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One Strange and Fun Little-Known Fact About Every State

> Fact: Kansas is, scientifically, flatter than a pancake.

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> Fact: More than half of U.S. gold is in Fort Knox, where 147.3 million ounces of the precious metal is held in underground vaults, worth $6 trillion.

> Fact: The pelican almost became extinct in the “Pelican State” because of pollution. It is back now thanks to conservation efforts.

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> Fact: Most of the country’s lobster supply — 90% or 40 million pounds a year — comes from Maine.

Source: Courtesy of Maryland State Archives

> Fact: In the U.S. today, only judges on the Maryland Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, wear scarlet or red robes when hearing arguments, a throwback to the state’s British roots.

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