Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Thursday Thirteen

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.


  1. That 2nd fact on your list, about the race horses...who'da thunk that?

    Mine is 13 odd towns in Texas this week. Come join me if you can.

  2. Love random trivia. The most shopping malls? That is my favorite too.

    My T13 is here

  3. No one ever believes me when I tell them NJ is horse country.Great list.

  4. I did not know about the blueberries and cranberries. That's certainly something I will be sure to tell everyone I come in contact with in the next 2 weeks.

  5. Cadillac Mountain in Maine calls itself the highest elevation on the eastern US seaboard at over 1,500 feet - I climbed the damn thing. So how high is Highlands NJ? And I thought MA produced the most cranberries but was told it is actually WI. Are they lying to me?

    I think it is really cool that your husband's relative worked with Edison. I bet he had some great stories.

    I do think it's funny that the G-Men and Jetties have to play in NJ. But then again, with all those diners to choose from I can't say that I blame them ;0)

  6. interesting facts. I always thought that Liberty is in NY. thanks for sharing.

    Happy TT.

    Here's mine.

  7. Kewl list ... I love learning new things ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

  8. You forgot about Mr. Peanut strolling on the Boardwalk! I have family in Brigantine and Egg Harbor, so summer vacations in New Jersey were the norm for me. It's a great place!

  9. You do not realize the importance of a Greek Diner until you are in a place that has none!

  10. And what I find most interesting about New Jersey is that my family was one of the founding families of Newark, New Jersey. A city that was founded as a religious enclave called New Ark. As a matter of fact in East Orange, there still is a Dodd Street, and a section called Doddtown. Don't think that I will ever go there, but just saying.....