99 interesting facts about California

California facts

  • California is a state one of those in the much-talked-about United States located in the Pacific region of the United States of America it’s one of the most widely known US states famous for its glorious weather the US film industry and hilarious surfer dude accents pretty much sums it upright.

 

  • Oregon borders #geographically California to the north as well as Nevada and Arizona to the east all of which are also America however to south California is bordered by more California specifically by a California estate in the country of Mexico which is technically not America so West California is bordered by Poseidon’s back garden also known as the Pacific Ocean

 

  • What is now California was first settled by various indigenous tribes somewhere between 15,000 and 12,000 years ago it’s believed that by the 1400 as many’s 300,000 Native American people were living within the present-day boundaries to California number 4 however that’s all changed in the early 15th century when the area was happened upon by everyone’s favorite colonists the Europeans aspired by the possibility of a sea route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and fanciful notions of an island of gold the Spanish began to explore northwards of the Pacific coast irrevocably changing the entire region forevermore

 

  • this seems like a good time as any to talk about where the word California comes from the whole golden island thing comes from Lasogga des Indian a popular adventure book of the time written by Garcia Ordonez de Montalvo the book describes a mythical island called California in but it’s solely by race a beautiful warrior women who made everything from gold which was abundant on the island when the Spanish first sighted buyer California they believed it to be an island separated from the rest of the continent and named it after the fictional women-only Island they’ve read about in bed when their daughter pronounced was asleep

 

  • at least that’s what many experts believe is the most like the origin of the word California it’s not the only theory though some have suggested California could come from the old Spanish collect for nay an alteration of the Latin Kalida Fornax meaning hot furnace which to be fair sort of makes sense

 

  • Non-native eyes first sighted #regardless what is now California in 1542 by an explorer named Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo who we think was Spanish but maybe Portuguese either way he got caught up in some pretty nasty oppress the natives business before his trip to California so don’t feel too bad about fact date

 

  • Cabrillo his expedition wasn’t exactly a success owing in part because in 1543 reasonably soon after becoming the first European to side California he smashed his leg open on a rock jungle scuffle with some warriors from a native tongue four tribes after which he quickly developed gangrene and died what a shame

 

  • anyway his men buried him somewhere in the Channel Islands different Channel Islands by the way then continued sailing north getting as far as what we now know is the US state of Oregon however despite rumors of a sea route to the Atlantic and vast riches found in cities of gold the explorers mostly found nothing for the Spanish to exploit and as a result they reach of remained mostly unsettled and unexplored by the Europeans for well over 200 years save for the odd excursion by explorers like Sir Francis Drake and Sebastian Vizcaino

 

  •  by the 1760s however Spain began to feel increasing pressure to actually take control of the region Russia and Britain were pushing over closer to the area from their respective territories in Alaska and Canada and missionaries were eager to convert the natives to Christianity which was the fashion at the time as such Spain felt it necessary to establish settlements in what’s now California in order to secure their claim to the area as part of Spain’s vast American territory of New Spain

 

  •  in 1769 the Spanish embarked on the correct state Perdition dispatching land and sea forces northwards from Baja California several weeks later at the Presidio of San Diego established making it the first permanent European settlement on Pacific coast mazelTov or not cologne easing still bad

 

  •  not long after Spanish military forces built numerous forts in several small towns while Spanish missionaries established the first of what would later number no less than 21 missions on or near the coast of what’s now California the San Francisco mission later became the city of San Francisco and these two small villages ultimately grow into the ports of Los Angeles and San Jose

 

  •  however by the early 19th century many of Spain’s American colonies were starting to get sick of just being colonies and felt that they were old enough to be countries of their own and so in 1810 the people of Mexico rose up against their Spanish rulers and began the Mexican War of Independence which concluded in 1821 as you can probably guess from the name Mexico managed to secure its independence making California a district of Mexico

 

  •  after 1821 the Mexican government began the process of secularizing and taking control of the numerous missions in California large areas of land were given to prominent and politically influential Mexicans who prospered by raising livestock giving birth of the much-mythologized Ranchero culture

