We have something of a mini-series on our hands here, folks. In our previous two posts, we focused on fun facts about fish and seafood as well as little-known facts about Florida. This first post was a bit long and the second was a bit shorter in length. In all honesty, we didn’t get our fix regarding fun, wild, and crazy facts about Florida. With that in mind, today’s post is going to continue our trend of relaying somewhat random factoids about our beautiful home state. It’s just too fun, we can’t help ourselves!
Mulligan’s Beach House And Grill is a family restaurant with locations in Jensen Beach, Stuart, Lake Worth, Lauderdale by the Sea, Vero Beach, and Sebastian. We are also thrilled to announce that Mulligan’s will be opening a new restaurant location on Singer Island in 2018. With family nights, a full menu of much more than just seafood, and happy hour specials to boot, we represent a great option for folks looking for beach restaurants with high-quality food and a unique atmosphere. Before we get going on today’s promised topic, we’d also like to inform you about our Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill VIP Locals Card. If you sign up now you can save 10 percent on your next meal! And even if you aren’t planning on hosting a corporate event or a birthday party at Mulligan’s 10 percent is nothing to turn your nose up at. Browse our Sauce & Seasoning, Souvenir Glassware, Mulligan’s Wear, Holiday Apparel, and Mulligan’s Gift Cards by visiting our store here. Oh, and while we are talking about it, we should mention that if you purchase a $100 gift card from us, you’ll receive a $20 bonus card. This offer only lasts until Christmas though, so get on it while you can! If you ask us, this would be a great gift idea. Why? Not only does the gift-receiver you have in mind get the chance to have a fantastic experience at any Mulligan’s, but you don’t even need to tell them about the $20 card you got for free. We’ll keep that secret between us, and nobody will be the wiser!
Interesting And Crazy Florida Facts
Whether you are a true native Floridian or are visiting someone and just happen to be looking for “seafood restaurants near me” on your smartphone, we hope that you find these tidbits as interesting as we did. Maybe you can even read some of them aloud while you are chowing down on some Calypso Crab Cake or Sesame Tuna. Yum! Okay, we should probably get to the facts. Can you tell we are hungry for seafood?
- You know those famous Florida flamingos? They get their pinkish hue from eating shrimp. The more shrimp they eat, the more pink they become. We wonder if that’s the case with humans, too. There’s only one way to find out…
- A man by the name of Stephen Foster wrote our state’s song, “Old Folks at Home”, also called “Swanee River”. Known as a minstrel song, Foster never actually saw the Suwannee River which was addressed in the tune. He chose the river for the fact that it flowed well with the rest of the tune. And no, the aforementioned “old folks” isn’t an homage to our sizable elderly community. In actual fact it references Foster’s nostalgia for his hypothetical upbringing along the Suwannee River. A final fun fact about this song is that Foster’s original lyrics were expurgated in 2008 due to their offensive content.
- The Florida Everglades are home to 36 threatened or endangered species. The Everglades have over 350 species of birds and 300 species of fish living within the 1.5 million acres that comprises the region.
- If you go visit the Everglades, keep in mind a few things. First, bring your mosquito repellant. Although it isn’t very fun for humans who are visiting to experience, mosquitos play an integral role in the Everglade’s ecosystem. Mosquito larva serves as food for hundreds of fish that wouldn’t call Florida their home otherwise. The second warning is to look out for Sawgrass plants. They grow up to six feet in height and can be so sharp that they can cut through clothing! Yikes.
- Our final fun fact(s) about the Everglades is that it is the only place in the world where crocs and gators coexist. Oh, and lest we forget, one out of every three Floridians get there water from the Everglades.
- The Florida Keys are remarkable biodiverse. The coral reefs coupled with natural forests make it home to myriad species.
- One of those species is the Loggerhead turtle. Interestingly enough, there is nowhere in the country that has more turtle nesting areas than the Florida Keys.
- If you are into pirates and shipwrecks, the Upper Keys have some awesome historical shipwrecks which you can check out on your trip to Florida. Choose from WWII freighters to much older Spanish ships.
- The Spanish were the first Europeans to discover the Florida Keys. Because of their twisted layout, the Spanish explorers named the archipelago “Los Martires”, which translates to “the martyrs”.
- In 1812, the entire modern state of Florida, including the Keys, officially became part of the United States of America.
- Although Key West is technically the southernmost point within the continental U.S., Hawaii is further south than any part of Florida.
- Shifting gears, Gatorade was named after the University of Florida Gators, which was where the cutting-edge hydrating beverage was first formulated.
- The Flora-Bama Beach Bar in Pensacola hosts a curious annual event. The Mullet Toss involves thousands of Florida locals standing at the Florida-Alabama state line where they throw dead fish into Alabama. As founders of some of the top seafood restaurants around, we think there are much better uses for fish than this.
- No matter where you are in the state of Florida, you are guaranteed to be more than 60 miles away from an ocean. That’s part of what makes this state so dang great.
- Unmarried women are not legally allowed to parachute on Sundays in Florida. We can’t say that this is part of what makes this state so dang great. But it is strange.
- In the same vein as the above fact, it’s illegal for anyone to sing in public while wearing swim trunks. It’s also illegal to skateboard without a license within Florida. What’s more, women can be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can salon owners for the same occurrence.
- Don’t try to get away with parking your elephant for free in public within our great state. You have to pay the parking free just like you would with an automobile, according to state law.
- Here’s a couple of state laws that make slightly more sense. It’s illegal to sell your children in Florida. Also, Florida highway patrol officers who are adjudged to be 15 lbs overweight will lose their bonuses.
Come See Us At Mulligan’s!
If you are looking for a local waterfront restaurant that has incredible views and great seafood, you’ve just got to come see us at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill. We’ve got a wide variety of seafood, landfood, cocktails, appetizers, breakfast dishes, select sandwiches, and much more. Come see us at Mulligan’s, we’d love to host you this December!