41 Things You Didn′t Know About MarylandDo you think you know everything about Maryland? Then you should cross check your facts again here.
1. The Baltimore Ravens are named after Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem, The Raven. Yep. The state’s claim to football fame is named after a piece of fine literature.
2. Jousting became the official sport of Maryland in 1962; lacrosse became the official team sport of the state in 2004.
3. Baltimore’s most famous brew, National Bohemian Beer (otherwise known as Natty Boh), might not be brewed in Maryland anymore, but 90 percent of its sales still go to Charm City.
4. Why does Natty Boh’s mustached mascot, Mr. Boh, only have one eye? There are many rumors as to why, but the most common belief is that it’s because “Gunther’s got it.” Gunther was National Bohemian’s biggest competitor after prohibition ended in the 1930s. The mascot’s missing eye is believed to be a friendly play on the rivalry between the two companies.
5. Natty Boh is also the reason why you can pick up a six-pack of your favorite beer. Knowing that four would be too few and eight would be too much, the brewing company was the first to issue six-packs in the 1940s.
6. Maryland has the world’s oldest living people. According to the State Board of Elections, there are 48 people living in the state who are 114 or older.
7. There is a town in Maryland named Chevy Chase. However, the town was named in the 1800’s, long before the former "Saturday Night Live" star was born.
8. As one of the most distinctive state flags in the union, the Maryland State flag is the only state flag to be based on English heraldry. The black and gold design on the quartered flag is based on the coat of arms of the Calvert family.
9. Marylanders love their flag which is used for logos for everything from sports to schools and even on a Southwest Airlines 737.
10. Finger-pointing, foul-mouthed comedian Lewis Black is from Silver Springs where his parents still reside. He graduated from Springbrook High School in 1966 as summa cum laude.
11. Best-selling espionage author Tom Clancy was born at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore in 1947 and grew up in Northwood. He wrote The Hunt For Red October while working at an insurance company in Owings which went on to sell over five million copies.
12. On the morning of August 10, 1813 residents of Saint Michaels, MD were warned of a British attack and hoisted lanterns to the masts of ships and in the tops of the trees. The height of the light caused the British to overshoot the town—and this was the first known blackout.
13. Tom Clancy was a part owner of the Baltimore Orioles before he died in Baltimore in 2013.
14. Founded in 1727 by William Parks, the Maryland Gazette is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the country.
15. Maryland is commonly referred to as “America in Miniature” and sometimes “Little America” because it’s home to some of the widest variety of terrain from mountains and farmland to beaches and sand dunes, also enjoying all four seasons.
16. The notoriously strange Frank Zappa was born in Baltimore in 1940. While he lived in the city, he suffered from asthma, earaches and sinus problems. Zappa said that his chronic illnesses were caused by exposure to mustard gas released by a nearby chemical warfare facility.
17. The quaint town of Hale, Maryland depicted in the 1998 Julia Roberts film “Runaway Bride” was actually filmed in the town of Berlin. The town was also transformed into the fictitious “Treegap” for the 2001 film Tuck Everlasting.
18. Move over, Duck Dynasty. Havre de Grace is known as the Decoy Capital of the World. You can visit the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum to view the many working decoys and fine arts models.
19. Havre de Grace’s Concord Point Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operated lighthouse in Maryland.
20. Maryland was the first state to enact Workmen’s Compensation laws in 1902.
21. Known for its clean beaches and feral ponies, Assateague Island is visited by over 2.1 million people annually.
22. Kings Williams School began in 1969, making it the first school in the United States. It became chartered as a college in 1784, making it one of the oldest colleges in the country. It is now a private liberal arts school, St. John’s College.
23. You might think of the beaches of California when David Hasselhoff comes to mind, but The Hoff was born right here in Baltimore, Maryland where he spent his early years before going onto be the star of shows like Knight Rider, Baywatch, and drunken YouTube videos.
24. The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore employed the first female professor of medicine in 1901.
25. Maryland is one of two states, along with Delaware, which gave up some of its land to help form the nation’s capital of Washington, D.C in 1790.
26. Mount Airy is unique because it’s divided by two counties: Carroll and Frederick.
27. Once serving as the capital of the United States, Annapolis was known as the “Athens of America” during the seventeenth century.
28. The United States Naval Academy was founded in Annapolis on October 10, 1845.
29. Receiving more than 4 million visitors annually, Annapolis is known as the Sailing Capital of the World.
30. Maryland is the national leader in the production of blue crabs and soft clams. Marylanders are known for dousing their crabs in copious amounts of Old Bay or Chesapeake Bay seasonsings.
31. The American flag has flown continuously over the monument of Francis Scott Key’s birthplace in Keymar, Maryland since May 30, 1849.
32. It’s unclear exactly how Assateague Island’s ponies, the Chincoteague Ponies originally came to the island. But the legend that they escaped from a shipwrecked Spanish Galion is most likely untrue. It is believed that they are descendants of domestic animals transported to the island in the 1600s.
33. Smith’s Island in the Chesapeake Bay is Maryland’s only inhabited offshore island.
34. The first dental school in the country opened at the University Of Maryland.
35. The Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use.
36. The Skipjacks of Tilghman Island is the only commercial sailing fleet in North America.
37. Located on the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, the National Aquarium gets 1.5 million visitors every year. It holds more than 2,200,000 gallons of water containing over 750 species.
38. The highest point in Maryland is 3,360 feet above sea level on Backbone Mountain in Garrett County.
39. The lowest point in Maryland is a depression often referred to as Bloody Point Hole which sits 174 feet below sea level.
40. Maryland’s first public television programs were broadcast on October 5, 1969.
41. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was the first orchestra to in the U.S. to have municipal support. Their first concert was conducted on February 11, 1916 by Gustav Strube. What's your favorite fun fact about Maryland? Tell us in the comments below!