Fun Facts from Home
August 10th 2015
While we all share the same passion for our adopted home, NYC, we are all transplants from different corners of the world. Our hometowns/states/countries boast unique facets that most people are not aware of, so we decided to explore a few fun facts:
Spencer – Jamaica:
- Jamaica has the most churches per square mile in the world.
- Jamaica has won the 3rdmost Miss World Titles, surpassed only by the UK and Venezuela.
- The oldest golf club in the Western Hemisphere is The Manchester Golf Club, established in 1868 in Jamaica.
Megan – Bellport, NY:
- Bellport is home to many celebrities, including Charlie Rose, Isabella Rossellini, and Tiki Barber.
- Jackie Kennedy spent a summer in Bellport, NY.
Sally – Texas:
- Though Texas has many lakes, only one of them, Caddo Lake, is natural. It is shared with Louisiana.
Franny – Mount Sinai, NY:
- During the Revolutionary War, Mount Sinai, Port Jefferson and Setauket were home to a spy ring working on behalf of the Continental Army, trafficking information across the Long Island Sound to Connecticut. Their work eventually led to successful battles in the area, where the British were stationed.
Prerana – Michigan:
- Michigan takes the nickname “the Mitten State” for the hand-like shape of the Lower Peninsula.
- While The University of Michigan is known for its team, the Wolverines, there are actually no wolverines in the state of Michigan.
Theresa – Mechanicsburg, PA:
- Mechanicsburg was named after a settlement of mechanics that made and repaired wagons.
- Several athletes and celebrities originated from Mechanicsburg but the most recognizable resident is Bret Michaels from Poison.
Caroline – Stamford, CT:
- Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor for the New York Times and the only guy who works harder as the week goes on, is a Stamford resident.
- With 1,400 seats, 2,000 computers and 5,000 monitors, the UBS trading floor in Stamford, CT is noted by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest single trading floor in the world.
Amelie – Jacksonville, FL:
- Jacksonville is the largest city in the continental United States by land mass at over 800 square miles.
- The St. John’s River is an incredibly important part of Jacksonville’s history – leading to Jacksonville’s nickname “River City.” The St. John’s River is one of the very few rivers in the United States that runs in a northern direction.
- Although Jacksonville has a large population, the surrounding areas are sparse. The city is the smallest television market in the US to host an NFL team, The Jacksonville Jaguars.