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50 States

Can You Eat Gold?
August 2nd, 2019

Well, you can eat tiny flakes of actual gold. But if you want to eat a lot of gold without hurting your tummy or wallet, you’re better off with “Carolina Gold.” It’s not metal, but South Carolina’s own special barbecue sauce! This sauce has a yellow-gold color because it’s made with mustard. It also has vinegar, […]

Coloradical
August 1st, 2019

Colorado turns 143 years old today. That’s worth a high five – or a mile-high five! Denver (Colorado’s capital) is nicknamed “The Mile High City” because it is 1 mile above sea level. The 1-mile height is marked all around town, like with a special purple row of seats at the baseball stadium. Colorado is […]

A Well-Tuned State
July 31st, 2019

Sure, bluegrass is a type of grass (that’s sort of blue). But it’s also a type of music. The state of Kentucky has both. It also gave us one of the best songs ever: “Happy Birthday!” Two sisters wrote this song way back in 1893. One of the sisters, Mildred, was a teacher. She played […]

The Saltiest State
July 30th, 2019

Utah looks like Wyoming took a bite out of it, but this state doesn’t cut corners. Lots of fantastic firsts come from this state, like the TV and the Frisbee. But it’s hard for us people to compete with nature in Utah. Besides the beautiful national parks, there’s the Great Salt Lake. This enormous lake […]

The Newest of the “New” (States)
July 29th, 2019

It’s more than 100 years old, but New Mexico is still newer than (New) Hampshire, Jersey, and York. And the people of New Mexico have some fresh ideas, too – like the World Shovel Race Championships! That’s just what it sounds like: people sit on snow shovels and slide super fast down a mountain. Last February was […]

The State You Can’t Miss
July 28th, 2019

If you like to play hide ‘n’ seek, you already know this state’s name. That’s because we count out “One Mississippi, two Mississippi…” to give our friends enough time to hide. It’s a long name, and an even longer river. The Mississippi River makes up the squiggly western border of the state (the left side […]

First in Flight
July 27th, 2019

Today’s state is famous for a couple of very different things. It was in North Carolina in 1903 that brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright strung together sheets, sticks and a couple of propellers, and took off up into the sky. Their funky little machine became the first airplaneto fly! Can you imagine how that must have […]

A Birthday For a “New” State
July 26th, 2019

On this day in 1788, New York became the 11th state in the United States. New York is famous mostly because of New York City, which has more people than any other U.S. city. It was even the nation’s capital from 1785 to 1790. In fact, in 1789 George Washington was inaugurated president right on Wall Street. […]

The Real Big Apple
July 25th, 2019

It’s the only state named after a president…but George Washington was known for a cherry tree, and Washington state is all about apples. What’s that all about? The Evergreen State grows almost 3 million tons of apples every year, which is more than 10 *billion* apples. If lined up side by side, they would circle […]

Why Did the Chicken Cross the State?
July 24th, 2019

…because it was doing Bedtime Math’s 50 States of Math road trip! It may have been heading back home to Delaware. Sure, this little state is the 6th densest (most crowded) state with people. But thanks to the loads of chicken farms there, Delaware has 200 times as many chickens as people. No wonder the state bird […]

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