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    State of Oklahoma
    Nickname Sooner State
    Capital Oklahoma City
    Largest city Oklahoma City
    Population 3.9M (Rank:28)

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    How did Oklahoma get its name?
    The name "Oklahoma" comes from the Choctaw words: "okla" meaning people and "humma" meaning red, so the state's name literally means "red people."

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    Land of (man-made) lakes
    Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state in the United States. Lake Eufaula is the state's largest lake, followed by Lake Texoma.

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    Shopping Cart
    Shopping cart was invented in Oklahoma. Sylvan Goldman, owner of the Piggly Wiggly supermarket chain in Oklahoma City, conceived of the "folding basket carrier" in 1937.

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    Oklahoma City
    Oklahoma City is also one of only two state capital cities whose name includes the name of the state (Indianapolis is the other)

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    County that touches most states
    Cimarron County of Oklahoma is the only county in the United States that borders four states (Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, and Texas) As a result, Cimarron County is the only county in the United States to border at least five counties from five different states.

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    Iodine
    United States is the third largest producer of iodine in the world (behind Chile and Japan) Oklahoma is the only state that produces iodine in the United States.

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    First parking meter
    The world’s first parking meter, known as Park-O-Meter No. 1, is installed on the southeast corner of what was then First Street and Robinson Avenue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on this day in 1935.

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    Tornado warning
    The first "tornado warning" in the United States was issued March 25, 1948 in Oklahoma City just before a devastating tornado hit the Tinker Air Force base

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    Capitol building
    Oklahoma’s state capitol building is the only capitol with an oil well directly underneath it. In 1941, the “Petunia #1” well was slant drilled through a flowerbed to reach the oil pool, which produced about 1.5 million bbl. over the course of 43 years.

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    Trail of Tears
    In 1830, Congress passed the Indian Removal Act, which forced the Eastern Woodlands Indian tribes off of their homelands and into “Indian Territory,” which is now the state of Oklahoma. By 1840, nearly 100,000 Indians had been evicted and close to 15,000 had died of disease, exposure to elements or malnutrition along the journey, which became known as the “Trail of Tears”

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    Capitals
    Guthrie was the territorial and first state capital of Oklahoma. In 1910 a special election was held to determine the location of the state capital - 96,488 votes were cast for Oklahoma City; 31,031 for Guthrie; and 8,382 for Shawnee. So, Oklahoma city became the permanent capital city of Oklahoma state in 1910.

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    OKC
    Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is the busiest airport in Oklahoma. The airport is named for comedian and legendary cowboy Will Rogers, an Oklahoma native who died in an airplane crash. Will Rogers World Airport is the only airport to use the designation "World" with no reference to its city location. It offers no international flights.

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    How did Oklahoma get its nickname?
    Sooner is the name first applied about six months after the Land Run of 1889 to people who entered the Oklahoma District (Unassigned Lands) before the designated time. The term derived from a section in the Indian Appropriation Act of March 2, 1889, which became known as the "sooner clause." It stated that no person should be permitted to enter upon and occupy the land before the time designated in the president's opening proclamation and that anyone who violated the provision would be denied a right to the land. Illegal claimants were initially called "moonshiners," because they entered the area "by the light of the moon." Sooners or moonshiners hid out in brush or ravines, then suddenly appeared to stake a claim after the run started, giving them clear advantage over law-abiding settlers who made the run from the borders. So-called "legal sooners" had permission to enter before the designated time but nonetheless had the same unfair advantage. Legal sooners included employees of the government (deputy marshals, revenue agents, mail carriers, land officials) or of the railroad company (trackmen, section hands) or those with special permits (Indian agents, teamsters, traders). The early legal settlers of Oklahoma Territory held a very low opinion of sooners. That began to change by 1908 when the University of Oklahoma adopted the name for its football team. By the 1920s the term no longer carried a negative connotation, and Oklahomans adopted the nickname as a badge of pride and progressivism. Although apparently never officially designated as such by statute or resolution, Oklahoma has since been known as the Sooner State.

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      Light and Truth
      Gordon Matthews of Oklahoma created the Voicemail technology in the 1970s and patented it as VMX (Voice Mailbox Express)

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      Tornado Alley
      Located in the heart of the Tornado Alley, Oklahoma is the most tornado-prone state in the United States. On June 8, 1974, Oklahoma City was struck by five different tornadoes.

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      Pigeon Museum
      Visitors to Oklahoma City can check out the American Pigeon Museum. In addition to providing an extensive history of the birds’ roles in both World Wars I and II, the museum also includes pigeon-themed paintings, sculptures, and even live flight shows.

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      Bombed during WWII
      During World War II, Boise City was the only U.S. town to have a bomb dropped on them via airplane. What made this case even more remarkable was that the perpetrators weren’t German or Japanese forces but American troops who had botched a training exercise. Though several buildings were damaged in the town’s center, thankfully no citizens were harmed. In line with the patriotic climate of the time, the mayor issued a statement the following morning praising the bombers for their accuracy.

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      Airports
      Oklahoma is home to the Will Rogers World Airport and the Wiley Post Airport. The two famous Oklahomans both died in the same plane crash. The airport is named for comedian and legendary cowboy Will Rogers, an Oklahoma native who died in an airplane crash near Barrow, Alaska in 1935. The city's other major airport, Wiley Post Airport, along with the Wiley Post–Will Rogers Memorial Airport in Barrow, Alaska, are named for Wiley Post, who also died in the same crash. Will Rogers World Airport is the only airport to use the designation "World" in addition to no reference to its city location. Although Will Rogers offers US Customs and Immigration Services, there are currently no scheduled international flights.

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      Indian heritage
      Oklahoma serves as headquarters for thirty-nine American Indian tribes. Oklahoma boasts the highest density of indigenous languages in the U.S. There are over 40 distinct Native American languages spoken in the state.

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      Nickname Sooner State List
      Capital Oklahoma City List
      Largest city Oklahoma City List
      Largest metro Hartford Metro (rank: 47) List
      Motto Labor omnia vincit (Work conquers all) List
      Abbreviation OK List
      Population 3.9 million (rank: 28) List
      Population density 55 per mile2 (rank: 35) List
      Life expectancy 80.8 (rank: 3) List
      Median age 40.6 years (rank: 44) List
      Area 69,981 mile2 (rank: 20) List
      Median household income $72,889 (rank: 4) List
      Statehood November 16, 1907 (46th state) List
      Mean elevation 4,975 ft (1516 m) List
      Highest point Little River 289 ft (88 m) List
      Governor Mary Fallin (R)
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