(ConservativeSense.com) – Michigan may be part of the Midwest, which many might view as boring. However, Michigan and the states around it are far from it and full of surprises. For example, did you know you can obtain a unicorn hunting license in Michigan? It’s true, the Unicorn Hunters were created by W.T. Rabe in 1971. Read on to find out more about the Great Lakes State.
Comparison to Other States
Michigan lies in both the Great Lakes and the Midwest regions of the country. It’s the 11th most expansive US state and is 10th in terms of population. Formerly known as the Michigan Territory, it became a state on January 26th, 1837, making it the 26th state to join the union. Michigan is also the only state to be made up of two separate peninsulas. Lower and upper.
Michigan is home to the longest freshwater coastline in the US at 3,288 miles; this is also the second-longest coastline in America, with Alaska taking number one.
Fun and Interesting Facts
Like any state in the US, Michigan has plenty of quirks and fun facts. For example, there is a labyrinth made of lavender in western Michigan known simply as the Lavender Labyrinth, which tourists can find on Cherry Point Farm & Market. The labyrinth was created in 2001 and is visible even from space. A trip to the center would cost you about an hour of your time, but it’s well worth it.
There aren’t as many lakes in Michigan as there are in Minnesota, but Michigan houses about 65,000 lakes and ponds. With this number, anyone within the state is about 6 miles away from a natural body of water at any given time.
The bridge that connects the upper peninsula to the lower one is known as the Mackinac Bridge and is about 5 miles long, making it one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.
Dumb Laws in Michigan
Every state has at least one law we might consider unnecessary, and Michigan is no exception. Here are just a few of the dumb laws found in the Great Lakes State:
- In Detroit, it’s illegal to tie an alligator to a fire hydrant.
- In Harper Woods, it’s illegal to paint sparrows in the likeness of parakeets and sell them.
- In Michigan, it’s illegal to idle your car in your driveway.
- In Kalamazoo, serenading your girlfriend is illegal.
Hopefully, most of these laws are no longer enforced as they seem to be infringing on rights of citizens. Of course, you never really know until you get a fine or arrested for something you had no idea was illegal.
Michigan might look boring from the outside, but a closer look reveals more than most of us might expect. Why not check out some of the sights? Just don’t idle your car while serenading your girlfriend, or it may land you in legal trouble.
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