On Nov. 16th, the state of Oklahoma will celebrate its 100th year of statehood.
Though from Missouri, I've lived in Oklahoma for nine years of my life, soon to be ten if you're keeping track. In anticipation of this event, there is an email circulating that recounts Oklahoma's accomplishments. I pass it on to you in its entirety.
1. Oklahoma is not only the home of Ado Annie and Aunt
Eller from "Oklahoma!" but of the parking meter
(invented in OKC) and the shopping cart (invented in
2. The electric guitar also was invented in Oklahoma, by
a Beggs musician named Bob Dunn. The first "Yield"
sign was installed in Tulsa.
3. **Environmental Protection Agency recognizes Oklahoma
as having the most diverse terrain of any state in the
nation. The state, according to EPA, boasts 11
4. The state has more man-made lakes than any other
state, which give us more than a million surface-acres
of water and 2,000 more miles of shoreline than the
Atlantic and Gulf coasts combined.
5. The Sooner State has produced more astronauts than any
other state in the union. Owen Garriott is an Enid
boy, of course, while Tom Stafford is from
Weatherford, Shannon Lucid from Oklahoma City, William
Pogue from Okemah and the late Gordon Cooper from
6. Oklahoma is home to the Amateur Softball Association
and Hall of Fame, a world class zoo in OKC and more F4
and F5 tornadoes than any other state.