Wistorical facts you probably didn’t know

Eric Koeppel

BELIEVE IT: Milk and cheese may be the darlings of Wisconsin exporting – but listen up, Chuck. If Wisconsin was suddenly wiped off the face of the Earth, over 50% of the world's cranberries would disappear with it. Think about it.
REAL TALK: Milk and cheese may be the darlings of Wisconsin exporting – but listen up, Chuck. If Wisconsin was suddenly wiped off the face of the Earth, over 50% of the world's cranberries would disappear with it. Think about that.

Scrambling for some end of summer sightseeing destination ideas? Well, scramble no more fellow Wisconsinites. This list of “10 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Wisconsin” posted on TravelWisconsin.com provides travel suggestions o’ plenty, not to mention oodles of crazy Wisconsin facts.

Yes, from the National Brewery Museum in Potosi to the waterfalls of Marinette County, the list provides an array of Wistorical hotspots all over our lovely hand-shaped state that you probably had no clue even existed. For example, did you know about the Accordion Museum in Superior? Me neither, but apparently the owner, Helmi Harrington, has the largest accordion collection in the world. Hmm, makes sense for a state whose official dance is the Polka I suppose.

And perhaps you may have heard of the annual Warrens Cranberry Festival, but did you know that Wisconsin is the nation’s largest cranberry producer? That’s right kids. You see, each year Wisconsin cranberry growers harvest enough berries to supply the world’s population with 26 cranberries each … Interesting, berry interesting.

The article also mentions the U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championships held in Eau Claire’s Carson Park, the largest wooly mammoth skeleton in existence in the Milwaukee Public Museum, and oh, so much more. But before you rush to one of these magnificent Wisconsin wonders stop in Racine and fuel up on Wisconsin’s state pastry: the Kringle.