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    Default Tuesday Trivia: Alaska

    Some things you may or may not know about.......Alaska!

    - The name "Alaska" was derived from the Aleut word "Aleyska" meaning "great land". The word "Aleyska" literally means "the object toward which the action of the sea is directed", but can be interpreted as the 'great land' or 'large peninsula'.

    - Aurora borealis (northern lights) can be seen an average of 243 days a year in Fairbanks. The northern lights are produced by charged electrons and protons striking the earth’s upper atmosphere.

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    - Alaska is less than 50 miles from Russia. The Bering Strait that separates Alaska from Russia is around 55 miles wide at its narrowest point. Within it sit the Russian island of Big Diomede and the U.S. island of Little Diomede, which are just two and a half miles apart. So in theory, it would be possible for some Alaskans to see Russia from their houses.

    - While it is legal to shoot bears in Alaska, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited.

    - The highest temperature recorded in Alaska was 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Fort Yukon in 1915. The lowest temperature recorded in Alaska was -80 degrees Fahrenheit at Prospect Creek Camp in 1971.

    - Alaska accounts for 25 percent of the oil produced in the United States.

    - Alaska is the only state name that you can type on one row of a keyboard.

    - Of the 20 highest peaks in the United States, 17 are in Alaska, including the highest peak in North America (20,320 ft. above sea level), Denali.

    - Alaska contains more than 100 volcanoes and volcanic fields which have been active within the last two million years.

    - Alaska is the only state that does not collect state sales tax or levy an individual income tax (some cities have sales tax, however).

    - The fishing and seafood industry is the state’s largest private industry employer.

    - The largest salmon ever caught was at the Kenai River. It weighed in at 97.5 pounds.

    - There are more than 3,000 rivers and 3 million lakes in Alaska.

    - Alaska’s largest lake, Lake Iliamna, is roughly the size of Connecticut.

    - Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the United States combined (more than 34,000 miles).

    - Alaska has more inland water than any other state (20,171 square miles).

    - Alaska is the only state to have coastlines on three different seas: the Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and Bering Sea.

    - The state bird of Alaska is the Willow Ptarmigan.

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    - During the Klondike gold rush in 1897, potatoes were so highly valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded gold for them.

    - The only battle during World War II that was fought on American soil took place in 1943 after the Japanese invaded the Aleutian Islands. The occupation lasted nearly a year.

    - The state sport of Alaska is dog mushing, which was once the primary mode of transportation in most of Alaska. The Iditarod dog sledding race is the state’s largest sporting event.

    - More than half the world’s glaciers can be found Alaska.

    - About 5 percent of Alaska is covered by the 1,000-plus glaciers in the state.

    - Alaska has the lowest population density in the nation at one person per square mile. If New York City had the same population density as Alaska, only 16 people would be living in Manhattan.

    - Bennie Benson designed Alaska’s flag in 1926 at age 13. It would become the official state flag upon Alaska’s adoption into the Union in 1959.

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    - Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia.

    - Barrow, 800 miles south of the North Pole, has both the longest and shortest day. When the sun rises on May 10, it doesn’t set for nearly three months. When it sets on November 18, Barrow residents do not see the sun again for nearly two months.

    - Each year Alaska has about 5,000 earthquakes including 1,000 that measure above 3.5 on the Richter scale. Of the 10 strongest earthquakes ever recorded in the world, three have occurred in Alaska.

    - Giant vegetables are common in Alaska due to the extremely long days in summer. Alaska has grown a record cabbage weighing in at 94 pounds.

    - The Pribilof Islands are home to the largest seal colony with over one million seals.

    - About 52 percent of Alaskans are men – the highest percentage of any state.

    - Most of America’s salmon, crab, halibut, and herring come from Alaska.

    - Alaskan Kodiak and Polar Bears can grow to 1,400 pounds and 11 feet tall. Moose can grow to 1,350 pounds with antlers spanning up to 6 feet wide.

    - It is illegal to whisper in someone’s ear while they are moose hunting in Alaska.

    - Moose, caribou, and bear killed by cars in Alaska are considered property of the state. When road kill is reported, the carcasses are butchered by volunteers and distributed as food to charity organizations.

    - Pridhoe Bay, on the northern Alaskan coast, is North America’s largest oil field.

    - The Trans-Alaska Pipeline moves up to 88,000 barrels of oil per hour on an 800-mile journey to Valdez.

    - Alaska has no plants poisonous to the touch. Poison ivy and poison oak are found in all other states.

    - The nation’s two largest forests are located in Alaska. The Tongass in Southeast includes 16.8 million acres and Chugach in Southcentral has 4.8 million acres.

    - In 1867, Russia agreed to sell Alaska to the United States for $7.2 million, which amounted to about two cents an acre.


    And..... tours you can take in Alaska (thank you Lori - Hulamoon):

    The Alaska Mint in Anchorage, AK
    Alaskan Brewing in Juneau, AK
    Musk Ox Farm in Palmer, AK

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    The Great Alaskan Bowl Company in Fairbanks, AK
    The Ulu Factory in Anchorage, AK (Ulu is a native style knife)

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Alaska

    Thank you Anita! Large Salmon and Large Vegetables!
    Vonnie

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Alaska

    Wow, that's a lot of things I learned about Alaska that I didn't know. If Jeopardy has a category on Alaska, I think I'd do well now. Thanks Anita. I'd like to go there one day..... in the summer of course.
    Ginny B

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Alaska

    Thank you, that is very interesting , that about the vegetables, is something. I would like to go there.

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Alaska

    Thanks for sharing this. So many interesting facts. We took a cruise to Alaska a few years ago, and it just drew us in. So much beauty. We definitely want to go there again.

    Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

    Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Alaska

    I too, thing Alaska would be fascinating to visit. It is so far though and flying is just not in my wheelhouse right now. I haven't flown in 10 years and all I see on the television looks like the people using the airlines are all what used to ride the buses...I don't really want to be trapped for 6 hours with a bunch of crazies

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Alaska

    can you imagine being a kid and being told "eat all your vegetables"?
    ATTITUDE IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ORDEAL AND AN ADVENTURE

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Alaska

    That was very interesting. I visited Alaska many years ago when DS#1 was stationed at Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage. My grandson was born there. I bought a sleeping mask before I went b/c of the long days. (July) It wouldn't get "dark" until ~11 p.m. & would start getting light ~2 a.m. I was impressed with all the beautiful wildflowers. We took a day trip over to see the pipe line. Saw glaciers & milky rivers from the glacier run-off. My son went salmon fishing & halibut fishing during the time he was stationed there. He & a buddy went moose hunting & shared the meat. The winters are short days & so cold & snowy. Nice to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.

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    When we visited Alaska in 2001, it was during the state fair in Palmer. I have a picture of DH standing next to what was then the world record largest kohlrabi. The botanical gardens at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks are incredible!

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Alaska

    Thanks for such an interesting and informative post! When I was 20 years old, many many moons ago, I had a crazy desire to move there . Life goes on but I still would love to visit there one day.
    Life ain’t always beautiful
    But it’s a beautiful ride - Gary Allen

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