25 Ways That Alaska Is The Most Interesting And Craziest State

Posted by , Updated on April 18, 2016

Alaska is a state of extremes. Although you probably only think of snow and husky dogs there is a lot more to it than that. But…that is a good place to start. So, did you know that Alaska has more glaciers than the rest of the habitable world combined? (this of course excludes Antarctica). It also has some of the highest mountains in the world but don’t be fooled – Alaska is the land of ice and fire. There are over 100 active volcanoes throughout the state. And it’s not just all forests and fields either. The state has more coastline than the rest of the US combined. The fact that Alaska is roughly 3 times the size of Texas certainly helps. The state is also the farthest north, farthest west, and farthest east in the US. This is because some of the Aleutian islands actually cross the international dateline, which means they are farther west than the eastern most tip of Russia. And therefore they are also the easternmost point of the US! Another cool fact – in some places you can actually see Russia from Alaska (specifically the Diomede islands). These are 25 ways that Alaska is the most interesting and craziest state!

Featured Image: wikipedia

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During World War II the Japanese tried to invade Alaska. More Americans died defending Alaska than Hawaii (Pearl Harbor).

During World War II the Japanese tried to invade Alaska. More Americans died defending Alaska than Hawaii (Pearl Harbor).Source: history.com, Image: wikipedia
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The US bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million ($118 million today). That is less than what Real Madrid paid for Cristiano Ronaldo.

The US bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million ($118 million today). That is less than what Real Madrid paid for Cristiano Ronaldo.Source: archive.org, Image: pixabay
23

The 1964 earthquake in Alaska was so intense that it affected water wells as far as South Africa

The 1964 earthquake in Alaska was so intense that it affected water wells as far as South AfricaSource: alaska.edu, Image: wikipedia
22

There are more glaciers and ice fields in Alaska than in the rest of the inhabited world put together. In other words, more than half of the habitable world's glaciers can be found in Alaska (this obviously doesn't include Antarctica).

There are more glaciers and ice fields in Alaska than in the rest of the inhabited world put together. In other words, more than half of the habitable world's glaciers can be found in Alaska (this obviously doesn't include Antarctica).Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
21

17 of the 20 highest mountains in the United States are in Alaska. This includes Denali, the highest peak in North America. It is 20,320 feet high (6,194 meters).

17 of the 20 highest mountains in the United States are in Alaska. This includes Denali, the highest peak in North America. It is 20,320 feet high (6,194 meters).Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

20

There is actually a pizza delivery service in Alaska that uses airplanes!

There is actually a pizza delivery service in Alaska that uses airplanes!Source: cbsnews.com, Image: wikipedia
19

Adak National Forest is the smallest in North America. It only has 33 trees.

Adak National Forest is the smallest in North America. It only has 33 trees.Source: wikipedia, Image: Paxson Woelber via Flickr
18

The Alaskan flag was designed by a 13 year old who won a contest

The Alaskan flag was designed by a 13 year old who won a contestSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
17

For 15 years, the town of Talkeetna had a cat as its mayor. The cat's name was Stubbs.

For 15 years, the town of Talkeetna had a cat as its mayor. The cat's name was Stubbs.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Until 1986 you didn't even need to buy property in Alaska. You could just pick some land, build a house, and it would be yours.

Until 1986 you didn't even need to buy property in Alaska. You could just pick some land, build a house, and it would be yours.Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia
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There are more than 100 active volcanoes in the state

There are more than 100 active volcanoes in the stateSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
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It's illegal to wake sleeping bears in Alaska (the law is there for your own good!)

It's illegal to wake sleeping bears in Alaska (the law is there for your own good!)Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia
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25% of America's oil comes from Alaska

25% of America's oil comes from AlaskaSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
12

In Alaska people report roadkill to the authorities who sometimes clean it, butcher it, and give it to the needy

In Alaska people report roadkill to the authorities who sometimes clean it, butcher it, and give it to the needySource: reddit, Image: wikipedia
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In 1958 Alaska got hit by a tsunami that had waves taller than the Empire State Building

In 1958 Alaska got hit by a tsunami that had waves taller than the Empire State BuildingSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
10

Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the US combined

Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the US combinedSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
9

The state sport is dog mushing

The state sport is dog mushingSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Thanks to some interesting time zone effects, some regions in northern Alaska experience two sunsets in one calendar day around August 8 of every year.

Thanks to some interesting time zone effects, some regions in northern Alaska experience two sunsets in one calendar day around August 8 of every year.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The wood frog in Alaska completely freezes during the winter. While frozen it doesn't even breathe. When spring comes around, it thaws out.

The wood frog in Alaska completely freezes during the winter. While frozen it doesn't even breathe. When spring comes around, it thaws out.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
6

An Alaskan company developed powdered beer which was intended for backpacking

An Alaskan company developed powdered beer which was intended for backpackingSource: patsbcb.com, Image: wikipedia
5

In Fairbanks you can see the northern lights an average of 243 days out of the year

In Fairbanks you can see the northern lights an average of 243 days out of the yearSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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It is illegal to whisper in someone's ear while they are moose hunting in Alaska

It is illegal to whisper in someone's ear while they are moose hunting in AlaskaSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia
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You can see Russia from Alaska (less than 2 miles in some areas)

You can see Russia from Alaska (less than 2 miles in some areas)Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Ice worms thrive in the glaciers of Alaska. They melt if they are exposed to heat above 41 degrees F

Ice worms thrive in the glaciers of Alaska. They melt if they are exposed to heat above 41 degrees FSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
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Alaska is the state that is farthest north, east, and west (the Aleutian Islands cross the prime meridian). In fact, some parts of western Alaska stretch farther west than the eastern parts of Russia!

Alaska is the state that is farthest north, east, and west (the Aleutian Islands cross the prime meridian). In fact, some parts of western Alaska stretch farther west than the eastern parts of Russia!Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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