Friday, October 22, 2010

M is for Minnesota.

just in case you were wondering...

M is for Minnesota.

Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.

The Mall of America in Bloomington is the size of 78 football fields --- 9.5 million square feet.

The stapler was invented in Spring Valley, Minnesota

Rollerblades were the first commercially successful in-line Roller Skates. Minnesota students Scott and Brennan Olson invented them in 1980, when they were looking for a way to practice Hockey during the off-season. Their design was an ice hockey boot with 3 inline wheels instead of a blade.

Minnesota Inventions: Masking and Scotch tape, Wheaties cereal, Bisquick, HMOs, the bundt pan, Aveda beauty products, and Green Giant vegetables

Minnesota has one recreational boat per every six people, more than any other state.

Minnesota's waters flow outward in three directions: north to Hudson Bay in Canada, east to the Atlantic Ocean, and south to the Gulf of Mexico.

Author Laura Ingalls Wilder lived on Plum Creek near Walnut Grove.

Minneapolis’ famed skyway system connecting 52 blocks (nearly five miles) of downtown makes it possible to live, eat, work and shop without going outside.

The climate-controlled Metrodome is the only facility in the country to host a Super Bowl, a World Series and a NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship.

The first practical water skis were invented in 1922 by Ralph W. Samuelson, who steam-bent 2 eight-foot-long pine boards into skies. He took his first ride behind a motorboat on a lake in Lake City.


Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Gosh! Sounds like a nice place to live. Maybe we should move there. :)

Um ... I didn't hear any statistics, though, about how COLD it gets in the winter time ... how FROZEN all of those lakes get ... just wondering???

So, I forgot to tell you ... you and I NEED to go shopping at the Mall of America, because I will need to be buying a MOTHER OF THE GROOM dress. And, I definitely need a fashion consultant with me for this purchase.

Excited to got to the big M with you!!!

mama :)

Vicky said...

Um, can you please someday go to visit Plum Creek and Walnut Grove? I think that would be very awesome :)

Love all the facts of your new home state!