If you knew more than two of these facts about Michigan, you are probably a pretty big trivia head.

  • 1

    Michigan is the No. 1 state for chipping production

    70% of all of the potatoes grown in Michigan become potato chips, making Michigan the No. 1 state for chipping production.  Michigan ranks ninth in potato-producing states with more than 45,000 acres of potatoes harvested each year.


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  • 2

    Switchblades aren't illegal for one-armed people

    § 750.226a. Pocket knife opened by mechanical device; unlawful sale or possession; persons exempted. Sec. 226a.

    Any person who shall sell or offer to sell, or any person who shall have in his possession any knife having the appearance of a pocket knife, the blade or blades of which can be opened by the flick of a button, pressure on a handle or other mechanical contrivance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not to exceed 1 year or by a fine of not to exceed $300.00, or both. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any one-armed person carrying a knife on his person in connection with his living requirements.


    Medioimages/Photodisc (I know this isn't a switchblade)
  • 3

    You are never more than 6 miles from fresh water

    No point in Michigan is more than 6 miles from an inland lake or more than 85 miles from one of the Great Lakes.  Michigan encompasses 58,110 square miles of land, 38,575 square miles of Great Lakes waters and 1,305 square miles of inland waters.


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  • 4

    Michigan is home to the world's most educated man

    Michigan is home to the most educated man on the planet, Michael Nicholson.  He has one bachelor's degree, two associate's degree, 22 master's degrees, three specialist degrees, and one doctoral degree.


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  • 5

    Michigan was the third jurisdiction in the world to abolish death penalty

    Michigan was the third jurisdiction in the world, after the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and Liechtenstein, to abolish the death penalty. They did so shortly after entering the Union, in 1846.  That makes Michigan the first english-speaking government to abolish the death penalty.


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