Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventeen!

Today’s fun fact comes from the category: Geography.

Do you know which state is the easternmost state in the United States?

If you guessed Maine (or anywhere else on the “east” coast), you would have guessed wrong!  As you may be figuring out on this line of postings, what is sometimes considered to be the obvious answer is not always the case.

The easternmost state is actually Alaska.  Really?  How is this so?  Well, some of the Aleutian Islands (the Rat Islands and the Near Islands) lie west of the eightieth meridian (the dividing line between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres).

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong by Dr. Rod L. Evans.

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