Did you know all this about the state of Washington?

March 4, 2008

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My mother-in-law just sent me this little list to brighten my day and make feel feel proud of where I live.

I don’t intend to spend hours fact-checking it all, so let’s just assume that it is all factual. Feel free to point out anything you see in error!

1. It is America’s coffee capital with more coffee bean roasters per capita than any other state.2. ‘The Wave’, a popular fan cheer for the past 25 years, was started by Husky fans at the University of Washington.

3. Adam Morrison, a Washington State native and Gonzaga University basketball star, leads the NCAA Division I in scoring this season. (My husband says he has been in the NBA for two years, now, so obviously this is not a new list!)

4. The state is the nation’s largest exporter, representing $34 billion and 5 percent of all U.S. exports: forest products, aerospace products, apples, tulips, hops, mint, whea t and several other quality food products.

5. Leading innovators — Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Paul Allen,
Starbucks’ Howard Schultz, wireless pioneers the McCaw family, and the Boeing family — live in Washington State.

6. Washington State is America’s gateway to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.

7. Washington leads the country in technology industry employment.

8. Grand Coulee Dam, the largest concrete structure in North America, is in Washington State.

9. Washington’s residents are educated; it’s the state with most residents holding high school diplomas. Seattle leads the country in residents with more college degrees per capita.

10. Father’s Day was founded here in 1910.

11. The state is home to the world’s largest private car collection featuring over 3,000 vehicles.

12. Washington is home to the largest land mollusk in North America, a foraging banana slug that grows up to 9 inches long.

13. In Washington, a Seahawk is an athlete, not a bird. The closest thing to a Seahawk is an osprey hawk.

14. Washington’s entrepreneurial climate has made it the leading state for both start-up and gazelles, or fast growing young companies.

15. Washington, the 42nd state in the union, is the only state named for a president.

16. Seattle gets less rainfall annually than Atlanta, Boston, New York, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Miami, with 37 inches.

17. Seattle has the highest concentration of aerospace jobs in the world, led by Boeing’s 50,000 workers.

18. Our homegrown musicians include Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Kenny G, The Wailers, Pat Boone, Bing Crosby, Quincy Jones, among others.

19. Petrified wood is the state’s gem, and there’s a petrified forest here that’s considered the most un usual fossil forest in the world.

20. Washington State defines innovation. Some of the leading employers include Microsoft, Amazon.Com, Nordstrom, Boeing, Costco and Starbuck’s.

21. Washington has hosted the World’s Fair twice: 1962 in Seattle and 1974 in Spokane.

22. Washington produces 70 percent of the nation’s hops used to brew beer. Coincidentally, to overcome beer breath, the majority of the nation’s mint is also grown in the state.

23. The longest accessible beach in the U.S. is in Washington, the 8-mile-long stretch aptly named Long Beach.

24. Washington is a leader in health sciences research; it ranks tops in scientists and engineers as a percentage of workforce.

25. ‘Tales from the Far Side’ cartoonist Gary Larson is a Washington native and still lives in the Seattle area.

26. Washington has the largest ferry system in the nation — 26 million passengers travel by ferry each year. (Not sure how those numbers add up now with all of the ferry drama we have been having.)

27. The state’s nickname is the Evergreen State for its abundant evergreen forests. (Not the moss?)

28. It is America’s raspberry capital, harvesting more than 57 million pounds of raspberries each year.

29. Washington is the country’s second largest producer of wine, with its more than 350 wineries gaining international attention.

30. More people in Seattle commute to work on bicycles than any other city nationwide.

31. Washington’s Hells Canyon is the deepest River Gorge in North America, deeper than the Grand Canyon at over 5,500 feet deep.

32. One in every six Washingtonians owns a boat in this state where recreational and the commercial boating industry leads the country.

33. Kennewick Man, a 9,000-year-old skeleton, the oldest ever discovered in the Americas, was found in Washington in 1996.

34. The first revolving restaurant in the continental U.S. was built in Seattle’s Space Needle for the 1962 World’s Fair.

35. The cleanest air in the nation is found in a Washington community, Bellingham, according to the EPA and American Lung Association.

36. Washington’s cows produce more milk per cow than any other state, totaling 1.3 billion pounds of milk each year.

37. Seattle’s world-famous glass artist Dale Chihuly has put Washington on the international map, second only to Venice in number and skill of glassblowing artists.

38. Mark Rypien, 1992 Super Bowl MVP, is a Washington native and resides in Washington State.

39. Washington is the nation’s top apple producing state, with 10-12 billion apples handpicked annually.

40. Seattle sells more sunglasses per capita than any other major city in the nation. (I believe this is because we misplace our sunglasses on the dark days between the sunny days and have to replace them!)

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3 Responses to “Did you know all this about the state of Washington?”

  1. poogie777 Says:

    No, I didn’t know all of this, some, but not all. I heard on our classic rock station, KISM, last year about the sunglasses! That’s funny! Interesting facts about our state! Thanks for sharing!
    BTW, isn’t Google in WA, too?

  2. Aura Mae Says:

    I did a quick Google search for Google’s address and found that they have many addresses. Indeed, they have offices in Seattle and Kirkland. However, I believe they started in and are still based out of Mountain View, California.

  3. Aura Mae Says:

    Here is a humorous counterpoint:

    The Pacific Northwest According to Jeff Foxworthy

    1. You know the state flower (Mildew)

    2. You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.

    3. Use the statement “sun break” and know what it means.

    4. You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.

    5 You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.

    6. You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.

    7. You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the “Walk” Signal.

    8. You consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it is not a real mountain.

    9. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, and Veneto’s.

    10. You know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon.

    11. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon,
    Yakima and Willamette.

    12. You consider swimming an indoor sport.

    13. You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food.

    14. In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark
    - while only working eight-hour days.

    15. You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.

    16. You are not fazed by “Today’s forecast: showers followed by rain,”
    and “Tomorrow’s forecast: rain followed by showers.”

    17. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation

    18. You know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of mind.

    19. You can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see
    through the cloud cover.

    20. You notice, “The mountain is out” when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.

    21. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but
    still wear your hiking boots and parka.

    22. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the socks on.

    23. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.

    24. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.

    25. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you cannot find the old
    ones after such a long time.

    26. You measure distance in hours.

    27. You often switch from “heat” to “a/c” in the same day.

    28. You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit under a
    raincoat.

    29. You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, Winter,
    Still Raining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer), Deer &Elk season
    (Fall).


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