Friday, January 18, 2008

Fun facts about Oregon

Faced with the distinct possibility of having to relocate in a year to the Oregon area, I've been doing a little research about the state. Did you know that...

Oregon reportedly has more ghost towns than any other state.

In Oregon it is illegal to use canned corn as fish bait.

Oregon and New Jersey are the only states without self-serve gas stations. According to Oregon state law, an attendant must pump your gas.

Eugene was the first city to have one-way streets.

The Oregon Trail is the longest of the overland routes used in the westward expansion of the United States. The Trail used from 1840 to 1860 began in Missouri and ended in Oregon. It was about 2,000 miles long.

It is against the law in Myrtle Creek to box with a kangaroo.

The hazelnut is Oregon's official state nut. Oregon is the only state that has an official state nut.

While it is illegal to buy or sell marijuana in Oregon, it is legal to smoke it on your own property.

The Nike "swoosh" logo was designed by University of Oregon student Carolyn Davidson in 1964 -- four years after business undergrad Phil Knight and track coach Bill Bowerman founded the company they originally called Blue Ribbon Sports. Ms. Davidson was paid $35 dollars for her design.

Oregon has no sales, restaurant or liquor tax.

In Marion, ministers are forbidden from eating garlic or onions before delivering a sermon.

The world’s tallest barber shop pole stands in Forest Grove, Oregon.

In Stanfield, Oregon, no more than two people are allowed to share a single drink.

Oregon is home to the world’s shortest river. The D River is only 121 feet long.

In Portland, people are banned from whistling underwater.

More fun and fascinating facts to come.

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