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posted 8/28/2009 7:32:44 PM |
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  sugarnspice005

I was going to be a smart ass and post a stale and moldy joke, but, I felt like sharing a little bit about Michigan. I got this from my sister in an email and thought it interesting.

THIS IS MICHIGAN ....
>
> Detroit is known as the car capital of the world.
> Alpena is the home of the world's largest cement plant.
> Rogers City boasts the world's largest limestone quarry.
> Elsie is the home of the world's largest registered Holstein dairy herd.
> Michigan is first in the United States production of peat and
> Magnesium compounds and second in gypsum and iron ore.
> Colon is home to the world's largest manufacturer of magic supplies.
> The state Capitol with its majestic dome was built in Lansing in l879.
>
> Although Michigan is often called the ( Wolverine State )
> There are no longer any wolverines in Michigan .
> (However, one was spotted in 2007, so there are some.)
> Michigan ranks first in state boat registrations.
> The Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit manufactured the first Air-conditioned car in 1939.
> The oldest county (based on date of incorporation) is Wayne in 1815.
> Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668. It is the third oldest remaining settlement in the United States
> In 1817 the University of Michigan was the first university
> Established by any of the states. It was founded by priests. Originally named Cathelepistemian and located in Detroit , the name was changed in 1821.
> The university moved to Ann Arbor in 1841.
> The city of Novi was named from its designation as Stagecoach Stop #6 or No.VI.
> Michigan State University has the largest single campus student body of any Michigan university. It is the largest institution of higher learning in the state and one of the largest universities in the country. Michigan State University was founded in 1855 as the nation's first land-grant university and served as the prototype for 69 land-grant institutions later established under the Morrill Act of 1862.
> It was the first institution of higher learning in the nation to teach scientific agriculture.
> The largest village in Michigan is Caro.
> Michigan's state stone, The Petoskey is the official state stone. It is found along the shores of Lake Michigan .
> The Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.
> Connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan . It spans 5 miles over the Straits of Mackinac, which is where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet.
> The Mighty Mac took 3 years to complete and was opened to traffic in 1957.
> Gerald R Ford grew up in Grand Rapids and became the 38th president of the United States . He attended the University of Michigan where he was a football star. He served on a World War II aircraft carrier and afterward represented Michigan in Congress for 24 years.
> He was also an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.
> The Kellogg Company has made Battle Creek the Cereal Capital of the World.
> The Kellogg brothers accidentally discovered the process for producing flaked cereal products and sparked the beginning of the dry cereal industry.
> The painted turtle is Michigan 's state reptile.
> The western shore of Michigan has many sand dunes.
> The Sleeping Bear Dunes rise 460 feet above Lake Michigan . Living among the dunes is the dwarf lake iris the official state wildflower..
> Vernor's ginger ale was created in Detroit and became the first soda pop made in the United States . In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor was trying to create a new beverage when he was called away to serve our country in the Civil War. When he returned, 4 years later,
> the drink he had stored in an oak case had acquired a delicious gingery flavor.
> The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature cageless, open-exhibits that allowed the animals more freedom to roam.
> Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office.
> The J. W. Westcott II is the only boat in the world that delivers mail to ships while they are still underway. They have been operating for 125 years.
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> Indian River is the home of the largest crucifix in the world. It is called the Cross in the Woods.
> Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world
> Michigan has more shoreline than any other state except Alaska .

