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One Strange and Fun Little-Known Fact About Every State

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Hawaii
> Fact: The Big Island is getting bigger every year because of lava flow from the KÄ«lauea Volcano. It has increased 570 acres since 1983.

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Idaho
> Fact: The people of Idaho drink more wine per capita than any other state in the country.

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Illinois
> Fact: The Chicago River flows backwards. It was reversed on purpose in 1900 so the state doesn’t dump its sewage north into Lake Michigan, its drinking water source.

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Indiana
> Fact: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has one of the world’s largest Batman memorabilia collections — 3,252 items

Iowa
> Fact: Iowa — not Florida — has more golf courses per capita, than any other state, with a total of 440.