Strange but true – Alaska is a geographically unique place

Einstein is amused transparencyIf you, like me, love trivia and enjoy the odd good natured bet for beers, or the like, down at the pub then here is an interesting little factoid which could get you, if not drunk, at least merry.

Ask your mate the following question:

What are the northern most, southern most, western most and eastern most states of the United States of America?

Your mate will probably answer with something like Alaska is most Northerly, Hawaii is most Southerly (although he might nominate New Mexico, Florida or Texas), Hawaii again as most Westerly (although he may nominate California, Oregon or Washington State) and New York or New England to be the most Easterly. These all seem logical choices. The correct answer is very surprising.

The answer which will get you your beer is:

  • Most Northerly State – Alaska;
  • Most Southerly State – Hawaii;
  • Most Westerly State – Alaska; and
  • Because the Islands of the Aleutian Archipelago, which are part of the State of Alaska, actually straddle the 180° meridian Alaska is also the most Easterly State of the Union.

Funny but true.  Pull out your atlas and check it out for yourself and then get on down to the pub and get wagering.

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