For those of you who live in Kentucky you might find this interesting..
And for those of you who don't, YOU might also find this interesting and ya'll might learn something new .
A lesson on Kentucky history !
1792 -Kentucky was the first state on the western frontier to join the Union
1816 - (first promoted) Mammoth Cave , with 336+ miles of mapped passages, is the world's longest cave. It is 379 feet deep and contains at least 5 levels of passages.. It is second only to Niagara Falls as the most popular tourist attraction in the US. It became a National Park on July 1,1941.
1856 - The first enamel bathtub was made in Louisville.
1883 - The first electric light bulb was shown in Louisville . Thomas Alva Edison introduced his invention to crowds at the Southern Exposition.
1887 - Mother's Day was first observed in Henderson by teacher Mary S. Wilson . It became a national holiday in 1916. We do love our mommas.
1893 - 'Happy Birthday to You', probably the most sung song in the world, was written by two Louisville sisters - Mildred and Patricia Hill. A birthday hear is a big deal no matter how old you get.
Late 19th century - Bibb lettuce was first cultivated by Jack Bibb Frankfort , Kentucky
1896 - The first (known) set of all male quintuplets was born in Paducah ..We love babies and lots of them.
1934 - Cheeseburgers were first tasted at Kaelin's Restaurant in Louisville ...
1937 - The first Wigwam Village Motel, with units in the shape of a 'teepee', was built by Frank A. Redford in Cave City ...Yes, they have indoor plumbing and electric. They even have beds !
The world's largest baseball bat, a full one hundred twenty (120) feet tall and weighing 68,000 pounds, can be seen at the Louisville Slugger Museum in Louisville (Jefferson Co.). Baseball without a Louisville Slugger just wouldn't be baseball, what would you use a big stick ?
Chevrolet Corvettes are manufactured only in Bowling Green .
Covington (St. Mary's Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption) is home to the world's largest hand-blown stained glass window in existence. It measures an astounding 24 feet by 67 feet and contains 117 different figures.
The world's largest crucifix, standing at sixty (60) feet tall, is in Bardstown (Nelson Co.). They do things in a big way in Bardstown !
Fort Knox holds more than $6 billion worth of gold - the largest amount stored anywhere in the world. With today's economy that is about half now!
The JIF plant in Lexington is the world's largest peanut butter-producing facility. Elvis could not have eaten all the peanut better and Nanner sandwiches without his JIF.
Kentucky has more resort parks than any other state in the nation. We just love to relax and enjoy tourist and have a great time outdoors.
Middlesboro is the only United States city built inside a meteor crater.. CHECKED IT OUT ON GOOGLE EARTH. APPEARS TO BE ABOUT 4 1/4 MILES ACROSS AND 360 FEET DEEP.
Now that is one big HOLE In the ground!
Newport is home to The World Peace Bell, the world's largest free-swinging bell.You don't want to be in that bell-free when it rings!
Pike County is the world's largest producer of coal. That is what powers our electric and half of the eastern sea board's.
Pikeville annually leads the nation (per capita) in consumption of Pepsi-Cola. Personally, I drink coke because it is the real thing.
Post-It Notes are made exclusively in Cynthiana , Ky. How would I keep up with my life without them?
Shaker Village ( Pleasant Hill ) is the largest historic community of its kind in the United States. If you want to know what kind it is than come visit us and find out!
Christian County is 'wet', while Bourbon County is 'dry'.
('wet 'sells liquor; 'dry' does not) Talk about an oxymoron
Barren County has the most fertile land in the state. Great for growing corn to make our bourbon.
Lake Cumberland has more miles of shoreline than the state of Florida ...Eat your heart out Miami!
Kentucky is best known for its beautiful blue grass. It only looks blue! And, let us not forget about the basketball ( UK) and the Race Horses !! Kentucky derby held the second Saturday each May.
And Sunny California is no longer where the beautiful people come from, it's from under the Blue Moon of Kentucky where many of em start! Turns out us Hillbillies are Mighty Purty to Y'all!!
Celebrities Born and/or raised in KY:
George Clooney (Sexiest Man Alive)Well some folks thinks so !
Johnny Depp (Sexiest Man Alive)He is a cutie pie ..
