Oklahomans aren’t braggadocious people, but we do have quite a few things that we can be proud of, and once in awhile, we like to brag about them. So, the next time you want to boast about your home state, here are 22 things to remember:
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1. We keep the world flying, because we house the largest airline maintenance base in the world.
Tulsa is home to the world's largest airline owned maintenance base: American Airlines.
2. We have the world's largest deposit of alabaster.
You can find this deposit of alabaster at Alabaster Caverns State Park near Freedom, Oklahoma. It is also home to the largest natural gypsum cave in the world that is open to the public.
3. We are the only state that produces Iodine.
Oklahoma is the nation’s sole producer of iodine, with processing plants concentrated in the northwestern portion of the state. Oklahoma’s iodine comes from salt deposits more than a mile beneath the surface.
4. We are responsible for providing a large portion of the country's oil.
Oklahoma ranked fifth in crude oil production in the nation in 2014. Oklahoma had five operating petroleum refineries with a combined daily capacity of over 500,000 barrels per day, as of January 2015.
5. We are home to the center of the universe.
The center of the universe, located in downtown Tulsa, has an acoustic anomaly; when one stands in the center of the circle and makes a noise, that noise is echoed back several times louder than it was made. But no one standing outside of the circle can hear a thing.
6. Brad Pitt is our boy.
Brad Pitt was born on December 18, 1963, in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
7. And Carrie Underwood is our girl.
Underwood was born March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She was raised on her parents' farm in the nearby rural town of Checotah.
8. We have the only county in the nation that touches four states.
Located in the Oklahoma Panhandle, Cimarron County touches Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Kansas.
9. We are the Cow Chip Throwing Capital of the World.
The town of Beaver should be proud of its undisputed title: Cow Chip Throwing Capital of the World. It is here that the World Championship Cow Chip Throw is held each April. In case you weren't aware, cow chips are dried piles of cow dung.
10. You can thank us for those yummy Girl Scout cookies.
The first cookie sales by an individual scout unit was by the Mistletoe Troop in Oklahoma, in December 1917, at their high school as part of a local service project. The nation followed in their footsteps and the rest is history.
11. Oklahoma is home to the largest hill in the world.
Cavanal Hill is located near Poteau, Oklahoma, and is billed by the local chamber of commerce as the tallest hill in the world at 1,999 feet.
12. And we have more man-made lakes than anyone else in the nation.
Oklahoma is home to more than 200 man-made lakes.
13. Our capitol city is the best city in the nation to launch a new business, and the best place to launch a startup.
OKC's low cost of living and thriving small business community were just a couple of factors that helped it nab the top spot, according to Kiplinger and NerdWallet.
14. We share our state with the best people in the world!
We know Oklahomans are the nicest, friendliest and fun bunch of people anywhere.
15. We have the best sunsets.
It must have something to do with being at the center of the universe that makes us special.
16. And the most spectacular sunrises.
There's no denying it...they are gorgeous.
17. We are the most seismically active place in the world.
It’s official: Oklahoma now has more earthquakes than anywhere else in the world.
18. We have the best law ever: It's illegal to eat someone else's burger when they aren't looking.
I don't know about you, but I like that law. I think they should add BBQ to this law as well.
19. We are home to the best convenience store.
The first QuikTrip opened on Sept. 25, 1958, in Tulsa. The company's headquarters still remain in Tulsa.
20. We are the largest manufacturer of tires in North America.
Between Goodyear Tire's facility in Lawton and Michelin North America's plant in Ardmore, Oklahoma turns out more than 99,000 tires daily.
21. Our second largest city, Tulsa, was voted the most budget-friendly metropolitan area in America.
Just one more great thing to brag about!
22. Finally, we get to see views like this.
With over 10 ecological regions in the state, you can't get escape its beauty.
What else should we add to our bragging list? Share your thoughts in the comments below.