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12/03/2014 02:30 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Interesting Illinois: 10 fun facts about the state

Sometimes it feels like living in Illinois is all doom and gloom: cold weather, corrupt politicians and a looming pension crisis.

But guess what? You can fall in love with this great state again! Illinois has a lot to offer, and I will help remind you with these Illinois fun facts. Do you have a fun fact about Illinois? Be sure to share it with us in the comments below!

1. The University of Illinois Extension shared this interesting fact about farming in Illinois!

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2. This Illinois fun fact is courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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3. It's no wonder why Charles Lindbergh was nicknamed "Lucky Lindbergh!" His first crash was in Rutland Township, and the second was in Covell.

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4. The Australian Lungfish named Granddad arrived at the Shedd Aquarium during the 1933 World's Fair.

5. This Mount Pulaski law only applies to boys. Girls are allowed to hurl snowballs at trees.

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6. The modern silo was invented and built in 1873 by Fred Hatch on his father's farm. Hatch was also a graduate of Illinois Industrial College, which later became the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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7. In 1990, Gov. Jim Thompson signed into law a bill designating the Square Dance as the American folk dance of the State.

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8. Can you believe this weird law from Galesburg?

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9. Dr. Bernard Fantus, a Hungarian immigrant and University of Illinois graduate, coined the term "blood bank."

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10. Jane Addams, the co-founder of the world famous Hull-House in Chicago, was born in Cedarville.

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Check out 20 more Illinois fun facts at Reboot Illinois to find out which tallest farm animal calls the state home and where in Illinois Twinkies were invented.

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