20 (Suspicious and Somewhat Useless) Facts About Missouri
All you ever didn’t really care about knowing about the "Show Me State" until you showed up here.

Dan Van Oss American States, Complete Columns, History 0 Comments

If you like your states between -40 and 118 degrees and full of holes, you’ll love Missouri!
1
Official Motto: “Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto (Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law.)
Unofficial Motto: “Etiam eu libero Budweiser cervisiam ad finem” (Yes, you get free beer at the end of the Budweiser tour.)
2
The first successful parachute jump from an airplane was made in St. Louis by Captain Albert Berry. Fortunately, the airplane was on the ground and not moving at the time.
3
Richard Blechynden served tea with ice at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis and invented iced tea. Three students in Seattle Washington served coffee with ice in 1971 and invented Starbucks.
4
Warsaw holds the state record for both the lowest (-40 degrees in 1905) and highest (118 degrees in 1954) temperatures in the state. Consequently, two weeks in the middle of 1929 was about the only pleasant time to live in Warsaw.
5
Mozarkite is the official state rock and the only known substance that causes Aquaman to lose all his powers.
6
Machine-spun cotton candy was accidentally introduced at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 when a sugar vendor caught his tie  in a high-speed mixing machine.
7
With around 5,500 caves, Missouri is also known as the “Missing Persons” state.
8
Kansas City has more boulevards than Paris, more fountains than any city except Rome, and more Super Bowl rings than the Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, and Jacksonville Jaguars combined.
9
One event at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis was climbing a greased pole. The pole, a seven-foot-one bricklayer from Bydgoszcz named Stanislav Abramowicz, vowed never to do it again.
10
The ice cream cone was invented at the St. Louis World’s Fair on 1904 when an ice cream vendor ran out cups and asked a waffle vendor to quickly make some eye-poking cone-shaped waffle holders that leak out the bottom. While he was busy doing that, the ice cream vendor stole some of his cups.
11
In Mole, frightening a baby is against the law. However, taunting, fazing or intimidating a baby is allowed.
12
St. Louis offers more free visitor attractions than anyplace outside of Washington D.C., including the Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, and watching tourists take selfies by the Arch.
13
Ozark folk wisdom says that splitting a persimmon seed into 2 halves reveals an omen of the coming winter weather. If the seed reveals “spoons,” it points to shoveling snow. “Fork” images foretell light snow, and “knives” portend cutting cold winds. Ironically, Ozark folk wisdom has proven more accurate than local news DopplerStorm RadarWeatherWatch Intellicasts, which have an astounding lack of persimmons.
14
On July 3, 1985 the honey bee was officially declared the state insect. Bees throughout the state continued to calmly buzz in total indifference.
15
Sedalia has been called the “Cradle of Classic Ragtime”. Kansas City had to settle for the “Disney Princess Diaper Bag of Classic Ragtime”.
16
The city of Creve Coeur’s name means broken heart in French, and comes from nearby Creve Coeur Lake. Legend has it that an Indian princess fell in love with a French fur trapper, but her love was not returned. According to the story, she then wrote a young adult romance novel series that changed the fur trapper into a handsome vampire and sold it to Sony Pictures for a $2.2 million advance.
17
It is against the law in St. Louis for a milkman to run while on duty. A cheese vendor, however, can lightly trot.
18
Sucker Day” is held every May in Nixa, when the city swells with up to 15,000 visitors who come to watch people driving down from Springfield to Branson.
19
The crinoid became the state’s official fossil on June 16, 1989, narrowly edging out the comatulid, a fin from a Shonisaurus, and a bivalve named Pete.
20
The first Missouri capitol building in Jefferson City burned in 1837, and a second building burned when the dome was struck by lightning in 1911. After that, state officials decided to stop building their capitols out of kerosene-soaked straw.
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