 

  •  it’s worth noting that by this time the region’s Native American population had been devastated as a result of their contact with colonists while native deaths from outright warfare and violent conflicts were rare the Europeans brought with them a host of foreign diseases against which the indigenous Californians had no natural immunity where’d it go, gang,

 

  • some estimates suggest that by the mid-1830s disease have reduced the region’s native population to only 150,000 people constituting a loss of around half of all indigenous people in California in the six decades it’s the first contact with Europeans that that’s very bad indeed

 

  •  around this time it was becoming clear that the United States really wanted California just for themselves the Americans justified the voracious land lost with the contest but popular notion of manifest destiny which asserted that the United States had the god-given right to expand and settle across the continent of North America this view was shared by United States President James K pulk gosh what a surprise who actually offered to buy large areas of land from Mexico these proposals were refused by the Mexican government inflaming tension between the two countries

 

  •  large numbers of American immigrants have moved to California and often found themselves at odds with the newly formed and unstable notion of Mexico. As a result, many of the people living in what’s now California came to resent Mexican rule, and the tensions grew ever more tense as the tense years went by such a tense well the tension starts coming, and it doesn’t stop coming in the distance not coming in it doesn’t stop coming in

 

  •  outraged American settlers responded by defying Mexican rule together and in June of 1846 staged the Bear Flag Revolt in Sonoma in Northern California Americans in the Mexican territory of Alta California declared independence from Mexico and established the short-lived breakaway state known as the California Republic which lasted only twenty-five days before it too was annexed by the United States

 

  •  after the Mexican-American war ended in 1848 Mexico was forced to see the majority of the form in Mexican territory Alta California to the US most of which then formed the US states of Nevada and Utah and parts of Arizona Colorado and Wyoming the western portion of Alta California then simply became California and on the 9th of September 1850 was officially admitted into the Union as the 31st state of the United States California was officially American baby

 

  •  yeah so that’s that, to be honest, there wasn’t really much going on after California could except at the old America club bit boring really sike on the 24th of January 1848 literally just days before the end of the Mexican American War a carpenter from New Jersey named James W Marshall found several small nuggets of gold in the American River at the site of a sawmill that he was building near Coloma in Northern California, but seriously that’s it that’s the only interesting thing that happened in California at that time

 

  •  sike again gosh darn stop falling for that Marshalls discovery sparked the California Gold Rush which vented dramatic social and demographic changes in the form of large-scale immigration to California from the east of America and around the world accompanied by the type of major economic boom you’d expect to occur when someone discovers gold in a river in the middle of the 19th century it was all kicking off basically

 

  •  Texas declared independence from Mexico in 1836 after which it was annexed by the United States in 1845 leaving the Mexicans pretty darn miffed this served as the final trigger for the outbreak of the Mexican-American war in 1846 at which point Mexico broke off diplomatic relations and ordered all foreigners without proper papers to be deported from California that moved Mexico the irony is not lost

 

  •  in the weeks and months that followed Marshall’s discovery thousands of eager prospectors flooded to California hoping to strike it rich changing the future of the state forever by August of 1848 to the hillsides above the American River were littered with the tempting would hearts of roughly 4,000 gold miners in the subsequent four years after Marshalls discovery California’s population left from 14,000 to 250,000 and between 1847 and 1870 the population of San Francisco increased from just 500 to 150,000

 

  •  the California Gold Rush ultimately constitutes the single largest mass migration in American history bringing a total of about 300,000 people to California almost all of whom were young men these gold seekers were known variously as Argonauts and 49ers the year 18-49 being the peak year for emigration to California

 

  •  though estimates vary it’s believed that in the 1850s – extracted almost 800 metric tons of gold from the California countryside equivalent to tens of billions of dollars today

 

  •  somewhat ironically though only a small number of early arrivals that the Gold Rush became wealthy as a result while most of the people who moved to California in terms of the gold made only modest profits or very little at all gutted

