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One Strange and Fun Little-Known Fact About Every State

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Massachusetts
> Fact: Both basketball and volleyball were invented in Massachusetts: basketball by James A. Naismith, a Canadian, and volleyball by William G. Morgan, a New Yorker.

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Michigan
> Fact: Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office — the J.W. Westcott II. It delivers mail to other boats and ships.

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Minnesota
> Fact: The climate-controlled Metrodome is the only facility in the country to host a Super Bowl (1992), World Series (1987, 1991), MLB All-Star Game (1985), and college basketball’s Final Four (1992, 2001).

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Mississippi
> Fact: The 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in 1865, was not ratified by Mississippi until 2013. Lawmakers voted on it in 1995, but a copy was never sent to the U.S. archivist.

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Missouri
> Fact: The Gateway Arch, which is 630 feet high and is also 630 feet wide, is the tallest man-made monument in the country. The arch is also known as the “Gateway to the West.”

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