Just when you think Vermont can’t get any better, you learn something new. While you may know of some of these things, the rest will keep you entertained and informed. After all, you learn something new every day, right? Here are 25 shocking things that you may not know happened in Vermont. Let us know how many you knew about!
1. In 2012, inmates working in a Vermont prison print shop altered the official Vermont Police Crest to include the hidden image of a pig.
The altered decals adorned 30 police cruisers for a year before anybody noticed.
2. The town of Killington voted to secede from the state of Vermont to New Hampshire in March 2004.
Killington's boundary lies 25 miles away from New Hampshire. Neither Vermont nor New Hampshire has approved the change, though New Hampshire has created a commission to negotiate with Vermont.
3. Ale of the Living Dead.
Magic Hat Brewery in Vermont once brewed a garlic-flavored beer which was promptly returned to the company and labeled "undrinkable."
4. 42 cyclists passed through Vermont completely naked and did not break any laws
Public nudity is legal in Vermont, but public disrobing is not. There is no statute barring public nudity in Vermont unless it constitutes "open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior."
5. A medical researcher carried out an experiment at a Vermont state prison.
He recruited inmates to eat as much as they could to gain 25% of their body weight, in return for early release from prison. Some volunteers couldn't reach the target, even though they were eating 10,000 calories a day.
6. Colonial coins.
The currency of colonial Vermont was called 'nillyweiners' and the treasury secretary responsible for its inception was named Pimpy McGrundel.
7. You can take the Bar exam Vermont without having attended law school.
As long as you are an apprentice under the mentorship of a judge or practicing attorney for 3-4 years.
8. Put a cap on it.
The town of Winooski, Vermont once planned to build a dome over the entire town to save on heating costs.
9. The longest game of dodgeball was played in April 2012 at Castleton State College in Vermont.
The game lasted for 41 hours, 3 minutes, and 17 seconds.
10. There is a town in Vermont called Satan's Kingdom.
Satan's Kingdom is an unincorporated community in the town of Leicester in Addison County, Vermont, United States. It is located along Vermont Route 53 near the southern shore of Lake Dunmore and just north of Fern Lake.
11. Matthew Lyon
Matthew Lyon, a Vermont congressman, won re-election while serving time in jail for sedition.
12. Decker Towers is an eleven-floor apartment building located at 230 St. Paul Street in Burlington.
At 124 feet tall, it is the tallest building in the state of Vermont, and the shortest of any state's tallest building.
13. Vermont abolished slavery in 1777 while still an independent nation.
This means Vermont was both the first state, and the first nation in the Americas to abolish the institution of slavery.
14. Billboards are illegal in Vermont.
In order to preserve the state's natural beauty, billboards are completely banned in the state of Vermont and have been for over 45 years.
15. Vermont does not require a permit to carry a concealed firearm.
Furthermore, Vermont (42% gun ownership rate) had the lowest rate of gun murders in 2010: only 2.
16. Eat More Kale?
Chick-Fil-A is suing a Vermont man for printing shirts that say "Eat More Kale" because it is too similar to their "Eat More Chikin" slogan.
17. With so many beautiful churches to choose from...
56% of people in Vermont describe themselves as nonreligious.
18. There is a library with an entrance in Vermont and an exit in Canada.
It was purposely built on the border and a line of the floor marks the border of the United States on one side and Canada on the other.
19. Healthy fact:
Vermont and New Hampshire are almost exactly the same geographically, Vermont is one of the healthiest states and N.H. is one of the unhealthiest.
20. You can ride a camel...
But riding elephants is not allowed in Vermont.
21. Sweet 16.
A 16 year old can legally buy a handgun without parental consent in Vermont.
22. Calvin Coolidge learned of President Harding's death while visiting his parent's home in Vermont.
His father, a notary public, used a family bible to administer the oath of office to his son, swearing him in as President of the United States.
23. 911 Emergency.
Vermont and Maine are the only states in which you can reliably text 911 in an emergency.
24. Not so funny...
The crew for the movie Funny Farm dyed the trees in Townshend, Vermont to look as if it was mid-autumn which ended up killing every tree except one.
25. Jury Duty?
A Vermont man avoided jury duty by wearing a prisoner costume to court.