20th October 2014
17th October 2014
In honor of our most northern, most western, and most eastern state joining the union, here are some crazy Alaska facts:
- Alaska day is celebrated on October 18th and commemorates the formal transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States
- Klondike bars aren’t just delicious treats that people will lose their dignity for (I ate cat food for a free Klondike Bar during some dark times in 2004), it’s also the name of the town where gold was first discovered, starting the Alaskan Gold Rush of 1897.
- Alaska takes its name from the Aleut word “Alyeska”, meaning “great land”. The state nickname is “The Last Frontier” and on average over 20 people die in the Alaskan wilderness every year.
- Alaska’s state seal has an actual “arf arf arf” seal on it
- North America’s largest oil field is in Alaska. Iran and Iraq are pissed because they have to drill for oil in the hot desert while we don’t have to break a sweat and can enjoy delicious delicious Klondike bars while drilling our oil.
- It’s illegal to wake a polar bear to take it’s picture
Alaska is a beautiful state and an amazing land full of wildlife and natural wonder. Head over for a visit if you have a chance!