Ashley Judd (Daughter of Naomi and sister of Winona Judd)
Kevin Ricardson (Backstreet Boy)
Brian Litrell (Backstreet Boy)
Lee Majors He was the 6 million dollar man
Muhammad Ali (Mother went to school with him in Louisville)
Annie Potts ( Designing Women )
Dwight Yoakam (singer/actor; Sling Blade, Roswelll ,Panic Room )He really needs to lose some weight or get looser jeans !
John Carpenter (Director)
Ned Beatty ( Back to School, Deliverance, Life )
Harry Dean Stanton (Molly Ringwald's Dad in Pretty in Pink)
Florence Henderson (Mrs Brady)
Billy Ray Cyrus (thus his daughter Miley Cyrus)
James Best (sheriff on Dukes of Hazard )
Charles Napier ("Bureaucrat tryin to save his ass" in Rambo II)
Don and Phil Everly ( Rock singers from the 50's know better as the Everly brothers)
Naomi Judd (Ashley Judd's Momma)
Winona Judd ( Ashley Judd's sister)
Bill Monroe (Father of Bluegrass )
Tom T. Hall (For you country music fans his top hit was , (When we get behind closed doors)
John Michael Montgomery
Loretta Lynn (First Lady of Country Music)
Rosemary Clooney (Starred with Bing Crosby in White Christmas) Nicks Cloony's Aunt.
The Trollinger Brothers
Those famous folks are just a few of the talent we breed and rear here in Kentucky.
And then there more interesting things about this state..............For example, Below are some 'rules for rural ' Kentucky '.
THE RULES OF RURAL KENTUCKY ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Listen up City Slickers!
1. Pull your droopy pants up. You look like an idiot and we don't want to see your shorts or your butts.
2. Turn your cap right, your head isn't crooked and there isn't anything to see behind you, unless it's my foot kicking your rear end.
3. Let's get this straight; it's called a 'dirt road.' I drive a pickup truck because I want to. No matter how slow you drive, you're going to get dust and dirt on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way. My Ford F250 can drive right over you. By the way it is 4 wheel drive.
4. Those hairy critters in the fields are Cows . They're live steaks. That's why they smell funny to you. But they smell like money to us. Get over it. Don't like it? Rt. 80 goes east and west, I-75 goes north and south. Pick one.
5. So you have a $60,000 car. We're impressed.We have $150,000 corn pickers and hay balers that are driven only 3 weeks a year.
6. So every person in Southern Kentucky waves. It's called being friendly. Try to understand the concept. Just raise your hand and move it back and forth, smile and folks might think your one of us.
7. If that cell phone rings while an 8-point buck and 3 does are coming in, we WILL shoot it out of your hand. You better hope you don't have it up to your ear at the time. It is called Kentucky wind-edge and we all know how to use it.
8. Yeah, we eat taters & gravy, beans & cornbread. You really want sushi & caviar? It's available, at the corner bait shop.
9. The 'Opener' refers to the first day of deer season. It's a religious holiday held the closest Saturday to the first of November.
10. We open doors for women. That is applied to all women, regardless of age.
11. No, there's no 'vegetarian special' on the menu. Order steak. Or you can order the Chef's Salad and pick off the 2 pounds of ham & turkey.
12. When we fill out a table, there are three main dishes: meats, vegetables, and breads. We use three spices: salt, pepper, and ketchup..
13. You bring 'coke' into my house, it better be brown, wet and served over ice.
14. You bring 'Mary Jane' into my house, she better be cute, know how to shoot, drive a truck, and have long hair.
15. We have a whole ton of folks in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. So don't mess with us. If you do, you will get whipped by the best..
16. Turn down that blasted car stereo! That thumpity-thump crap ain't music, anyway. We don't want to hear it anymore than we want to see your boxers. Refer back to #1.
17. 4 inches isn't a blizzard - it's a flurry. Drive like you got some sense in it, and DON'T take all our bread, milk, and bleach from the stores. This ain't Alaska, worst case you may have to live a whole day without croissants. The pickups with snow blades will have you out the next day. News Flash buy a freezer and pack it full. No harm in being prepared.
18. Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain!
I hope you liked your history lesson for today and ya'll come back, now ya hear!