15 Things You Might Not Know About North Carolina 

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1. Poet Carl Sandburg published more than one third of his works from his home in Flat Rock, North Carolina, where he lived for 22 years and died of natural causes. The National Historic Site is also where his wife, Lillian, raised her champion dairy goats. 

2. North Carolina’s Grandfather Mountain is home of the Mile High Swinging Bridge, a 228-ft suspension bridge over 5,280 feet above sea level. On a clear day, you can see the Charlotte, North Carolina, skyline, which is over 100 miles away, from the structure.

3. After years of asking, “Where arrrrrrrr you?” underwater archaeologists discovered the wreckage of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, on November 21, 1996. She is still underwater just off the coast of Morehead City, North Carolina.

4. Each August, the beach town of Beaufort, North Carolina, hosts the Beaufort Pirate Invasion, a two-day festival featuring historical demonstrations of pirate-y stuff such as sword-fighting and a mock trial, complete with hanging. Its tagline? “It takes a village to pillage.”

5. Some notably artistic North Carolinians with awesome names: Soupy Sales (comedian whose real name was Milton Supman), O. Henry (short story writer whose real name was William Sydney Porter), and Thelonious Monk (jazz musician whose real name was Thelonious Monk).

6. The official state beverage of North Carolina is milk.

7. Seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, might have been born in North Carolina, but it is up for debate. The remote Waxhaws-region site of his birth had not yet been surveyed when he came into the world in 1767, so he might very well have been a South Carolinian. The White House is of no help in the debate, listing Jackson’s birthplace as a fence-sitting “backwoods settlement in the Carolinas.” Regardless, North Carolina is the official birthplace of two POTUSes: Andrew Johnson and James K. Polk.

8. Babe Ruth hit the first homerun of his professional career in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on March 7, 1914, in a Baltimore Orioles inner-squad scrimmage. Another first for the Bambino: the train ride that brought him from Baltimore to Fayetteville.

9. North Carolina's Mount Mitchell is America’s highest peak east of the Mississippi River. It is named for University of North Carolina professor Elisha Mitchell, who first measured the mountain in 1835. Mitchell suffered a fatal accident at nearby Mitchell Falls when he returned to verify those measurements over 20 years later.

10. Every December since 1956, McAdenville, North Carolina, has been transformed into Christmastown, USA. That first year, the McAdenville Men’s Club decorated and lit nine trees; now, more than 375 are adorned with red, white and green lights. Only live trees are given the holiday treatment and, this past year, those live trees ranged in size from six- to ninety-feet tall.

11. I Virginia Dare you to guess where the first child of English parents in the Americas was born. Why, Roanoke Colony in North Carolina, of course. Sadly, no one knows what became of young Virginia Dare; she was a member of what became known as “The Lost Colony” that disappeared with hardly a trace after the colony’s governor, John White (who was, incidentally, young Virginia’s Grandpappy), traveled back to England for supplies. When he returned a mere two and a half years later, his granddaughter and the rest of the colony were just, well, gone.

12. Though his 1870 election to the U.S. Senate was as a representative of Mississippi, the first African-American to serve in Congress, Hiram Rhodes Revels, was born and raised in North Carolina.

13. Not only is High Point, North Carolina, known as the Home Furnishings Capital of the World, it is also home to the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers. The 38-foot-tall chest has a pair of socks dangling from one of its drawers, symbolizing the city’s hosiery industry.

14. You can find the “World’s Largest Ten Commandments” in Fields of the Wood Bible Park in Murphy, North Carolina. The five-foot-tall letters that spell out all ten of the commandments (in English) are made of painted concrete and are set against a green background made of grass. The park also features replicas of religious relics and a baptismal pool. Oh, and a gift shop!

15. You may already be aware that Krispy Kreme Doughnuts was founded in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, but did you know that, for the past decade, North Carolina's state capital, Raleigh, has been host to the Krispy Kreme Challenge? Race participants run 2.5 miles from the bell tower of North Carolina State University’s campus to the local Krispy Kreme where they must consume 12 doughnuts (not donuts). Participants then run the 2.5 miles back. All proceeds from the Challenge benefit the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

Amazon’s Big Fall Sale Features Deals on Electronics, Kitchen Appliances, and Home Décor

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If you're looking for deals on items like Keurigs, BISSELL vacuums, and essential oil diffusers, it's usually pretty slim pickings until the holiday sales roll around. Thankfully, Amazon is starting these deals a little earlier with their Big Fall Sale, where customers can get up to 20 percent off everything from home decor to WFH essentials and kitchen gadgets. Now you won’t have to wait until Black Friday for the deal you need. Make sure to see all the deals that the sale has to offer here and check out our favorites below.

