posted on May, 3 2007 @ 09:16 AM
News of the Weird -- CALIFORNIA
In Pacific Grove there is a law on the books establishing a $500 fine for molesting butterflies. (Molesting HOW is what I want to know)
Totaling nearly three million acres, San Bernardino County is the largest county in the country.
Located in Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum is the largest museum of its kind in North America.
Reputed to be the most corrupt politician in Fresno County history, Vice-leader Joseph Spinney was mayor for only ten minutes.
The Hollywood Bowl is the world's largest outdoor amphitheater.
Death Valley is recognized as the hottest, driest place in the United States. It isn't uncommon for the summer temperatures to reach more than 115
San Francisco Bay is considered the world's largest landlocked harbor.
California has the largest economy in the states of the union.
California is the first state to ever reach a trillion dollar economy in gross state product.
One out of every eight United States residents lives in California.
If California's economic size were measured by itself to other countries, it would rank the 7th largest economy in the world.
Los Angeles is ranked the fourth largest economy in the United States compared to other states.
California produces more than 17 million gallons of wine each year.
State of California Facts, Population
2000 state resident census population: 33,871,648
10 largest cities (2000):
* Los Angeles, 3,694,820
* San Diego, 1,223,400
* San Jose, 894,943
* San Francisco, 776,733
* Long Beach, 461,522
* Fresno, 427,652
* Sacramento, 407,018
* Oakland, 399,484
* Santa Ana, 337,977
* Anaheim, 328,014
* Male: 16,874,892 (49.8%)
* Female: 16,996,756 (50.2%)
* 18 and over: 72.7%
* 65 and over: 10.6%
* Median age: 33.3
* White: 20,170,059 (59.5%)
* Black: 2,263,882 (6.7%)
* American Indian: 333,346 (1.0%)
* Asian: 3,697,513 (10.9%)
* Other race: 5,682,241 (16.8%)
* Two or more races: 1,607,646 (4.7%)
* Hispanic/Latino: 10,966,556 (32.4%)
flower golden poppy (1903)
tree California redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens & Sequoiadendron giganteum) (1937, 1953)
bird California valley quail (1931)
animal California grizzly bear (1953)
fish California golden trout (1947)
colors blue and gold (1951)
song “I Love You, California” (1951)
More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States.
Alpine County is the eighth smallest of California's 58 counties. It has no high school, ATMs, dentists, banks, or traffic lights.
California's Mount Whitney measures as the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Its most famous climb is Mount Whitney Trail to the 14,495 feet
summit. Wilderness permits are required.
There are tons more interesting facts and trivia, but I don't want to sound elitist or anything.