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Interesting Facts About Nebraska

Nebraska Facts, Funny Laws & Silly Stuff

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

These Nebraska 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 facts about Nebraska presented here are also fun educational opportunities for your children.

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

Funny / Strange / Trivia / Interesting Facts about Nebraska

interesting-facts-about nebraska; nebraska coin What is there to know about Nebraska that you don't already know?

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

You can thank Edwin E. Perkins next time you sip a glass of Kool-Aid. He created the powdered drink in 1927 from Hastings, Nebraska.

Sandwich Inventor
You can also thank Nebraska for the Reuben sandwich!

Spam is also a Nebraskan product. It is made in Fremont.

Most River Miles
This state wins the title for having the most river miles although this has been disputed by some to be Alaska

Interesting Facts About Nebraska

State Name: Nebraska

State Abbreviation: NE

State Capital: Lincoln

Largest City: Omaha

State population: 1,826,341

Population Rank: #38/50

Area/Size: 77,358 square miles

Area/Size Rank: #16/50

Date became a State: March 1, 1867

Number accepted into the Union: #37/50

Residents are called: Nebraskans

Road Building First
When the national mainline interstate system was being developed, Nebraska was the first state to finish their portion of the project in 1974. This four lane highway travels 455 miles across the country.

State Nickname
Nebraska is currently known as the “cornhusker state”, but it was first nicknamed the “tree planter’s state.” The new name was not assigned until 1945.

Film History
The Omaha Community Playhouse deserves more fame than it currently receives. This is where Henry Fonda received acting lessons from Marlon Brando's mother.

Biggest Mammoth Fossil
Head to Lincoln County if you want to see where the world’s biggest “wooly mammoth” fossil was originally found.

Radio Icon
If you like Rush Limbaugh, sign up for classes at Bellevue University. This school is host to the very first college class dedicated to Rush.

Feel Like a Workout?
Who says big things don’t come from small places? The University of Nebraska in Lincoln has the biggest weight room in the United Sates. It stretches out for ¾ of an acre!

Indoor Jungle
Omaha is home to the largest indoor rain forest in the world. It is called the Lied Jungle.

French History
Nebraska was originally discovered by fur traders from France in the 1600s. Lewis and Clark did not arrive to fully discover the land until 1804.

Meat Lovers Paradise
Dakota City and Lexington, Nebraska contain some of the largest meat packing plants in the United States. The state is home to plenty of cattle and hogs to keep these plants going.

Indian Name
The name “Nebraska” was derived from the Oto Indian term meaning “flat river.” It refers to the Platte River.

Tornado Alley
Nebraska is located in Tornado Alley, which is an area stretching across several states that is highly prone to experience tornadoes. Interestingly, many people believe there are “mini tornado alleys” located within the state. These are smaller areas inside Nebraska that get hit with a high number of tornadoes.

Nebraska Facts: Silly Nebraska Laws

interesting-facts-about-nebraska; state stamp 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 Burp Kids
Watch what you feed your children before church in Nebraska. If your child burps during the service, you could be arrested.

Tipping Rules
Waitresses have power in Nebraska! If you fail to tip a proper 10% or more, they can have you arrested.

Getting Weirder!
Your false teeth must not be crafted from leather. It’s against Nebraska law!

Interesting Facts About Nebraska

State Motto: "Equality before the law"

State Nickname: Cornhusker State

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

State Flower: Goldenrod

State Tree: Cottonwood

Those Dolls are Soooo.. Naughty!
Girls must be at least eight-years-old before you give them a bed for their dollhouse. This protects them from acting out inappropriate actions with their dolls.

No Chest Hair Shaved Here
Your barber may do a lot of things, but in Omaha they are forbidden from shaving your chest hair.

Nebraska is Best Known For...

If you're tired of reading interesting facts about Nebraska 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 Nebraska facts, there are just a few more interesting facts about Nebraska to consider.

Nebraska is known for corn, wheat, steaks, University of Nebraska’s football team, Platte River (Oregon Trail and Mormon Trail). You may also recognize these people who were all born right here:

List of presidents who were born: just the one, Gerald Ford.
  • Warren Buffett
  • Fred Astaire
  • Marlon Brando
  • Henry Fonda
  • Hilary Swank
  • Johnny Carson
  • Larry the Cable Guy
  • Dick Cavett
  • Paula Zahn
  • Paul Revere
  • Grove Cleveland Alexander
  • Joba Chamberlain
  • Kim Winona
  • Ted DiBiase
  • Malcolm X
  • Nick Nolte
  • L. Ron Hubbard
  • James Coburn

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