear (pictured on the state flag), State Motto: Eureka! (Greek word meaning “I have found it “), State Tree: California Redwood, State Insect: the California dogface butterfly, State mineral: Gold.

Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs in the weekend and Wednesday editions of the Daily Journal. Questions? Comments? Email knowitall(at)smdailyjournal.com or call 344-5200 ext. 114.

 

 

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