15 Things You Might Not Know About Tennessee


1. Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains beats both the Grand Canyon and Yosemite as America’s most visited national park.

2. On top of that, Tennessee boasts the third-most visited house in the country (after the White House and Biltmore Estate): Graceland Mansion, the former home of Elvis Presley.

3. The city of Gatlinburg is home to the Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum & Smoky Mountain Spices, which displays over 20,000 different variations of salt and pepper shakers (bearing the likenesses of frogs, musical notes, The Beatles, and others).

4. Ever the diplomat, Greeneville, Tennessee prides itself on displaying the only monument in the United States that pays tribute to both the Union and Confederate Armies.

5. This ideological ambivalence dates back to the war itself. Tennessee provided a wealth of troops to both the Union and the Confederacy during battle; in fact, Tennessee was responsible for providing the Union with more soldiers than all other Southern states combined.

6. It’s understandable why Tennessee might be so devoted to preserving Civil War history: A whopping 38 battles in the war were fought on Tennessee soil, more than any other state but Virginia.

7. Tennessee wasn’t just the birthplace of Elvis Presley's career, but of country music on the whole. While the 1920s saw the nation’s musical hopefuls rush to New York to land record deals, producer and talent scout Ralph Peer set up camp in Bristol, angling to catch wind of the more genuine sound enjoyed by the locals. Peer is credited with launching the musical genre by signing acts such as Jimmie Rodgers, Mamie Smith, and the Carter Family, and bringing unprecedented attention to the country and folk scene. Appropriately, Bristol is home to the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance.

8. This brand of music is celebrated by Nashville’s own radio mainstay, the Grand Ole Opry stage concert and radio show. Broadcasting consistently since 1925, the Grand Ole Opry is the longest running radio program in American history.

9. In 1905, Nashville, Tennessee, welcomed McKissack & McKissack, the first architectural firm founded by black men. The institution is still in operation today, although its headquarters have relocated to New York City.

10. Resting beneath the grounds of Tennessee is a beautiful secret: the Lost Sea, an underground lake that finds its home among the gargantuan Craighead Caverns system in Sweetwater. The Lost Sea is the largest sub-glacial underground lake in America, and the second largest in the world (after Namibia’s Dragon Breath Cave).

11. Though not invented in Tennessee, mini-golf was patented there by one Garnet Carter. It was originally known as Tom Thumb Golf.

12. Although three United States Presidents have been marked by a political and residential affiliation to Tennessee (Andrew Jackson lived in Nashville, James Polk served as the Governor of Tennessee from 1839-1841, and Andrew Johnson settled in Greeneville and was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives, Tennessee Senate, and served as Tennessee's governor from 1853-1857), no Commander-in-Chief to date was ever born in Tennessee.

13. Coca Cola was invented by a Georgian and first bottled by a Missourian company, but it was two Tennessean businessmen (Benjamin F. Thomas and Joseph B. Whitehead) who purchased control over the production of the soft drink. How much did it cost Thomas and Whitehead to convince company founder Asa Candler to sign over bottling rights to their Chattanooga company? Exactly one dollar.

14. Among the bounty of delicacies invented in Tennessee: Mountain Dew, cotton candy, and moon pies.

15. A good deal of work on the Manhattan Project was actually done in Tennessee. The facility K-25 was founded and built in Oak Ridge for secret work on the atomic bomb, and was, at the time, the largest factory in existence. The 12,000 workers needed for the K-25 construction and their families lived nearby in a temporary communited called Happy Valley.

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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11 Fast Facts About Jordan Peele's Get Out

Daniel Kaluuya stars in Get Out (2017).
Daniel Kaluuya stars in Get Out (2017).
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Trekking beyond his Key & Peele sketch comedy roots, Jordan Peele surprised a lot of people by making his debut feature a horror film. And while there are a few uncomfortable laughs to be found in Get Out, the bulk of the movie is a descent into madness that proves its main character, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), is right to be paranoid.

