Thursday, August 9, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #15


Thirteen Interesting Things about...
NEW JERSEY ??
(Yeah, that's right.)
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1…. New Jersey is a peninsula.

2.... The first intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick in 1889 ( Rutgers College played Princeton ).

3.... Jersey tomatoes are known the world over as being the best you can buy. (And they are)

4.... New Jersey has more race horses than Kentucky .

5.... New Jersey has more Cubans in Union City (1 sq mi.) than Havana , Cuba

6.... New Jersey has the highest cost of living.

7.... New Jersey has the highest cost of auto insurance. ( Not entirely sure about this, because I think Connecticut is creeping up on us)

8.... New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation.

9.... New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the "Diner Capital of the World." (Mmmmm... diner food.)

10.... North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world, with seven major shopping malls in a 25 square mile radius.

11... New Jersey is the world leader in blueberry and cranberry production (and here you thought Massachusetts)

12.... New Jersey has 50+ resort cities & towns; some of the nation's most famous: Asbury Park, Wildwood, Atlantic City, Seaside Heights, Long Branch, and Cape May.

13.... All New Jersey natives: Sal Martorano, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Jason Alexander, Queen Latifah, S usan Sarandon, Connie Francis, Shaq, Judy Blume, Aaron Burr, Joan Robertson, Ken Kross, Dionne Warwick, SarahVaughn, Budd Abbott, Lou Costello, Alan Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Marilynn McCoo, Flip Wilson, Alexander Hamilton, Whitney Houston, Eddie Money, Linda McElroy, Eileen Donnelly, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Walt Whitman, Jerry Lewis, Tom Cruise, Joyce Kilmer, Bruce Willis, Caesar Romero, Lauryn Hill, Ice-T, Nick Adams, Nathan Lane, Sandra Dee, Danny DeVito, Richard Conti, Joe Pesci, Joe Piscopo, Joe DePasquale, Robert Blake, John Forsythe, Meryl Streep,Loretta Swit, Norman Lloyd, Paul Simon, Jerry Herman , Gorden McCrae, KevinSpacey, John Travolta, Phyllis Newman, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Eva Marie Saint,Elisabeth Shue, Zebulon Pike, James Fennimore Coope r, Admiral Wm.Halsey,Jr.,Dave Thomas (Wendy's), William Carlos Williams, Ray Liotta, Robert Wuhl, Bob Reyers, Paul Robeson, Ernie Kovacs, Joseph Macchia, Kelly Ripa, and,of course, Francis Albert Sinatra and "Uncle Floyd" Vivino.


So... who wants to visit now?



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25 comments:

Lanie said...
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Lanie said...

haha. I didn't know any of that about New Jersey, but again, I've only visited a few times.

Come to think of it, I don't think I know that many facts about ANY state...

Great list!

Shelley Munro said...

I didn't know any of that about New Jersey, but I have visited once.

Heather said...

#11...are you sure? The report I read showed Wis as being #1 in cran production, followed by Mass. Seriously, I'd gladly trade you all of them for the blueberries. ;)

Robin L. Rotham said...

Sounds like a pretty diverse place! And yeah, I'd like to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. :D

Emma said...

I've never been to New Jersey sounds like a lovely place. :D

Gina Ardito said...

Hi, neighbor! I live in the also-much-aligned other NYC suburb: Long Island. Didn't know about the racehorses, but I'm pretty familiar with all those other interesting tidbits.

Happy TT!

Tempest Knight said...

Lots of famous people were from New Jersey alright! Thanks for all the interesting facts. :) Happy T13!

Sara Thacker said...

Hmmm, I'm not sure about visiting. Maybe one day.

Adelle said...

Very interesting. You've certainly done your homework. Happy T13!

Elle Fredrix said...

Basically, all I've seen of NJ, is the airport in Newark. I used to go to NYC all the time, and it was often cheaper to fly into Newark.

And you have the highest property taxes? How does that make sense?

Chicki said...

As a Jersey girl who was born and raised there, I both love and hate it. The cost of living was the main reason we moved to Atlanta. The cost of a house here is almost exactly HALF of that in Jersey. You can get a house selling for 300 grand there for 150 here, and your taxes will probably be only $1-2,000!

But boy, DO I miss the shore. We're so far inland it takes three hours to get to the ocean. I used to just hop in the car at be at Point Pleasant beach in 45 minutes.

That's the truth about the tomatoes. There's nothing like a Jersey beefsteak tomato.

Believe it or not, I miss the diners too. All of them aren't good, but there are some that have incredible food, like Sherban's in South Plainfield and the Warinaco Diner in Linden.

Oh, well. Enough reminiscing -- I'm an ATL girl now.

Debbie Mumford said...

Hooray for NJ! One of those states where I've never lived and have visited rarely ... but one of my childhood best friends lives there!

Ember Case said...

Mmm tomatoes! Great list :)

Rhonda Stapleton said...

Um, wow, that's totally awesome...who knew Jersey had so much good stuff?!?! Thanks for sharing!!!

Paige Tyler said...

Great list! I'm originally from NJ!

*hugs*
Paige

Ava Rose Johnson said...

I want to visit! That is a LOT of celebrities:)
And I LOVE diner food.

Ann Aguirre said...

I don't think I've ever been to Jersey...

Chelle Sandell said...

never been but sounds fun when you talk about all you have to do with family! Love the tomato too!

Amelia June said...

You didn't mention my favorite native Jersyman--Jon Stewart :)

I'm from the Southwest so you're all just one big ball of "big smelly cities where everything is too close together" out there to me ;)

Eva Gale said...

My Dh knows one of the biggest blueberry farmers in NJ. And since we live here too, we know this list all to well.

UGH the auto insurance...

Lis said...

Okay I didn't know half of those people were from NJ! *g*

Jenna Allen said...

I have to try to the tomatoes. Can they really be better than Oregon tomatoes?

Anonymous said...

Didn't know some of my favorite public figures were from NJ. Need to join thirteen. Hope you're busy writing.

Bella

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