25 Bizarre Facts About Each US State, Part 2

Posted by , Updated on August 28, 2018

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We did the first round of bizarre facts about each US State and now we’re back for round two. That’s right, in this list, we’re going to wrap up going through strange little facts about each US state. As we’ve discovered so far, the United States is full of weird happenings and history. From uncomfortable festivals to Bigfoot traps, you’re going to want to stick around for what we’re about to cover. Ready to see what odd things the other States have been up to? Here are 25 Bizarre Facts About Each US State, Part 2.

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25

Montana - Testicle Festival

testicle festivalSource: https://missoulian.com/news/local/testicle-festival-canceled-following-deaths-attendance-decline/article_8113f1e2-17d0-581d-a460-c406899deaaf.html

For 35 years, this festival in Clinton, Montana, hosted some of the wildest antics on planet Earth. Hosting weird games, tons of music, plenty of debauchery, and thousands of Rocky Mountain oysters, this wild party had people parading around town in costumes, or wearing nothing at all. However, in recent years, the festival has been canceled due to several deaths and low attendance.

24

Nebraska - Kickstarting the Apocalypse

red heiferSource: http://www.odditycentral.com/news/this-mississippi-rancher-who-tried-to-bring-about-the-second-coming-of-jesus-by-shipping-red-cows-to-israel.html

Believing that it was required to have a red heifer born in Jerusalem to move along the second coming of Jesus Christ, a Nebraskan farmer, along with Reverend Clyde Lott, bought and sent planeloads of these red heifers (at $1,000 per heifer) to the Holy Land. Unfortunately for them, all the heifers were rejected and the apocalypse hasn’t happened yet.

23

Nevada - The Black Mailbox

BlackMailboxSource: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-black-mailbox

Many don’t realize famous stories can have unintended consequences. In this case, Area 51 and UFO sightings set off a panic and fascination for thousands around the country. Unfortunately for poor Steve Medlin, he received the brunt it simply for living nearby. A rancher along “Extraterrestrial Highway,” he received tons of mail asking about Area 51. He grew so tired of it, he made “The Black Mailbox,” a mailbox with his name and the name “Aliens” for all the mail to extraterrestrials. Sadly, in 2015, the mailbox was taken down.

22

New Hampshire - Chicken Farmer

chicken farmerSource: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/chicken-farmer-rock

On Route 103 in Newberry, New Hampshire, a large boulder is painted in red and white with the message, “Chicken Farmer I still love you.” Some believe the rock first was painted as early as the 1970’s by a boy trying to send a message to a local girl on a chicken farm. It remained unchanged for decades. When it got worn down, locals would paint it to make sure it remained intact. However, in 2011, someone complained about graffiti, and the city had it painted over. Sure enough, someone repainted it back on the rock and locals have petitioned to keep it there.

21

New Jersey - Cockroach Derby

cockroachSource: https://www.mycentraljersey.com/picture-gallery/news/elections/2016/08/18/clinton-beats-trump-in-annual-roach-derby/88969096/

The New Jersey Pest Management Association holds a cockroach derby every presidential election to see which candidate will win. Cartoon pictures are placed on top of each cockroach’s back and they race. Of course, in 2016, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump raced in the derby. Clinton won.



20

New Mexico - Psychologists to Play Dress Up

gandalfSource: https://io9.gizmodo.com/5882671/in-1995-new-mexico-voted-on-a-bill-requiring-psychologists-to-dress-as-wizards

Upset by all the psychiatrists and psychologists used as expert witnesses in trials in New Mexico, former Senator Duncan Scott proposed an amendment on a bill requiring them to dress up like wizards, wearing long white beards and waving a wand around during testimony. The Senate passed the bill, but it was ultimately removed in the house.

