Tennessee, as every state, has some solid public school standards put in place. Our question is – how expansive IS that list? We’ve found 12 facts – some interesting, some strange, a couple downright kooky – to finish out that education our lovely little state started, so many years ago.
12. We're the 17th most populous state in the nation.
When you put a number to it like that, it seems like there really are a lot more people.
11. Memphis is known as "The Birthplace of the Blues."
You aren't going to see this on a pop quiz anytime soon.
10. Nashville is home to over 100 recording studios.
If you're looking for a career in music, our capitol city is the way to go. But who wants their kid to be a musician...?
9. State soil? Dickson.
We're a little confused on why we have state soil, too.
8. Tennessee boasts SEVEN state songs.
Yes - Rocky Top is one of them.
7. We have a state salamander!
It's the Tennessee Cave Salamander, if you're curious. Even though it is a bit creeptastic, hey?
6. Tennessee is ranked as on of the Top 10 Destinations in the US by WSMV news
As of 2014, so you know it's true.
5. The largest treehouse in the WORLD is located in Tennessee.
Don't tell this to your elementary students. There's a reason this isn't publicized in the under-10 sector...
4. We boast a state SPORT fish and a state COMMERCIAL fish.
Because the differentiation is wildly important. (...?)
3. We have 95 counties.
Maybe you learned this. That's a heck of a lot of counties.
2. You can blame the gulf for our humidity…
It's the Gulf of Mexico that controls a majority of Tennessee's weather patterns.
1. Our state motto is "Agriculture and Commerce."
The word, "Volunteer" isn't in there, which is kind of surprising...?
How many of these did you know? Did you actually learn them in school? Let us know your thoughts below!