 

  •  in fact, modern research has since confirmed that merchants made far more money than miners during the gold rush simply by selling overpriced food goods and supplies to prospectors double gutted

 

  •  Mike seriously to say that such merchants exploited the demand for their services is putting it very likely during the gold rush having one’s clothes laundered professionally was so expensive it was that big cheaper for – to chip their dirty garments – Honolulu in Hawaii almost 4000 kilometers away where they would be cleaned and sent back to California

 

  •  it’s worth pointing out the one the gold resulted in an economic boom hastened California’s ascension to statehood and in many ways made the state what it is today it constituted yet another disastrous period for the region’s indigenous population Native Americans in the area were forced out of their traditional hunting fishing and food gathering grounds creating conflict with the miners which culminated in literally hundreds of massacres against the outgunned natives collectively known today is the California genocide

 

  •  and so as a direct result of violence disease enslavement legal discrimination and social disruption the native population of California ultimately fell to only around 30,000 by the year 1870 constituting a loss of roughly 120,000 Native lives over the course of a little over two decades

 

  •  while California sided with the north of the onset of the American Civil War in 1861 strong procession is sympathies in Southern California and the sheer physical distance during the West Coast and the vast majority of the battles in east of the country meant that the new state played a reduced role in the event of the war however California did make significant contributions to the success of the Union by sending limited numbers of combat forces providing gold building forts along frontier trials and suppressing Confederate activity

 

  • up until the late 1860’s the trip to and from California from the East Coast was a long and dangerous undertaking in 1869 however the first transcontinental railway was completed linking California to the rest of the continental United States with an easy and direct route for the very first time the completion of this route or route made the journey to and from California far faster safer and cheaper and was widely considered to be one of the greatest American technological feat of the 19th century

 

  •  the western portion of railway between Sacramento and northern Utah was built mostly by thousands of Chinese laborers who were hired after a job I’d elicited only a few hundred responses from white laborers art of the railway was completed in 1969 these workers flooded the labor market creating tension that eventually culminated in a series of anti Chinese immigration laws

 

  •  art of the frenzy surrounding the gold rush died out California increasingly became a highly productive agricultural region and continued to grow both in population and importance as the dawn of the 20th century came and went the region saw significant emigration from south of the border owing to the disruption caused by the Mexican Revolution yawn further establishing California’s Latino heritage

 

  •  around this time California emerged as the home of the US film industry serving as the filming location of many of the earliest American films Southern Californians consistently Pleasant weather diverse scenery and cheap land and labor, as well as its distance away from Thomas ever since a notorious literate Aryan motion picture patents company, made it the perfect place for the film industry to materialize and materialize it did baby, so it appears I have Thomas Edison’s unethical business practices to thank for introducing me to my darling light and elegance Queen Jennifer Lawrence thanks for being a nob Edison

 

  •  while much of the United States and many nations around the world was scarred by the effects of the Great Depression in the early 1930s California suffered far less migrant workers from the impoverished prairie states of the Dust Bowl traveled to California in search for work causing significant social unrest in the region

 

  •  yeah as with many places around the world the Second World War had a significant impact on California many of the military ship used by the US were manufactured in California while women were recruited into the workforce proving themselves to be perfectly capable in the range of traditionally male jobs shocking I know do try to hold your outrage gasps until the end of the video though

 

  •  sadly though the Second World War brought with it a resurgence in anti-Asian sentiment that culminated with the mass incarceration of up to 120,000 Japanese Americans in internment camps people of Japanese ancestry were excluded from living anywhere throughout the west coast including the entirety of the state of California except for in designated camps the largest and most controversial of which was to Lake in Northern California which held almost 30,000 people throughout the four years of its in operation

 

  •  on the 14th of October 1947 California became the location of history’s very first supersonic flights the feat was achieved over the Mojave Desert in Southern California in a bell x-1 rocket aircraft which the pilot Chuck Yeager had nicknamed glamorous Glennis after his wife yep that’s right the first plane to break the sound barrier was called glamorous Glennis well looks like I found my track name

