Time for another round of “Random Connecticut Facts”. These are things to know that will make you look cool in front of your friends. If, of course, your friends are amused by random Connecticut facts.
Which star on the US flag represents CT?
- The stars, from left to right and top to bottom, represent states in the order they became states. Connecticut was fifth, on January 9, 1788.
What is the state animal of Connecticut?
- Sperm whales! They were hunted for their blubber, meat and ivory by sailors from New London and Mystic in the 1800s. Today they are an endangered species.
What Connecticut native and Revolutionary patriot was famous for his saying, ‘I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country’?
- Nathan Hale was born in 1755. You can visit his homestead in Coventry. A captain in the Continental Armey, he went undercover as a Dutch schoolmaster to collect information. He was caught by the British and hanged on Sept. 22, 1776.
Where was the first nuclear submarine launched?
- Groton! ‘The Nautilus’ was launched in 1954.
What is the official state song?
- “Yankee Doodle” was made the official state song in an Act of Legislature in 1978.
What famous American lexicographer and author of ‘The Blue-Backed Speller’ and ‘The American Dictionary’ was born in Hartford in 1758?
- Noah Webster! Noah was a busy man. He studied law at Yale University, and in 1783 published a spelling book that became one of the best-selling books of all time. He co-founded Amherst College and produced two pro-Federalist newspapers. He is best known, however, for his American Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1828. This volume alone was responsible for the dialect of English that is uniquely American.
What was discovered by Thomas Osborne in New Haven in 1913?
- Vitamin A. After he discovered it, he began to chemically produce it.
What city is nicknamed ‘The Rose of New England’?
- Norwich- Home of Benedict Arnold.
In what town were the first friction matches made?
- Beacon Falls! They were made by Thomas Sanford in 1834.
What language is the word Connecticut from?
- Mohegan. Quinnehtukqut is Mohegan for “Long River Place”