Did you know,
Women may face up to 30 days in jail if they impersonate Santa Claus.
In Minneapolis, double-parkers can be put on a chain gang.
Every man in Brainerd is required by law to grow a beard.
It's illegal to tease skunks.


Did you know,
A state law stipulates that a woman's hair legally belongs to her husband.
In Detroit, it is illegal to make love in a car unless it is parked on your property.
In Port Huron, the speed limit for ambulances in 20 m.p.h.
Under state law, dentists are officially classified as "mechanics."


Did you know,
It is illegal to wear a goatee without a license.
North Andover prohibits its citizens from carrying "space guns."
State legislation forbids dueling with water pistols.
In Boston, it is illegal to take a bath unless one has been ordered by a physician to do so.
In 1659, the state outlawed Christmas.


Prudhoe Bay, on the northern Alaskan coast, is North America's largest oil field.

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline moves up to 88,000 barrels of oil per hour on its 800 mile journey to Valdez.

The fishing and seafood industry is the state's largest private industry employer.

Most of America's salmon, crab, halibut, and herring come from Alaska.

The term Alaska native refers to Alaska's original inhabitants including Aleut, Eskimo and Indian groups.

The wild forget-me-not is the official state flower. The Territorial Legislature adopted it in 1917.

The willow ptarmigan is the official state bird. The Territorial Legislature adopted it in 1955.

The Sitka spruce is the official state tree. The Territorial Legislature adopted it in 1962.

Dog mushing is the official state sport. The Alaska Legislature adopted it in 1972.

An unnamed draftsman created the state seal in 1910. It consists of a rising sun shining on forests, lake, fishing and shipping boats, and agricultural and mining activities.


Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia.
Russian whalers and fur traders on Kodiak Island established the first settlement in Alaska in 1784.
In 1867 United States Secretary of State William H. Seward offered Russia $7,200,000, or two cents per acre, for Alaska.
On October 18, 1867 Alaska officially became the property of the United States. Many Americans called the purchase "Seward's Folly."

Joe Juneau's 1880 discovery of gold ushered in the gold rush era.

In 1943 Japan invaded the Aleutian Islands, which started the One Thousand Mile War, the first battle fought on American soil since the Civil War.

Alaska officially became the 49th state on January 3, 1959.

        Alaska's most important revenue source is the oil and natural gas industry.

Alaska accounts for 25% of the oil produced in the United States.

The state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times.


Did you know,
In Portland, it is illegal for men to tickle women under the chin with feather dusters.
The most money one can legally win gambling is three dollars.
In Rumford, it is illegal for a tenant to bite his/her landlord.
In Waterville, it is illegal to blow one's nose in public.


Did you know,
New Orleans
In New Orleans, fire trucks are required by law to stop at all red lights.
It is considered "simple assault" to bite someone in New Orleans; it is "aggravated assault" if the biter has false teeth.
It is against the law to gargle in public.


Did you know,
State law stipulates that a person is considered sober until he or she "cannot hold onto the ground."
It is illegal to remarry the same man four times.
In Kentucky it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon more than 6 feet long.


Did you know,
It is illegal for restaurants to sell cherry pie à la mode on Sundays.
In Wichita, a man's mistreatment of his mother-in-law may not be used as grounds for divorce.
In Wichita, it is illegal to carry a concealed bean snapper.
In Lang, it is illegal to ride a mule down Main Street in August, unless the animal is wearing a straw hat.
In Natoma, it is illegal to throw a knife at anyone wearing a striped shirt.


Did you know,
State law forbids any establishment from charging admission to see a one-armed piano player.
In Fort Madison, firemen are required to practice for 15 minutes before attending a fire.


Did you know,
Monkeys are forbidden to smoke cigarettes in South Bend.
In Gary, it is illegal to attend the theater within four hours of eating garlic.
The Stepford Wives is banned in a Warsaw school.


Did you know, In Chicago, it is illegal to fish in one's pajamas.
In Chicago, it is illegal to take a French poodle to the opera.
According to state law, it is illegal to speak English. The officially recognized language is "American."
In Gurnee, it is illegal for women weighing more than 200 pounds to ride horses in shorts.
In Joliet, it is illegal to mispronounce the name Joliet.


Did you know, in Pocatello, "It is prohibited for pedestrians and motorists to display frowns, grimaces, scowls, threatening and glowering looks, gloomy and depressed facial appearances, generally all of which reflect unfavorably upon the city's reputation."
Boxes of candy given as romantic gifts must weigh more than 50 pounds.