15 Things You Might Not Know About Michigan


1. Michigan was colonized by the French in the 17th century. The name possibly comes from the French version of the Ojibwe word meshi-gami, which means “big lake.”

2. Michigan has the highest bottle deposit cost in the country—at a whopping 10 cents, it's twice as much as any other state. In 2012, Michigan residents returned over $351 million in deposits.

3. Muskegon, Michigan, is home to “Snurfing,” an early version of snowboarding.

4. Detroit has its own currency. Detroit "Cheers" come in dominations of $3 and feature the Spirit of Detroit monument.

5. The Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere. The bridge affectionately known as Mighty Mac connects the two peninsulas. It took three years to complete and opened in 1957. At the opening celebration, 83 white convertibles transported beauty queens from every county across the bridge.

6. No matter where you stand in Michigan, you will never be farther than 85 miles from one of the Great Lakes.

7. Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the country.

8. Although Michigan wasn’t happy taking the Upper Peninsula instead of the Toledo Strip in a compromise ending the Toledo War, the UP’s copper generated ten times the fortunes of the California Gold Rush.

9. Michigan has the seventh largest population of fishermen in the country. By 2011, there were 1.1 million people registered to fish [PDF].

10. The last Sunday of every June is Log Cabin Day—a day dedicated to celebrating and preserving log cabins. The holiday was started on June 25, 1986, in Michigan.

11. Colon, Michigan, calls itself the Magic Capital of the World. The city hosts a four-day magician convention each August.

12. The mastodon is the state fossil of Michigan; one of the most complete skeletons ever found came from an area near Owosso. The longest trail of mastodon footprints can also be found in Michigan, just outside of Ann Arbor.

13. In Michigan, it’s illegal to buy or sell a car on a Sunday. There is an exception in the law for counties with populations under 130,000.

14. Plymouth, Michigan, holds an annual ice festival. The event features a dueling chainsaw competition, ice sculptures, and lots of winter foods.

15. Similarly to the Bermuda Triangle, the mysterious Michigan Triangle is the site of many ship and plane disappearances. The triangle, which stretches over Lake Michigan, consists of Benton Harbor and Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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The World's 10 Richest Cities

New York City.
New York City.
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When a city has vibrant culture, a booming economy, and appealing real estate, it attracts a lot of high-profile residents. To see which world-class cities have the largest populations of wealthy individuals, check out this list of the richest cities in the world.

As CNBC reports, the United States is home to several wealthy cities, accounting for six of the urban centers in the top 10. New York takes the top slot, with 120,605 of the people living there boasting a net worth of $5 million or more. That's more than 4 percent of the global wealth population.

It's followed by Tokyo, where 81,645 residents have a net worth totaling at least $5 million. Hong Kong ranks third with 73,430 wealthy citizens. Other U.S. cities on the list include Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Dallas. The other two cities in the top 10—London and Paris—are Europe's only representation.

The information used to compile the list comes from the data firm Wealth-X, which looked at global wealth statistics from the past decade. Cities that attract wealthy residents tend to have a high cost of living, but the richest cities in the world aren't always the most expensive to live in. After reading the list below, compare it to the 10 most expensive cities in the world.

  1. New York City, U.S.
  1. Tokyo, Japan
  1. Hong Kong
  1. Los Angeles, U.S.
  1. London, UK
  1. Paris, France
  1. Chicago, U.S.
  1. San Francisco, U.S.
  1. Washington, D.C., U.S.
  1. Dallas, U.S.

[h/t CNBC]