Ten fun facts about Connecticut


Fact 1
Connecticut is commonly referred to as the “Constitution State”. The official flower of this state is the “Mountain Laurel”. The official tree is the “White Oak”.

Fact 2
The capital of this state is Harford.

Fact 3
The name of this state derives from the Native American word Quinnehtukqut. This word is translated as “beside the long tidal river”.


Fact 4
One of the strangest laws on the books in Connecticut is the fact that it is illegal to dispose of razor blades which have been used. Of course the law is not enforced in any way.

Fact 5
The first phonebook published in this state was in 1878 in New Haven. At that time only 50 names appeared in the phonebook.

Fact 6
The first woman to ever receive a U.S. patent is from Connecticut. Her name was Mary Kies and she received a patent for a “method of weaving straw with silk”. This took place in 1809.

Fact 7
In this state there is a law that revolves around what constitutes as a pickle. The law states that a pickle may not be called a pickle unless it can bounce.

Fact 8
Connecticut is the first state to issue license plates for vehicles. This began in 1937.

Fact 9
The Praying Mantis is the official insect of Connecticut.

Fact 10
The famous PEZ candy, which became a wildly popular with kids as soon as it was launched, is manufactured in this state.


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Short about Connecticut
Is a state located at the southernmost tip of the United States.


Fast facts
Number of households
1,360,184
Population
3,591,765
Per capita income
$37,807
Life expectancy in number of years
80.8
Statehood
January 9, 1788
Capital
Hartford
Largest city
Bridgeport
Number of billionaires
15
State dance
Square Dance
State bird
American robin
State mammal
Sperm whale
State fish
American shad
State tree
White Oak
State flower
Mountain laurel

Sources
Forbes Magazine - List of billionaires by US state
US Census Bureau - State and County QuickFacts
USNA - State Tree and Flower Chart



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