Here Are 13 Things They Don't Teach You About Connecticut In School
The Constitution State often gets left behind when thinking about fun places, but that’s just because nobody bothers to learn the fun facts! Connecticut is more than just one of the original colonies. It’s also the birthplace of a president, the fourth most densely populated, and is responsible for two tasty sweet treats. This is not the Connecticut you came across in your school books. This is the raw deal, where Nutmeggers are
1. Connecticut is birthplace to George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States.
George is a New Haven boy. Some people feel we should apologize for this one, but remember the whole country voted.
2. Connecticut holds the record for most twins enrolled in one academic year.
I went to school with three sets of twins myself, but Staples High School in Westport once had 16 pairs. whoa!
3. Connecticut is one of the most popular places for angler fishing.
I'm talking more than four hundred thousand fishers spending more than three hundred million dollars every year.
4. Connecticut boasts the Guinness World Record for fastest puzzle completion.
East Hampton resident Deepika Ravichandran solved a 250 piece puzzle at 18 pieces per minute. With no edge pieces for help!
5. Connecticut has the highest Human Development Index in the United States.
So if you want to live happily and grow old, this is the place to do it.
6. Connecticut pharmacist Wilbur Scoville invented the Scoville Scale.
If you're into spicy foods, then you're probably familiar with the Scoville scale, which measures the heat factor of peppers. It started as the "Scoville oganoleptic test."
7. Connecticut knows a thing or two about caroling.
We hold the record for largest group of door to door carolers. The Unitarian Church of Westport wrangled 502 volunteers together for a night of crooning.
8. Connecticut folks know a thing or two about driving.
When it comes to distance that is. Nutmeggers average 24,000 miles a year. That's well above the national average of 15,200!
9. Connecticut hosted the first women's golf tournament.
On June 12, 1917, Waterbury hosted the first tournament exclusively for women. Way to appreciate female athletes, Nutmeggers!
10. Connecticut is responsible for Goodyear.
Well sort of. Charles Goodyear created the vulcanized rubber that started his tire empire (and hockey pucks too!) But he's from Connecticut so points for us!
11. Connecticut is where the Pez dispenser was invented.
You remember these, right? I once had a not so well kept collection of these in my desk drawer. It's amazing how many people don't know how to use these.
12. Connecticut is also where the lollipop machine was invented.
In 1908, George Smith of New Haven created industrial magic and made dreams come true. He named the machine after his favorite horse, and lollipops were born.
13. Connecticut is home to the headquarters of the WWF.
That's right! The World Wrestling Federation has its headquarters in Stamford. I am definitely guilty of watching this from time to time.
Now I’m probably pretty biased given I’m a local but the facts are clear. Not only do we have one of the longest histories in the country, but some pretty interesting stuff has gone down here. Is this state the coolest or what?
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