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This Place Rocks
August 9th, 2019

Nevada’s name means “snow-covered.” That’s funny, since it’s the driest state in America! The state gets only about 9 inches of rain all year, though some spots get up to 40 inches. And on cold mountaintops, that turns into snow. Sometimes “dry” can mean “boring,” but Nevada’s deserts are exciting. There are wild creatures and […]

I Owe a Lot to Iowa
August 8th, 2019

Today’s the perfect time to travel to Iowa, because it’s holding its big state fair! The Iowa State Fair is one of our country’s biggest and best-known. More than 1 million people show up to check out crafts, animals, and of course, food. Lots of the treats from the 200+ food stands are fried on a stick. […]

The Best West
August 7th, 2019

Today we visit the only U.S. state with “West” in its name: West Virginia! There are no “East” states, but there are two pairs of “North” and “South” states (the Carolinas and the Dakotas). West Virginia is also home to the largest alluvial diamond ever found in the US. ‘Alluvial’ means that the diamond was […]

Going Nuts Over Burgers
August 6th, 2019

Montana is often called Big Sky Country. But it’s got big land, too – it’s our 4th-largest state. And on that land, you can find big herds of cows. There are about 2.5 million cows in Montana, which is more than twice the number of people living there. So it makes sense that Montana also […]

Home Sweet-Tooth Home
August 3rd, 2019

Today we visit New Hampshire, the only state in New England that’s actually named after a place in England. This beautiful state has been ranked the #1 state to live in many times. It also has another #1: it was home to the first American (and 2nd-ever human) in space, Alan Shepard, who was also […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]