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1. In a roundabout way
2. Get over it
3. On the cutting edge
4. Two-way street
5. Missing in action
6. The devil’s in the detail
Answers from page 52
Fast
facts
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florida
ARIZONA
On May 20, 1970, Florida lawmakers passed a
bill adopting the moonstone as the ofcial state
gem. Problem is, the moonstone is not found
naturally in Florida nor was it found on the moon.
If you think that sunny Florida is the southernmost
state in the United States, guess again: Hawaii is
farther south.
Two for the price of one. Florida is the only state
that has two rivers with the same name. There’s a
Withlacoochee River in Madison County in north-
central Florida and aWithlacoochee River in central
Florida. All they have in common is the name.
Celebrities are everywhere in the Lone
Star State: famous residents over the years
include cosmetics entrepreneur Mary Kay Ash,
singer Gene Autry, comedienne Carol Burnett,
presidents GeorgeW. Bush, Dwight David Eisenhower and
Lyndon B. Johnson and singers Janis Joplin and Trini Lopez.
Texas’ state bird is the mockingbird, which some say has
the prettiest song of any bird in North America. But don’t
be fooled…mockingbirds are known to be viciously ferce
protectors of their nests, often swooping down on dogs,
cats and predators that venture too close to its protected
territory.
Next time you boot up your laptop, consider this: Texas is
often referred to as the Silicon Valley of the south because it
is home to computer companies Dell and Compaq.
If you’re not sure what to wear when
you’re in Arizona, keep in mind that the bolo
tie is the ofcial state neckwear.
When it’s this dry, what would you expect? The cactus
wren is the ofcial state bird and the ofcial state
fower is the saguaro cactus blossom.
Arizonians might wonder just what fag they should
salute. At diferent points in its history, the Castilian
and Burgundian fags of Spain, the Mexican fag, the
Confederate fag and the U.S. fag have all fown over
what has become Arizona.
Well, if you’re looking to get a snakebite…Arizona has
13 species of rattlesnakes, the most of any U.S. state.
Don’t even think about touching the
caterpillars! In Pacifc Grove, California, there
is a law on the books establishing a $500 fne
for molesting butterfies.
Shakin’ all over. Every year, there are an estimated
500,000 detectable seismic tremors in California.
We’ll drink to that! California produces more than
17 million gallons of wine annually.
That’s one big state! California’s population is just
more than 37 million people (according to data from
2010), which means that it has about three million
more inhabitants than all of Canada.
TEXAS
CALIFORNIA
State Facts
By Randy Ray and Mark Kearney