By Brittany Panko
Many people live in the same state their entire lives and never truly know the history of their state. We’re here to make sure you are not one of those people. The next time someone says “did you know” or you’re in an intense game of trivia, you will know and you will win the game. Really, you can thank us later, but for now let’s get started with these cold, hard, Oklahoma facts.
Did you know…
- The first yield sign was put in Oklahoma in 1950?
- Oklahoma City is the largest city in Oklahoma and has more than 1.3 million people?
- People settled in Oklahoma City during the land run on April 22, 1889?
- Interstate 35, Interstate 40 and Interstate 44 all merge together in Oklahoma City and that OKC has more than 130 miles of highway?
- Oklahoma is a sunny state and typically has over 300 days of sunshine per year?
- That the first parking meter was installed on July 16, 1935?
- The first shopping cart was invented and used in OKC at Standard Food markets in 1937?
- Oklahoma was the 46th state?
- OKC is equal distance from LA to NY, within 500 miles of 71 million people?
- And that the state motto is Labor Omnia Vincit (Labor conquers all things)?
- Oklahoma City is actually windier than "The Windy City" of Chicago, with average wind speeds of 12.2 mph, compared to Chicago's average wind speeds of 10.3 mph?
The answer to those “did you know” questions is most likely all no, besides maybe that all the interstates merge together and Oklahoma was the 46th state. Well, now you know that your fellow Oklahoma residents are innovators, conscious of the roads and the reason you have to pay to park all around the country. Thankfully, you now have the trivia wits to take down your “know it all” friend. I bet that feels good.