19

New York - Albert Einstein's Eyes

EinsteinSource: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/einsteins-eyes-cant-see-it-all-1388235.html

During Albert Einstein’s autopsy in 1955, his personal physician, Henry Adams, took his brain but more notably, his eyes. According to him, he snipped them and they came off clean as a whistle. After that, he placed Einstein’s eyes in a safe deposit box somewhere in New York. Just let that sink in for a moment. Einstein’s eyes are still out there somewhere in a safe deposit box.

18

North Carolina - Hoi Toider

pamlicoSource: https://matadornetwork.com/network/14-facts-north-carolina-will-surprise/

While many languages are spoken in the US, there’s an English dialect spoken in a couple parts of North Carolina that most people living outside the area would be hard pressed to understand. The region has its own pocket of unique language.

17

North Dakota - Spinning Ice

Ice_circle_long_exposureSource: https://www.nbcnews.com/sciencemain/amazing-ice-circle-found-spinning-north-dakota-river-2D11664968

In 2013, a very strange natural phenomenon was recorded on the Sheyenne River in North Dakota. It was a large spinning circle of ice. It looked like a giant record on a turntable. Scientists explained it was like tiny bits of ice all caught up in an eddy.

16

Ohio - Cornhenge

CornhengeDublinOhioSource: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/cornhenge

In Dublin, Ohio, a monument to an inventor of various corn species resides in perfect form. Called “Cornhenge,” it was commissioned by the Dublin Arts Council and completed in 1994. It consists of 109 6-foot tall ears of corn statues.

15

Oklahoma - Space Debris

Space_JunkSource: https://www.wired.com/2009/01/jan-22-1997-heads-up-lottie-its-space-junk/

The only person known to get hit by space debris was Lottie Williams, a Tulsa, Oklahoma resident. In 1997 she saw a flash of light and instantly was struck by a piece of metal. NASA confirmed it was likely space debris. Fortunately, Williams was not injured. An estimated 5,400 tons of space debris has fallen to Earth over a forty year time span; luckily, the chance of being hit by any of it is very, very small.

14

Oregon - Bigfoot Trap

Bigfoot_trapSource: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-bigfoot-trap

Near Jacksonville, Oregon, they take Bigfoot sightings very seriously, so much so that they built the first and only Bigfoot trap in the United States. After someone claimed to find 18-inch footprints resembling human feet, the North American Wildlife Research Team built the trap in 1974. For six years, they filled the trap with animal carcasses. Usually, the trap was only set off by a hungry bear, though.

13

Pennsylvania - Male Cop As Amish Woman

Amish_peopleSource: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/15/police-officer-amish_n_5153848.html

From 2013 to 2014, a male cop dressed up as an Amish woman in Pulaski Township. Why did he do this, you might ask? Well, apparently he was going undercover to catch a man exposing himself to Amish children. The Amish community was fully supportive of him so that he could potentially catch the predator. He never caught him, but as it turns out, a similar person was caught in another county for doing the same thing.

12

Rhode Island - Nuclear Explosion

nuclearSource: https://newengland.com/today/living/new-england-history/nuclear-accident-at-wood-river-junction/

This little state experienced quite a big explosion in 1964 when a uranium recovery worker made a big mistake at Wood River Junction. Rather than adding trichloroethane to a tank of uranium-235, he added more uranium which led to the explosion. Exposed to plenty of radiation, the worker died within 48 hours.

11

South Carolina - The Caning of Charles Sumner

Southern_ChivalrySource: https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/The_Caning_of_Senator_Charles_Sumner.htm

On May 22nd, 1856, the U.S. Senate transformed into a WWE wrestling match when South Carolina Representative Preston Brooks walked up to unsuspecting Senator Charles Sumner and beat him over the head with his cane. He beat him several times before Sumner was carried away. Brooks walked out of the Senate chamber unrestrained and became a hero in his state. Why the violent act? Sumner was talking trash against one of Brooks’ kinsman, Andrew Butler.

