Located in the New England region of the United States, Connecticut borders Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. The Constitution State was one of the 13 original colonies to oppose British rule; and was the fifth state to join the union. From historical facts to crazy laws, here are 5 tidbits about Connecticut you probably weren’t aware of.
1. Origin of the License Plate
Connecticut was the first state to institute a permanent license plate to identify cars. However, that wasn’t the only transportation first for the state. Connecticut was also the first state to institute a transportation law for automobiles, when in 1901 they passed a speed limit law for 12 miles per hour.
2. Silly String Is Banned in Southington, Connecticut
Silly string banns aren’t the only crazy ban or law in the state. It’s also illegal to kiss your wife in public on Sundays in Hartford; you can’t walk backwards after sunset on a city sidewalk in Devon; and it’s illegal throughout the entire state to throw a used razorblade into the trash.
3. Birthplace of Livestock Branding
Although many people think of cattle when referring to branding, the origin of this marking began when Connecticut laws required farmers to brand all of their pigs.
4. Awesome Microbrew Community
Although the Connecticut microbrew scene isn’t as large as some of the other states, it is known for its quality. Featuring companies such as City Stream Brewery and Half Full Brewery, many residents prefer the local brews over national brands.
5. A State Filled with Firsts
The Nutmeg State is home to many firsts from the first developed artificial heart to the first medical diploma granted in the United States; but it doesn’t stop there. Connecticut produced the first revolver in 1836, established the first public art museum in 1842, as well as many, many more.