I thought I'd post this (compliments of Max's Grandma T) for those of you who are natives of Michigan and have always wanted to learn some fun facts about your home state.
For those of you who are NOT natives of Michigan but have always wanted to learn about Michigan - you are weird, and I'd like you to stop reading my blog!
Q. What Michigan community grew from 3,589 to 45,615 residents from 1910 to 1920, leading the nation in growth during that period?
Q. During the lumber boom era, what name was given to the row of saloons that lined Water Street in Bay City?
A. Hells' Half Mile
Q In 1936, what UP city processed 100,000 sq. feet of bird's eye maple for use in the English luxury liner, the Queen Mary?
Q. When the territory of Michigan was created on Jan. 11 what town was selected as it's capital?
A . Detroit
Q. Bloomfield Hills was first known by what name?
A. Bagley's Corners
Q. Where is the world's only marble lighthouse?
A. Belle Isle (Livingston Lighthouse)
Q. Utica was originally known by what name?
A. Hog's Hollow
Q. Approx. how many lakes are in the state?
Q. The home offices of Life Savers candy, Beech-Nut gum and Squirt soft drink are in which city?
Q. What coastline has been given the name "Graveyard of the Great Lakes"?
A. Whitefish Point, Lake Superior (remember the Edmund Fitzgerald? It was only the most famous ship lost there, but there have been many, many more lost in that spot in the last hundred years.)
Q. In 1870, Detroit telephone customers became the first in the nation to have what type of reference information assigned to them?
A. Telephone numbers
Q. On Feb. 4, 1902, what internationally famous aviation pioneer was born in Detroit?
A. Charles A. Lindbergh
Q. On what date did the star & stripes first fly over Michigan soil?
A. July 11, 1796
Q. What ambitious automotive pioneer organized GM. in Sept 1908?
A. William C. Durant
Q. What annual license fee (how much) was charged to Michigan auto owners in 1905 to operate their vehicles?
A. Fifty cents
Q. In what year was the first policewoman appointed in Detroit?
Q What was the world's first urban freeway, completed in 1942?
A. The Davison Freeway, Detroit
Q. In 1879, what amount was paid to the Campau family by the city of Detroit for Belle Isle?
Q. In 1866, what Detroit pharmacist introduced the world's first carbonated soft drink?
A. James Vernor (Vernor's ginger ale)
Q. At what Detroit intersection was the world's first traffic light installed in 1915?
A. Woodward Avenue and Grand Avenue
Q. Who in 1688 founded the first permanent settlement in what later became the state of Michigan?
A. Father Jaques Marquette
Q. In 1954 the world's first shopping mall opened in what Detroit suburb?
A. Southfield (Northland Mall)
Q. What safety and traffic flow feature was first introduced near Trenton in 1911?
A. Painted center lines
Q. Debuting in 1936 over WWJ in Detroit, what crime fighting adventure series used "Flight of the Bumblebee" as it's theme song?
A. The Green Hornet
Q. The Supremes were originally known by what name?
A. The Primettes
Q. What Detroit-based male singing group was known as The Primes until 1960?
A. The Temptations
Q. Under what name did Motown artist Stevie Wonder originally write "My Cherie Amour" in 1966?
A. "Oh My Marsha"
Q. Where does Michigan rank internationally in the production of dogsleds?
Q. What is the nation's largest indoor/outdoor museum complex?
A. Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village
Q. Compared to Chicago, "The Windy City," how does Detroit rank in average wind velocity?
A. The same (10.4 mph) (note: Chicago earned the nickname "The Windy City" because of it's politicians in the 1920's (who their opponents in Washington claimed were big 'bags of wind'), and not because of the wind off the lake as most people think....)
Q. Arnold F. Wilt, born in Detroit in 1886, revolutionized the cosmetology industry by developing what process?
A. The cold permanent wave
Q. The Michigan state capitol is constructed of what material?
A. Ohio sandstone
Q. What is Michigan's largest fresh-market vegetable crop?
Q. Opened in 1904, what is the oldest freshwater aquarium in the nation?
A. Belle Isle Aquarium