Anyone else out there in blogland obsessed with this History Channel 2 show? I can’t get enough!! I love it so so much. I was so glad to see that more of them just suddenly happened to appear in my Netflix queue. Like, whaaaa?!?! Insert happy dance here.
Now, I’m not necessarily a geography buff — trust me, it’s not my forte. That and history… ugh. BUT this show — it’s pretty much the coolest. I’ve only watched two episodes so far this season and here’s what I’ve learned so far:
1. The Hatfields and McCoy family fight started over a pig. A pig!!
2. The Appalachian Mountain range spans over 18 states.
3. I still don’t like the people of South Carolina. (don’t ask — it’s a long story. And I did live there for awhile, so I have reasons).
4. Chicago almost wasn’t in Illinois.
5. Speaking of Illinois, they have an Asian carp problem. Those SOB’s jump out of the water at you, and if they get through the canal in Chicago and into the Great Lakes, it could pose a huge threat to the fishing industry there.
6. Texas has its own power grid (sorry, I didn’t know there were only 3 in the entire US — I am dumb). The Capitol building also has all five seals of all the countries that laid claim to Texas (France, Spain, Mexico, US, The Republic of Texas) in its Rotunda.
7. Texas also built their Capitol building as a replica to the US Capitol building except 15 feet taller. (Everything’s bigger in Texas!!)
8. There have only been two major natural disasters that have displaced a huge number of the populace – The Dust Bowl & Hurricane Katrina.
9. There was a place in Indiana called “Forgottonia,” that tried to secede from Indiana. They claimed that western section of Indiana was forgotten when the transportation system was built around them. They had a governor and everything, but the idea never took off, and it’s still essentially a forgotten area.
10. People in Montana are crazy. Fo’ sho.
Did all those facts make you want to hop on the “How the States got their Shape” bandwagon? If not, it definitely should have! Isn’t it always fun to learn something you didn’t know?