Friday, October 8, 2010

The Friday Five

Ocassionally I watch things on the History channel (shout out to the American Pickers and Pawn Stars ;) it's not that I sit down and watch them every time it's on or even set it to record -they usually show reruns a lot so just whenever I catch it on. But, that's not exactly what I'm talking about today -also on the History channel -sometimes I do record specials- and depending -they're a hit or miss -Well, this 1 was a hit -How the states got their shapes-It was pretty interesting! Here's 5 things I learned that are pretty cool:

1. Derby Line, Vermont -Lies on the border of Canada and the U.S. -They've recently had a bit of a border change/increase in security -trying to control the border - Luckily for people they can cross the border if they happen to be in the Haskell Free Library and Opera House which has a black line running through it -part of it being in Canada and part of it being in the U.S.!

2. There was a U.S. state that only lasted for 4 years -The state of Franklin -It's now part of Tennessee.

3. Kaskaskia -Illinois' lost capital -Now an island that technically is still part of Illinois even though the few residents have a Missouri zipcode- Causing some confusion. Kaskaskia is also home to the "Liberty Bell of the West" -You might not have known America had 2 Liberty Bells -this one is even older than the 1 in Philadelphia!

4. Bloody Island -Another island causing confusion if it's part of Illinois or Missouri -It was mostly considered "neutral" therefore becoming a rendezvous for dueilist -Becoming known as Bloody Island.

5. I had to include something about Oklahoma -You might've heard about -No man's land -in the OK panhandle -a haven for outlaws when there was little/no settlement in the area.

So, that's some pretty interesting things I learned-It might come on again sometime or if you wanted to find it online -Here's a little bit I found:

Now how's that for putting some wrinkles in your brain -Pretty educational Friday Five today-Eh?! ;) Well, Hope everyone has a good weekend!

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