How exciting – you are moving to North Dakota. Dakota is the Sioux word for “friend” or “ally”.
If you like cold snowy winters because you are a skier, you are moving to the right state. IF you like hot summer days to be spent in a swimming pool you are moving to the right state. North Dakota has long, cold winters and short, hot summers. Both of its recorded weather extremes occurred in 1936: -60° F in February and 121° F in July.
This large state (the 19th largest US state) is also the 3rd least populous state in the US and has been ranked (in 2012) as the best-run state in the country and the state with the lowest unemployment rate. It is also the only state in the country with a state-owned bank, the Bank of North Dakota.
A North Dakotan, David Henderson, invented the first camera in 1877. He scrambled the four letters of Dakota and added a K to make it Kodak. He later sold the rights of the Kodak camera to George Eastman.
A North Dakotan highway sculpture named “Geese in Flight” holds the Guinness World Record as the largest metal sculpture in the world.
Some of North Dakota’s Funny Laws:
(1) It’s illegal to go dancing in Fargo, ND with a hat on. It is even illegal to wear a hat at a party where other people are dancing.
(2) It is illegal in North Dakota to take a nap with your shoes on.
(3) Beer and pretzels can’t be served together in any North Dakota bar or restaurant.
(4) In Waverly, ND, horses are forbidden from sleeping in bathtubs.
(5) In North Dakota, it’s illegal to keep an elk in a sandbox in your backyard.