Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Resurgence of Blogging

Oh hey...I have a blog!

Well, the Pop Tarts have really been slacking, eh? I'm not sure what Jen's excuse is, but I have in the past couple months, interviewed for and gotten a new job, moved half way across the country (back to the midwest), and started said new job. So I've been slightly preoccupied. However, now that the school year has started and I have settled in to my new humble abode, a concerted effort will be made to blog more often. Starting with...Right now!

Part of the problem with moving is that I have been ignoring most things Pop Culture related. I watched a wee bit of the Olympics (mostly track & field events, some of the swimming/diving, and the men's tennis final) and have kept up on watching all the best in reality tv cooking and design shows. And...that's about it. So instead of commenting on pop culture type things, I'm going to do a fun fact blog! Which really is generally more fun than pop culture anyway.

Fun Fact number 1: I now live in Ohio! Related Fun Fact: Small-town Ohio life is much more exciting than small-town New Hampshire life. Further Related Fun Fact: Moving to Ohio would have been considerably harder had Dad not driven the moving truck. Seriously, the levels of badass coming off of Dad are unmatched. Were it I driving the moving truck, the 13 hour or so trip would have probably taken closer to 26 hours. Seriously, Dad wins.

Ohio is the 7th most populous state in the United States. California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, and Pennsylvania are the only states with more people.

Ohio was the 17th state admitted to the Union and was the first under the Northwest Ordinance, the ordinance that established the Northwest Territory.

The Northwest Ordinance banned slavery in the new territory thereby making the Ohio river the boundary between free and slave territories between the Appalachians and the Mississippi River.

Though President Jefferson signed an act of Congress that approved Ohio's boundaries and constitution on February 19, 1803, Congress never formally passed the resolution making Ohio a state. Though not technially required, this was an oversite, which was rectified on August 7, 1953 when President Eisenhower signed an act that officially declared Ohio a state as of March 1, 1803.

in 1853 Ohio and Michigan "fought" in the Toledo War, which was a mostly bloodless war for the Toledo Strip. Michigan lost the Toledo Strip when Congress intervened to say that the original boundaries of Ohio would stick, but gave Michigan the Upper Peninsula as a consulation. The UP proved to be extremely profitable to Michigan due to copepr and iron deposits along with timber.

During the Civil War, Ohio provided more soldiers per-capita than any other state in the Union.

Ohio is known as the birthplace of aviation. This was made official in June 2003 by a U.S. House vote, ending the argument bewteen Ohio (the Wright Brothers are from Dayton, Ohio) and North Carolina (the first flight from the Wright Brothers was in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina).

Ohio has produced 24 astronaunts, more than any other state, the most famous being John Glenn and Neil Armstrong.

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