•While Florida is called the “Peninsula State,” Michigan is the only state consisting of two peninsulas, Upper and Lower.

•Sault Ste. Marie, founded in 1668, was the first European settlement in the Midwest, and the third-oldest one west of the Appalachians.

•There are no longer any living wolverines in the Wolverine State. One was one discovered in Huron County in 2004, the first one spotted in 200 years, but it has since died, and has been stuffed and mounted.

•One of the world’s largest registered Holstein herds can be found at Green Meadow Farms in the appropriately named village of Elsie. 

•The world’s largest limestone quarry is located near Rogers City.

•Colon, despite its unfortunate name, is quite the magical place. It’s the former hometown and final resting place of famed magician Harry Blackstone Sr. It’s also home to several magic supply manufacturers: Abbott Magic Company, Sterlini Magic Manufacturing Company and FAB Magic.

• The first air-conditioned car was manufactured in 1939 by Detroit’s Packard Motor Car Company.

• In Michigan, you get 10 cents back for recycling a can, which is the highest payback rate in the country. While the state also has the nation’s highest recycling rate, they’re also losing over $10 million a year due to out-of-staters fraudulently trying to cash in. Blame the border states of Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio, which don’t offer any can refunds at all.

• Vernors Ginger Ale, created by a Detroit pharmacist, is possibly the oldest soft drink still on the market. It is definitely the oldest-surviving brand of ginger ale.

• Traverse City is the tart (i.e., pie) cherry capital of the world, and hosts the National Cherry Festival each July. 

• Battle Creek is the cereal capital of the world because of the Kellogg Company. Kellogg’s, by the way, offered its first mail-in cereal box prize back in 1909.

• The Michigan Dogman, a kind of werewolfish-type beast, was first spotted in Wexford County in 1887 and several times thereafter. More recent sightings have mostly been linked to a 1987 radio station hoax, as well as to a related 2007 video which was later debunked on “MonsterQuest.”

• The bell from the Edmund Fitzgerald, the wrecked ship made famous in a Gordon Lightfoot song, is on display at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at the Whitefish Point Light Station. 

•Michigan is home to the first three tunnels in the world that connect two different countries: the St. Clair Tunnel, which connects Port Huron with Sarnia, Ontario, and the Michigan Central Railway Tunnel and Detroit Windsor Tunnel, both of which connect Detroit and Windsor, Ontario

•Grand Haven is famous for its “singing sand” beaches, which make a whistling sound when you walk on them.

•Yoopers (everyone in the U.P., not just the guys in the band) refer to people from the rest of the state as “trolls” because they live “below the (Mackinac) bridge.”

•If you straightened out Lake Superior’s shoreline alone, it would reach from Duluth, Minnesota to the Bahamas.

•The Saugatuck Chain Ferry, built in 1838, is the only remaining hand-cranked chain ferry in the U.S. 

•Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford, may forever be associated with Detroit’s biggest flop, but he died 14 years before the line of cars bearing his name came out. Edsel himself would most likely have done a much better job with the design — he was, after all, responsible for the body of the super-successful Model A, as well as its braking and transmission systems.

• Michigan touches four out of the five Great Lakes, more than any other state: Huron, Michigan, Erie and Superior.

• The J.W. Westcott II, which operates out of Detroit, is the world’s only floating post office, as it delivers mail to ships as they pass under the Ambassador Bridge.

• Detroit residents were the first in the nation to have phone numbers. By 1879, the city had grown so large that operators were no longer able to route the calls by name alone.

• The world’s largest weathervane was built by Whitehall Metal Studios of Montague. It’s 48 feet tall and stands at the corner of Dowling and Water Streets. 

• French-Canadian lumberjack Fabian Fournier, who worked for a lumber company in the Grayling area in the late 1800s, was said to be an inspiration for the legendary Paul Bunyan.

• Ossineke has a giant statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe, his blue ox. Unlike certain other statues of Babe, in this one he really is an ox, a.k.a. a steer.

•Petoskey stones, the state stones of Michigan, are made from 350-million-year-old fossilized limestone.

•A one-mile stretch of Woodward Avenue in Detroit was paved with concrete from Fenton cement companies in 1908, making it the world’s first concrete-paved road.

•The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids has a 24-foot high bronze equestrian statue that, while completed in the 1990s, was based on a design by Leonardo DaVinci.

•The Ella Ellenwood, a schooner that used to transport lumber from Montague to Milwaukee, went down in a storm in 1901. While the ship was not recovered, its nameplate did float back to Montague all on its own a year later.

•Oscoda claims to be the official hometown of the literary Paul Bunyan, as the first published story about him appeared in the Oscoda Press in 1906. Oscoda puts on an annual Paul Bunyan Festival each September.

•The Detroit metro area sits atop a gigantic salt mine. Experts say there’s enough salt to last for 70 million years at the world’s current rate of consumption.

• The nation’s first tribally owned casino was Kings Club Casino, operated by the Ojibwe Indians of Bay Mills.

• The Cross in the Woods Catholic shrine in Indian River has a 31-foot high crucifix, the largest one in the world. 

• The nation as a whole learned how to spell the name of Kalamazoo (well, sort of) in 1942 when the Glen Miller song “(I’ve Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo” hit the top of the charts.

• Kalamazoo was also the original home of Gibson Guitars, and a budget model produced in the ’60s and ’70s was called the Kalamazoo.

• The Kalamazoo Mall was the first outdoor pedestrian shopping mall in the United States.

•A Roseville man who dropped a couple of F-bombs after falling out of his canoe was convicted in 1999 under a law that had been on the books since 1897 prohibiting “indecent, immoral, obscene, vulgar or insulting language in the presence or hearing of any woman or child.” In 2002, the conviction was overturned by the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the law was struck down at the same time.

•It is still against the law in Michigan, however, to “contumeliously reproach” God, assuming you can even figure out what that means.

•Brighton and Grand Rapids have laws against being annoying, although Grand Rapids, obviously unwilling to foot the bill for jailing its entire populace, is planning to abolish that law ASAP.

•In 2008, the city of Flint passed a law that gave police the authority to arrest anyone whose pants sagged so low as to expose their undies or bare butts. The local plumber’s union has evidently declined to comment (or comply). 

•Grand Rapids itself became very, very annoyed by a 2011 “Newsweek” website article that listed it as one of “America’s Dying Cities” and fought back by making a video featuring practically everyone in town lyp-synching to the song “American Pie.” The video went viral on YouTube, which prompted Newsweek to disclaim the original article.

•The original name of the University of Michigan, founded in 1817, was Catholepistemiad. Try chanting that at a football game.

•The University of Michigan has been nicknamed the “Harvard of the West,” which led Harvard alum JFK, in a speech he delivered during a 1961 campus visit, to refer to himself as a graduate of the “Michigan of the East.”

•Famous U of M grads include Scopes trial defense attorney Clarence Darrow, Swedish diplomat-turned-Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg, Vader-voicing actor James Earl Jones, material girl Madonna and former president Gerald R. Ford.

•MSU’s own illustrious alums include the famously missing former Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa, actor Robert Urich, director Sam Raimi and NBA superstar Magic Johnson.

• Hamtramck has an annual Paczki Day celebration devoted to the greater glory of this Polish version of a jelly doughnut. 

SOURCE: Movoto.com

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