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Top things about Florida

Top things about Florida you should know about are the following:

  1. First ATM

In 1996, first-ever ATM was installed in Citibank on Washington Avenue, Miami for rollerbladers.

  1. Shark Tooth Capital!

Shark teeth from a variety of species are found from Venice Beach in Florida. Shark tooth hunters scavenge for the fossiled teeth all over the rock formations. Venice is, thus, known as the ‘Shark Tooth Capital.’

  1. Everglades National Park

Ever heard of alligators and crocodiles living together? Well, Florida has made that come true. Everglades National Park in Florida is the only place n the world where crocodiles and alligators coexist. Although these crocodilians prefer different living environment, it’s amazing they live together in Florida!

  1. Largest City

Centred on the banks of St. Johns River, Jacksonville in Florida is the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. It is also the most populous city in southeastern America.

  1. World’s Largest Strawberry Shortcake

In 1999, Plant City, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, secured its position in the Guinness World Records for producing the world’s largest strawberry shortcake. Created in McCall Park, the cake weighed 6000 pounds and covered 827 square-foot area.

  1. GATORADE!

The famous sports-themed beverage, Gatorade, was originally named for University of Florida Gators. The drink was developed in 1965 by a team of researchers led by Robert Cade.

  1. Oldest City in the USA

Gearing up for its 450th birthday bash, St. Augustine in Florida is the oldest city in the United States. On September 8, 1565, the city was founded by Spanish explorers. St. Augustine’s birthday celebrations will now begin from September 3rd.

  1. Do not disturb Manatees!

Florida’s Manatee Sanctuary Act prohibits harassing, molesting, disturbing, or even hugging a manatee. A Florida father was once arrested after he posted pictures of his daughters playing with a manatee, on Facebook!

  1. Mozart Effect

Law to play classical music for an hour in daycare centres, daily, was passed in 1998, in Florida. The bill originated from the hype created by ‘Mozart Effect’ in the 1990s – listening to Mozart would boost children’s intelligence. Although the hypothesis was supported then, yet later it was revealed that the music alone wasn’t much of a help.

  1. First Underwater Park in the US

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida, was made in an effort to conserve Florida’s living barrier reef. Since the 1960s, it offers visitors to swim, kayak, and scuba dive. It also has the famous Christ of the Abyss Statue; a 40.000 bronze statue of Jesus Christ at the bottom of the ocean.

 

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