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Top 10 Utah facts that will blow your mind.

  1. Despite having a heart condition and arthritis that forced him to use a cane, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. led the first wave of landings at Utah Beach on D-Day, becoming the only general to land with his soldiers that day.

  2. The D-Day(June 6) Crossword Panic of 1944 in which, in the 35 days before the invasion, 5 obscure, top-secret code words appeared in the Daily Telegraph puzzles..The words 'Utah, Omaha, Overlord, Mulberry and Neptune' triggered a MI5 investigation.

  3. The United States Postal Service has about 1,700 employees in Utah who read anything that the automated systems can't read like illegible addresses. About 5 million pieces of mail are read at this location daily. Seasoned employees generally average about 1,600 addresses read per hour.

  4. The louder the monkey, the smaller its testicles according a study published by researchers in Utah

  5. In 1996 a suburb of Provo Utah accidentally booked Rage Against The Machine and everyone lost their minds. Even though no incident came from it, the City Council enacted an outright ban on concerts.

  6. Jon Huntsman instituted a 4 day work week in Utah: 2/3 of employees said it made them more productive, it reduced conflict at home and work, led to higher staff morale, lower absenteeism, and cut carbon emissions by 14%

  7. In 1916, a man mailed a building to Utah. He needed to build a bank, but his construction materials were 126 miles away. He packaged 80,000 bricks into boxes and mailed them. They got there, but the US postal service was not amused.

  8. A 106-mile portion of I-70 in Utah has no gasoline or exits. It is the longest portion of the US Interstate system without services. A station at one end sells about 30 gas containers a week to people who run out on the highway and walk to the station.

  9. Between 120 and 140 men, women and children were killed on September 11, 1857, in Utah, when Mormons attacked and slaughtered a wagon train with the help of local Indians - the bodies were stripped of belongings by Mormons and sold off at local auctions for profit

  10. Utah has been giving free homes to homeless people since 2005 which since then made it more cost efficient to help the homeless and cut the chronic homelessness in Utah by 74%.

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Percent of Utah that is Mormon by county

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Tourism in iconic Arches national park is skyrocketing, specifically after 2013. This was when Visit Utah's mighty five ad campaign premiered

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Utah is the largest consumer of paid internet pornography in the United States

A Utah High School allowed students to use a real gun, loaded with blank rounds, in a High School production of Oklahoma! Student shot himself in head with it, not knowing that a blank can still kill at close range, and died.

A Utah teacher was fired for writing an educational blog about "homophones"

In 1857 a group of Mormon militiamen in Utah dressed as Indians and slaughtered a group of 137 travelers in a wagon train crossing to California, killing all except the youngest children, who they spared and tried to raise as their own.

Pando, a grove of aspen trees in Utah that is actually a single organism with 40,000 stems (trunks). Some experts believe that Pando may be up to a million years old.

A scientist from Utah used his obituary to confess that not only had he never graduated from college or got a Ph.D, but that he never even learned what Ph.D stood for.

In a lawsuit where a company called SCO tried to sue IBM for $5 billion over their alleged use of Unix code in Linux, an IBM lawyer was quoted as saying "If you proceed with this horseshit the sky over Utah will blacken with lawyers"

On September 11th, 1857 120 settlers were slaughtered by a Mormon militia in southern Utah

The makers of Jurassic Park designed a human-sized Raptor (normally <2 ft tall) in 1990. In 1991, a 5.5 ft tall "super-slasher" Raptor skeleton was discovered in Utah. "We designed it, we built it, and then they discovered it."

Rockstar Games hired a private investigator to locate the remaining relatives of one of the members of the Skatt Bros. in Utah in order to obtain license rights to the song "Walk The Night" for use in Grand Theft Auto IV

A geneticist at Utah State University has created "spider-goats." He took the gene that encodes dragline silk from an orb-weaver spider and placed it among the DNA that prompts milk production in a goat's udders. The silk produced is stronger than Kevlar and is suitable for ligament repairs.

one of the largest organisms on earth is a group of trees in Pando, Utah. It covers 107 acres and has 47,000 distinct trees that share the same root system.

A single Chilean Flamingo named "Pink Floyd" escaped a Utah aviary and lived a solitary life at the Great Salt Lake for 18 years, eating brine shrimp and socializing with gulls and swans. Locals unsuccessfully petitioned to have other flamingos released in the area to keep Floyd company.

A Utah man ate at Benihana 579 times in one year to win a contest. His reward was $1,000 and a trip to any Benihana

The United States declared war on the Mormon Church in 1857 because the Mormons wanted to govern Utah under different, more religious laws than the Federal Government would allow

It is illegal to smoke in cars with children in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Maine, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Utah and Vermont. The minimum age of the child varies according to the state.

On Sep 11, 1857, a group of Mormon militiamen persuaded a band of passing emigrants to march down a trail in Mountain Meadows, Utah. Under the pretense of protection and following the orders of their local Church leaders, these militiamen proceeded to execute 120 men, women, and children.

On September 11, 1857, a wagon train heading through Utah toward California was attacked by a Mormon Militia. The militia had disguised themselves as Indians, but once it was suspected that their cover was blown, the Mormons feigned a truce and slaughtered 120 men, women, and children.

Iranians still use the ancient form of air conditioning called the badgir. It is a tower with vents on top and allows cool air to accelerate down into a building. Zion National Park in Utah has a modern example of this, where temps reach over 100 F, the visitors center stays at cool 73 F.

Roseanne Barr was hit by a car at age 16, and the hood ornament went into her brain and through her skull. Her behavior changed so radically that she was institutionalized for eight months at Utah State Hospital, where she had a baby, which she gave up for adoption.

In 1873 a man defrauded the residents of Alta, Utah out of $2,500 by claiming to be able to raise the dead. They paid him the money NOT to raise anybody. The story was later adapted into "The Twilight Zone" episode "Mr. Garrity and the graves."

The Utah state bird is actually the California Gull because in 1848 the gulls flew in flocks from California to the Salt Lake Valley and consumed tens of thousands of "Mormon Crickets" that were devouring the crops, saving the harvest. It's called 'The miracle of the gulls'.

Mailing an entire building has been illegal in the U.S. since 1916 when a man mailed a 40,000 ton brick house across Utah to avoid high freight rates.

In 1996, a small town in Utah mistakenly booked Rage Against the Machine at a venue for tractor and monster truck shows. The locals panicked and businesses boarded up thinking the band's followers would riot and vandalize everything.

There is no such thing as a Right brain/Left brain personality divide. A 2013 brain scan study from the University of Utah, demonstrated that activity is similar on both sides of the brain regardless of one’s personality.

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Frequency of Occurrence for Month of Registration of Utah Vehicles

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Visualising an NBA player's defensive impact with relative opponent shot charts (Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz)