50 States

Where Home Is a Tight Squeeze
August 23rd, 2019

How many presidents can come from 1 state? Well, right now, the answer is 8 presidents, and those 8 were born in Virginia! The next closest state is Ohio, with 7 presidents. Another great math fact about this state is that 1/2 the people in America live within 500 miles of its capital, Richmond. On […]

A State You’ll Go Nuts Over
August 21st, 2019

Aloha! That’s how you say hello – and goodbye – in our next state. Hawai’i is the only state made up completely of islands (over 100). Also, people live longer there than people from any other state – why is that? Maybe it’s the warm weather, or the beautiful beaches with pink sand…or maybe it’s […]

Round the Clock Waffles
August 20th, 2019

One of the best parts of a road trip is trying the food in each crazy new place, and Georgia has all kinds of goodies. As the Peach State they obviously grow peaches, but they also grow more pecans than any other state. And both of those make tasty toppings for another treat: the waffle. Waffle […]

The 40th-ish State
August 19th, 2019

Today we’re visiting either the 39th or the 40th state to join our country: North Dakota! We don’t know whether North or South Dakota became a state first. The President at the time, Benjamin Harrison, didn’t want either state bragging about being first, the way your older sibling might. So he shuffled the certificates that made them […]

You Donut Wanna Miss Mass
August 18th, 2019

Massachusetts might be the trickiest state name to spell. But people here spell one treat the easier way: donut. Massachusetts is wild for Dunkin’ Donuts, or as locals call it, Dunkin’. There’s one store for every 6,500 people in the state. In the capital city of Boston, you’re never more than 1 1/2 miles from […]

Big Star State
August 17th, 2019

They say that everything’s bigger in Texas. That’s definitely true for cowboys’ hats and the ranches they work on. One ranch in Texas is bigger than the whole state of Rhode Island! It makes sense when you think about how hungry cows are. Depending on a cow’s size, it can eat 25-30 pounds of grass, […]

Michigan Can Keep Cool
August 16th, 2019

Michigan is that mitten-shaped state that wraps around 4 of the Great Lakes. Its name comes from the Native American Ojibwe word “mishigamaa” meaning “large lake.” There’s no spot in Michigan where you’re more than 85 miles from a Great Lake. In fact, there’s so much water in Michigan – 11,000 lakes and ponds, and […]

Crabby and Merry
August 15th, 2019

Well, our next state is actually called Maryland, not merry land. But there are plenty of reasons to be happy we’re here! Maryland is one of just 6 states with an official “crustacean”: the blue crab. Even though it’s a small state, half our country’s blue crabs come from Maryland. Lots of Maryland restaurants have […]

A Perfect 10
August 14th, 2019

Today our road trip takes us to the only state with a number in its name: Tennessee! This state also has a pretty cool shape. Thanks to its wiggly eastern and western borders, it looks almost like a parallelogram. But perhaps the best math in Tennessee comes from cotton candy. A candy maker and a […]

French Fry-daho
August 13th, 2019

Idaho is called The Gem State, but you can find another great thing in the ground there: potatoes! Idaho grows more potatoes than any other state. Last year, that added up to 13.5 billion pounds of potatoes – 41 pounds for every person in America. There are all kinds of ways to eat potatoes, but […]