Florida is celebrating its statehood today... On this date in 1845 Florida became part of the United States
Eyewitness News reporter Nate Harrington spent the day finding out how much Floridians actually know about the Sunshine State.
Today is Florida's birthday. And what better way to celebrate than by asking some Florida residents about their home state, the 27th state admitted into the union.
John Wickman, Ft. Lauderdale resident.
Nate-The year Florida was admitted into the union?
John-My guess would be about 1826?
Mark Hesoun, Tampa Resident.
Mark-I would say 1856? Nate-No, it's 1845.
Nate-Alright, a couple of softballs. The nickname of Florida?
Mark-The Sunshine State... Right
Nate-The state flower? You should be familiar with this, from central Florida.
Mark-I'm going to say the azalea..
Nate-No.. The orange blossom.
Nate-How many counties are there in the state of Florida?
John-I'd say around 130.
Nate-Ok, you're from down south, you might know this one. The largest lake in Florida.
Meredyth Cassell, FSU Sophmore.
Nate-When did we become a state? What year?
Meredyth-Oh..I should know this. This is embarrassing. Umm.. 16 something?
Jordan Gregory, FSU Senior
Nate-The year Florida became a state?
Jordan-I'm just mad at how terribly wrong this is going to be. Let me go with 1627.
Nate-How bout the state flower?
Meredyth-Oh... that's like a blossom. An orange blossom.
Nate-You are the first person to get that right.
Meredyth-Alright. I'm not that stupid.
Nate-How many counties are in the state?
Meredyth-I don't know.
Nate-Take a guess.
Nate-Close, 67. One guy said 130.
Meredyth- What an idiot.