Each of the 50 United States is unique - and each can boast an unexpected fact or two. Like food faux pas across the country, these facts about some US states will surprise, delight, and teach something new.
Which state keeps a medieval sport alive? Why is Alaska an unsung WWII site? Keep reading to discover more random, unexpected facts about some corners of the United States.
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New Hampshire Doesn't Have A Seat Belt Law For Adults
Though 49 states got on board, a single holdout remains: New Hampshire. To be fair, the Granite State requires people under the age of 18 to buckle up. But adults are exempt.
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North Dakota Produces The Most Honey In The United States
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Portland, OR, Got Its Name Thanks To A Coin Flip
Portland, OR, is named after Portland, ME - but it almost wasn't.
When settlers founded the Oregon city, they couldn't decide if they should name it Boston or Portland. So they let fate decide for them: In 1845, they flipped a coin, and Portland won. The so-called "Portland Penny" remains a cherished artifact of the city's founding.
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Michigan Is Home To The 'Only Floating Post Office' In America
The United States Postal Service prides itself on being a hardy institution. Though it's not the official motto of the USPS, these words nonetheless capture the post office's historic ethos:
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
One post office stands out from others. In Detroit, the J.W. Westcott II tugboat operates as the country's "only floating post office."
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Bahá'í Is The Second Most Popular Religion In South Carolina
South Carolina is home to several Christian megachurches, but that doesn't reflect the religious diversity of the state. In fact, South Carolinians' second most commonly practiced faith is Bahá'í, a religion with roots in the 19th century Middle East.
South Carolina isn't the only state with connections to the Bahá'í faith. The Bahá'í temple in Wilmette, IL, is the only Bahá'í house of worship in North America.
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Jousting Is Maryland's Official State Sport
Maryland is named after Queen Henrietta Maria, the wife and consort of England's King Charles I. Even centuries later, Maryland maintains a unique connection to the old country: Its state sport is jousting.
Though associated with medieval aristocrats, jousting had a revival in Maryland in the 19th century. It became the official state sport in 1962. The sport mainly takes the form of ring jousting these days, in which a rider tilts their lance at a ring.