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sugarnspice005

Aug 28 @ 7:34PM  
The Ambassador Bridge was named by Joseph Bower, the person credited with making the bridge a reality, who thought the name ( Detroit-Windsor International Bridge ) as too long and lacked emotional appeal. Bower wanted to symbolize the visible expression of friendship of two peoples with like ideas and ideals.
> Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams.
> Michigan has 116 lighthouses and navigational lights. Seul Choix Point Lighthouse in Gulliver has been guiding ships since 1895. The working light also functions as a museum, which houses early 1900's furnishings and maritime artifacts.
> Forty of the state's 83 counties adjoin at least one of the Great Lakes .
> Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes .
> Standing anywhere in the state a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes .
>
> Michigan includes 56,954 square miles of land area; 1,194 square miles of Inland waters; and 38,575 square miles of Great Lakes water area.
> Sault Ste. Marie was established in 1668 making it the oldest town between the Alleghenies and the Rockies ..
>
> Michigan was the first state to provide in its Constitution for the establishment of public libraries.
> Michigan was the first state to guarantee every child the right to Tax-paid high school education.
> Four flags have flown over Michigan -- French, English, Spanish and United States .
>
> Isle Royal Park shelters one of the largest moose herds remaining in the United States ...
> Some of the longest bulk freight carriers in the world operate on the Great Lakes . Ore carriers 1,000 feet long sail Michigan 's inland seas.
> The Upper Michigan Copper Country is the largest commercial deposit of native copper in the world.
> The 19 chandeliers in the Capitol in Lansing are one of a kind and designed especially for the building by Tiffany's of New York . Weighing between 800-900 pounds apiece they are composed of copper, iron and pewter.
> The first auto traffic tunnel built between two nations was the mile-long Detroit-Windsor tunnel under the Detroit River .
> The world's first international submarine railway tunnel was opened between Port Huron , Michigan , and Sarnia , Ontario , Canada in 1891.
> The nation's first regularly scheduled air passage service began operation between Grand Rapids and Detroit in 1926.
> In 1879 Detroit telephone customers were first in the nation to be assigned phone numbers to facilitate handling calls.
> In 1929, the Michigan State Police established the first state police radio system in the world.
> Grand Rapids is home to the 24-foot Leonardo Da Vinci horse, called Il Gavallo. It is the largest equestrian bronze sculpture in the Western Hemisphere .
> The State Motto (written in Latin) translates to:
> "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, Look about you.."
>
> Was that interesting or what?
> With all the negativity due to poor economics and housing market these days
> Let us all try to remember and say something positive about our beautiful and interesting Michigan !
> We will strive to thrive once again!
> It would also be a good thing to keep our Michigan in our prayers and thoughts too.
> Thank you and may God Bless our Michigan and her people!

Yeah, maybe we do have the highest unemployment rate in the nation, but it's still a wonderful state. And someday things will get better here.
Ewe_Wish

Aug 28 @ 7:40PM  
Yeah, maybe we do have the highest unemployment rate in the nation,
You know the unemployment rate sucks every where but my sister said something one day that really made sense...............if the unemployment rate is 10% that also means that 90% of the people are employed.............

I only have one problem with Michigan I live near Grand Rapids MN and when I use the toll free number for Triple AAA..............9 out of 10 times they try to send me a tow truck from Grand Rapids Michigan............I think they need to change their name.........
Ewe_Wish

Aug 28 @ 7:41PM  
Triple AAA......
Now that was redundant..............I mean Triple A
theSkwirl

Aug 28 @ 8:54PM  
Triple AAA does that equal 9?

Umm yeah .. umm I know the feeler.. there's a sign in a small town I used to live in that says, "Welcome to Grant County, Poverty with a view!"
Premeir

Aug 28 @ 8:56PM  
Thanks for the posting, Many people complain about Michigan but even with the lousy politics, job situation and the amount of stupid people living here the state is very beautiful and has a lot to offer if you are willing to look.

Things will turn for the better in due time, those that complain and still live here should leave and never come back, it will make it better for the rest of us who appreciate what they have.
NightOfOld

Aug 28 @ 9:10PM  

I was norn in Detroit, Michigan.

Have a cookie hun.
Itsasecret13

Aug 28 @ 9:43PM  
Sorry Sugarnspice, Michigan has many wonderful attributes and and has contributed mightly to the betterment of our country. It is also a beautiful state with many of the nations loveliest natural sights.

