Taj Mahal

Nobody knows who built the Taj Mahal. The names of the architects, masons, and designers that have come down to us have all proved to be latter-day inventions, and there is no evidence to indicate who the real creators were.

To get fired

Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down — hence the expression “to get fired”

Sprawling shoreline

There is 4,431 miles of shoreline in Maryland. It is far easier to spend time on the water than in most places in the country because not only are there a lot of waterfront homes for sale but we have a ton of public parks and beaches. Whether you are …

We actually have accents

We have accents. Okay, some of us have accents. This is America in Miniature and some parts of the state are very southern with an accent and all, while other parts are very northern. The culture in Maryland is as diverse as our landscape.

Maryland?

Did you know that the state of Maryland is situated in the Mid-Atlantic area of America? Did you know that the state insect emblem is the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly? Did you know that Maryland is the 7th state of the U.S. constitution?

7th State

A brief history of Maryland – The region was originally colonised as a place of refuge for English Roman Catholics. The first Toleration Act in American history was passed by Maryland congress in 1649. Maryland was the 7th State to be admitted to the Constitution on April 28, 1788

Maryland Agricultural College

In 1856 Charles Benedict Calvert created the first agricultural research college in the United States. The Maryland Agricultural College became the University of Maryland at College Park.

Umpires

All major league baseball umpires must wear black underwear while on the job (in case they split their pants).

Bert and Ernie

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “Its A Wonderful Life”..

The Boston University Bridge

The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.

Baltimore Bill

Like a crunchy lovechild of Punxsutawney Phil and Paul the psychic octopus, a blue crab named Baltimore Bill had a brief run at psychically predicting the weather. The Old Bay spice company set up two chutes on a dock, one labeled “WARM FALL” and the other “EARLY WINTER,” then let …

Official state crustacean

The iconic Maryland blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) was named the official state crustacean in 1989. Only two other states have state crustaceans: Louisiana (crawfish) and Oregon (Dungeness crab). Maryland also has a state dog, the Chesapeake Bay retriever, and a state drink (milk).

Chincoteague Ponies

It’s unclear exactly how Assateague Island’s ponies, the Chincoteague Ponies originally came to the island. But the legend that they escaped from a shipwrecked Spanish Galion is most likely untrue. It is believed that they are descendants of domestic animals transported to the island in the 1600s.

Maryland forests

Maryland forests cover approximately 2.7 million acres, or 43% of the states land surface. Oak and hickory are the dominant hardwood or deciduous forest type, making up 60% of forested areas. Loblolly pine is the most prevalent softwood and is the predominant forest wood on the Eastern Shore.

Celery

Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It’s the same with apples!

Southern sea otters

Southern sea otters have flaps of skin under their forelegs that act as pockets. When diving, they use these pouches to store rocks and food

Chess

There are more possible iterations of a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe.

ewww

The giraffe’s tongue is so long that they can lick the inside of their own ear.

Bones

You are born with 300 bones, but by the time you are an adult you only have 206.

Fish

Mr. Rogers announced that he was feeding his fish on every episode of his show because a blind viewer once asked if they were okay.

Prune

Fingers prune in water to give you a better grip. Just another clever evolutionary trick.

No excuses

The next generation kids will be able to look up their parents on the internet and see their whole lives documented, no excuses.

Joy ride

Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt once ditched a White House dinner party to go on a joyride flight to Baltimore.

Poor guy

Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s son, was in close proximity to three out of four presidential assassinations.

Sleep

Before the 1800s, people had a “first” and “second sleep.” They would sleep 3-4 hours, wake up for 2-3 hours to do some type of activity, then go back to sleep until morning.

M&M’s

M&M’s actually stands for “Mars & Murrie’s,” the last names of the candy’s founders.

Lip balm

Quite a few lip balms contain salicylic acid, a substance that causes your lips to peel – which is in turn causing you to go and buy more lip balm.

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee moved with such speed in fights they had to slow down the movie so people could see his moves.

Your voice

The reason why most people hate their voice on recording is that they normally hear themselves both from the inside and outside, which makes their voice sound deeper. When you’re listening to a recording of your voice, you’re only listening to it from the outside.

Caught or Not

When you rob a bank, you can stop worrying about rent/food bills for several years – regardless of whether you get caught or not.

70%

I myself have never been to India, China or Bangladesh. But roughly 70 percent of all my belongings have.