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    Default Friday Trivia: Washington 🇺🇸

    Some Interesting Facts about Washington:

    The state of Washington is the only state to be named after a United States president.

    Seattle is home to the first revolving restaurant in the 48 contiguous United States (and the second revolving restaurant in the world). Located atop the Space Needle, at a height of 500 feet above sea level, the restaurant was opened in 1961.

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    Washington state produces more apples than any other state in the union.

    Washington state has more glaciers than the other 47 contiguous states combined.

    Washington state's capitol building, in Olympia, was the last state capitol building to be built with a rotunda.

    Everett is the site of the world's largest building, Boeing's final assembly plant.

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    Medina is the home of the United States wealthiest man, Microsoft's Bill Gates.

    The Northwestern most point in the contiguous U.S. is Cape Flattery on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

    Before it became a state, the territory was called Columbia (named after the Columbia River). When it was granted statehood, the name was changed to Washington, supposedly so people wouldn't confuse it with The District of Columbia.

    The highest point in Washington is Mount Rainier. It was named after Peter Rainier, a British soldier who fought against the Americans in the Revolutionary War.

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    The oldest operating gas station in the United States is in Zillah.

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    The world's first soft-serve ice cream machine was located in an Olympia Dairy Queen.

    Starbucks, the biggest coffee chain in the world was founded in Seattle.

    Spokane was the smallest city in size to host a World's Fair. - 1974

    Residents are called "Washingtonians" (emphasis on the third syllable, pronounced as tone).

    Puget Sound's many islands are served by the largest ferry fleet in the United States.

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    The forests of the Olympic Peninsula are among the rainiest places in the world and the only rainforests (such as the Hoh Rain Forest) in the continental United States.

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    The first European record of a landing on the Washington coast was by Spanish Captain Don Bruno de Heceta in 1775, on board the Santiago, part of a two-ship flotilla with the Sonora.

    The Lewis and Clark expedition entered the state on October 10, 1805.

    During the Great Depression, a series of hydroelectric dams were constructed along the Columbia river as part of a project to increase the production of electricity. This culminated in 1941 with the completion of the Grand Coulee Dam, the largest dam in the United States.

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    During World War II, Seattle was the point of departure for many soldiers in the Pacific, a number of which were quartered at Golden Gardens Park.

    In eastern Washington the Hanford Works atomic energy plant was opened in 1943 and played a major role in the construction of the nation's atomic bombs.

    In 1980, the northeast face of Mount St. Helens exploded outward, destroying a large part of the top of the volcano.

    Washington is home to many innovative Internet companies, including Amazon.com, Classmates.com, Whitepages.com, Microsoft, and Marchex.

    The state of Washington is one of only seven states that does not levy a personal income tax.

    Property tax was the first tax levied in the state of Washington and its collection accounts for about 30 percent of Washington's total state and local revenue.

    In 2004 Washington ranked first in the nation in production of red raspberries (90.0% of total U.S. production), hops (75.0%), apples (58.1%), sweet cherries (47.3%), pears (42.6%), Concord grapes (39.3%), and Niagara grapes (31.6%).

    There are 140 public airfields in Washington, including 16 state airports.

    Washington is home to four of the five longest floating bridges in the world: the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge (Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge-the longest), Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge and Homer M. Hadley Bridge over Lake Washington, and the Hood Canal Bridge connecting the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas.

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    United Airlines was originally owned by the Boeing Airplane Company.

    Popular games Pictionary, Pickle-ball, and Cranium were all invented in Washington.

    The town of Artic was to be named 'Arta' after the wife of the town founder. The application was misread and resulted in the unusual spelling of the word Artic.

    During the period of World War II, there was a secret bomber-making factory south of*Seattle, Washington. To hide the factory, Boeing camouflaged it by entirely covering it with a fake neighborhood created by a Hollywood set designer! The fake neighborhood included fake houses, trees, and artificial sidewalks. The intention was to hide the presence of an airplane production facility down below from other potential bombers.

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    Off Vashon Highway on Vashon Island in Washington state, you’ll find a bike that is completely grown into a tree. Legends abound, one of which says that a young boy chained his bike to the tree before he had to leave for the war in 1914. In the boy’s absence, the tree continued to grow, enveloping the bike as it did so. The bike now sits over seven feet off the ground!

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    On the San Juan Islands in Washington you’ll find over 125 nesting pairs of the bald eagle, the most amount of bald eagles out of anywhere else in the United States. While some of them are migratory, others live permanently due to the abundance of fresh food readily available.

    There was a confrontation between the British Empire and the United States over country boundaries. It was then that we almost went to war over a pig. The confrontation was over the San Juan Islands; the dispute began when a pig who was trespassing and eating potato crops was shot. Thus began The Pig War.

    Some Strange Laws in Washington State:

    - The harassing of Bigfoot, Sasquatch or other undiscovered subspecies is a felony punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.
    - X-rays may not be used to fit shoes.
    - It is illegal to attach a vending machine to a utility pole without prior consent from the utility company.
    - No person may walk about in public if he or she has the common cold.
    - Destroying a beer cask or bottle of another is illegal.
    - All motor vehicles must be preceded by a man carrying a red flag (daytime) or a red lantern (nighttime) fifty feet in front of said vehicle.
    - It is illegal to pretend that one’s parents are rich.
    - One may not spit on a bus.
    - When two trains come to a crossing, neither shall go until the other has passed.
    - You cannot buy meat of any kind on Sunday.
    - All lollipops are banned.
    - A law to reduce crime states: “It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town.
    - It is illegal to paint polka dots on the American flag.
    - People may not buy a mattress on Sunday.

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    Default Re: Friday Trivia: Washington 🇺🇸

    Interesting, and some funny strange laws.

    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: Friday Trivia: Washington 🇺🇸

    If you are going to break the law, call ahead!
    Courtesy is not optional.


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    Default Re: Friday Trivia: Washington 🇺🇸

    Okay that's it!! To outlaw lollipops is inhumane!

    Thanks Anita


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    Default Re: Friday Trivia: Washington 🇺🇸

    Very interesting facts. Many I did not know, although I used to live in WA. I remember the Mt. St. Helen's volcanic eruption. We got hazy skies & ash fall-out even here in CO. I used to live 40 mi. from Hanford. DH lived in a drift pattern from fall-out from Hanford many yrs. ago. People who lived in that area had an increased incidence of various kinds of cancers. My cousin used to live & work in the Tri-Cities & got cancer which eventually killed him. I've driven that Columbia River Gorge fwy. (on the OR side) many times. On a visit to WA several yrs. ago, DS#1 & I took a day trip through Mt. Rainier National Park. Beautiful area.

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    Default Re: Friday Trivia: Washington 🇺🇸

    I like the one about the trains. So I wonder how long a chain of trains have built up if neither one can move.

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    Default Re: Friday Trivia: Washington 🇺🇸

    Oh, lets not forget that we probably have the most idiotic governor and Seattle has the stupidest mayor ever....

    No rain....no rainbows!

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