Like California you have many fools and ignorant people there who have consistently voted liberal Democrat and it is now one of if not the highest unemployment rates in the nation and sadly no one there will face the facts and see how the Democrats have run that great state into the ground. You also have one of the highest crimes rates in the nation, cities that are working their way into rusted out ghost towns. Yet the majority population blame people and things that have noting to do with your problems and you praise and vote into office the very people who murdered your state. Sad but true.
sugarnspice005

Aug 28 @ 10:06PM  




Like California you have many fools and ignorant people there who have consistently voted liberal Democrat and it is now one of if not the highest unemployment rates in the nation and sadly no one there will face the facts and see how the Democrats have run that great state into the ground. You also have one of the highest crimes rates in the nation, cities that are working their way into rusted out ghost towns.



Ok, first of all, when John Engler was Governor here, he was the one who let jobs leave this state like a flood gate opening. I'm not saying Granholm is a better Governor either. Secondly, not only have you just insulted me by calling me a "fool and ignorant", you just crossed the line by including my family in that sentence. Yes, my family does vote Democrat, and yes, I do so on occasion, I also vote Republican...I vote for who I feel will be the best candidate...I do NOT vote on party lines because both parties are corrupt and full of double talking, back stabbing liars.

I know the stats in my state, I'm born and raised here. I know what areas are bad, and what areas are "safe" if there is any such place in this nation. Please do not insult me by presuming to know more about my "home" than I do.
RevDocLove

Aug 28 @ 10:14PM  
You go girl
Too bad when a simple blog is hijacked with biased political bullshit
Itsasecret13

Aug 28 @ 10:24PM  
Sugarn Spice, I did not call you a fool and ignorant. That applies to all the people who keep blaming everyone else and voting in the same people that actually caused the mess. I have no intent of insulting you and most of the people here.There are some that I intend to insult every chance i get and I will do it with facts and their own words. You are not one of them.

I do think you need to educate yourself more on many of the issues, but we are all in need of that.

I do not presume to know more about your state than you do. I did not say that I spoke in general about some well known facts. Now if you want the actual source and I'll look them up for you.

Please read a little closer and see what I was really saying. Do not be so sensitive. You are not my "enemy". In fact I like you and have no reason to insult you in anyway.
soft_touch938

Aug 28 @ 10:41PM  
Something sounds awfully familiar here...an echo for another time perhaps???
theSkwirl

Aug 28 @ 10:57PM  
Typical AMD rerun.. new name.. same ol same.
casuallylooking

Aug 29 @ 4:11AM  
Kudos to you and ... Thanks for sharing this info. I didn't know quite a bit of it.

And our unemployment rate is right up there with Michigan.
Wordsofwit

Aug 29 @ 8:36AM  
That was very interesting. Thanks for posting. Michigan seems to have everything but an NFL team.
Thenewguy2957

Aug 29 @ 9:27AM  
Vernor's ginger ale was created in Detroit and became the first soda pop made in the United States . In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor was trying to create a new beverage when he was called away to serve our country in the Civil War. When he returned, 4 years later,
> the drink he had stored in an oak case had acquired a delicious gingery flavor.


Makes you wonder who would try drinking a liquid they'd left sitting in the basement for 4 years.

On a partisan political note the death penalty was abolished in Michigan in the 1840s to allow the state democratic party to grow. Just kidding.
PinkToeNails

Aug 29 @ 9:29AM  
Michigan seems to have everything but an NFL team






casuallylooking

Aug 29 @ 11:35AM  
Michigan seems to have everything but an NFL team.
But they have our #1 rival in college ball... Only college football I watch is OSU vs Mich.
They're my son in laws team...traitor. .......
StraddleMyNose

Aug 30 @ 1:39AM  
Triple AAA......
Now that was redundant..............I mean Triple A


Triple AAA does that equal 9?

Now that was funny!

This was an interesting blog on Michigan and it's cities. Do you have anything on Ohio and it's cities?

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