So, Tennessee is awesome – we know that. It’s what we
don’t exactly know, however, that makes this place so dang special. Curious about the strange and odd and a little bit shocking from our very own Volunteer State? Then take a look!
11) Naturally, Tennessee has crops. But can you name the top three?
Down here you'll be finding a lot of corn, cotton, and soy beans! The geographical location is prime for farmers, and 80% of the land is for farming.
10) Reelfoot Lake was created by a series of quakes, known as the New Madrid earthquakes.
9) The famed Iroquois race horse was bred at Belle Meade Plantation.
As the first American race horse to win the English Derby (in 1881), many thoroughbreds can track their lineage back to Tennessee.
8) Speaking of horses - Shelby County has more per capita than any other county in the US.
That's a lot of horses, if you ask us.
7) The state has 926 square miles of WATER.
Not too shabby for a landlocked state, don't you think?
6) Do you know where country music was really born? (Hint: It ain't Nashville!)
It's the tiny little town of Bristol. Plus? It has the world's largest guitar!
5) Tennessee solidly sectioned into three separate regions.
East, West, and Middle. Not too crazy shocking? Until you realize the difference in topography and weather. At over 400 miles from end to end, Tennessee has a lot of ground to cover!
4) There's not, well, A LOT of income tax in Tennessee. We kind of have it...?
How do you, 'kind of' have an income tax? Well, Tennessee has no income tax on wages, but they do have a 6% tax on all dividends and interest, plus solid sales tax. Give and take, we say. Give and take.
3) Tennessee is tied for the title of the "Most Neighborly State."
Missouri puts up a solid fight, too - dang it. They both border a whopping EIGHT states.
2) Nashville is a Christmas baby!
The city was founded in 1779, on Christmas Eve.
1) Oak Ridge was known as both "The Atomic City" and "The Secret City."
It was here that the science for the atomic bomb was researched and has given the town the title of the energy capital of the world.