Electronics

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- BISSELL Lightweight Upright Vacuum Cleaner $170 (save $60)

- Dash Deluxe Air Fryer $80 (save $20)

- Dash Rapid 6-Egg Cooker $17 (save $3)

- Keurig K-Café Single Coffee Maker $169 (save $30)

- COMFEE Toaster Oven $29 (save $9)

- AmazonBasics 1500W Oscillating Ceramic Heater $31 (save $4)

Home office Essentials

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- HP Neverstop Laser Printer $250 (save $30)

- HP ScanJet Pro 2500 f1 Flatbed OCR Scanner $274 (save $25)

- HP Printer Paper (500 Sheets) $5 (save $2)

- Mead Composition Books Pack of 5 Ruled Notebooks $11 (save $2)

- Swingline Desktop Hole Punch $7 (save $17)

- Officemate OIC Achieva Side Load Letter Tray $15 (save $7)

- PILOT G2 Premium Rolling Ball Gel Pens 12-Pack $10 (save $3)

Toys and games

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- Selieve Toys Old Children's Walkie Talkies $17 (save $7)

- Yard Games Giant Tumbling Timbers $59 (save $21)

- Duckura Jump Rocket Launchers $11 (save $17)

- EXERCISE N PLAY Automatic Launcher Baseball Bat $14 (save $29)

- Holy Stone HS165 GPS Drones with 2K HD Camera $95 (save $40)

Home Improvement

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- DEWALT 20V MAX LED Hand Held Work Light $54 (save $65)

- Duck EZ Packing Tape with Dispenser, 6 Rolls $11 (save $6)

- Bissell MultiClean Wet/Dry Garage Auto Vacuum $111 (save $39)

- Full Circle Sinksational Sink Strainer with Stopper $5 (save $2)

Home Décor

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- A Christmas Story 20-Inch Leg Lamp Prop Replica by NECA $41 save $5

- SYLVANIA 100 LED Warm White Mini Lights $8 (save 2)

- Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle Vanilla Cupcake $17 (save $12)

- Malden 8-Opening Matted Collage Picture Frame $20 (save $8)

- Lush Decor Blue and Gray Flower Curtains Pair $57 (save $55)

- LEVOIT Essential Oil Diffuser $25 (save $5)

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Get Into the Halloween Spirit With Harry Potter and Star Wars Costumes and Accessories From Hot Topic

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Halloween is fast approaching, and that means it's time to start picking up those decorations, planning your costume, and settling down for a few monster movie marathons. Hot Topic is already way ahead of you, with a selection of costumes and accessories based on fan-favorite movies and TV shows like Harry Potter, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Stranger Things, and Hocus Pocus. We've picked out some of our favorites for you to check out below.

Harry Potter

1. Beauxbatons Hat and Cape Uniform; $60

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If Fleur Delacour is your favorite character from the Triwizard Tournament, then this look is for you. Beauxbatons baby blue hat and cape can now be yours to prance around in and pretend you're from the magical French academy for young witches.

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2. Hogwarts Zip-Up Hoodie Cloak; $55

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One of the most iconic parts of the Hogwarts uniform is the cloak. The sweeping black robes looked so official and mystical in the movies that it almost seems wrong not to wear one if you want to be a Hogwarts student for Halloween. These hoodie cloaks are available in all four house colors.

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3. Hogwarts Cardigan Sweater; $49

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Much like the cloak, the sweater vests and cardigans the students at Hogwarts got to wear are essential to any costume. You can choose from the four house crests and colors, so you can show your allegiance while also making a fashion statement.

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4. Hogwarts Plaid Skirtall; $45

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Though this isn't a look you'd recognize from the Harry Potter movies, these plaid skirtalls—skirt overalls, basically—feature the crest and colors of whichever house you represent.

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Star Wars

1. The Mandalorian Helmet; $17

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With the second season of The Mandalorian coming out right in time for Halloween, going as one of the show's main characters is a no-brainer. And since you probably can't pull off the Baby Yoda look, this simple Mando helmet is your best option.

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2. Yoda Pet Costume; $20

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Baby Yoda is easily the cutest thing to emerge from the new Disney+ series, and there's no shortage of merchandise with that little green face plastered across it. From Amazon Echo Dots to slippers to LEGO sets, the little rascal is everywhere. But if you're more a fan of classic Yoda, you can impose your love of the character on your dog with this costume, complete with floppy green ears and tiny Jedi robe.

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3. The Force Awakens Rey Costume; $48

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Rey represents a new generation of Star Wars hero, and her costume during her time on Jakku from The Force Awakens is still her most iconic look. It's also a costume that's simple enough to throw on for Halloween and still feel comfortable in.

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4. R2-D2 with Pumpkin Decoration; $50

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When trick-or-treaters stop to collect candy from your house, greet them with this inflatable R2-D2 decoration that's primed for Halloween. Standing around 3 feet tall, this will show off your love for a galaxy far, far away and your holiday spirit.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

1. Sally Scrunchies Set; $10

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If you're looking to embrace your The Nightmare Before Christmas love in a more subtle way, opt for these Sally-approved scrunchies that embody the colors of the movie without going too far overboard.

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2. Jack Skellington Button-Up Shirt; $35

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If Jack Skellington is your ultimate fashion hero, then this button-up pinstriped shirt is the ticket for you. It mimics Jack's look right down to the unique bat-shaped collar.

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3. Jack and Sally 'Love is Eternal' Eyeshadow Palette; $17

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Makeup inspired by your favorite characters is the key to completing a Halloween look, and this palette will help you make a colorful, smokey eye featuring shades seen in The Nightmare Before Christmas. You can even use these colors long after Halloween is over once you've mastered your favorite style.

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4. Zero Dog Costume; $29

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The real star of The Nightmare Before Christmas has to be the dog, Zero, and now you can drape your own pooch in the ghostly visage for under $30.

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