1. 1 out of every 8 Americans is from California.
  2. If it were a country, California would be the 8th economy in the world and the 35th most populous.
  3. California has been the birthplace of the film industry, the hippie counterculture, the Internet, and the personal computer.
  4. California 's official state animal, the California grizzly bear, is extinct.
  5. California has more than 130,000 people in prison.
  6. LSD was legal in California until 1966.
  7. California contains both the highest point (Mount Whitney) and the lowest point (Death Valley) in the contiguous United States.
  8. California
  9. was the first U.S. state
  10. that banned Marijuana
  11. a century ago.
  12. Los Angeles, California, is the second most populous city in the U.S.
  13. The five worst cities in the U.S. for air pollution are all in California.
  14. Antarctica was once as warm as modern-day California.
  15. Air pollution in China increases snowfall in California.
  16. California has built 23 prisons since 1980. In the same period, the University of California system has opened just one new campus.
  17. In 1818, the argentine pirate Hippolyte Bouchard attacked Monterey, California. After an hour of combat, Argentina's flag flew over it.
  18. There's a town named "Cool" and another called "Squabbletown" in California.
  19. In California and 3 other U.S. states, "Ladies' Night" are against the law because they are gender discrimination.
  20. California is the world's 5th largest supplier of food.
  21. There's a coast-to-coast hiking trail that stretches from Delaware to California.
  22. City of Industry, California,
  23. has a population of 219
  24. but is home to
  25. 80,000 jobs.
  26. California holds 12% of the U.S. population and produces 6.9% of the country's total greenhouse gas emissions. Texas has 8.5% of the population and produces 12.8%.
  27. Southern California has about 10,000 earthquakes each year, though most are so small that they are never felt.
  28. Latinos now outnumber whites
  29. in California since 2015.
  30. California uses inmates to fight forest fires. Prisoners take the jobs because it reduces their sentence, gets them outside, and pays better than typical prison jobs.
  31. In 2010, some schools in southern California banned a dictionary for including a definition of oral sex.
  32. Every 2 weeks, on average, someone jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge.
  33. A light bulb that hasn't been turned off since 1901 still shines at a fire station in California.
  34. 3 of the world's largest 20 firms by revenue (Apple, Chevron, and McKesson) are headquartered in California.
  35. There's a microwaveable Burrito Vending Machine at a gas station in Hollywood, California.
  36. In January 2014, a woman was beaten to death in California over an accidental photobomb.
  37. California's interconnected water system is the world's largest, managing over 40,000,000 acre feet of water per year.
  38. The Indigenous peoples of California included more than 70 distinct groups of Native Americans.
  39. Although only 1.5% of the state's economy, California's agriculture industry has the highest output of any U.S. state.
  40. California produces 80% of the world's almonds.
  41. Earthquakes are common in California because of the state's location along the Pacific Ring of Fire.
  42. California banned the sale of horse meat for human consumption in 1998.
  43. The tallest tree and the largest tree in the world are both in California.
  44. A man in California got a personalized license plate that said "No Plate" and received more than 2500 parking tickets.
  45. It is illegal to distribute "revenge porn" (video or photos of your ex) in California since 2016.
  46. On the California side of the U.S.-Mexico border, there's a town called Calexico,
  47. and on the opposite side there's a town called Mexicali.
  48. The most disproportionately common physical injury diagnosis in California is "Motor vehicle accident."
  49. California's economy has surpassed Russia and Italy to become the eight-largest in the world.
  50. In 1846, California was ruled by Mexico and the settlers in protest declared the territory an independent country for only one month.
  51. When California joined the Union, the capital was San Jose, then they tried to move to Vallejo and finally settled on Sacramento in 1854.
  52. In California, you're about as likely to be shot by a toddler than die in an earthquake.
  53. The California Gold Rush was the largest mass migration in U.S. history. There were more than 300,000 new arrivals in just a few years.
  54. Instagram data shows that Californians post the most driving selfies of any state population, while Mississippians post the least.
  55. California generates so much solar power that at times the state will pay Arizona to take it.
  56. In order to fight discrimination, California law requires certain entertainment websites like IMDB to remove an actor's age or birthday upon request.
  57. Housing a prisoner in California costs $75,560. That's more than a year at Harvard.
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