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LIVERMORE, CA - JULY 18: Safeway customers shop for peaches at Safeway's new "Lifestyle" store July 18, 2007 in Livermore, California. Safeway unveiled its newest Lifestyle store that features numerous organic and natural foods as well as expanded produce, meat, seafood and floral departments. The store also offers freshly made desserts and baked goods, a coffee roaster, a fresh nut bar and wine section with over 2,000 wines, some of which are stored in a climate controlled wine cellar. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

If you got hit with an impromptu State quiz, how would you do? You probably know your capital, maybe your official bird, or even your motto. But there’s plenty of pretty bizarre facts about each of the 50 states that you couldn’t guess on even your best day. Here’s a couple of strange examples.


  • North Carolina. NC produces the most sweet potatoes than any other state.
  • South Carolina. Georgia may be well known for its peaches, but more peaches are actually produced in South Carolina.
  • Arizona. Guys, if you ever get an invite for a wedding in Arizona, be prepared to upgrade your tie collection. Turns out the bolo tie is their official state neckwear. No word on if they consider a bowtie an insult.
  • Colorado. The United States has never had a president or vice president born in Colorado. Which begs the question, is it a matter of qualification, or is it that their state is so nice, no one would even consider moving to Washington D.C.?
  • Delaware. If there’s ever a chicken revolution, Delaware is in big trouble. Chickens currently outnumber the people there 200-to-1. Which is pretty cluck-ing nuts considering Delaware’s population is just over 970,000.
  • West Virginia. Before West Virginia decided to just throw a “west” onto another state’s name and call it a day, they were kicking around the idea of naming it “Kanawha.” It got pitched at a delegate convention in 1861 but in 1862 they decided “West Virginia” was the way to go.

Check out all the full list of strange State Facts HERE.