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January 3, 2013

From the email bag ...


MONTANA ... Produced a sapphire that is in the Crown Jewels of England.

NEBRASKA ... Has had more triplets born there than in any other state.

NEW HAMPSHIRE ... Is the birthplace of Tupperware, invented in 1938 by Earl Tupper.

NEW JERSEY ... Has the most shopping malls in one area in the world.

NEW MEXICO ... Is where Smokey Bear was rescued from a 1950 forest fire.

NEW YORK ... Is home to the nation’s oldest cattle ranch, started in 1747 in Montauk.

NORTH CAROLINA ... Is the home of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut.

NORTH DAKOTA ... Can claim the exact geographic center of North America in Rigby, North Dakota.

OHIO ... Invented the hot dog here in 1900.

OKLAHOMA ... Is where the grounds of the state capital are covered by operating oil wells.

OREGON ... Has the most ghost towns in the country.

PENNSYLVANIA ... Is where the smiley — :) — was first used in 1980 by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University.

RHODE ISLAND ... Has the nation’s oldest bar, the White Horse Tavern, which opened in 1673.

SOUTH CAROLINA ... Is home, in Sumter County, to the world’s largest gingko farm.

SOUTH DAKOTA ... Is the only state that’s never had an earthquake.

TENNESSEE ... Is home to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, which is the longest running live radio show in the world.

TEXAS ... Is where Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco back in 1885.

UTAH ... Was the site of the first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, which opened in 1952.

VERMONT ... Has the only state capital, Montpelier, without a McDonald’s.

VIRGINIA ... Is home to the world’s largest office building, namely the Pentagon.

WASHINGTON ... Can claim that Seattle has twice as many college graduates as any other state.

WASHINGTON, D.C. ... Was the first planned capital in the world.

WEST VIRGINIA ... Had the world’s first brick paved street, Summers Street, laid in Charleston in 1870.

WISCONSIN .... Is where the ice cream sundae was invented in 1881 to get around Blue Laws prohibiting ice cream from being sold on Sundays.

And finally, WYOMING ... Was the first state to allow women to vote. And the rest is history.

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