In our previous post, we highlighted some little-known facts about seafood and sea life in general. These fun facts you can share with your friends ranged from tidbits about slime eels producing an uncomfortable amount of mucous when triggered to some economic statistics about fish consumption worldwide. And in that same little-known facts spirit, we thought we would carry on with that theme, albeit with a different category to explore.
Today, we will examine some surprising, interesting, and downright weird facts about Florida. After all, we are a family restaurant chain in Florida; we are true native Floridians who started Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill with the purpose of providing a fantastic, kid-friendly, beach restaurant that delivers quality food in addition to a great dining experience. The next time you go to search “family restaurants near me”, hopefully we will show up in your search results. But why don’t you just save yourself some trouble and come to a Family Night at Mulligan’s at any one of our six locations in Southeastern Florida? With seafood restaurants in Jensen Beach, Lake Worth, Vero Beach, Sebastian, Stuart, and Lauderdale by the Sea, we are likely to have a beautiful tropical restaurant location within driving distance. Whether you are a local looking to try something new or a tourist just passing through, we’ve got culinary delights made just for you! We didn’t intend that to sound like a nursery rhyme, but it ended up doing so. At any rate, the point remains true. Come visit our “family restaurant near me” soon!
But for now, we digress about Mulligan’s. Let’s get to the promised topic, little-known facts about Florida!
Fast Florida Facts
- Florida is bigger than you might think. In fact, it’s over 15,000 square miles bigger than England.
- If you run a state-funded daycare center, you are legally obligated to play classical music for your children. A 1998 Florida law requires it. Then state senator Bill Turner said, “I want all the kids in the state of Florida to be the best and brightest.” And although his rather rudimentary hypothesis has been falsified, the law remains. There’s some governmental efficiency for ya!
- Florida is also the only state (that we know of) with two rivers that have the exact same name. The Withlacoochee River(s) exist in Madison County and in Central Florida. Of course, these rivers were named in the days prior to the internet (remember those?), so it might just be down to random chance that the rivers were coincidentally given the same name. Another theory is that, in early Florida days, there was one person tasked with coming up with the names of every Florida river. Given the scope of such a task, it’s plausible that such a public servant could have made a mistake and used the same name twice. Sadly, we will never know the real reason…
- Florida, or at least, its waters, are home to a “space station of the sea”. This is an underwater, permanent lab just 3.5 miles away from the Florida Keys. We don’t recommend looking into becoming a researcher there if you aren’t keen on small spaces.
- Florida is home to over 700 rhesus monkeys. These monkeys are not to be trifled with, either. This isn’t because they are particularly aggressive, but it more has to do with that many of them are said to have herpes-B. An infected, wild monkey could easily infect you. And that won’t bode well for anyone. In fact, it’s quite possible you’d die. So just stay away.
- 66 million humans took a visit to Orlando. That is more than any other city in the world. And between Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld, great nightlife, shopping, and golfing, it’s pretty easy to see why.
- Florida is now home to a not-so-fun kind of slug: the giant African land snail. These snails can carry a parasitic rat lungworm. If this parasite is somehow transmitted to humans, it can lead to contracting meningitis, which isn’t fun. How did they get to our beautiful sunshine state? People who practice Ifa Orisha, a cult originating from Africa, are instructed to drink “juice” from the snail. Seeing as how good Florida parents are said to teach their kids two main lessons before all else (don’t join cults, and don’t drink snail juice), we are somewhat surprised to hear of how this practice has caught on. The good news is that the state is currently doing their best to eliminate the snails.
- Before the recent boom of tourism, the biggest industries in Central Florida were citrus, cattle, and cotton.
- The original rides at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando included Pirates of the Caribbean, the Mark Twain Riverboat, It’s a Small World, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Mad Tea Party, the Country Bear Jamboree, and the Carousel of Progress. Amazingly, all of these rides are still around today!
A Local Family Restaurant
While we offer fun for people of all ages (ask about our private dining events and happy hour specials), we hang our hat on being a family fun restaurant with a great atmosphere. With a world-class, friendly staff that is there to make sure you are having a blast, the excellent food is just the cherry on top. So whether you are looking for Jensen beach restaurants, Vero Beach seafood restaurants, or Lake Worth restaurants, we’ve got you covered at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill. Come see us soon!