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Know-It-All on Alabama #2

Amanda Herman

Walter White was actually a meth cook from Bessemer, Alabama, starting his empire ten years before the premiere of Breaking Bad.

 

In 1836, Alabama became the first state in the United States to declare Christmas a legal holiday.

 

Alabama State Constitution, with over 300,000 words and over 775 amendments, is the longest and most amended state constitution in the entire world.

 

The first 911 call in the United States was made in Haleyville, Alabama on February 16, 1968. Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite went to City Hall and called U.S. Representative Tom Bevill at the local police station. 

 

Mail is delivered by boat in Magnolia Springs, Alabama. This city has the only all-water mail route in the United States.

 

Alabama is the only state to have an alcoholic beverage as its official drink. Conecuh Ridge Whiskey is designated the official "State Spirit" of Alabama. Most other states claim milk as its official beverage. Boring. 

 

The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is the largest fishing tournament in the world. Founded in 1929, the three-day fishing rodeo event on Dauphin Island attracts over 75,000 spectators and 3,000 anglers, featuring 30 categories, including 'Most Unusual Catch’.

 

 Alabama’s state mammal is the American Black Bear.

 

The Wrigley’s Original Doublemint Twins were born and raised in Silverhill in Baldwin County, Alabama, catching the showbiz bug on a trip to Chicago selling their southern Alabama grown potatoes. 

 

Pea River (or Pea Green River) is one of the only bodies of water in Alabama that is not referred to in the original form, the native translation, of its name.

Know-It-All on Alabama #1

Amanda Herman

I am a sucker for a good collection of fun facts, so I'm introducing my new "Know-It-All" series: random collections of fascinating factoids and trivia-worthy tidbits. Some collections may be themed, if I'm feeling fancy, but most will be "huh, good to know" goodies.

Learn up, know-it-alls!

 

The word “Alabama” could be derived from two Choctaw words, “Alba” meaning plants or vegetation, and “Amo” meaning to clear or gather. Alabama: the clearers of the thicket.

 

Alabama’s state insect is the Monarch Butterfly.

 

The first rocket to successfully place man on the moon, Saturn V launching Apollo 11, was constructed by Alabamians.

 

In Montgomery in 1902, Dr. Luther Leonidas Hill performed the Western Hemisphere’s very first open heart surgery when he sutured a young boy after being stabbed in the heart.

 

 

Mobile, Alabama is named after the Mauvilla, the now mysteriously vanished Native American tribe.

 

The town of Prices, in Calhoun County, used to be known as the town of Savages. Both are local family names. Prices just comes off better to passersby. 

 

The meteorite that fell in 1954 on Sylacauga, Alabama and bruised Ann Hodges is the only meteorite known throughout history to have struck a person.

 

 

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A chemistry professor once introduced squirrels to the once squirrel-free University of Montevallo ecosystem, and they have since become an epidemic.

 

During the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864, Admiral David Farragut issued his famous command, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”

 

The founder of Mobile, Alabama and most other major cities along the Gulf Coast, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, was tattooed in a full suit of serpents by the Mauvilla Native Americans to gain their respect and trade partnership.