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Illinois Trivia

Weird, Wacky and Wild

by (author) David Hudnall & Lisa Wojna

Blue Bike Books
Initial publish date
Feb 2008
Trivia, Trivia
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2008
    List Price
    $14.94 USD

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“America's Most American State,” Illinois is considered the most average state according to Census Bureau data analysis by the Associated Press. Illinois is full of fascinating and often humorous stories of strange places, bizarre events, intriguing history and colorful characters: • The first pickup truck was built by A.W. King in Chicago in 1896; he called it the King High-Wheeler • Chicago is home to the largest Polish community outside of Poland, and more than one million people of Polish descent live in Illinois • In 1972, the state officially made the town of Metropolis the “adopted home of Superman,” and police uniforms bear patches with the Superman logo • Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois was the first and, to date, only black woman elected to the U.S. Senate •Because high sewage and pollution levels in Lake Michigan were causing diseases such as typhoid and cholera, Chicago civil engineers reversed the flow of the Chicago River to empty into the Mississippi River basin instead of Lake Michigan. • The only Hippie Memorial in the United States is in the town of Arcola • In 1993, the Illinois State Senate passed a resolution proclaiming Springfield the “Chilli Capital of the Civilized World” (and that's not a typo)—Springfieldians spell chili with two l's after a popular establishment in town misspelled the word on its sign a century ago And so much more…

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Bestselling author Lisa Wojna has authored or co-authored more than 20 books for Blue Bike Books, including Weird Canadian Laws and the Bathroom Book of Canadian Quotes. She has also written many other non-fiction books. Having worked in the community newspaper industry as a writer and journalist, she has traveled all over Canada from the windy prairies of Manitoba to northern British Columbia and even to the wilds of Africa. Although writing and photography have been a central part of her life for as long as she can remember, it’s the people behind every story that are her motivation and give her the most fulfillment.

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