Ok, so it’s arbitrary, so what…per the nets, it’s #nationalkentuckyday, officially marking Kentucky’s designation as the 15th member of the Union. We must respect this as it gives us a solid reason to drink!
While your sippin’ on a fine Kentucky Bourbon, here’s some nuggets of trivia to up your Jeopardy IQ.
10 Tidbits About Kentucky
- Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously run sporting event in America.
- America’s largest collection of Victorian era homes are in “Old Louisville” district.
- Greatest length of navigable waterways in the continental 48 states (Alaska #1)…BONUS: Lake Cumberland (Southeast KY) has more shoreline than Florida (mainland).
- Mammoth Cave – longest (420+ miles) continual known cave system globally. Nearly double of #2 – Mexico’s San Actun underwater cave.
- Largest peanut butter plant globally (Jif) in Lexington.
- Largest hand blown glass window globally in Covington’s (Northern KY) Cathedral Basilica of Assumption.
- Duncan Hines (yes, that Duncan Hines) was born in Bowling Green (1880).
- First commercial oil well in America discovered mistakenly 1819 in Burkesville.
- Traffic light inventor (3 color system), Garrett Morgan, from Paris, KY – Patented 1923.
- “Happy Birthday” song written by 2 Kentucky sisters.
And #10 cuz it’s just polite to end on a happy note. Cheers!
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