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Interesting Facts About Michigan

Michigan Facts, Funny Laws & Silly Stuff

Interesting facts about Michigan should give you something to think about and laugh about. This list of Michigan facts is perfect for helping you plan your road trip with kids.

These Michigan fun facts can be used as trivia questions to stump your family or entertainment to distract the kids during travel on your road trip with kids. Many Michigan facts presented here are also fun educational opportunities for your children.

Read through these interesting facts about Michigan on your own then present them to your children as you move through the state. Even better, have your children read these Michigan facts and discuss what they find the most interesting and fun during your road trip with kids.

Funny / Strange / Trivia / Interesting Facts about Michigan

interesting-facts-about-michigan-01; michigan state sign What is there to know about Michigan that you don't already know?

You may be surprised at what fun can be found in this state, so let's get right down to business...

Fair Go First
Michigan was the first state to outlaw affirmative action as it related to university admission procedures.

Lakes a Plenty!
There are more than 11,000 lakes in Michigan.

There are more lighthouses in Michigan than in any other state. There are about 150 throughout the state.

Interesting Facts About Michigan

State Name: Michigan

State Abbreviation: MI

State Capital: Lansing

Largest City: Detroit

State population: 9,883,640

Population Rank: #8/50

Area/Size: 96,716 square miles

Area/Size Rank: #11/50

Date became a State: January 26, 1837

Number accepted into the Union: #26/50

Residents are called: Michiganian, Michigander, Michiganites

First Ever Soda
Detroit, Michigan was the birthplace of the very first soda in the United States: Vernor’s ginger ale. It was created by accident.

Travel North
If you enter the United States through Windsor, Ontario, you will actually have to travel north. All other border crossings are North of the state. Boats
There are more than a million boats registered in Michigan.

50% Forest
More than half of the land in Michigan is covered by forest.

2nd Longest Shoreline
Michigan has the second longest shoreline in the country. It is second only to Alaska.

Famous Ford Motor Company
The Ford Motor Company was founded in Michigan in 1893.

Sweet Cherries
Michigan produces more cherries than all other states in the country today.

Motor City USA
Detroit, Michigan is known as Motor City USA. It was once the “car capital” of the country.

Unfortunately there are no wolverines left in the state of Michigan, but it still carries the name Wolverine State.

Oldest County
Wayne county is the oldest county in the state.

Another first
The University of Michigan was founded by priests in 1817. It was the first state university to be established in the country.

Mackinac Bridge
The Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the country, at 26,372 Ft or around 5 miles long.

Michigan Facts: Silly Michigan Laws

interesting-facts-about-michigan; state outline That's enough of the facts, but what about laws that you may need to watch out for?

These laws aren't in practice today, but they could be since they still sit on the books...

Don't let your Alligator get a parking ticket
You cannot tie your alligator to a fire hydrant in Michigan.

Female Haircut
Female Michiganites cannot get their hair cut without their husband’s permission.

Garage Door Open?
You must not keep your garage door open for more than three hours in some areas of Grand Haven, Michigan.

Michigan Facts

State Motto: "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you."

State Nickname: Great Lakes State, Wolverine State

State Bird: Robin

State Flower: Apple Blossom

State Tree: Eastern White Pine

If you are in Detroit and want to let your pig wander the streets freely, make sure it has a nose ring. Only pigs with rings in their noses are allowed to wander the streets.

Grand Haven Skirts
If you throw your old hoop skirt into the street or onto a sidewalk in Grand Haven, you could be fined five dollars per skirt.

Weird Bird Painting Law
If you enjoy painting sparrows, be careful how you market them in Michigan. It is illegal to sell sparrow paintings as parakeets!

Bathing Suit Inspection
Are you buying a new bathing suit this summer? Make sure to have it inspected by the head of police in Michigan. All bathing suits must meet inspection!

Michigan is Best Known For...

If you're tired of reading interesting facts about Michigan and are ready to start exploring, the end of the road has finally arrived. If, on the other hand, you just can't get enough Michigan facts, there are just a few more interesting facts about Michigan to consider.
This state is most known for its Great Lakes, Motor City, U.S./Canada border crossings, lighthouses, ski resorts but you may also recognize these people who were all born right here:

List of presidents who were born: None! But Gerald R. Ford earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, though he was born in Nebraska.
  • Curtis Armstrong
  • Gillian Anderson
  • Elizabeth Berkley
  • Sandra Bernhard
  • Christie Brinkley
  • Alice Cooper
  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • Bob Eubanks
  • Dann Floreck
  • Ed McMahon
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Diana Ross
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Lucille Ball
  • Tim Allen
  • Jerry Bruckheimer

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