Vermont is a unique and quirky place, and since the truth is often stranger than fiction, these unbelievable facts will come in handy next time you want to impress your friends and family with VT trivia. If you already knew all of these facts, well you get an A+ in VT knowledge. Congratulations!
1. You think you've experienced cold?
The coldest recorded temp is -50 in Bloomfield in 1933.
2. As unique as they come.
No two snowflakes are alike, and the first person to prove that was Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley, a farmer from Jericho who invented the process of photographing snowflakes by using a microscope and a camera from 1885 to 1931.
Montpelier may be small, but this is the ONLY state capital that doesn't have a McDonalds.
4. Hang it all out.
Thanks to the Right-To-Dry-Law of 2009, all residents are allowed to hang their laundry out to dry.
5. Are you feeling hot, hot, hot?
Swimming holes may be cold, but on July 4, 1911 we had a record high of 105 in Vermont. Cold doesn't sound so bad now, does it?
6. Life is sweeter here.
Vermont produces more maple syrup than any other state. And boy, is it the best!!!
There aren't more cows than people. However, in ratio of cows to people, Vermont has the greatest number of dairy cows in the country.
8. Next time you don't want to shovel snow...
Think about the residents in Readsboro. They received 50 inches over 3 days from a single storm in 1947.
9. Move over Rolls Royce and Bentley!
Between 1920 and 1924, the Wasp was one of the most ambitious and stylish automobiles around. Karl H. Martin went home to his native Bennington to produce top of the line cars which he sold for $10,000 each, which would be just over $110,000 today. A pretty hefty price to pay for a vehicle that went at a top speed of 15 MPH!
10. If you're ready for some snow...
Are you ready for levels like the winter of 1970/1971? The greatest snowfall for a single season was 26.5 feet of snow!
11. Moonlight in Vermont.
The song Moonlight in Vermont was not written by Vermonters. Moreover, in the late 1990s, legislature rejected it becoming the official state song, partly because it was too difficult for the average person to sing.
12. Want a lift?
The first rope tow was set up in Woodstock and was powered by a Model T Ford engine.
13. While the pigs are from Vermont, Ben & Jerry are not.
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream company gives their ice cream waste to the local Vermont farmers who use it to feed their hogs. The hogs seem to like all of the flavors except Mint Oreo. Every time.