FAIRBANKS - America is flunking geography, especially when it comes to facts about the 49th State — Alaska. And yes, Alaska is a state, a bona fide part of the United States, admitted in 1959.
Somehow, that little tidbit of information didn’t get passed on in junior high school social studies. Marin Durrenberger of Denali Park found that out firsthand last semester, her first at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz. Durrenberger told her mom, News-Miner columnist Kris Capps, about some of the oddest questions she and friend Olivia Dowling, of Fairbanks, encountered. Capps’ favorite is “Do you know any Eskimonians?”
We asked our Alaska readers on Facebook to tell us the oddest questions they had ever been asked. Here are our 10 favorite responses:
10. What time do you turn on the northern lights?
9. How do you keep the animals inside Denali National Park?
8. Are all your vegetables frozen?
7. You can drive to Alaska? I thought it was an island.
6. If Alaska and Hawaii are so close, why do they have such different climates?
5. What kind of currency do you use and what’s the exchange rate?
4. Can I see your green card?
3. How do you know what time it is when it’s always dark?
2. Do you have to use snowshoes or a dog team to go everywhere?
And the No. 1 question Alaskans get is “does everyone still live in igloos?”
Bonus points go to the few who know that yes, you can actually see Russia from Alaska.