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Nebraska's name comes from the Otoe Indian words Ñí Brásge, meaning "flat water". The words refer to the Platte River that flows through the state
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Nebraska is the only state in the United States with a unicameral legislature. All other states have bicameral legislature (house and senate) Nebraska's Unicameral is officially called "Legislature", and its members are known as "senators". Nebraska's Legislature is also the only state legislature in the United States that is nonpartisan. The senators are elected with no party affiliation next to their names on the ballot. With 49 lawmakers, the Nebraska Legislature is also the smallest state legislature in the United States (the next smallest is the 60-member bicameral Alaska Legislature).


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In the presidential elections of the United States, only two states does not follow the 'winner-take-all method of electoral vote allocation'. Nebraska is one of them (Maine is the other) Maine and Nebraska both use the Congressional District Method. In this method, the winner of each congressional district is awarded that district’s electoral vote, and the winner of the state-wide vote is then awarded the state’s remaining two electoral votes. In 2008, when Nebraska’s 2nd congressional district, Omaha, went for Obama and the rest of the state went for Republican candidate John McCain, so Obama got one electoral vote and John McCain received the rest (4 electoral votes)
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On January 4, 1872, Julius Sterling Morton proposed a holiday to plant trees on April 10 that year. This was known as "Arbor Day" and prizes were awarded to the counties and individuals who planted the most trees on the day. About one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day. In 1885, Arbor Day became a legal holiday in Nebraska and was moved to April 22, Morton's birthday. In 1989 the official state holiday was moved to the last Friday in April.
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Nebraska National Forest is the largest hand-planted forest in America, covering 141,159 acres of land.
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Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium houses the largest indoor rainforest in the United States. The Lied Jungle covers one and a half acres of land within an eight-story building and features flora and fauna from the rainforests all over the world.

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University of Nebraska at Lincoln’s Elephant Hall features the largest mammoth fossil showcased anywhere on the planet. The fossil from the Late Pleistocene Era, nicknamed “Archie,” was discovered in Lincoln County in 1922, has been identified as the remains of a Columbian mammoth, and reigns as Nebraska’s official state fossil.
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The popular drink Kool-Aid was invented by Edwin Perkins in Hastings, Nebraska, in 1927. It was initially named Kool-Ade, but renamed “Kool-Aid” in 1934
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Bailey Yard, the world’s largest railroad classification yard, is located in North Platte, Nebraska. It services/repairs as many as 10,000 rail cars each day and can repair up to 20 cars per hour. The yard is named after former Union Pacific president Edd H. Bailey.
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Omaha, Nebraska is the hometown of world famous business tycoon and philanthropist Warren Buffett. He is often referred to as the "Wizard of Omaha" or "Oracle of Omaha"
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The capital of the Nebraska Territory had been Omaha since the creation of the territory in 1854. After much of the territory south of the Platte River considered annexation to Kansas, the territorial legislature voted to locate the capital city south of the river. After Nebraska was granted statehood on March 1, 1867, Lancaster, a village 30 residents, was chosen as the site for the new state capital. Soon, the state legislature authorized the city's renaming after President Abraham Lincoln.
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The National Museum of Roller Skating is located in Lincoln, Nebraska
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Eppley Airfield (OMA) in Omaha, Nebraska, is the largest airport in Nebraska, serving ten times more passengers than all other Nebraska airports combined. It is named for Eugene C. Eppley, the Eppley Hotel magnate of Omaha