Minnesota: How to amaze your co-workers

Amaze your friends, family and co-workers with some (perhaps useless) facts about Minnesota (from the Minnesota Fun Facts website)

  • The small extension on the northern tip of Minnesota makes Minnesota the northernmost point of all 48 contiguous states, including Maine. This area is known as the “Northwest Angle” and is only accessible by land through Canada.Pierre_Parrant-Pigs Eye
  • The original name of the settlement that became St. Paul was Pig’s Eye. It was named after a French-Canadian whiskey trader, Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant, who was one ofView_from_Eagle_Mountain_Minnesota the first settlers in this area.
  • The Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota is the largest federal forest in the lower 48 states.
  • Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.
  • There are 201 Mud Lakes, 154 Long Lakes, and 123 Rice Lakes in Minnesota.
  • Minnesota’s waters flow outward in three directions: north to Hudson Bay in Canada, east to the Atlantic Ocean, and south to the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The highest recorded temperature in Minnesota was 114° F on both July 29, 1917 (Beardsley) AND July 6, 1936 (Moorhead).
  • The Minnesota State Muffin is Blueberry.Tilt-A-Whirl_in_Saskatchewan
  • Proposed State Symbols include the State Amusement Ride (Tilt-a-Whirl, manufactured in Minnesota) and the State Amphibian (the Northern Leopard Frog).
  • Madison, MN is the Lutefisk Capital of the United States.

Now go out there and share these amazing facts about Minnesota. And support our fair state by eating a blueberry muffin.

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