As people in Alaska like to say, “If Texas doesn’t quit saying they’re the biggest state, we might just cut ourselves in half and make them third biggest.” Alaska may be the baby of the American family – it became the 49th state out of 50 on this day in 1959 – but it is by far the largest. There are only 18 countries bigger than Alaska, and it’s also bigger than the 22 smallest U.S. states combined. Thanks to having all that space, Alaska has lots of room for huge mountains, beautiful glaciers, and lots of cool animals, including 200,000 of the state animal, the moose. By comparison, there are only about 730,000 people – not surprising for a state with a record low temperature of negative 80 degrees. At the least, everyone has lots of space.
July may be National Ice Cream Month, but this week is National Zoo Keeper Week. What a great job: you get to hang out at the zoo every day, pet all those furry animals, and feed them without even having to stand in line. Of course, the job also has its dangers, like possibly losing your hand when you try to feed the sharks. If you imagine a typical day for a zookeeper, you see that the excitement could add up fast.