 

  •  the latter half of the 20th century in California was characterized by an explosive growth of the high-technology sector that emerged in the Santa Clara Valley region of the San Francisco Bay area now known as sill Canali with all these developments California is now widely known as a world center of the entertainment and music technology engineering and aerospace industries as well as the center of agricultural production of the United States it’s a pretty big deal basically the meaning of life oh and bodybuilding movie superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger served as the Governor of California between 2003 and 2011 that about wraps it up for Californian history right moving on to geography

 

  •  today California covers an area of property 423,000 970 square kilometers making it the third-largest US state by area after everything’s bigger in Texas Texas and Alaska which is ironically bigger than Texas

 

  •  California is often geographically bisected into two distinct regions southern and northern California though opinions differ on where exactly the dividing line lies generally speaking Southern California comprises the ten southernmost counties and Northern California comprise at the roaning 48 northernmost counties small disclaimer here I included this fact mostly to use the word bisected in a sentence

 

  •  and a certain point on highway 99 of the San Joaquin Valley of California near the central Californian city of Madera there is a palm tree and pine tree conspicuously planted next to each other in the median strip of the road the palm tree signifies Southern California while the pine tree signifies Northern California buts which is better no Carol SoCal let us know in our totally tubular YouTube poll

 

  •  as previously mentioned California is highly geographically diverse ranging from the beaches the Pacific coast and the west of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the east and from the redwood and Douglas fir forests in the northwest of the arid Mojave Desert in the southeast

 

  •  streaking dramatically down the center of the state of California’s flat central valley a major agricultural area that contains around 11% of California’s total land area roughly equivalent in size to Denmark

 

  •  with thirty-nine point six million residents California is by far the most populated state in u.s. something about the perfect weather beaches economic prosperity and celebrities just seems to attract people

 

  • California is a multicultural state where people from a diverse range of ethnicity in cultures reside evidenced by the fact that roughly a quarter of the people living in California were born outside of the US now if you’re the kind of cooper’s about some reason of a problem with that I suggest you go back and re-watch the early parts of this video in which I mentioned the fact that the native population in California was almost completely wiped out because European settlers loved gold too much

 

  •  California is also known for its distinctive State Flag can only see Bear Flag for obvious reasons really like the more attentive among you may have realized the Bear Flag is based on the flag used by the plucky so-and-so’s who staged the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt we talked about earlier see I told you guys flag histories, Farner

 

  •  sadly this specific variety of bear featured on the flag known as the California grizzly bear is now very much extinct the last possible sighting the California grizzly bear occurred in 1924 and Grizzlies have not been seen in the state since god humans suck I mean a lot of animals suck too, but humans are the worst

 

  •  California State Capitol in the city of Sacramento State as it gained after the state capital was moved from the small northern California city of Phoenicia in 1854 Sacramento is the Spanish word for the sacrament, and as you will see for the rest of the video it’s typical of California’s abundant Spanish language cathodic place-names

 

  •  the most populated city in California in Los Angeles which is Spanish for the Angels see super gothic home to over 3.9 million people Los Angeles is also the second most populated in the entirety of the United States having been beaten to the top by the show-offs in New York City

 

  •  California is also home to the San Bernardino County which covers an area of 50 2076 making it the largest county in the US by an area roughly equivalent in size the Costa Rica I mean some of Alaska’s borrows in centers area are larger, but they’re technically not counties and also at Alaska who cares

 

  •  because of its deliciously productive tech agriculture tourism and entertainment industries California’s economy is worth roughly 3 trillion dollars making it the largest in the United States by far and the largest sub-national economy in the world

 

  •  in fact of California were a country it would be the fifth-largest economy in the world larger than the UK France or India a country with 1.3 billion people in it

 

