Thursday, January 1st — Idaho

January 1, 2009

Today I Learned…

…that the name “Idaho” is completely made up.  One-hundred percent fake.

In the early 1860s, lobbyist George M. Willing suggested that Congress name their potential new Rocky Mountain territory “Idaho.”  He claimed this came from a Shoshone word meaning “gem of the mountain” or “the sun comes from the mountains.”  He later claimed to have made the name up — Congress didn’t officially accept the name, but it stuck amongst the locals.


2 Responses to “Thursday, January 1st — Idaho”

  1. Old Guy Says:

    Well *I* learned that Tyler is made up. Not the name. Tyler. Himself. He’s really George Lucas’s mother’s brother’s dentist’s ex-girlfriend’s stalker. With a blog.

  2. Nick Says:

    It all makes sense now!

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