Saturday, February 18, 2012

Facts about Kentucky


     I don't know much about Kentucky. I think we maybe drove through Kentucky once. Not really sure. So I figured I should do a little research on what will soon become my home. Honestly, I couldn't even remember the capital before this (it's Frankfort, by the way). Sorry, Ms. Karwoski.

1. Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass State.
2. Richmond, where we will be living, is in Madison County.
3. Richmond is home to Eastern Kentucky University. Go Colonels!
4. Richmond is not far from Louisville, site of the Kentucky Derby. Gotta buy myself a gigantic hat!
5. The sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was born in Kentucky on February 12, 1809.
6. Post-It notes are made exclusively in Cynthiana, KY. Jif peanut butter is made in Lexington. Corvettes are made in Bowling Green.
7. The tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) is the current official state tree. The state flower is goldenrod. The state fruit is the blackberry.
8. The state bird is the cardinal. The state wild animal is the gray squirrel. The state horse is the thoroughbred. 
9. The state song is "My Old Kentucky Home" by Stephen Foster. 
10. Our alma mater's football team will play an away game against the University of Kentucky on October 20, 2012. Yay for being back in the SEC!
11. Richmond has a Chick-Fil-A and a Zaxby's. Richland, WA, where we are moving from, has neither of these restaurants. This is a big deal. 

12. In Lexington, it is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in your pocket. Also, by law, anyone who has been drinking is deemed sober until they "cannot hold onto the ground." 
13. The state motto is "United We Stand, Divided We Fall."
14. Kentucky is home to Cumberland Falls, which is known as the "Niagara of the South."
15. Richmond's cost of living is 11.2 percent lower than the U.S. average. 
16. Some famous Kentuckians include: Muhammad Ali, Daniel Boone, George Clooney, the Judds (Ashley, Naomi, and Wynonna), John James Audobon, Diane Sawyer, Steven Curtis Chapman, Johnny Depp, and Johnny Unitas.
17. Richmond is known as Kentucky's fastest growing city and is named after Richmond, Virginia, the birthplace of Revolutionary war hero Colonel John Miller. He founded the city.
18. Our next baby will probably be born at Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center. (And for those who are wondering... no, I am not currently pregnant.)
19. The newspaper in Richmond is called The Richmond Register
20. According to Mapquest, the drive from Richmond, KY, to Watkinsville, GA (where our parents live), is six hours and 41 minutes. 

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