  • of course with all that it has to offer California is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations hosting a grand total of 268 million tourists in 2016 though the vast majority of those were Californians themselves only 7% of tourists to California come from outside the US though that works out at a not so shabby figure of eighteen point seven million people

 

  •  like most US states California has a variety of nicknames the most well-known of which is its official nickname the Golden State alternative states uppercase include the Eldorado State the great state and summer bizarrely the land of milk and honey

 

  •  California state motto is actually a single word and that word is Eureka a Greek word meaning I have found it famously bellowed took the streets of ancient Syracuse by wet and naked Archimedes after a particularly mentally stimulating path as the mo of California the word Eureka refers to the famous discovery of gold that we talked about earlier

 

  •  in 1972 a politician serving in the California State Assembly named W Craig Biddle nominated the humble trilobite to be California State fossil but despite the backing of several academic institutions geological groups and almost 2000 museum curators and fossil experts Biddle’s bill never even made it to the assembly for to be voted upon the very next year though another bill was proposed to make the saber-tooth cat California State fossil and was passed by 27 votes to one the soul no votes were cast by none other than tryna bite lover W Craig Biddle orc would

 

  • California is located on the San Andreas Fault a continental transform fault that extends roughly 1,300 kilometers down the length of the state the fault forms a tectonic bounty between the Pacific plate in the North American plate, and its motion is the right-lateral strike-slip which is a fancy science guy turn the horizontal

 

  • as a result Southern California experiences about 20,000 earthquakes each year although only around 15 of them have a magnitude greater than for

 

  •  California also contains a large portion of the Mojave Desert the driest desert in North America named after the native Mojave people the majority of the Mojave Desert covers an area of roughly 65,000 square kilometres in California and Nevada those small areas extends a Utah and Arizona Nintendo 64 in the northern region of the Mojave Desert in Death Valley where temperatures often approach 50 degrees Celsius or if your America and nowhere else in the world 120 degrees Fahrenheit that’s only during the summer though, and it has an average of only 5 centimeters of rainfall every year

 

  • in fact on the 10th of July 1913 the temperature of furnace creek in Death Valley Rose door frankly satanic 56.7 degrees Celsius or again for you Americans 134 degrees Fahrenheit the highest reliably recorded air temperature on earth ever recorded just reading that’s maybe sweat

 

  •  sir, sometimes you just feel like you’re at your lowest point sometimes though that’s because you’re in Death Valley’s Badwater Basin which at 282 feet below sea level is the lowest point in the entire of North America come on man that’s low

 

  •  California is also home to Mount Whitney what did four thousand four hundred twenty-one metres tall is the tallest mountain in the continental United States located on the border between California’s Inyo and two-layer counties Mount Whitney is the most prominent peak in California’s dramatic Sierra Nevada mountain range which stretches for six hundred forty kilometers on the east side of the Central Valley

 

  • and get this Mount Whitney is located only 136 kilometers away from Badwater Basin the aforementioned lowest point in the United States constituting an elevation change of over 4,500 meters less than three hours drive apart

 

  • Badwater Basin the largest lake in California is the Salton Sea which would compete here informs me is a shallow say line and Dury Clift Lake I mean yeah sure sounds fun located in southeastern California Salton Sea has a surface area of 889 square kilometers which is about two and a half times as big as the Isle of Wight for you Brits help there Jim it’s a big-ass lake, not ass lake I don’t even know what a slake is anyway

 

  • as it happens the entire coastline of California it’s a National Monument owing to the fact that it’s I’m quoting here still Pro pretty officially titled the California Coastal National Monument upon its creation by former President Clinton in January 2000 the designation guarantees its permanent conservation and ensures California’s national coastal beauty will remain the year to come

 

  • Callie could also brag about being the most biologically diverse state in u.s. – as it’s home to more than 40,000 plant and animal species

 

  • likely as a result of its aforementioned plentiful biodiversity the state of California is home to not one not two but nine national parks the most out of any states in the entire United States so that suck it main

 

