New Jersey and Oregon are the only U.S. states that ban self-service gas stations. These laws were seemingly made to protect customers from deadly accidents, but their effectiveness is disputed.
Texas is nicknamed ‘The Lone Star State’ as a nod to its former status as an independent republic and its struggle for independence from Mexico. The ‘Lone Star’ can still be found on the state flag and seal today.
The first American novel was “The Power of Sympathy”, a tragic love story promoting rational thought that was written by William Hill Brown and published in Boston in 1791.