Wednesday, July 1, 2009
In keeping with my promotion of the Garden State, here are 13 things you might not know about New Jersey:
1. Highlands, New Jersey has the highest elevation along the entire eastern seaboard, from Maine to Florida.
2. New Jersey has more race horses than Kentucky.
3. New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the Diner Capital of the World.
4. New Jersey is home to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. (No, they are NOT in New York!)
5. New Jersey is the world leader in blueberry and cranberry production.
6. The light bulb, phonograph, and motion picture projector, were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park, NJ laboratory. (My husband's great-grandfather worked for Thomas Edison).
7. The first baseball game was played in Hoboken, NJ, which is also the birthplace of Frank Sinatra.
8. The first intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick in 1889. (Rutgers College played Princeton.)
9. New Jersey is home to both of "NEW YORK'S " ProFootball Teams.
10. The first Indian reservation was in New Jersey.
11. Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world.
12. The first Drive-in Movie theater was opened in Camden, NJ, (but they're all gone now.)
And my favorite:
13. North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world, with seven major shopping malls in a 25 square mile radius.