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Wisconsin is also the home of Orson Welles, Harry Houdini, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gene Wilder, Spencer Tracy, Steve Miller, Liberace, Laura Ingles Wilder, Georgia O’Keefe, Willem Dafoe, Chris Farley, Heather Graham, Dick Bong, Gena Rowlands, Chris Noth, Peter Weller, Bob Eucker, Fred MacMurray, Golda Meir, Bob La Follette, Aldo Leopold, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, Joel Hodgson, Robert Bloch, Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, the formative years of Oprah Winfrey, and the college years of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dale Chihuly, Errol Morris, Michael Mann, and Harrison Ford.
Other Wisconsinites include Les Paul, Jim Lovell, Tom Snyder, John Muir, Thornton Wilder, Nicholas Ray, Butch Vig, David Koepp, Kurtwood Smith, Kato Kaelin, Gary Gygax, Mark Ruffalo, Tyne Daly, Don Ameche, Tom Hulce, Tony Shalhoub, Jane Kaczmarek, Chad Vader, David Robbins, Rob Schrab, Dan Harmon, Charlotte Rae, Jack Carson, Tom Wopat, Deidre Hall, Mark Proksch, Frank Zeidler, Gaylord Nelson, John Bardeen, James Thomson, Seymour Cray, Chris Smith, Mark Borchardt, Bill Rebane, Bert I. Gordon, Kathy Kinney, Eric Heiden, David Bordwell, Warrington Colescott, Brooks Stevens, Eric Benet, Wilbur Schwandt, Jerry Harrison, Al Jarreau, and bands such as Bon Iver, Violent Femmes, Kings Go Forth, Citizen King, The Chordettes, and Garbage.
Movies that take place in Wisconsin (all or partially) include: Kristen Wiig’s Bridesmaids, David Lynch’s The Straight Story, Werner Herzog’s Stroszek, Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead, Lars and the Real Girl, Love Actually, Up in the Air, The Giant Spider Invasion, Mr. 3000, Michael Clayton, and Wayne’s World.
Movies that were shot in Wisconsin (all or partially) include: Transformers 3, The Blues Brothers, Public Enemies, Bridesmaids, Uncle Buck, Hellraiser, Amityville Horror, A Simple Plan, Back to School, Michael Moore’s The Big One, The Omen II, The Deep End of the Ocean, Hoop Dreams, Chain Reaction, I Love Trouble, Major League, The Last Kiss, The Straight Story, Stroszek, and The Giant Spider Invasion.
Fictional characters from Wisconsin include: Annie Hall, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Jack Dawson, from Titanic, Peg Bundy from Married… with Children, Eve Harrington from All About Eve, and the world’s most popular fashion doll, Barbie.
Wisconsin is the birthplace of the Republican Party; the nation’s first kindergarten; the first typewriter; the QWERTY keyboard layout; Harley Davidson motorcycles; the production of Nirvana’s Nevermind; the ice cream sundae; Colby cheese; Miller beer; Pabst beer; Schlitz beer; Blatz beer; the World’s Largest Music Festival, Summerfest; the World Premiere of The Wizard of Oz; the first supercomputer; the first answering machine; the modern surfboard; the first garbage disposal; the first practical SCUBA gear; the Ringling Brothers Circus; the first hydroelectric power plant in the United States; over 15,000 miles of snowmobile highways; over 15,000 lakes; the most Native American burial mounds in the country; the composers of the Gilligan’s Island theme song and the Wicked Witch of the West’s theme song; the Munchkin Coroner who declares the Wicked Witch of the East’s death; the creator of Betty Boop; the Found Footage Festival, the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald; the Chicken Dance; the Worlds Largest Hamburger; the Wienermobile; and the Mustard Museum.
Wisconsin is also the home of many famous structures including: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, the Calatrava addition of the Milwaukee Art Museum, the House on the Rock, the Wisconsin Dells, the underwater pyramids of Rock Lake, the earth pyramids of Aztalan, Al Capone‘s hideout, John Dillinger’s hideout, and the World’s Largest Six Pack of Beer.
The Ginseng Capital of the World (Wausau)
The Troll Capital of the World (Mt. Horeb)
The Water Park Capital of the World (Wisconsin Dells)
The Jump Rope Capital of the World (Bloomer)
The Inner Tubing Capital of the World (Somerset)
The Swiss Cheese Capital of the World (Monroe)
The Loon Capital of the World (Mercer)
The Snowmobile Capital of the World (Eagle River)
The Bratwurst Capital of the World (Sheboygan)
The Toilet Paper Capital of the World (Green Bay)
COMING SOON: Amazing facts about the Green Bay Packers and famous Wisconsin speed skaters!
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