1. California was named after Queen Califia, a black Amazon warrior queen.
2. California, with 38.8 million people, is the most populous state in the USA. Every 8th American lives in California.
3. During the California Gold Rush the population of California increased from 14 000 to 200 000. The Gold Rush was one of the largest mass migrations documented in world history.
4. In California it’s forbidden to eat oranges in your bathtub. This is beyond stupid — a totally unenforceable law for a totally safe activity that any consenting adult can engage in.
5. In 1955, Californians experienced a unique weather phenomena: green snowfall with a phosphorescent effect.
6. While hiking across the slopes of California’s Sierra Nevada foothills in summer, you can observe “watermelon snow”. It’s pink-colored and has a watermelon scent and taste. This phenomenon is brought about microscopic algae known as Chamydomonas nivalis, filled with red astaxanthin pigment.
7. The city of Fallbrook is known as ‘the Avocado Capital of the World.’ It hosts annual Avocado Festival.
8. Castroville is known as ‘the Artichoke Capital of the World.’ In 1947, Castroville lead the very first Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival and Norma Jean (Marilyn Monroe) became Castroville’s first Artichoke Queen.
9. Fresno is considered the “the Raisin Capital of the World”. They don’t say it for the nothing, Fresno produces about 60% of all world’s raisin crop.
10. California is considered the largest wine producing state in the US and the fourth leading wine producer in the world after Italy, France and Spain. California produces more than 17 million gallons of wine and about 20.7 million of tourists visit California’s wine regions each year.
11. Lombard Street, in San Francisco, is the world’s most twisting street.
12. The Hollywood Bowl is the largest outdoor amphitheater in the world
13. Death Valley is the driest and hottest place in the USA. Its summer temperature can reach more than 115 degrees.
14. San Francisco Bay is the largest landlocked harbor in the world.
15. The world’s first McDonald’s restaurant was opened in San Bernardino, California.
16. Fortune cookies were first made in California by a Japanese baker. So, originally fortune cookies have American-Japanese roots. LOL!
17. The largest number of Chinese living outside of China lives in San Francisco. The largest number of Mexicans living outside of Mexico lives in Los Angeles. The largest number of Armenians living outside of Armenia lives in Glendale.
18. The Frisbee was invented in California.
19. First Apple computer was invented in California.
20. On May 20, 1873 a 44-year-old German immigrant Levi Strauss invented the first blue jeans in San Francisco.
21. About 8% of California people are vegetarians.
22. The Unated Nations was first organized in San Francisco in 1945.
23. The Beatles’ final official live concert took its place in California (San Francisco).
24. The first Barbie doll was invented in 1959 by Ruth Handler in California.
25. Walt Disney open his first theme park ‘Disneyland’ in Anaheim, California on July 17, 1955.