Friday, January 9, 2015

50 states quilt along week 2 Alaska

 

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This is week 2 of the 50 states – covering America Quilt along

You can buy the pattern here

The block this week is ALASKA

a fun yet simple star within a star block

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Here’s some fun facts about Alaska

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State Motto: North to the Future!
State Nickname: The Last Frontier
State Bird: Willow Ptarmigan
State Flower: Forget-Me-Not
State Tree: Sitka Spruce

Alaska officially became the 49th state on January 3, 1959.

Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia.

(Vitus Bering was from my home town of Horsens – I actually got married at “his” church- he was baptized there and maybe confirmed too)

On October 18, 1867 Alaska officially became the property of the United States. Many Americans called the purchase "Seward's Folly."

Alaska accounts for 25% of the oil produced in the United States.

The state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times.

Alaska's name is based on the Eskimo word Alakshak meaning great lands or peninsula.

The longest coastline in the U.S., 6,640 miles, greater than that of all other states combined

Record lowest temperature was  –80  Jan. 23, 1971 Prospect Creek Camp

 

Moose Patrol
It is absolutely illegal to glare down at a moose while you pass through Alaska by airplane.
So get away from that window right now and strap on the blindfold.

Furry Flamingos
If you don't like flamingos, the barber shops of Juneau will be your safe haven. Those with pet flamingos in this city are strictly forbidden from bringing their pets in for a haircut.
Kangaroo Corner
Throughout the entire state, kangaroos are forbidden to enter barber shops. Once again, Alaskan barber shops become your safe haven.

 

Did you create the block from last week- Alabama!?

If you did, link up below

1 comment:

Michele said...

Hehehe. Those are some fun facts and it is a really good thing that I didn't even consider staring down a moose from a plane when I visited that beautiful state.