Fun facts about Wyoming

I dropped some knowledge on the Techcrunch audience today by listing these interesting facts about Wyoming in the comments of a post about regional searching habits: (These are all completely true.)

  • No state touches more other states than Wyoming.
  • Wyoming is the #1 exporter of “Montana Sucks” refrigerator magnets.
  • “Wyoming” is Native American slang for “Almost square.”
  • You can buy Wyoming-shaped cookie cutters in almost any cooking store. It is the most popular state shape for cookie cutters, second only to West Virginia.
  • When you enter Wyoming, you are given a complimentary mug. True story.
  • Wyoming was originally going to be named West Dakota.
  • Wyoming is the only state with the constitutional right to egg Colorado.
  • All of the street signs in Wyoming are printed in both English and American Sign Language.
  • The second W in WWW actually stands for Wyoming.
  • The Wyoming governor is legally obligated to pose with you for a picture if you ask politely.
  • Wyoming residents are known as “Yom-ers.”
  • Wyoming was briefly owned by Canada for a time in 1973 during the ill fated “Foreign-Exchange Territory” program. (We traded it for the Yukon.)
  • The biggest city in Wyoming is smaller than the smallest city in California.
  • Yellowstone National Park was originally contained entirely in Wyoming. The reason it now lies partially in Montana and Idaho is because it is slowly trying to escape.
  • License plates are optional in Wyoming. Trailer hitches, however, are not.
  • When you fly over Wyoming, you will notice that they have built their highways in an argyle pattern.
  • Wyoming is tied with New York and New Jersey for most y’s in its name.
  • The Wyoming Constitution was written in three languages: English, French, and Jive.
  • Out of all of the states, Wyoming is one of them.
  • Wyoming has more bronco-related festivals than any other state.
  • Residents of Wyoming are 14% more likely to have tried beef jerky than the average American.

What do you know about Wyoming? Feel free to share in the comments.


130 comments on “Fun facts about Wyoming

  1. A young lady who grew up in Lyman once told me that, in parts of Wyoming, making a U-turn is referred to as “flipping a bitch”. That can’t be right, though, can it?

  2. kathy says:

    As a former CO native who moved to Wyoming, was interested to find out the CO people are called “greenies”. Think it’s from the green mtns on the old CO license plates.

  3. Kayla says:

    I’m going on this website for a project in Social Studies.! I picked this state because I couldn’t pick Arizona because someone took it. 8]

  4. Anonymous says:

    im doing this state for a social studies thing to and it really confuses me and i was the last one to pick so im stuck with it

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is all crap i used to live in Wyoming Nobody gets a mug and there is no stinkin sign language. do not use this site it is all wrong. you need a license plate to travel from state to state.

    • Anonymous says:

      I guess no one reads fine print anymore…
      “Facts about Wyoming….. In which I teach that you can’t trust everything you read online.”

  6. Anonymous says:

    well i have Wyoming for a social studies project and i went on google and i went here and i told my teacher about the flipping a bit and she got really angry! :(

  7. Anonymous says:

    Like the website even if its not true . . . fun fact: if you bring a horse to school in Wyoming the principal is required by law to take care of it. Also Wyoming residents have the largest genitalia per captita . . . go figure

  8. this is a lie i live in wyoming and everything you have on this site is not true so if you want to know what happens in wyoming how about yall move your asses to wyoming and find out what its like here instead of lieing about it on your little blog!!!!!!!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Seriously? This is all pure LIES!!! Whoever made this website, I’ve BEEN to Wyoming, and there ARE no mugs! THIS WEBSITE IS ALL STUPID!!! Really? WEST DAKOTA!?

  10. Bob the Builder says:

    omg this website is trash what sort of a website is Jive?! gosh you dont know anything about wyoming man, and you should get a life before warping a bunch of people’s minds w/this website

  11. Anonymous says:

    Don’t listen to this crap, none of it’s true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!

  12. yuyuyiuyuuh says:

    you suck at life you dont know more than a 2 year old child you are just some bored nerd that sits on his couch playing halo for 75 hours straight and you still have your mom make you peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches, and thats not the worst thing she still cuts the crust off and cuts it on a diaganol thats pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Trixy says:

    DUDE!!!!! Who are you trying to TRICK!!!!! I almost put that junk on my state report!!!! Plus, my parents have been to Wyoming and they know that none of it is TRUE!!!!! PS. Native Americans DON’T TALK SLANG!!! Listen to me, but not this J U N K!!! IT’S ALL L I E S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. the person writing this says:

    hehe i dont really care if its not true, i like the humor and my history teacher cant get mad at me for using a website that claims that all its facts are “completely true” =) thanks!

