Special Report

One Strange and Fun Little-Known Fact About Every State

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New Mexico
> Fact: New Mexico has more PhDs per capita than any other state.

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New York
> Fact: Until 1941, the so-called West Side Cowboys rode on horseback ahead of freight trains in New York City to warn people to get out of the way.

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North Carolina
> Fact: In 1893, New Bern pharmacist Caleb Bradham developed a carbonated drink he called “Brad’s Drink,” which later came to be known as Pepsi-Cola.

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North Dakota
> Fact: At 2.3%, North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. Historically, unemployment has always been low in the state. Most jobs are in agriculture, petroleum, and food processing.

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> Fact: Ohio is the only state with a flag that is not a rectangle. It is a swallow-tail shape known as a “burgee.”

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