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    Monday Trivia: Kentucky

    Some interesting stuff about Kentucky:

    Kentucky comes from the Iroquois Indian word meaning "land of tomorrow".

    The town of Murray is home to the Boy Scouts of America Scouting Museum located on the campus of Murray State University.

    The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held horse race in the country. It is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville on the first Saturday in May.

    A typical Derby crowd guzzles 120,000 mint juleps and drains 7,000 liters of bourbon.

    Thunder Over Louisville is the opening ceremony for the Kentucky Derby Festival and is the world's largest fireworks display.

    Kentucky was a popular hunting ground for the Shawnee and Cherokee Indian nations prior to being settled by white settlers.

    In 1774 Harrodstown (now Harrodsburg) was established as the first permanent settlement in the Kentucky region. It was named after James Harrod who led a team of area surveyors.

    Cheeseburgers were first served in 1934 at Kaelin’s restaurant in Louisville.

    Mammoth Cave is the world's longest cave and was first promoted in 1816, making it the second oldest tourist attraction in the United States. Niagara Falls, New York is first.

    Begun in 1819 the first commercial oil well was on the Cumberland River in McCreary County.

    The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant owned and operated by Colonel Sanders is located in Corbin.

    Kentucky is the state where both Abraham Lincoln, President of the Union, and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, were born. They were born less than one hundred miles and one year apart.

    Cumberland is the only waterfall in the world to regularly display a Moonbow. It is located just southwest of Corbin.

    Fleming County is recognized as the Covered Bridge Capital of Kentucky.

    Christian County is wet while Bourbon County is dry. Barren County has the most fertile land in the state.

    More than 100 native Kentuckians have been elected governors of other states.

    The song "Happy Birthday to You" was the creation of two Louisville sisters in 1893.

    Teacher Mary S. Wilson held the first observance of Mother's Day in Henderson in 1887. It was made a national holiday in 1916.

    The great Man o' War won all of his horse races except one which he lost to a horse named Upset.

    The first town in the United States to be named for the first president was Washington, Kentucky. It was named in 1780.

    Pikeville annually leads the nation in per capita consumption of Pepsi-Cola.

    Post-It Notes are manufactured exclusively in Cynthiana. The exact number made annually of these popular notes is a trade secret.

    The only monument south of the Ohio River dedicated to Union Soldiers who died in the Civil War is located in Vanceburg.

    The public saw an electric light for the first time in Louisville. Thomas Edison introduced his incandescent light bulb to crowds at the Southern Exposition in 1883.

    The radio was invented by a Kentuckian named Nathan B. Stubblefield of Murray in 1892. It was three years before Marconi made his claim to the invention.

    The first enamel bathtub was made in Louisville in 1856.

    In the War of 1812 more than half of all Americans killed in action were Kentuckians.

    Middlesboro is the only city in the United States built within a meteor crater.

    More than $6 billion worth of gold is held in the underground vaults of Fort Knox. This is the largest amount of gold stored anywhere in the world.

    The swimsuit Mark Spitz wore in the 1972 Olympic games was manufactured in Paris, Kentucky.

    Frederick Vinson who was born in Louisa is the only Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court known to be born in jail, where his father served as the Lawrence County Jailer.

    To this day, Kentucky’s governors must swear an oath before taking office that they have never fought a duel with deadly weapons.

    Richmond, KY could have been a contender—in fact, it was almost chosen to be the nation's capital, but it lost out to Washington, D.C. due to lack of nearby seaports.

    Traffic lights were invented by Garrett Morgan, a former slave from Paris, KY.

    The Hatfields and McCoys were real families who carried on a real feud for a quarter century after the Civil War. While Devil Anse and Co. were West Virginia boys, the McCoys were all from Pike County.

    And of course: The National Quilt Museum makes its home in Paducah and holds a national quilt show at the location every spring. Some of the most extravagant and memorable quilts and quilters in the U.S. pass through Paducah annually. Yes siree!

    Some weird laws:

    -Throwing flowers at a public speaker could result in up to one year in prison.
    -One may not own a red dyed rabbit or offer it for sale unless more than six are for sale at once.
    -Bow and arrow fishing is illegal.
    -A person can be sent to jail for five years for merely sending a bottle of beer, wine or spirits as a gift to a friend in Kentucky.
    -No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she is escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a club." Later, an amendment proposed: The provisions of this statute shall not apply to any female weighing less than sixty pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds; nor shall it apply to female horses.
    -All nude people in your house must be registered.
    -Any person who appears on any highway, or upon the street of any city that has no police protection, when clothed only in ordinary bathing garb, shall be fined no less than five dollars nor more than twenty-five dollars.
    -Any person who displays, handles or uses any kind of reptile in connection with any religious service or gathering shall be fined not less than fifty dollars ($50) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100).
    -Anyone who has been drinking is "sober" until he or she "cannot hold onto the ground".
    -Every citizen of is required to take a shower once a year.
    -You need a license to walk around nude on your property.
    -It is illegal to shoot game out of the window of a moving vehicle, with the exception of a whale.
    -It's illegal to fish in the Ohio River without an Indiana Fishing License.
    -No person owning or controlling a billiard or pool table shall permit, for compensation or reward, any minor under eighteen (18) years of age to play any game on the table.
    -A woman may not buy a hat without her husband's permission.
    -All bees entering Kentucky shall be accompanied by certificates of health, stating that the apiary from which the bees came was free from contagious or infectious disease.

    Some tours you can take in Kentucky (thank you to Lorie, Hulamoon)!:
    - Bowling Green Corvette Plant, Bowling Green, KY
    - Louisville Slugger, Louisville, KY
    - more distilleries than you can shake a stick at! ......mmmm, wonder how that saying got you see how my mind works......scary.....
    💫 Star lover

    Re: Monday Trivia: Kentucky

    WHEW that was a lot of reading Anita. AND WELCOME BACK my FRIEND..
    Blessed are the children of the piecemakers for they shall inherit the quilts!


      Re: Monday Trivia: Kentucky

      Sorry about the length......I've spent tons of time in Kentucky and have a soft spot for the was hard to cut it's looooong! And yes, it's GREAT to be back!
      💫 Star lover


        Re: Monday Trivia: Kentucky

        More Kentucky trivia: 95% of the world's bourbon is made in Kentucky. The Bluegrass State is the largest beef cattle producing state east of the Mississippi. Kentucky ranks 8th nationally in beef cattle production. My hometown, Jamestown, KY, is named for my gr-gr-gr-great-grandfather, James Wooldridge, who donated 100 acres of land for the town site.
        *~* Myrna *~*
        *~* Quilters lead pieceful lives *~*


          Re: Monday Trivia: Kentucky

          Mmmmm......bourbon....coulda used a barrel these last few weeks......
          💫 Star lover


            Re: Monday Trivia: Kentucky

            It was soooo interesting I could have read for an hour and been happy. You are the best to go to the trouble to entertain us each morning. I've missed you
            Walk in peace with the Lord by your side.


              Re: Monday Trivia: Kentucky

              Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

              Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

              Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.


                Re: Monday Trivia: Kentucky

                Howard rented a room several blocks from the race track. The family that owned it, would have the guys park cars on the yard for extra spending money.
                “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” Maya Angelou