1. Everybody’s favorite ice cream-loving, hippie duo, Ben & Jerry’s, began right here in Vermont by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. They were two childhood friends from New York who turned their ice cream dream into a reality in Burlington on May 5, 1978 with $12,000. 43 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Vermont
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2. The interior walls of the Ben and Jerry's Burlington offices are round. 3. Ben & Jerry’s employees get three free pints of their beloved ice cream per day, every single day. Do the math and that’s a lot of Chubby Hubby. To offset the chub part, though, Ben & Jerry’s also provides health club memberships to their employees. 4. What started as an online site to commemorate Ben & Jerry’s flavors is now a real cemetery of sorts. The Flavor Graveyard is located at the company’s headquarters. There, you will find headstones to dozens of flavors like Holy Cannoli. 43 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Vermont
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5. Ben & Jerry’s is known for giving their ice cream waste to local farmers to feed their hogs. The hogs reportedly like all of the flavors, with the exception of Mint Oreo. 6. Up until recently, the only way a Vermont driver could get their photo put on their license was to drive to a DMV in Montpelier. 7. Famous brothers Groucho, Chicho and Harpo Marx used to vacation for the summers on Lake Bomoseen in Vermont. 43 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Vermont
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8. Rudyard Kipling invented the game of snow golf in Vermont by painting his golf balls red so that they were easier to find in the snow. 9. In case you’re wondering, it is illegal to whistle underwater in Vermont. Whoever put that one on the books forgot to mention that it’s also kind of impossible, which is probably why it’s an unenforced and forgotten law. 10. President Calvin Coolidge was born in Plymouth, and is the only president to be born on the fourth of July. Every year, a birthday celebration is held in his honor at his birthplace. 11. If you’re happy and you know it, you must live in Vermont. The state consistently ranks in the top states for health, happiness and intelligence. In 2013, Vermonters were crowned the fifth happiest residents in the country, as well as put in the top five states for happiest Twitter users the same year. 43 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Vermont
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12. Brattleboro might pride themselves on leaning left, but even the most free spirit has their limits. The people of the town actually had to put laws against public nudity on the books in 2007, as a trend of people, mostly teens, staging hula hoop contests and bike races through downtown in nothing but their birthday suits became all the rage. 13. Vermont made it all the way to 1996 as one of the only states to still not have a Wal-Mart. 14. Vermont takes a lot of pride in playing a crucial role in the history of snowboarding when former ski racer, Jake Burton, revolutionized the industry with designs that changed the face of the sport. Burton started off as a tiny snowboarding company based out of South Londonerry, but quickly exploded into the biggest snowboarding brand in the world. 43 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Vermont
Burton Snowboards Facebook
15. Burton designed the uniforms for the 2014 USA Olympic Snowboarding Team. 16. Brattleboro resident Ida May Fuller was the first American citizen to receive a Social Security check. She collected her first check in 1940 and lived to be 100 years old. 17. The band Phish are a Vermont-based band with a huge following. Guitarist Trey Anastasio is a Vermont boy, born and bred. 43 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Vermont
Phish Facebook
18. A long-since dead law states that Vermont residents are strictly prohibited from denying the existence of God. Maybe that’s why Vermonter Ethan Allen printed his own version of the Bible. 19. Some Hollywood claims to fame for Vermont include the filming of “Beetlejuice”, “Ethan Frome”, “The Spitfire Grill”, “Where The Rivers Flow North”, and “Baby Boom.” 20. More than three-quarters of Vermont is covered in forest. 43 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Vermont
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21. Vermont legends claim to have their own Loch Ness monster. Although the few photos that do exist of the creature have been largely debunked, the folklore of Vermont’s Champ derives mainly from eyewitness accounts, most of which occurred in the 1980s. 22. Billboards are illegal in the state of Vermont and advertising along roadways is highly regulated. You won’t see exit signs plastered with McDonalds or Starbucks logos, and even the signs for a company’s place of business on their own premises have to follow strict guidelines. 23. The first exception to Vermont’s no-billboards rule came when a hand painted mural advertising downtown Bellows Falls was allowed in 2008. This opened up the possibility for advertising as long as the signs are hand painted murals meant to support and endorse a downtown district. 43 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Vermont
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24. Vermont was the first state to sign into the Union after the first 13 states in 1791 and it was one of the first of all the states to strictly prohibit slavery in its constitution. 25. Vermont is one of only two states in America to offer snowboarding as a varsity sport that comes with a state championship. 43 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Vermont
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26. The capital of Vermont, Montpelier, is the smallest state capital in the country, with a population of under 9,000 people. It is the only capital in the United States that doesn’t have a McDonald’s restaurant. 27. Vermont’s state capitol building is one of very few capitals to be adorned by a gold dome. A statue of Ceres sits on top. 28. The Vermont Teddy Bear Company is headquartered in Vermont. As one of the largest producers of teddy bears by mail order and internet, the company creates each bear by hand and produces over almost 150,000 per year for delivery. 43 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Vermont
Vermont Teddy Bear Facebook
29. The Vermont Teddy Bear Company struck quite a nerve in 2005 when it unveiled its “Crazy For You” bear, which came dressed in a white straight jacket embroidered with a red heart and came issued with “commitment papers.” 30. In 2009, there were a whopping 543 organic farms in the tiny state of Vermont. 43 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Vermont
Burlington Farmers Market Facebook
31. At one time or another, the states of New Hampshire and New York both claimed Vermont as their own. 32. The state of Vermont has more covered bridges per square mile than any other state in the country. 33. IBM is Vermont’s largest employer. The company employs just under 400,000 people worldwide and brought in a staggering $95.8 billion worth of revenue in 2009. 43 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Vermont
IBM Facebook
34. Forget diversity. In 2010, Vermont was listed as the second whitest state in the country. 35. There are now more trees in Vermont than there was since 1859, back when Vermont was mostly farmland. 36. Lake Champlain run along almost the entire length of the border between Vermont and New York and is the sixth-largest interior body of water in the country. Only the five Great Lakes are bigger. 43 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Vermont
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37. In March of 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a bill that officially made Lake Champlain the sixth Great Lake, an action that was pursued by Senator Patrick Leahy. However, that status was rescinded just a few weeks later. 38. All the single ladies might find it difficult to bring sexy back, since every woman technically needs written permission of their fathers to wear false teeth. There are no other top 40 hits to explain this law, which might be why no one really cares. 39. In order to protect the dairy industry and discourage the use of margarine, it is considered illegal to use colored margarine in restaurants in Vermont unless the menu specially states that it is colored, in a font that is at least two inches high. 43 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Vermont
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40. Vermont was its very own independent country for 14 years before signing into the Union. 41. Perhaps the most intricate and impressive maze comprised of maize is located in Danville, Vermont. It sits on 10 acres and the corn itself reaches 10 feet high. The maze can take hours to complete and usually does, unless you bail out on one of the emergency exits.
The Great Vermont Corn Maze Facebook
42. Vermont has almost one half of the dairy farms in all of New England. 43. You probably know Vermont is famous for its maple syrup, but did you know the state produces more than 500,000 gallons every year? You're gonna need a lot of pancakes. What’s your favorite fun Vermont fact? Tell us in the comments below!