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10 Fast Facts About North Carolina:
1/ North Carolina may not be the first state that you think of for a beach holiday, but in fact North Carolina has some of the best beaches in the whole of the US, with over 300 miles of fatastic coast line almost guaranteeing that you will be able to find a secluded spot to lay your towel down!
2/ Krispy Kreme Doughnuts were founded in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1937 by Vernon Rudolph and his uncle Ishmael Armstrong. They have grown from those humble beginnings to a turnover of $362 million in 2011, and 3,700 employees.
3/ Babe Ruth hit his first home run in Fayetteville on March 7, 1914 and during his career would go onto set career records for home runs (714), slugging percentage (0.690), runs batted in (RBI) (2,217) and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164), as well as most runs created (2,757). (The records for slugging percentage, OPS and runs created still stand to this day, though Barry Bonds 762 home career runs, and Hank Aarons 2,297 for the Most RBIs have eclipsed at least two of his records).
He also still holds the single season record for most total bases - 457 in 1921.
In 1936 Babe Ruth was one of the first five players who were elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, although he only finished second in the vote of the Baseball Writers Association of America journalists to be inducted, the top five being (each out of a total possible of 226 votes):
Ty Cobb - 222 votes
Babe Ruth - 215 Votes
Honus Wagner - 215 Votes
Christy Mathewson - 205 Votes
Walter Johnson - 189 Votes
Ty Cobb currently currently holds the record for the highest career batting average at .367
4/ The highest point in North Carolina is at the top of Mount Mitchell at 6,684 feet (2037 meters). The average elevation in the state is 700 feet (210 meters).
5/ So many ships have been lost off Cape Hatteras off the coast of North Carolina that the area has become known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic". More than 1,000 ships have sunk in these waters since records began in 1526. Fittingly then, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in the area is the tallest lighthouse in the United Sates. It was built in 1870 and stands at 198.48 feet (60.5 meters) from the ground to the tip of its lightning rod.
6/ The eleventh President of the United States from March 4th 1845 - March 4th 1849 was James K. Polk who was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; but later went on to live in and represent Tennessee as a Democrat.
Historically he was an important President because he led the US to victory in the Mexican-American War, which was a war which resulted in many land gains in the Southwest of the US.
7/ The official state mammal of North Carolina is the Gray Squirrel, the official state fish is the Channel Bass, and the official state reptile is the Eastern Box Turtle.
8/ Here are some average low and high temperatures in Fahrenheit for various cities in North Carolina in August:
9/ The Wright Brothers fundamental breakthrough that allowed the first flight on December 17th 1903 (near Kitty Hawk in North Carolina) was their invention of three-axis control, which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively and to maintain its equilibrium. This method became standard and remains standard on fixed-wing aircraft of all kinds.
10/ The largest natural lake in North Carolina is Lake Mattamuskeet which stretches for 18 miles long (29km) and 7 miles (11km) wide with an average depth of 2 - 3 feet.