"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
Read this story in Spanish.