Monday, February 18, 2013

How much do you know about this state you call home?

"A point in space that contains all other points; anyone who gazes into it can see everything in the universe from every angle simultaneously, without distortion, overlapping or confusion."

That's a very brief description of the Aleph in a gripping short story written by Jorge Luis Borges in 1945, almost two decades before the birth of what would eventually become the Internet.

Granted, the World Wide Web is a funky and chaotic place, but like Borges' Aleph, it is a place where you can find just about everything. That includes things you're not even looking for, as is the case of this amusing little post on interesting facts about Washington state that we found by mere chance.

Surely, you do know we produce more apples than any other state in the union; in fact, the 2012 crop went through the roof. And you may well be aware that we have the most coffee bean roasters per capita, which is why Seattle is known as the coffee capital of the world. But you may not know that Washington is home to the largest slug in all of North America, including Mexico and Canada. Or how about this one: Father's Day was founded in Washington in 1910. Or, were you aware that there are only five really long floating bridges in the world and four of them are here in Washington?

It's a holiday, so take a short break and learn some more fun trivia about our state here and here.

Read this story in Spanish.