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    Default Tuesday Trivia: Nebraska

    Some Interesting Facts about Nebraska:

    Nebraska was once called "The Great American Desert".

    In 1927, Edwin E. Perkins of Hastings invented the powered soft drink Kool-Aid.

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    J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day in Nebraska City in 1872.

    The state nickname used to be the "Tree Planter's State", but was changed in 1945 to the "Cornhusker State".

    The Naval Ammunition Depot located in Hastings was the largest U.S. ammunition plant providing 40% of WWII's ammunition.

    Nebraska is the birthplace of the Reuben sandwich.

    Spam (canned meat) is produced in Fremont.

    Nebraska has the U.S.'s largest aquifer (underground lake/water supply), the Ogalala aquifer.

    Nebraska has more miles of river than any other state.

    The Union Pacific's Bailey Yards, in North Platte, is the largest rail classification complex in the world.

    Nebraska is the only state in the union with a unicameral (one house) legislature. It’s also nonpartisan—there are no party affiliations listed on voting ballots.

    Nebraska was the first state to complete its segment of the nations mainline interstate system, a 455 mile stretch of four lane highway.

    Nebraska's Chimney rock was the most often mentioned landmark in journal entries by travelers on the Oregon Trail. Chimney rock has lost*more than*30 feet*in the past 150 years due to erosion.

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    The 911 system of emergency communications, now used nationwide, was developed and first used in Lincoln, Nebraska.

    Nebraska has more underground water reserves than any other state in the continental U.S.

    Marlon Brando's mother gave Henry Fonda acting lessons at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

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    Lincoln County is the origin of the world's largest "Wolly Mammoth" elephant fossil.

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    Weeping Water is the nations largest limestone deposit and producer.

    Mutual of Omaha Corporate headquarters is a public building built with 7 floors underground.

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    In Blue Hill, Nebraska, no female wearing a 'hat that would scare a timid person' can be seen eating onions in public.

    Origin of Nebraska's Name: From an Oto Indian word meaning flat water.

    The largest porch swing in the world is located in Hebron, Nebraska and it can sit 25 adults.

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    The world's largest hand-planted forest is Halsey National Forrest near Thedford, Nebraska.

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    The largest Kolache Festival in the world is located in Prague, Nebraska

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    In Nebraska in 1986 for the first time ever two women ran against each other for governorship of a state.

    The cost of the Nebraska Capitol building was $ 9,800,440.07 in 1932. The construction job came in under budget and the building was paid for by the time it was completed.

    Buffalo Bill Cody held his first rodeo in North Platte, Nebraska July 4, 1882.

    There are five army forts open to the public in Nebraska: Atkinson, Kearny, Hartsuff, Sidney, and Robinson.

    Sidney, Nebraska was the starting point of the Black Hills Gold Rush.

    Dr. Harold Edgerton of Aurora, Nebraska is the inventor of the strobe light.

    Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska in 1917.

    Clifton Hillegass was a manager at Nebraska Book Company in 1958,*when he bought a series of notes on Shakespeare from a Canadian book company owner named Jack Cole. Hillegass expanded the idea well beyond the Bard and eventually changed the name from “Cole’s Notes” to “CliffsNotes.”

    Charles Lindbergh took his first flying lessons at the Nebraska Aircraft Corporation flying school in Lincoln in 1922. He paid $300 for 10 hours of instruction—a small fortune at the time.

    It wasn’t just Pearl Harbor that was hit during WWII. On April 18, 1945, a Japanese balloon bomb exploded in the sky over Dundee, a section of Omaha. Fortunately, it didn’t do much damage, and the attempt was kept hush-hush until after the war was over.

    The Carhenge, a replica of the historic English Stonehenge, is located just north of Alliance, Nebraska and is made up of 38 old automobiles that have been arranged in the same proportions and shape as the original Stonehenge.*

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    Some Strange Laws in Nebraska:

    Drivers on mountains should drive with caution near the right hand edge of the highway –there are no mountains in Nebraska!

    It is illegal to fly a plane while drunk.

    If a child burps during church, his parent may be arrested.

    It is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.

    It is illegal for a mother to give her daughter a perm without a state license.

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Nebraska

    Wow, those are interesting and hilarious facts.

    Although not planned on a trip to Kansas via Denver, our large plane made a landing in North Platte. Denver airport was shut down due to a freaky storm, winds, hail. We circled around until they found an airstrip to land. It was hilarious. As they were harvesting hay between the airstrips. When we landed, we had to stay on the plane, as the airport did not have stairs high enough to disembark. Also they did not have Customs or Immigration officials. They opened the door, we were in the first row. It was over 100 degrees, and they had to shut down the plane. The ground crew was struggling to find fuel and hoses long enough to reach the plane. We were there for over 3 hours before it was ok to leave. It's too bad that we could not check out railway yards. I took pictures as we landed. All the airport staff was lined up looking at this huge bird landing on short strip.

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Nebraska

    Great trivia! And, Suzanne, that's quite a story!
    Toni ... If I keep sewing long enough, will they make their own dinner?

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Nebraska

    My mother and father were both born in Nebraska but they didn't do anything note worthy and neither have any of their kids.
    ATTITUDE IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ORDEAL AND AN ADVENTURE

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Nebraska

    I grew up in South Dakota and I never knew any of this about our neighboring state.

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Nebraska

    Such interesting facts you presented. I can't address all so will just say...my favorite Sammy is the reuben. Yummy!

    Gina

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Nebraska

    Quote Originally Posted by LauraP View Post
    My mother and father were both born in Nebraska but they didn't do anything note worthy and neither have any of their kids.
    Well, I have to disagree! There's YOU!!!!!.....very note worthy in my book!

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Nebraska

    It is illegal for bar owners to sell beer unless they are simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup.

    I've seen this firsthand. I think the bar/eatery was doing it to be funny, not because it is actually enforced.
    Heather

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: Nebraska

    I have visited Carhenge. I've been to Stonehenge, too, but this one is funnier. And I love the Nebraska capital building -- it has a tall, narrow tower. Lots of beautiful mosaic artwork. The elevators that take you to the top are very small, holding perhaps 5 persons. When our capital tour guide learned that my husband and I enjoy touring government buildings, he gave us a private tour and even took us into the Senate chamber, which has been unused since they converted to the unicameral legislature in 1937.

    And those kolaches are making me hungry!

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