I completely forgot about my favorite thing about Valentine's Day until this morning when my cousin posted about it on Facebook.
Valentine's Day is Oregon's birthday!
So I guess I should like Valentine's Day a lot more, because I absolutely LOVE Oregon! And what's not to love, am I right? Rain, you say. Ah, but did you know that roughly two-thirds of Oregon is high desert? There's something for everyone in Oregon. I happen to live on what I consider to be the transition zone between raininess and desert. It's perfect, if you ask me! Right now I'm looking at sunshine and mountains, can't get much better than that!
For your Oregon's Day pleasure, here are some fun facts about the Beaver State:
1) Oregon is the only state with a double-sided flag. We have a beaver on one side and the state seal on the other.
2) Heceta Head lighthouse near Florence is the most photographed lighthouse in the nation.
3) Our state nut is the hazelnut. Oregon is the only state with a state nut. Explains a lot, right? Incidentally, a lot of state nuts are grown near Corvallis.
4) The Oregon Caves are naturally carved within solid marble.
5) Haystack Rock in Canon Beach is the world's third largest coastal monolith. Who knew?
6) Oregon and New Jersey are the only two states where you can't pump your own gas. Because of this, I did not learn to pump my own gas until last year. Now I feel lazy when I go to the gas station.
7) The world's tallest barber pole is in Forest Grove (for all you Pacific alums out there!)
8) Oregon is home to the world's shortest river, D River, 121 feet long.
9) Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state. Yay?
10) Odd Oregon laws: in Myrtle Creek, it is illegal to box a kangaroo; in Portland, you cannot whistle underwater; it is illegal to buy or sell marijuana in Oregon, but you are permitted to smoke it in your own home; in Oregon, it is illegal to use canned corn as fish bait.
11) Oregon is the most romantic place in the world (What? It's a fact! Our birthday is flipping Valentine's Day!)
Happy 154th Birthday, Sweet Oregon!
Sources: http://www.legendsofamerica.com/or-facts.html, http://www.50states.com/facts/oregon.htm