10

South Dakota - Mashed Potato Wrestling

Mash_PotatoesSource: http://www.clarksd.com/mashed-potato-wrestling/

If you ever wanted to wrestle with another human being in a vat of mashed potatoes, now’s your chance to head over to Clark, South Dakota, and get in the ring. That’s right. Mashed Potato Wrestling is a thing that happens. Cause, why not?

9

Tennessee - Murderous Mary

elephantSource: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2559840/The-town-hanged-elephant-A-chilling-photo-macabre-story-murder-revenge.html

After an elephant named Mary was goaded by an inexperienced innkeeper, she charged and trampled him to death. In reply, the circus took the elephant to nearby Erwin, Tennessee, and hung the elephant with a railway crane.

8

Texas - Blowout

batsSource: https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvbbl

In 1854, a handful of Kentucky settlers moved out to Texas, creating a small community that would later become Blowout, Texas. In that area was a bat cave with a thousand bats and a substantial build-up of bat guano which is full of ammonia and other flammable gases. One night, lightning struck at the mouth of the cave, igniting a massive explosion of bats and their prospective guano. And that’s how their little town got its name.

7

Utah - UN Free Zone

unSource: https://www.hcn.org/issues/209/10674

In 2001, the town of La Verkin came together in a council meeting and voted on becoming a “UN Free Zone.” Even more bizarre, the council put in the ordinance that United Nations supporters must come forward and put a sign on their lawn or business with the words, “U.N. Work Conducted here.” They also had to file their support with the council and pay fees.

6

Vermont - No Liquor for You!

no alcoholSource: https://www.50states.com/facts/vermont.htm

While it’s not a big deal for most people, if you are visiting Vermont and want to buy alcohol to bring back to your vacation rental or hotel, you might come up empty handed. Why? Unless you are at a bar, Vermont will not sell alcohol to out-of-state licenses.

5

Virginia - Home of Stonewall Jackson's Arm

arm of stonwall jacksonSource: http://mentalfloss.com/article/59171/15-things-you-might-not-know-about-virginia, http://www.eg.bucknell.edu/~hyde/jackson/stonewallArm.html

New York isn’t the only state with random body parts resting. Stonewall Jackson’s amputated left arm is buried in Lacy Family Cemetery in Ellwood. For those who don’t know, he lost said arm after his own men mistook him for the enemy.

4

Washington - Vashon Island Bike Tree

bike in treeSource: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/vashon-island-bike-tree

No one is really sure how it got there but raised 7-feet high inside the trunk of a tree is an old, rusty bicycle. Many stories and legends have been spread about it, usually involving a boy in 1910 leaning his bike against the tree and it swallowed up the bike over time. Others just think its a big hoax. Regardless, it’s likely not going anywhere.

3

West Virginia - Roadkill Cook Off

roadkillSource: http://pccocwv.com/wv-roadkill-cook-off/

Hosted in Pocahontas County, the annual West Virginia Roadkill Cook-Off is a beloved tradition by locals where they can eat squirrel gravy over biscuits, teriyaki-marinated bear, or deer sausage. After you get your fill, you can burn it off by running the Possum Trot 5k.

2

Wisconsin - Trollway

horeb trollsSource: https://www.movoto.com/guide/wi/wisconsin-facts/, https://www.travelwisconsin.com/history-heritage/the-trollway-mount-horebs-trolls-192897

If you’re a fan of trolls, and not those that grace the comments section, the main street in Mount Horeb is a place you’ll want to visit. The “Trollway,” as it’s dubbed, is lined with hand-carved wooden trolls.

1

Wyoming - Largest Jackalope

jackalopeSource: http://mycountry955.com/the-worlds-largest-jackalope-is-found-in-this-wyoming-town/

The Jackalope is a hoax invented by Wyoming brothers Douglas and Ralph Herrick after they affixed antlers to a jackrabbit and sold the taxidermied animals and a tall tale to anyone who would believe them. The myth spread, of course, and today you can find the largest Jackalope in Dubois, Wyoming. Though, why you’d want to is anyone’s guess.

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