  15. admiral ackbar says:

    Haha, i cant believe people are getting so angry about this! Guys, come on, seriously? Doesnt anybody know how to take a joke? You would need to be half retarded to believe most of this stuff any way! “The Wyoming Constitution was written in three languages: English, French, and Jive.” Seriously? Did you guys read that and think it was serious? Do any of you know what argyle pattern is? I am cracking up at the fact that people are getting so angry! Wyoming is a square. How hard do you think it is to find a square cookie cutter?! OMFG I’m laughing wicked hard as I type this because Im thinking of all the people who think that all of it is real and putting it in social studies reports! :D I cant possibly imagine a world in which people actually think that a NATIONAL FOREST is trying to escape a state! Come on guys, seriuosly, lighten up and live a little and learn how to take a joke!

  16. Anonymous says:

    I’m sure Mr. Finke gets a lot of laughs reading these comments as well. The kicker is the line right under the title that says, “In which I teach that you can’t trust everything you read online.” Well played.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Some of u are true idiots! it says you cant trust everything you read online at the top of the page, of course these facts arent real

  18. Murfin says:

    bang bang what’s the hang! awesome facts about wyoming. i’ve lived here for 20 years and can verify each and every one of the above listed facts. The one thing I think that is missing from this list is that upon entering any supermarket or department store you are given a lasso, a can of copenhagen, and a list stating the rights you have to challenge anyone to a duel to the death at high noon in the parking lot.

  19. Why? Oming says:

    •Yellowstone National Park was originally contained entirely in Wyoming. The reason it now lies partially in Montana and Idaho is because it is slowly trying to escape.

    This is true I used it on my life science report that I got an A++ on because my teacher knows it as well.

  20. This is true says:

    Anonymous Says:
    September 27th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Some of u are true idiots! it says you cant trust everything you read online at the top of the page, of course these facts arent real

    Do not believe the conformists all of this is true.

  21. This is true says:

    57.Nigel Von Scroogen Says:
    October 10th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I hope these facts are right because I used it on my project, i hope this is credible.

    It is all too true.

  22. come on people says:

    Two things to remember before you post anywhere on the internet.

    1- Spelling makes you look ether retarted, and not worth listening to, or of at least average intelligence and capable of rational thought.
    2- Have a sense of humor.

  23. Blahh Blahh Blahh says:

    I believe all of this but “Out of all the states, Wyoming is one of them.” I think that is kinda stupid but it is a fun fact.

  24. Liz says:

    I understand you are trying to be funny and trying to make a point about not believing everything you read but…really O_o

  25. govoner says:

    All this stuff is actually true.i searched all of the facts on the internet and they are true. i searched on Safari, Fire Fox, Internet Explorer, and Yahoo. they are all true… but maybe i clicked on this page on everyone

  26. Anonymous says:

    umm… these are funny but not true…entertaining but NO WAY am I using these for my school project… but the one about montana sucks fridge magnets is funny =D

  27. steve says:

    I’m in Wyoming right now for a meeting and was just given a mug…..;) I think you forgot to include that pronghorn are considered rodents.

  28. catfacts says:

    Thank you. This post honestly made my night.
    Although I will admit the comments are almost as funny as the post itself.

  29. Has nobody noticed the ‘where I teach you that you can’t believe everything you read online?’

    There are a few things in here that ring a little true, or I’ve at least heard it before, such as the legally obligated to pose for a photo if asked, West Dakota was a considered name, bronco-related festivals…

    I’ve only been here a few years. Quit getting butthurt because you’re too stupid to read and tried to use this as a school report.

  30. Lisa says:

    I’ve lived in Wyoming my whole life so I KNOW a lot of these aren’t true, a few are funny though!! YES we have to have license plates on our cars, both front and back or we get a ticket. Would be nice if we got a complimentary mug though! Doesn’t happen! lol

    I wouldn’t put it past us about the jerkey thing and Montana is our friend, we are more prone to hate the Dakota’s :-)

  31. Anonymous says:

    these facts are use less it is no use its horrible quit lying about wyoming .More facts
    less jokes): ):

  32. I write mysteries for kids set in national parks. Just finished one on Yellowstone and would like to put fun facts about Wyoming in the back. May I use some of your facts? I will site your site. I need a reply within a week, please. Thanks.

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