Fun Florida facts
Want to learn a bit about Florida? Need a game to keep the kids amused en route to your favorite beach destination? Read on for some trivial but intriguing facts about Florida:
What is Florida's nickname?
While there are some not-so-polite nicknames, we're looking for the answer of "The Sunshine State."
What is known as "pure Florida sunshine"?
Florida orange juice. Singer Anita Bryant once told TV viewers that, "A day without orange juice is like a day without sunshine."
What is Florida's State flower?
Despite being nicknamed The Sunshine State, the sunflower doesn't represent Florida - the orange blossom does. With more orange groves than anywhere else on Earth, this little blossom earned its status. Bonus points if you knew that Florida produces 75 percent of all oranges grown in the U.S. and provides the rest of the world with 40 percent of its orange juice.
What Florida City is known as "the Venice of America"?
Fort Lauderdale's many canals and waterways earned it this title.
Which Florida City was dubbed the "Cigar Capital of the U.S."?
Tampa's historic Ybor City district owns this title. In 1885, Don Vincente Martinez Ybor brought cigar-making to Tampa, where it established the city's reputation.
What are Florida's NHL hockey teams?
Despite the warm weather, Florida has two teams - the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers. Bonus points if you knew Tampa Bay won the Stanley Cup in 2004.
What's Florida's claim to fame in sports?
It's one of the few states to have won a championship in every major league sport - hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Tampa Bay won the Stanley Cup in 2004, Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have both won the Super Bowl, the Florida Marlins have won the World Series twice and basketball's grand prize went to the Miami Heat in 2006.
What famous author is said to have penned his best works while living in Key West?
Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West for more than a decade. During his time in Key West, he finished the final draft of A Farewell to Arms and the classic short story "The Snows of Kilimanjaro."
Miami's Seaquarium was home to what famous 1960s television star?
This question is a bit of a trick. If you said "Flipper," you're only partially right. The answer should be "Flippers" since five dolphins actually played the role.
What famous inventor wintered in Fort Myers, where his home still exists today?
Thomas Edison. Bonus points if you can name some of his inventions, which include the light bulb, stock ticker and an early form of motion picture camera.
What multi-billionaire owns Mar-a-Lago, Ocean Boulevard's extravagant Italian-inspired mansion?
Donald Trump. Surprise, surprise.
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