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"Facts" about National Parks
How good are you at telling fact from fiction? Of these fourteen statements about National Parks, seven are true and seven are invented. But which is which?
Last updated: October 23, 2020
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Arches National Park is actually named after Archie, the title character of the hit 1940s Archie Comics.
Quebec refers to its provincial parks as ‘national parks’. This is because the government of Quebec still thinks it’s an independent nation, rather than part of Canada.
The sharp stones along roadways in Acadia are known as ‘Rockefellers Teeth’, an homage to his philanthropy as well as to his remarkably poor dental hygiene.
The last known military engagement between the US and the UK occurred in San Juan Historical Park, and climaxed with the cold-blooded murder of a single pig.
Somewhat controversially, each individual Yellowstone bison that migrates to another state is treated for legal purposes as an exclave of Wyoming.
National Parks were invented in 1996, when Linkin Park named a field after himself.
There are zero glaciers in Glacier National Park.
Japan’s largest national park is in the ocean.
People born in Sequoia national park are called ‘Whitneys’, after Mount Whitney.
Elk Island national park, in Canada, is landlocked.
On the second Wednesday of July, Saguaro National Park hosts its annual desert day, to celebrate the desert.
Grover Cleveland once described the Grand Teton as ‘The Matterhorn of Wyoming’.
A bear in Yosemite slapped so many people that it was given the nickname “the swatter”.
A hemlock tree that floats in Crater Lake, perfectly vertical, is thought to be a weather deity because it breaks free of its ropes in a freak storm whenever it’s tied up.
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