The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016. In honor of the centennial, we are sharing 100 facts, from the basic to the bizarre, to inspire you to join the celebration at one of the many beautiful national parks across the country.
National parks are filled with majesty, mystery, interest, intrigue, wonder and, well, sometimes just plain weirdness. Below, we’ve collected 20 of our favorite facts that’ll make you stop and think.
1) A Yosemite bear once slapped at so many people, it was nicknamed “Swatter.”