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Some little known Missouri fun facts are about an American favorite—ice cream. The ice cream cone was invented out of necessity during the St. Louis World Fair in Missouir in 1904. An ice cream vendor was selling ice cream but he didn't have enough cups. So, he asked a waffle vendor to roll up waffles for him to hold ice cream. He sold his ice cream in these waffle cones and a classic American invention was born.
There are many interesting Missouri fast facts about food. Here are just a few of them. Two favorite soft drinks, Dr. Pepper and 7-Up hail from here. Dr. Pepper debuted at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis while 7-Up was invented in St. Louis. Another famous beverage first introduced at that world fair—iced tea. The first ever ready-mix food product to be sold to the public was another Missouri invention, Aunt Jemima pancake flour, introduced in 1899. Not surprisingly, St. Louisans consume the most barbecue sauce per capita than any other place in the country. Quite surprisingly, it is illegal for a milk man to run while on duty in Missouri.
Some little known facts about Missouri are that the Missouri city of St. Louis offers more in the way of free attractions than anywhere in America outside Washington D.C. Visitors can check out the Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, Cahokia Mounds, Museum of Westward Expansion, St. Louis Science Center, Missouri History Museum and many more, free of charge. In the current recession, this could very well be one of the best bargain locales for families looking for vacations on the cheap.
There are many Missouri historical facts about its famous citizens. What most don't know about Mark Twain, born Samuel Clemens in Florida, Missouri, is that his literary career was not a straight path to fame but rather a meandering one like the Mississippi River he loved. He started out as a printer's apprentice for the Missouri Courier before moving on to writing for Iowa's Saturday Post. What he did next is what is so surprising. He traded being a writer for being a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River. And fans of his literature are thankful that he did, for it was after this stint that he went on to writing novels centered around life on the Mississippi, the classics Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
There are Missouri facts about a famous presidential campaign that are not only surprising but just a little strange. When Abraham Lincoln ran for president, one of his most staunch foes was Valentine Tapley of Missouri. Tapley swore that if Lincoln ever did become president, that he would never again shave. Well, we know what happened. Lincoln became president, of course. And Tapley? True to his strange swearing-off-of-shaving promise, never again shaved his beard. From 1860 until his death in 1910, he never again shaved, dying with whiskers twelve feet and six inches long.
Have you ever seen a car pass with a Missouri license plate and, reading the state motto, “The Show Me State,” wondered when and how in the history of Missouri this came to be the state motto? While it is disputed by some, a widely held belief is that in 1899 Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver stated, “I'm from Missouri and you've got to show me.” So there you go. One of life's little mysteries solved.