1. The Olde Woolen Mill in North Berwick, Maine is the real Parrish Shoe Factory shown in the movie “Jumanji,” starring the late great Robin Williams.
2. Maine’s earliest inhabitants are believed to have been descendants of Ice Age hunters.
3. “Breakfast Club” rebel Judd Nelson was born in Portland, Maine.
4. In case you had to be told, it is against the law in Maine to step out from a plane while it is in flight.
5. Don’t get too tinsel happy. You can be charged a fine in Maine for leaving your Christmas decorations up after January 14.
6. Kantar announced their estimate for the state’s moose population over the 2013-2014 winter to be in the neighborhood of 76,000.
7. Ninety percent of the country’s toothpick supply is produced in Maine.
8. Perhaps the most popular Maine resident is the master of horror himself, author Stephen King who has sold more than 350,000 copies of his books. He lives in Bangor with his wife Tabitha in a gorgeous downtown house that is closed to the public.
9. Stephen King wrote his first novel “Carrie” while working as a school teacher in Bangor. His novels are famously set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine.
10. Two of Stephen King’s books that were turned into films were shot in Maine: “Graveyard Shift” and “Pet Sematary.”
11. Maine is also the birthplace of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who was born in Portland.
12. In the movie “Forrest Gump,” Forrest makes Marshall Point Lighthouse a stop along his cross-country on-foot voyage.
13. Before going on to bring board games to households across the country, Milton Bradley was a Vienna, Maine boy.
14. Allagash Brewing Company in Portland produces 45,000 barrels of beer each year.
15. With a total area of 33,215 square miles the state covers nearly as many square miles as the other five New England states combined.
17. The Maine Lobster Festival helps bring in nearly $1 million in tourism cash to the state and boasts over 1,000 volunteers that help haul more than 20,000 lobsters that weight 25,000 pounds total.
18. In 1641, York was America’s first chartered city. It then became the nation’s first incorporated city in 1642.
19. Most people know author E.B. White for his beloved children’s story “Charlotte’s Web” and grammar lover’s guide “The Elements Of Style.” But White’s passionate essays about life in his home state of Maine are believed to be some of his best work.
20. Locally referred to as the “Big F Indian,” a 25-foot tall statue of an ritualized Native American adorning the letter F (thought to stand for Freeport) stands in the city of Freeport, towering over everyone for miles.
21. The residents of Bryant Pond were the last in the country to use hand-cranked phones. In 2008, they honored their last stand by unveiling a 14-foot-tall candlestick phone, thought to be the tallest in the world.
22. Maine is the third biggest producer of pure maple syrup in the country, Vermont being the first and falling just marginally behind New York State.
23. Maine is the mother of snow-inventions, with such claims to fame as the snowplow, an early version of the snowmobile and earmuffs.
25. Maine is the only state that shares a border with only one other state.
24. Eastport is the most eastern city in the country and is believed to be the first place to get graced by the morning sun on American soil.
26. Maine is the only American state with a one-syllable name.
27. Almost 90 percent of the country’s lobster supply is caught off the coast of Maine by the 4,600 licensed lobstermen – that’s nearly 40 million pounds.
28. Maine is the single largest producer of blueberries in the country, responsible for 99 percent of the crops in the United States. The town of Cherryfield is known for being the blueberry capital of the world.
29. Rockport is known to be the birthplace of the doughnut hole.
30. Maine lobsters have scored international fame for their amazing flavor. In 2006, the licensed lobstermen of the state harvested over 72.5 million pounds of the coveted shellfish.
31. The Maine coast runs about 3,500 miles long – that’s more coastline than California.
32. Freeport is home to the L.L. Bean Company. The store is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – a promise that the company takes seriously, as the locks were removed from its doors in 1951.
33. A 16 foot-tall rubber bottom boot stands in front of the L.L. Bean store. Normal sized pairs of their signature-style boots are sold inside. Customers can also find the boot driving around town, referred to as the bootmobile.
34. The first Revolutionary War naval battle was fought off Machias in 1775.
35. Aroostook County at 6,453 square miles covers an area greater than the combined size of Connecticut and Rhode Island.
36. Peak’s Island, Maine is home to a museum dedicated solely to, that’s right, umbrella covers.
37. Wilton is home to a cannery that imports and cans dandelion greens as their only function.
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