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Mississippi Fun Facts

Facts About Mississippi, Funny Laws & Silly Stuff

Mississippi fun facts have you making road trip plans? This list of facts about Mississippi along with some of the silliest laws in the state will tickle your fancy and give you something to write home about.

Mississippi became a part of the union in 1817 and it was the 20th state to join. Are you ready for more Mississippi fun facts while your making road trip plans? Would you like to find some educational facts about Mississippi that would be fun for your little ones to laugh at? If so, you have come to the right place.

The following Mississippi fun facts can educate and entertain, but more important, all of these facts about Mississippi will bring some fun to your journey through the state while your doing your road trip plans.

Mississippi Fun Facts

mississippi-fun-facts; Mississippi map Get ready for the time of your life, but it all starts with doing your homework and learning some facts about where you are headed during your road trip plans.

Fancy a Root Beer
When you pass through Mississippi, make sure you enjoy a root beer float. Root beer was originally created in Biloxi, MI in 1898.

First female postie
In 1914, Mississippi allowed the first woman in the country to take to the streets to deliver mail. Mamie Thomas drove a buggy to deliver mail to her neighbors starting in 1914.

Medical firsts
If you ever need a heart or lung transplant, make sure to pay your respects to the medical professionals in Mississippi. The very first heart and lung transplants were successfully performed in this state. One was performed in 1963 and the other in 1964.

Submarine building
Mississippi was also the builder of the very first nuclear submarine to grace the Southern United States.

Mississippi Fun Facts

State Name: Mississippi

State Abbreviation: MS

State Capital: Jackson

Largest City: Jackson

State population: 2,967,297

Population Rank: #31/50

Area/Size: 48,430.19 square miles

Area/Size Rank: #32/50

Date became a State: December 10, 1817

Number accepted into the Union: #20/50

Residents are called: Mississippians

Monument to the Confederates
Liberty, MI put up a confederate monument in 1871. This was the first monument of its kind in the U.S.

Football First
Walter Payton was the first football star to grace the front of a Wheaties box. He was a native of Columbia, Mississippi.

500 millionaires!
Have you ever heard of Natchez? It is the longest standing permanent settlement located along the Mississippi River. It was established in 1716 and at one point had 500 millionaires in residence. Talk about “land of the lucky!”

Vicksburg Cemetery
Mississippi's Vicksburg National Cemetery is one of the largest U.S. national cemeteries. Only the Arlington National Cemetery has it beat.

Hard Times in the South
The Civil War was hard on everyone, but it had a particularly devastating impact on this state. It is estimated that close to 60,000 of the nearly 80,000 Mississippi Confederate military soldiers either never returned from the war or returned injured.

Have you ever used Pine Sol?
Harry A. Cole, Sr. created Pine Sol in the early 1900s. He was a native of this state.

Birth of the Teddy Bear
The term “teddy bear” originated from a 1902 hunting trip in Mississippi. President Roosevelt ordered a bear to be killed out of mercy, and the teddy bear was born.

Warships named after MI
More than two warships in the United States have taken on the name of USS Mississippi.

Fun Facts About Mississippi: Silly Mississippi Laws

mississippi-fun-facts;mississippi stamp The interesting facts may be over, but there are still some crazy laws that you have to be aware of when venturing through this state:

Watch out Kids
If you are tired of your disobedient children, move them to Mississippi. The next time they fail to obey, you will be legally supported in shaving off their hair.

Baby Candy is Safe
Give the candy to the baby and back away slowly. It is illegal in this state to steal candy from babies.

Save the Eagles
Eagle soup is forbidden in this state, so make pie instead.

Facts About Mississippi

State Motto: "By valor and arms"

State Nickname: Magnolia State

State Bird: Mockingbird

State Flower: Magnolia

State Tree: Magnolia
Now that's Weird
If you wear false teeth, keep them in your mouth when you dine out. Mississippi law forbids throwing dentures at others in a restaurant.

Church Rules
The next time your church service is rudely interrupted, just make a citizen's arrest. Mississippi law completely supports this action.

Mississippi is Known For...

Now that you have some great Mississippi fun facts to share with the family, it's time to consider what this state is most well known for while making your road trip plans. This is your final section of facts about Mississippi, so soak it all up. This state is most well-known for counting by the state name (one Mississippi, Two Mississippi, etc.); blues music; literature, since many famous authors were Mississippi natives, food and Southern hospitality

Finally, the last of your Mississippi fun facts is a list of well-known people born in the state:
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Jim Henson
  • Faith Hill
  • Elvis Presley
  • Britney Spears
  • Brett Favre
  • Archie Manning
  • Walter Payton
  • William Faulkner
  • John Grisham
  • Eudora Welty
  • Jimmy Buffett
  • James Earl Jones
  • LeAnn Rimes

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