Georgia May 05, 2016
Here Are 10 Things They Don’t Teach You About Georgia In School
Georgia is predominantly known as the state with the best Southern cooking, and the world’s largest peaches, peanuts, and pecan purveyors. However, there is so much more to this fine state than what they teach in the textbooks. For example, we bet you didn’t know these random 10 facts about the wonderful state of Georgia:
1. Georgia, with its plentiful pine forests throughout the state, produces one half of the WORLD's resin and turpentine and close to 75% of the United States' supply.
2. The official state fish is the largemouth bass.
3. It was once illegal to put an ice cream cone in your back pocket in Atlanta.
Why anyone would want to do so....is beyond me. But apparently, the law may be enforced because if a horse followed you home, it wasn't considered stealing...
4. The only county in Georgia named after a woman is Hart county.
The county was named after Nancy Hart, a patriot and warrior in the fight against the British during the Revolutionary War.
5. In 1945, Georgia became the first state to lower the legal voting age from 21 to 18.
6. Georgia is home to the invention of the Cherokee written alphabet.
7. The largest wild hog found ever discovered was found in Alapaha Georgia.
This big guy weighed in at 1,000 pounds and measured over 12 feet in length. His nickname? "Hogzilla".
8. The Geographic Center of Georgia is in Twiggs County, 18 miles southeast of Macon.
So if you ever want to travel to the middle of the state...
9. Each year Georgia serves as a host to the International Poultry Trade Show, the largest poultry convention in the world.
10. Atlanta was originally named Terminus and Marthasville.
Marthasville was an option because of Governor Wilson Lumpkin’s daughter. Who's happy they changed it?!
Know any more fun facts about Georgia? We’d love to hear!