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10 Fast Facts About New Hampshire:
1/ the official state amphibian of NH is the Spotted Newt, whilst the official state flower of New Hampshire is the Purple Lilac and the official state bird is the Purple Finch.
2/ Alan Bartlett Shepard (Nov 18th 1923 - July 21st 1998) was born in Derry, New Hampshire, and was the 5th person to walk on the moon (February 1971). Whilst there he took up a Wilson six-iron golf club head onto the moon and attached it to a lunar scoop handle before driving two golf balls out into the distant beyond. He is therefore also the first man to play golf on the moon.
The only other Astronaut from New Hampshire is Lee M.E Morin, who was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, and flew on STS-110 on the 8th - 19th April 2002.
On May 4, 2011, the US Postal Service issued a first-class stamp in Shepard's honor - the first US stamp to depict a specific astronaut.
3/ The highest point in New Hampshire can be found at the top of Mount Washington at a height of 6,288 feet (1917 meters). The average elevation in New Hampshire is 1,000 feet (300 meters).
4/ It is surprising to consider that the first "legal" lottery in the United States during the 20th century was only brought in in 1963, and that New Hampshire was the state which brought it in.
5/ NH has the second largest percentage of forested land in the United States (coming in only behind Maine). Forests occupy 4.8 million acres or 84% of the land area of the state. The area of forest land has declined by 134,500 acres (2.7 percent) since 1983 and is now about the same as in 1948.
6/ As leaders in the revolutionary cause, New Hampshire delegates received the honor of being the first to vote for the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
7/ New Hampshire has traditionally performed well on educational tests when measured against other states in the United States. It had the highest scores on ACT and SAT tests in 2008, tied in first place with Massachusetts.
8/ The first credit union in the United States was organized by Monsignor Pierre Hevey in 1908, in Manchester, New Hampshire, to help mill workers to save and borrow money.
9/ Green LED traffic lights were first used in New Hampshire in 1996 (May 17th). New Hampshire was chosen for the pilot scheme in deference to the fact that it had been the first state to install the red and yellow variety statewide.
10/ The Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire recorded a wind gust of 231 mph on the 12th April 1934. The highest wind gust ever recorded worldiwde was 253mph on the 10th April 1996, at Barrow Island, Australia during a tropical cyclone (nicknamed "Cyclone Olivia")
Wind speeds within certain atmospheric phenomena (such as tornadoes) may greatly exceed these values but have never been accurately measured.