The film follows Chris as he visits his girlfriend Rose’s (Allison Williams) wealthy, white parents at their home, where Chris begins to suspect that something’s not right. Spoiler alert: He’s super correct, because the Armitage family is trying to sell his body to the highest bidder.

1. Get Out was inspired by an Eddie Murphy routine.

Jordan Peele points to the classic bit in Eddie Murphy: Delirious where Murphy asks why white people don’t just leave a house when a ghost shows up as one generation point for the film. “In The Amityville Horror the ghost told them to get out of the house,” Murphy riffs. “Now that’s a hint and a half for you a**. If a ghost said ‘get the f*** out,’ I would just tip the f*** out the door.”

2. Chance the Rapper gave away free tickets to Get Out's Chicago opening.

Obviously a massive fan of the movie, Chance the Rapper purchased every ticket for every opening day showing of Get Out at the Chatham Theater on 87th in Chicago, and urged his Twitter followers to claim a ticket at the box office on his dime.

3. 'The Sunken Place' in Get Out represents the marginalization of Black Americans.

The metaphor is nuanced and multi-layered, but the main theme of the film’s horror is the real-world concept of a system silencing you no matter how loudly you shout. On the Blu-ray, Peele also explicitly stated that it is “a metaphor for the marginalization of the black horror movie audience. We are a loyal horror movie fan base, and we’re relegated to the theater, not on the screen.”

4. Get Out is also about the Holy Grail.

In the opening scene when Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones) abducts Andre (Lakeith Stanfield), he’s got a Knight’s Templar helmet, which is one small element of a detailed backstory Peele gave to The Red Alchemists Society, the secretive group that comes together to bid on black bodies to inhabit.

“They believe they are destined for immortality and deity status,” Peele said. “And over hundreds of years they have worked to figure out through science a way to achieve the power of the Holy Grail.”

5. Jordan Peele did impressions while directing Get Out.

When you’re known for impersonating President Barack Obama (with an anger interpreter by your side), why not bring that into the mix when you’re giving your actors notes? Peele’s on-set impressions included Obama and comedian Tracy Morgan.

6. Jordan Peele has voice cameos as a deer and in a commercial in Get Out.

As demonstrated in the video above, Peele provided the moan of the dying deer at the beginning of the film, as well as the voice of the narrator for the United Negro College Fund PSA, who keeps insisting that “a mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

7. Get Out has been taught in universities.

In the fall of 2017, author Tananarive Due taught “Sunken Place: Racism, Survival, and Black Horror Aesthetic” at UCLA. Peele even dropped by the class to expand on, among other things, the film’s metaphorical connection to the modern prison industrial complex.

8. You should re-watch Get Out to see what Rose does.

Justin Lubin, Universal Pictures

When Rose stops the cop from checking Chris’s license, it’s not to stand up for him against a racist act; it’s to ensure there’s no paper trail connecting Chris with her family. This is only one of many duplicitous acts Rose pulls off during the story, and Peele encourages fans to watch the movie again to see how Rose’s hidden intent plays.

9. Get Out was the first February release since The Silence of the Lambs to score a Best Picture Oscar nomination.

And The Silence of the Lambs went on to win. Peele notes the Jonathan Demme classic as partial inspiration for the film, citing the scene where Hannibal Lecter is calmly waiting at the end of the prison hospital hallway as a model for how he introduced Georgina (Betty Gabriel). Want one more Get Out/The Silence of the Lambs connection? They’re two of a very small number of horror films to be nominated for Hollywood’s highest honor.

10. Get Out's original ending was a downer.

Justin Lubin, Universal Pictures

The ending we all feared was initially the one Peele wanted for the film. He planned on having the police show up to arrest Chris for the carnage at the Armitage house, with Rod (LilRel Howery) visiting Chris in jail and hinting that he’d get life in prison with the system stacked against him.

11. Jordan Peele made Oscar history with Get Out.

In 2018, Jordan Peele won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Get Out—making him the first Black filmmaker to earn the honor.