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10 Facts You Need To Know About The Great Lakes

10 things you didn't realize you needed to know about those overized puddles of fresh water.

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The S.S Edmund Fitzerald sank into the dark waters of Lake Superior on November 10, 1975 and was the largest ship to ever have sunk there. No distress signals were sent before she sank, and no bodies were ever recovered.

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There are 35,000 islands on the Great Lakes. The largest is Mackinac Island, it's the largest lake island in the world. Mackinac Island is also a National Historic Landmark and is famous for its Victorian Grand Hotel and its ban on motor vehicles.

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The most prestigious and oldest freshwater sailing race in the world takes place on the Great Lakes each July; The Chicago to Mackinac Boat Race. Sailors who complete 25 of these races receive the dubious distinction of being dubbed and "Island Goat."

Via UFO Digest

The Great Lakes Diving Company (which has since disappeared,) claimed to have found the famous Kinroes F-89 Scorpion Jet Fighter that disappeared over Lake Superior on November 23, 1953. Next to the fighter jet, they found a UFO.

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Lake Erie has its own monster, Bessie. The first sighting was in 1973. She is reportedly snake like and 30-40 feet long. Great Lakes Brewing Company offers an imperial pale ale honoring Bessie. So while you're ruminating over all of your new found knowledge , crack open a cold one.

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