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    Ohio was the first state to enact laws protecting women in 1852. AA was started there (in Akron, my hometown) and the first police cars were used there too. Ohio is also the home state of seven presidents and Akron is/was the rubber capital of the world.
    What are some cool but little known facts about where you live or come from?

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    Clackline is named after the noise that the trains made as they went over the joins in the railway lines.
    it is also the place that made the best refractory bricks for the wood fired ovens and kilns In Australia

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    Potato chips were invented at a restaurant in my home town near Saratoga New York. A patron was complaining that his fried potatoes were not sliced thin enough... so the chef accommodated him and potato chips were born.

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    Contrary to popular belief Chicago got its nick name "the windy city " not because it near a lake and there are some pretty windy days ... but because of the politicians blowing hot air. Things haven't changed much since that nick name was first used. We are about to send the third governor to prison.

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    my grandfather invented ply wood. he made the machines to strip the wood of the trees and invented a new glue as the old cows hoof glue stained the wood, he also crossed the layers to make it stronger,
    during the war my uncle was working for Dunlop and rubber was hard to get as the ships were blown out of the water so he was asked to invent a substitute and he invented plastic. then he found if you put washing up liquid with it you got plasticc foam sin=milar to the foam eskies of today

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    My biological dad invented the dryer for the printing press.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick156
    My biological dad invented the dryer for the printing press.
    WoW! That is AWESOME!

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    Quote Originally Posted by litacats
    my grandfather invented ply wood. he made the machines to strip the wood of the trees and invented a new glue as the old cows hoof glue stained the wood, he also crossed the layers to make it stronger,
    during the war my uncle was working for Dunlop and rubber was hard to get as the ships were blown out of the water so he was asked to invent a substitute and he invented plastic. then he found if you put washing up liquid with it you got plasticc foam sin=milar to the foam eskies of today
    You have a very talented and smart family!

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    My village has the smallest Cathedral in Western Europe - sadly not in use now, as its too small for practical use. It has also been both Church of Ireland and Catholic, and it built on the site of a previous one, but the site dates back to pagan times.
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    Absolutely nothing happened here ever :)

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    Maypo was invented in Vermont.

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    I'm originally from Toledo Ohio and I do know that before the name Toledo came into play, the original name for it was Frogtown. (Found that to be very interesting!) And I live in the great state of Texas now and we are the only state allowed to fly our flag the same height as the American flag. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helovesme
    I'm originally from Toledo Ohio and I do know that before the name Toledo came into play, the original name for it was Frogtown. (Found that to be very interesting!) And I live in the great state of Texas now and we are the only state allowed to fly our flag the same height as the American flag. :-)

    Only in Texas.....lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thequilterslink
    Absolutely nothing happened here ever :)
    Nothing????? Are you sure? :)

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    The "Creature From The Black Lagoon" movie was filmed at Wakulla Springs, FL, about 30 miles from where I live.

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    Michiganders are the only ones that carry a map of their state with them at all times! LOL

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    I live in OK and I am afraid of what might have started here..seriously...

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    well my ancestors helped bring the first 300 colonists to Texas. Stephen Fuller Austin is known as the Father of Texas and his Father,Moses who originally started that movement, is known as the GrandFather of Texas. Both have plaques at the State Capital in Austin,Tx.

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    very cool!

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    PT Barnum's original fat lady came from my town n Ct.

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    Toasted Ravioli and gooey butter cake can only be purchased here.

    The tallest monument in the world is here. (gateway arch)

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    Illinois has more Governors or ex-Governers gulty of Federal Crimes than any other state.

    Just makes me wanna bust with pride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandilee
    Toasted Ravioli and gooey butter cake can only be purchased here.

    The tallest monument in the world is here. (gateway arch)
    Isn't St. Louis also known for their fried brain sandwiches? I have never had one and never will!

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    As a fellow Illini I totally agree Next is Quin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneS
    PT Barnum's original fat lady came from my town n Ct.
    PT Barnum was born in the town I used to live in. We have a town triangle (not square!) named in his honor.

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