Friday, June 11, 2010

U is for Utah

When I was in 5th grade we had to do state reports. I had Iowa but since we lived in Utah I really actually wanted to do my state report on Utah. Now I think I'll give you my several-year-delayed state report in a list of useful and useless facts. 

  • The residents of Utah are called Utahns, but I'm starting to like the term Utahonian instead.  It sounds impressive and explosive (sorta like plutonium).

  • In 1896, Utah was the 45th state to gain entry into the union.

  • Utah is called the Beehive State.  Since beehives are associated with industry, "industry" is the state motto.

  • Utah is host to a very large stinky pond, otherwise known as The Great Salt Lake.  If you smell something awful in the air, you can usually blame it on the "lake stench." 

  • The state bird of Utah is the... wait for it... CALIFORNIA gull.  There are logical reasons for this, but I still find it amusing. 

  • Utah is reported to have "the greatest snow on earth."  This is supposed to make skiing more fun, but I think it's a hoax.  Skiing is not fun!

  • In 2001, Jello was declared to be the "official state snack."  More Jello is consumed per capita here than anywhere else in the WORLD.  I think that's rather impressive. 

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I'm participating in Mrs. Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday! Click the link below to see what sort of other unique things people have posted about.


Jenny Matlock

19 comments:

Natasha said...

That was very interesting. I would love to go there one day so thanks for the info on the funny smells!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Vonlipi said...

The jell-o thing is pretty funny. Is it eaten plain or in elaborate concoction?

Viki said...

Interesting facts about Utah. Great u post.

Pondside said...

Jello? I worry about what that says about Utahonians!
I got sidetracked on your blog by the 'you might also like' posts at the bottome - the Aachener Weinachtsmarkt and your tour of Eindhoven took me back to when we lived near Heerlen and shopped often in Aachen and Eindhoven. Love to go back there when I can!

brainella said...

So why do people eat lots of jello in Utah?

Mariliz said...

Cute post...I remember my 5th grade report was done on Idaho.

Noodle said...

you forgot to add that some of the best pepole in the world live in Utah..=)

Alea said...

LOL! I like Utahonian better too!

Jo said...

I wonder how many states have an "official" state snack??? the jello thing is kinda funny!

jeff campbell said...

I love Utah...very pretty place...would love to go back sometime...super post...peace and blessings

Tracy said...

I love to learn about places through blogging thank you

4 Lettre Words said...

Well, the GA fruit is the peach, but you never see peach stands here. NEVER. It's crazy.

Terra said...

That is funny - the belated report you wanted to do! I had to do them in 2nd grade...we had to fill out a form and present to the class and while the others were presenting we were supposed to fill in the blank form for that state...I was a bit of an ADD kid and didn't fill them in...I got to spend a Saturday doing ALL THE RESEARCH for ALL The states...I will NEVER forget State Reports.

Wizardress said...

So that's why you love Jello so much.. and now I know why you brought the magic pineapple that night instead of the jello salad.. you wanted to keep it all for yourself hahahahh :)

Melinda Cornish said...

everyone is always surprised when I tell them the lake stinks....it really does! I didnt know about the jello....how funny, I better go get some....

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Love your Utah facts! And although, it is only now that you are able to share it for an assignment piece. here in Ms. Matlock's class..it was well worth it :o)

Blessings & Aloha!
hm...we have stinky smells here in this part of Georgia...that we always blame on the paper mills!

Jenny said...

Kim, your Utahonian made me laugh AND the jello thing made me laugh even harder! It made me think of on your a quest for your sugar-less flavors!

Thanks for this uplifting and fun stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "U"!

You really help make this an unbelievable meme each week!

I appreciate your wonderful humor!

A+

Vicki said...

HA! Funny one cause I live here too, but in the desert now and I've not had to deal with the stench from the salt water..yuk.

So many people ask why we're the Jello state...All I can say is at every Funeral, Church function or Picnic I've been to, SOMEONE BRINGS JELLO!! Guess cause it's easy to make?

Canucky Woman said...

I agree with you about the skiing, mub. All that time and effort for a few minutes down a hill (and usually on my butt). Meh...;)

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