Ettie Newlands

Once again, I thank my friend Mary Lou for sharing. This time, it’s these interesting facts about our amazing country:

• More people live in New York City than in 40 of the 50 states.

• The word ‘Pennsylvania’ is misspelled on the Liberty Bell. Apparently, in 1751, there wasn’t a universally accepted spelling for the word. Not everyone could read or write and those who could usually spelled words phonetically. Thus, it’s spelled ‘Pensylvania.”

• There’s enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America in a foot of liquid.

• The town of Longview, Washington has treetop bridges made specifically to help squirrels cross the street.

• In 1872, Russia sold Alaska to the United States for about two cents per acre.

• It would take more than 400 years to spend a night in each of Las Vegas’ hotel rooms.

• There’s enough concrete in the Hoover Dam to build a two-land highway from San Francisco to New York City.

• Of the country’s 200 largest cities, Boston has the worst drivers, and Kansas City has the best.

• Speaking of Kansas, that state produces enough wheat each year to feed everyone in the world for about two weeks.

• The Empire State Building, the White House, Dodger Stadium, Focus on the Family Campus and Willis (Sears) Tower all have their own zip codes.

• The Library of Congress has about 838 miles of bookshelves.

• Massachusetts’ Lake Chaubunagungamaug has the longest name of anyplace in the country. It’s an Algonquin name that means ‘Fishing Place at the Boundries – Neutral Meeting Grounds,’ and the lake is also called Lake Webster.

• In 1922, a man built a house and all his furniture from 100,000 newspapers. It still stands in Rockport, Massachusetts. In 1893, an amendment was proposed to rename the country ‘United States of Earth.’

• A highway in Lancaster, California plays “The William Tell Overture” as you drive over it, thanks to some well-placed grooves in the road.

• An underground coal mine has been on fire in Centralia, Pennsylvania for 55 years.

• The one-woman town of Monowi, Nebraska is the only officially incorporated municipality with a population of 1. The 83-year-old resident is the mayor, the librarian and the bartender.

• Who knew? Oh yeah, Mary Lou did and now we do too.

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