  •  California’s verdant forests are home to the largest trees in the world one such species is the giant sequoia which grows naturally only in groves on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the giant forest of Sequoia National Park in California’s Tulare County is one particular tree known as General Sherman which doesn’t have any military credentials thank God bliss named after the Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman where the ground circumference of 31.1 meters a base diameter of 11.1 meters and an estimated volume of 1487 cubic meters General Sherman is the largest known living single stem tree on earth he’s a big boy

 

  •  but California isn’t satisfying to only have the largest roots in the world as it’s also the home of the related coastal redwood which grows in a relatively narrow strip down much of California’s Pacific Coast coastal redwoods regularly grow up to 90 meters in height although some are even taller than that in August of 2006 one specimen dubbed Hyperion sorry I couldn’t say like that was found in a remote area of Redwood National and state parks in Northern California which measures an incredible 115 points eight five meters making it the tallest known living tree

 

  • interestingly the exact location of Hyperion is a closely guarded secret to protect it from being damaged by over curious tree tourists you’d think that the world’s tallest tree would be fairly easy to find, but hey I haven’t been a globe-trotting tree enthusiast for many years now

 

  •  California so loves its big trees that both are giant sequoia, and the coastal redwood serve as California’s official state tree which I didn’t realize were things, but there we are meanwhile New York Vermont West Virginia and Wisconsin all shared a lowly sugar maple as their state tree all that useless shrub does is produced delicious maple syrup embarrassing

 

  • but we’re not done Californian atoning the largest and tallest trees but another interesting tree known as Methuselah located in the Inyo National Forest Methuselah is the Great Basin Bristlecone pine that estimated to win seeded in 2832 BCE making it at the time this video around four thousand eight hundred fifty-one years old as such Methuselah is the oldest known living non clonal tree in existence

 

  • California is also known for your sanity Falls a huge waterfall that dropped water total distance of 739 meters located in Yosemite National Park the waterfall actually consists of three separate Falls the upper Yosemite fall the middle Cascades and the Lower Yosemite fall of which the initial RPS amity fall most a largest single drop of 440 meters don’t go chasing your sanity Falls cuz it sounds pretty dangerous

 

  • California’s agriculture industry has the highest output at many US states producing 47 billion dollars in revenue every year California produces more than half of America’s fresh fruit and is the leading producer of fresh vegetables all thanks to Michelle Obama telling people to eat healthy in 2010 thanks to Obama both actually thanks

 

  • California also produces a whopping 80 percent of the almonds in the entire world that’s a lot of almonds

 

  • as if that a grade almond fact wasn’t impressive enough California also grows roughly 4 million tons of wine grapes every year and produces roughly ninety percent of all US wine it’s like the France of u.s.

 

  • considering the fact that the largest city in California is frequently abbreviated to simply LA you might be amused to learn that the original name of the settlement that later into Los Angeles was an el pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los ángeles del Rio de Portland Kula which translates to the town of Our Lady Queen of the angels of the party and cooler River

 

  • one of California’s most iconic landmarks is the Hollywood sign of Los Angeles located on the southern slope of Mount Lee in the Santa Monica Mountains first erected in 1923 Tom laughs come on the sign originally read Hollywood land and was built on advertising an upscale housing development, unfortunately, the upscale housing development in question was, in fact, a segregated white-only housing though in Venice virtually all of Los Angeles were segregated in the 1920s because racism

 

  • located right in the middle of downtown Los Angeles other Lari pits a group of naturally occurring pits from which liquid asphalt has bubbled from the surface for tens of thousands of years over the millennia numerous individuals from hundreds of different animal species have been trapped in the pits which preserved their remains extremely well a whopping 3.5 million fault cells have been excavated from the pits including Ice Age Creek just like mammoths and saber-toothed cats no sign of that build squirrel thing with it’s not though

 

  • funnily enough, the debris is part of the site’s name in Spanish called the tar meaning that the name of one of LA’s most iconic natural landmarks essentially means the tar tar pits

 

