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Things everyone should know.

Posted by on Jun. 2, 2014 at 10:32 PM
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by guerrilla girl on Jun. 2, 2014 at 11:35 PM

1. Diamonds were first discovered in Arkansas by John W. Huddleston in 1906 where Crater of Diamonds State Park stands now, making engagement bling just a little bit blingy-er forever.

Arkansas Facts

Source: Flickr user Amy the Nurse

2. You probably know that Arkansas is The Natural State, but did you know that the Magnet Cove region contains 102 varieties of minerals alone?

3. It’s strictly prohibited by law to mispronounce the state name. It’s “Ar-kan-saw.”

4. Hope is the self-proclaimed Watermelon Capital Of the World.

Arkansas Facts

Source: Bernice Garden Farmer’s Market

5. Hope is also home to a certain saxophone playing president you may have heard of. But did you know that he put AstroTurf down in the back of his El Camino?

Arkansas Facts

Source: Flickr user Richard Binhammer

6. Cheese Dogs were created in Little Rock at the Finkbeiner Meat Packing Company in 1956 by inserting cheese into the center of a hot dog.

7. Fourteen meteorites have been discovered in Arkansas.

8. The World's Championship Duck Calling Contest is held annually in Stuttgart.

Arkansas Facts

World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest & Wings Over The Prairie Facebook

9. Arkansas has the only active diamond mine in the United States along with the only mine where you can mine for your own diamonds.

Arkansas Facts

Source: Flickr user doug_wertman

10. Thank Arkansas for your smile. The toothbrush was invented here.

by guerrilla girl on Jun. 2, 2014 at 11:36 PM

11. Ernest Hemingway wrote parts of his classic novel “A Farewell to Arms” at his studio in Piggot where his wife was from.

12. Hemingway saved his manuscripts from a fire that broke out in his writing studio in 1932 by throwing them out of an upstairs window. The house is now a museum.

Arkansas Facts

SourcE: Wikipedia author Dennis Adams

13. Meyer’s Bakery brought the world the gift of brown and serve rolls in the 1930’s in Arkansas.

14. In Arkansas, it’s legal for a man to beat his wife, but not more than once a month. Obviously.

15. Walmart, the superchain with 11,000 stores in 27 countries, opened its first store in Rogers in 1962 by Sam Walton and now has more than $246 billion in revenue.

16. Mount Ida is referred to as the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World.

17. Native Johnny Cash’s “Five Feet High and Rising” song was based on a 1937 flood that saw his hometown of Dyess Colony evacuated.

Arkansas Facts

Source: Wikipedia author Heinrich Klaffs

18. Growing up in Arkansas, Johnny Cash was fascinated by Frankenstein and empathized with the character saying he was just someone who was "made up of bad parts but trying to do good."

19. Hot Springs has an Alligator Farm with a petting zoo.

20. Little Rock is the home to the American Taekwondo World Headquarters.

by guerrilla girl on Jun. 2, 2014 at 11:37 PM

21. The Little Rock Nine changed the face of the Civil Rights Movement when they walked into Little Rock Central High School in 1957 after Brown vs. The Board Of Education ruling deemed segregation unconstitutional.

Arkansas Facts

Source: Wikipedia source US Army

22. Paul McCarney has said that the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School was his inspiration for the song “Blackbird.”

23. In Fayetteville, it’s illegal to kill any living creature. Hopefully that doesn’t go for mosquitoes.

24. More than half the state of Arkansas is covered by forestland.

25. Elvis was cleaned up for his service in the Army at Fort Chaffee on March 25, 1958 where he received his televised haircut. The barbershop is now a museum.

Source: YouTube channel iconic

26. The show Designing Women was filmed in Little Rock at 1321 Scott Street by Little Rock native director Harry Thomason.

27. It’s safer to live in New York City than it is to live in Pine Bluff, Arkansas per capita.

28. The Ozark National Forest covers more than one million acres.

Arkansas Facts

Source: Flickr user mabecerra

29. The Little River County Courthouse in Ashdown is Arkansas-famous for its holiday light display.

Arkansas Facts

Source: Flickr user Scott Ellis

30. There’s a law in Arkansas that says teachers who cut their hair into a bob won’t be eligible for a raise.

by guerrilla girl on Jun. 2, 2014 at 11:37 PM

31. Tyson Foods, now the world’s largest producer and marketer of chicken, began with a single truck shipping chickens from Arkansas to Chicago in 1935.

32. In 1876, two Fayetteville newspaper editors had a street fight to settle their differences. The loser had to sell his paper and leave town, which he did.

33. Highly-acclaimed author John Grisham was born in Jonesboro and lived throughout Northeast Arkansas before his career took off, selling over 275 million copies of his books. He still returns to Arkansas often for book signings.

34. Forty seven hot springs flow from Hot Springs Mountain at an average temperature of 143 degrees. And yes, you can take a bath there.

Arkansas Facts

Source: Flickr user Ken Lund

35. Because the Hot Spring water is said to be therapeutic for ailments, many wealthy and health-seeking people have visited Hot Springs including Franklin. D Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, and Al Capone.

36. As part of the Magnolia Blossom Festival, Magnolia is home to the World's Largest Charcoal Grill and the World Championship Steak Cookoff.

Arkansas Facts

Source: Magnolia Blossom Festival Facebook

37. Alma claims to be the Spinach Capital Of The World but is not the home of Popeye.

38. Arkansas-native Hattie Caraway was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in November 1932.

39. In the early 20th century, ostrich racing was a popular sport at Cocburn’s Ostrich Farm in Hot Springs.

40. A farm in Lavaca has a silo painted into a giant Budweiser beer can.

Arkansas Facts

Source: Flickr user Clint Sharp
by guerrilla girl on Jun. 2, 2014 at 11:37 PM

41. A man and a woman openly flirting on the streets of Little Rock could result in a 30-day stint in jail.

42. The University of Arkansas’ first team goes way back, all the way back to 1894 when the rules (or lack thereof) made football considerably more dangerous.

43. After getting injured in a car accident Bonnie Parker and fellow notorious bank robber Clyde Barrow hid out in a tourist court in Fort Smith in 1933.

44. Dover has a double-decker and fully operational (when it’s working) outhouse at the Booger Hollow Trading Post.

Arkansas Facts

Source: Flickr user AR Nature Gal

45. In Arkansas, voters only get a five minute window to mark and place their ballots.

46. Pine Bluff is the only city in the country to hold the 13-15 year old Babe Ruth World Series four separate times.

47. What started off as a small store in Howard County in 1938 turned into Dillard’s, one of the top department stores in the country.

Arkansas Facts

Source: Wikipedia user zereshk

48. The Dover Lights are an unexplained phenomenon that witnesses say flickr and sway in various colors in the sky overlooking the Ozark Valley. Legend has it that they’re Spanish Conquistador ghosts searching for their lost gold in the Ozark foothills.

49. The makeup company Maybelline has been headquartered out of Little Rock since 1975, selling an average of 1.7 tubes of mascara every second.

50. Fouke is said to be home to the Boggy Creek Monster or the Fouke Monster, a seven-foot-tall, hairy Big Foot wannabe that reportedly kills chicken, cattle, dogs and livestock.

by "Dude!" on Jun. 2, 2014 at 11:44 PM
1 mom liked this
How can cheese dogs sound disgusting and delicious at the same time?
by guerrilla girl on Jun. 3, 2014 at 12:40 AM

The article doesn't mention that the Crater of Diamonds is the only diamond mine in the world open to the public.

by #1 Raider fan on Jun. 3, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Oooo Fouke, the Legend of Boggy Creek!!

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