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One Strange and Fun Little-Known Fact About Every State

Source: NASA / Ken Thornsley / Wikimedia Commons

Oklahoma
> Fact: An Oklahoman woman, Lottie Williams, is the only known person to have ever been hit by falling space junk. It was small falling debris from the U.S. Delta II rocket.

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Oregon
> Fact: Oregon’s flag is the only state flag in the country that has different designs on each side — the escutcheon from the state seal on one and a gold figure of a beaver on the other.

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Pennsylvania
> Fact: The word “Pennsylvania” is misspelled on the Liberty Bell. It’s written as “Pensylvania.” At the time, the founders hadn’t yet agreed on a single acceptable spelling.

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Rhode Island
> Fact: Rhode Island’s full and official state name is “Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” — the longest state name in the United States.

Source: Golf Club at Wescott Plantation / Wikimedia Commons

South Carolina
> Fact: In the late 18th century, the first game of golf played in the U.S. took place in Charleston, South Carolina, though the game may not have been referred to as golf then.

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