I found a few interesting tid-bits along my way towards accomplishing this Quest. That's just how quests go...the tid-bits make up the entire story, not the goal. It's like the "it's the journey, not the destination" saying or something. What would Frodo be without 3 movies of side adventures before he finally gets to Mount Doom? He wouldn't be the Lord of the Rings - that's for damn sure.
THUS, here are some facts about the great state of Utah I didn't know, and I'm sure you didn't know, and mostly - that we'd all like to know...and here we go:
- Utah has the youngest population of any State (bunch a whipper snappers!); 59.3% ages 18-64, 32.2% under 18, and 9.4% under 5.
- Utah is 270 miles wide and 350 miles long. Eh? Who knew? Noooo one.
- Official State Dance: The Square Dance (root-tootin!)
- Official State Game: Chess (snoooozer. I'm going to the Square Dance)
- Official State Colors: Indigo, Blue and Yellow (Where's the Crimson? Go Utes!)
- (This will come as a shock to girls) 49.9% of Utahns are Female, 50.1% are Male (so why in the world is my Ward 3 girls to 1 guy?!?!)
- The LDS Church is 60.7% of the State's Population (okay that's not shocking - I just had to send out a holla! for the Church)
- Utah is ranked the top state in the nation for Economic Dynamism: "The degree to which state economics are knowledge-based, globalized, entrepreneurial, info tech-driven and innovation-based." (eh? I thought it was interesting...)
- In central Utah, coal production accounts for much of the mining activity (Holla! Emery County (hometown folks - come on) Whoop!)
- I-70, between Salina and Green River (yes - holla again for E County) is the longest stretch of interstate in the country without any services! So pee before! Truuust me.
- The Utah Airport, in 2005, was ranked 1st in on-time departures and 2nd in on-time arrivals in the country (take that Mormon Standard Time!)
- Utah granted full voting rights to women in 1870, 26 years before becoming a state (and can we say years ahead of US Constitutional Amendment 19 in 1920); only Wyoming granted women suffrage earlier (pro-gress-ive! Mmm, soup.)
- Utah is also one of the only two states in the US to outlaw all forms of gambling.
- Utah was the only state in the nation where Democratic candidate Bill Clinton finished behind both George H W Bush and Independent candidate Ross Perot in 1992 (we could tell he was a sicky...)
- Utah is the least populous US state to have a major professional sports league franchise (Go Jazz!)
- Utah (as of 2000) ranked first in anti-depressant and narcotic painkiller use (sad...er, clearly).
- Jell-O is the official snack food of Utah (we're high class)
- Roseanne Barr is from Utah (what the hell?)
- Orson Scott Card is from Utah (phew...better)
- Butch Cassidy is from Utah (that's hot)
- Jewel is a Utahn (a Payson, Utahn)
- James Woods is a Utahn (Vernal!!)
- And how can we forget that dream-boat - Donny Osmond is a Utahn (but you knew that) What sister?
(Oh - and the Official State Drink of Wisconsin is Beer (then Milk). That's a tid-bit offering for a friend...who's a boy.)