  •  in fact, the tar pits aren’t the only geographical features in the great state of California with tautologies names the name of Lake Tahoe the deep lake that sits on the state line between California and Nevada consists of the English word Lake and the native Washoe word Tahoe which means lake, so it’s Lake Lake

 

  • lake lake lake lake lake apparently you may only throw frisbees on the beach and Los Angeles County with the express permission of the attendant lifeguard I previously assumed that the job of a lifeguard was to guard life not fun

 

  • the city of San Francisco holds some of California’s most beloved and well-known landmarks top of the list is the Golden Gate Bridge which is Kirra seen either gold or agate at a dis-a-prin the big red suspension bridge is so named because it spans the Golden Gate a 1.6 kilometer wide straight connecting the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean at the time of its opening in 1937 it was both the longest and tallest expansion bridge in the world with a total length of 2.7 kilometers and a total height of 227 meters

 

  • another trait at San Francisco favorite is Lombard Street located in the city’s Russian Hill district more precisely I’m talking about a steep single block section of Lombard Street that is world-famous for its curvy zigzag shape made up of a total of 8 hairpin turns as such Lombard Street is often referred to as the most crooked street in the world I mean really who who let that happen

 

  • the city of San Francisco is home to a football team known as the San Francisco 49ers would a reference to the previously mentioned gold rush in which 1849 was the year of peak immigration to the sainted careful you know what you’ve probably got the reference so let’s move on

 

  • in the Californian city of Livermore situated just outside the San Francisco Bay Area there is a fire station that maintains a light bulb could the Centennial light this rather grandiose title has been bestowed upon this humble little light bulb due to the fact that it’s been on an emitting light almost constantly since 1906 constituting a lifespan of over 113 years at the time of making the video the bold even has its own dedicated webcam which keeps a watchful eye on the world’s longest-lasting light bulb in all honesty guys its facts like that that get me up in the morning Oh bad I mean not let’s move on

 

  • in 1981 a dog called Bosco ran for mayor and the small Californian town of signal and one I mean technically it was in honorary position but the black Labrador Retriever and Rottweiler mix beat two humans in the election because humans love dogs more than we love ourselves through Bosco’s achievement was more of an adorable publicity stunt than anything else in 1990 the Chinese newspaper the People’s Daily rather disingenuously reported on his tenure as an example of the failings of the American electoral process jam

 

  • California has produced a wide variety of popular and successful inventions including but not limited to Apple computers jeans the Barbie doll frisbees skate port, and fortune cookies yep fortune cookies are native to China although if you see an Iron Man 3, you’d know that already

 

  •  California it’s the home state of McDonald’s purveyors of some of the most unhealthy yet supernaturally delicious food the money can buy the world’s first McDonald’s restaurant opened in 1914 San Bernardino under the original name of McDonald’s bar-b-q and sold its burgers for only 10 cents a pop

 

  • California is also the location of the first Disneyland theme park which was opened on the 17th of July 1955 in the southern California city of anaheim Walt Disney himself around at the concept of Disneyland after visiting various amusement parks with his daughters in the 1930s and 40s and us of 2018 it’s been visited by staggering 726 million people the highest cumulative attendance of any theme park on the planet

 

  • on the 20th of June 2015 66 people managed to successfully ride the world’s large surfboard on the waves of Huntington Beach California this massive surfy boy measured 12.8 three meters in length and 3.37 meters in width which still seems kind of small considering it supported 66 human beings

 

  • California is the only state in u.s. to have hope that both the Summer Olympics which you did in 1932 and 1984 and the Winter Olympics suck at Maine

 

  • bliss the world-famous Windows wallpaper depicting a lush green hill against a blue sky afflict the fluffy white clouds is actually a photograph taken in California’s Napa Valley by photographer Charles areia bonus fact the image is actually completely unedited which makes the view all the more impressive

 

  • the only person born in California to have become president of the US was Richard Nixon who was incidentally also the only President to resign owing to the fact he paid hush money to people who were spying on his opponents, not a great legacy to be fair

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