50 States

Who’s Sure Who’s a Hoosier?
July 12th, 2019

First, a fun little riddle: if Diana is in the kitchen and the kitchen is in the house, what’s in Diana? A state! Yes, today we’re trekking to Indiana, land of the Hoosiers. Nobody knows where the nickname Hoosier came from, but we know they’re good at basketball. Indiana is home to another famous sporting […]

A Not-so-Secret Code
July 11th, 2019

The number 802 might not mean much to you, but to a lot of people it sounds like home! That’s because all people in Vermont have phone numbers that start with 802, its “area code.” Luckily for us, Vermonters also share some really tasty treats with the rest of us. First, there’s the maple syrup […]

The Perfect State to Park
July 10th, 2019

Today Wyoming turns 129! Wyoming became the 44th state on this day in 1890. Only about 600,000 people live in this huge state, fewer than any other state. But more than 4 MILLION people come every year to see Yellowstone National Park and a really crazy thing it has: geysers. Geysers are streams of water […]

One Sharp State
July 9th, 2019

Arizona is home to the world’s most famous hole in the ground (The Grand Canyon). But did you know it’s also the only state with the famous saguaro cactus? These giant cacti can grow up to 60 feet tall, which is 2-3 times as tall as a house! It takes a long time to get […]

Garden State Shakes
July 8th, 2019

For a small state, New Jersey has a big appetite – and the food to prove it. Deep down we know Jersey makes better pizza than New York City and better cheesesteaks than Philadelphia (yes, these are fightin’ words). The Garden State’s endless farms grow delicious Jersey tomatoes, peaches and corn. Most important, though, is […]

It Just Doesn’t Get Any Gator
July 7th, 2019

Florida may be the Sunshine State, but it’s just as famous for its alligators. Over 3 million of them live in the swampy Everglades. They love the warm, muddy water, and the egrets, herons and other birds they eat for lunch. There are so many gators that if you ride through on an airboat (a […]

Not a Road OR an Island
July 6th, 2019

It might be the smallest state, but it has the biggest name: “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.” Whoa! But you can just call it Rhode Island. The state stretches only 48 miles from north to south, and 34 miles from west to east – you could fit 430 Rhode Islands inside Alaska. […]

Bigger Than You Think
July 5th, 2019

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.

Announcing ROAD TRIP: 50 States of Math!
July 4th, 2019

It’s the Fourth of July, the day we celebrate the U.S. becoming a free country…and a great time to launch ROAD TRIP: 50 States of Math! Starting tomorrow we’re doing the math about a new state each day, because every state has crazy facts and figures. We’re mixing up the order to make every day a […]