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Star lover
October 15th, 2018, 07:34 AM
Some interesting facts about Louisiana:

The world famous "Mardi Gras" is celebrated in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is an ancient custom that originated in southern Europe. It celebrates food and fun just before the 40 days of Lent: a Catholic time of prayer and sacrifice.

The Battle of New Orleans, which made Andrew Jackson a national hero, was fought two weeks after the War of 1812 had ended and more than a month before the news of the war's end had reached Louisiana.

Louisiana was named in honor of King Louis XIV.

Louisiana has the tallest state capitol building in the United States; the building is 450 feet tall with 34 floors.

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Louisiana is the only state in the union that does not have counties. Its political subdivisions are called parishes.

Louisiana is the only state with a large population of Cajuns, descendants of the Acadians who were driven out of Canada in the 1700s because they wouldn't pledge allegiance to the King of England.

The Superdome in New Orleans is the worlds largest steel-constructed room unobstructed by posts. Height: 273 feet (82.3 meters), Diameter of Dome: 680 feet (210 meters), Area of Roof: 9.7 acres, Interior Space: 125,000,000 cubic feet, Total floor footage: 269,000 sq. ft. (82,342 sq. meters), Electrical Wiring: 400 miles (640 kilometers).

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The world’s longest bridge over a body of water is the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. The bridge, which stretches nearly 24 miles, has two parallel spans, the first of which opened in 1956 and the other in 1969.

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Louisiana is the only state that still refers to the Napoleonic Code in its state law.

Between April 17,1862 and May 18, 1864 20 major Civil War battles and engagements were fought on Louisiana soil.

In 1803 the United States paid France $15 million for the Louisiana Territory. 828,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River. The lands acquired stretched from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border. Thirteen states were carved from the Louisiana Territory. The Louisiana Purchase nearly doubled the size of the United States.

Louisiana's first territorial governor, William C.C. Claiborne had great admiration for the awkward bird that inhabited the Gulf Coast region. The pelican, rather than let its young starve, would tear at its own flesh to feed them. The Governor's great respect for the Pelican led him to first use the Pelican symbol on official documents.

Because of the state’s low elevation, the dead are often laid to rest above ground instead of being buried. Mausoleums replace crypts and markers in cemeteries in New Orleans and other cities.

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The town of Jean Lafitte was once a hideaway for pirates.

The golden spike, commemorating the completion of the east-west Vicksburg, Shreveport and Pacific Railroad, was driven at Bossier City on July 12, 1884, by Julia "Pansy" Rule. It was the first such spike driven by a woman.

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The Creole House in French Settlement was built of cypress wood. It is typical of the dwellings built in the late 1800's because cypress was so plentiful in the surrounding swamps.

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Louisiana is the largest producer of alligators, crawfish and oysters in the country.

Some strange laws in Louisiana:

- It is illegal to steal a “movable” even if it classified as an “immovable”.
- Biting someone with your natural teeth is considered a simple assault, but biting someone with your false teeth is considered an aggravated assault.
- It is a $500 fine to instruct a pizza delivery man to deliver a pizza to your friend without them knowing.
- It is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol.
- Prisoners who hurt themselves could serve an additional two years in jail.
- One could land in jail for up to a year for making a false promise.
- Stealing an alligator could land a person in jail for up to ten years.
- One may not “dare” another to go onto railroad tracks owned by another.

Monique
October 15th, 2018, 08:18 AM
Thanks Anita. Those are indeed some strange laws.