No doubt about it, Vermont is a quirky state. As much as we love it and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else, there are still a few things that are a bit troubling in the 802. From odd laws to Superfunds to the specifics of growing organic foods, these are some things that can leave us feeling a bit unsettled.
1. Dirty dirt.
Fresh cow manure is spread over the vegetable gardens that produce our delicious veggies.
2. Super Fun?
No, Superfund. As in “a US federal government program designed to fund the cleanup of toxic wastes.” Burlington has a superfund site, the Pine Street Canal.
3. Say cheese!
Vermont cheddar cheese is ripened by mold.
4. Clean eating.
Wash all organic fruits and veggies – we already told you what’s in the fertilizer.
5. Runoff warning.
Farms in Vermont have contributed to the pollution in Lake Champlain with manure runoff containing phosphates which have created a toxic environment and the blue green algae. This can be dangerous for humans and animals.
6. Overflow disasters.
In many communities when storm drains overflow, they cause the raw sewage to be released from the sewage treatment plants which flow into our waterways.
7. Cracking up.
Always, always wash eggs. You don’t know how extensively they were rinsed, if at all.
8. Hold on to your wallets!
Vermont has the highest rate of government embezzlement per capita in the country. According to an article by
, "According to the 2013 Marquet Report on Embezzlement and its 50-page review of approximately 550 national cases (each with over $100,000 of funds stolen), Vermont continues to lead the nation in embezzlement per capita."
9. Put a tax on it.
Vermont may get high marks for education, health, safety, and pollution, but the taxes are very high. Expect to pay up big time compared to other states.
10. Smile, it’s the law.
In Vermont, legally, if you’re a woman and you want to get false teeth, you must have a written letter of permission from your husband.
11. Working 9 to 5… then 5 to 9.
It’s common for Vermonters to have a second job, but according to
, Vermont had the 2nd highest percentage of people who work multiple jobs, despite having the 4th lowest unemployment rate in the country. We can thank a high cost of living and taxes for this. But living in Vermont is still totally worth it.
12. Whistle while you work.
You can do this all you want, as long as your job is above water. You see, yet another strange Vermont law is against whistling while you’re underwater. What’s troubling about this is: Whatever happened to make this an actual law must have been really bad!
13. Not exactly a peaceful symbol.
In other legal news, putting doves inside the freezer is against the law. While you are allowed to hunt a wide variety of animals in Vermont and the meat can be stored in your freezer, that's not the case with these guys!