Thursday Thirteen #19
13 things about Dane Bramage
The 13 Fun Facts About Ohio Edition
I am home from New Orleans and pretty much over the lousy election results. I thought in an effort to tell you more about me, I would tell you about where I live. I was born here in Ohio, right here in Akron which is in Summit County. Summit is the highest county in Ohio and Akron is the highest elevation in the county so I pretty much figure if my house on North Hill is flooding, the whole country is underwater. So here are 13 "Fun Facts" about Ohio.
- Ohio became the 17th state in March of 1803.
- Akron was founded in 1825 by Simon Perkins who is often confused with Marlin Perkins. Marlin discovered Wild Kingdom just a little bit south of here.
- Chillicothe was Ohio's first capital city. It was later changed because Christopher Chilicothe hadn't discovered anything.
- Cleveland became the world's first city to be lighted electrically in 1879. The power company is still waiting payment on the first electric bill.
- Charles Goodyear of Akron developed the process of vulcanizing rubber in 1839. This allowed the rubber to live long and prosper.
- In 1850 Sojourner Truth delivered her stirring speech, "Ain't I a Woman" to a convention of women. This led to Ohio being the first state to enact laws protecting working women. Over a century later Janet Reno posed the same question. The jury is still out.
- Ohio is known as the Buckeye State. Yes a buckeye is a worthless nut. But Ohioans know what a real buckeye is, and have a recipe for candy ones.
- Marietta was Ohio's first permanent settlement. Founded in 1788 by General Rufus Putnam and named in honor of Marie Antoinette, then queen of France. The city eventually lost it's head
- Oberlin College was founded in 1833.It was the first interracial and coeducational college in the United States. Thomas Edison invented the movie camera just so he could film the first "Girls Gone Wild" on Oberlin's campus
- Akron was the first city to use police cars. Crime still ran rampant until gasoline was invented a couple years later.
- Ohioans have the ability to spell words like Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas. They can properly pronounce the name of Portage County town Mantua.
- W.F. Semple of Mount Vernon patented chewing gum on December 28, 1869. It promptly lost its flavor the next morning after being on the bedpost overnight.
- John Mercer Langston is believed to have been the first African American elected to public office. He was elected clerk of Brownhelm in 1854. A riot almost broke out at the swearing in ceremony when the townsfolk realized "The clerk is a Ni"
UPDATE: The rest of the list is below the fold. Go to the end of the post and click "We want to read more!"
Other fun things about Ohio, the local papers cover national and international headlines on one page but requires 6 pages for sports. Ohio has 4 seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and Construction. Some well-known personalities were born in Ohio. Among them Steven Spielberg, Paul Newman, Annie Oakley, Arsenio Hall and Clark Gable. Long jumper DeHart Hubbard was the first African American to earn an Olympic Gold Medal. The award occurred during the 1924 Olympics games held in Paris. He set the record for long jumping. Jesse Owens grew up in Cleveland. He won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Paul Laurence Dunbar of Dayton is known as the poet laureate of African Americans. More presidents come from Ohio than any other state.
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