5 Interesting Facts about Connecticut

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A state with an official song of “Yankee Doodle” might not be the first place on the top of your “to travel” list, but this state has many wonders worth exploring. Being one of the original 13 colonies, it boasts many historical sites that everybody should take the time to see. It also is the home of a few very prestigious universities, such as Yale and UConn. From bed and breakfasts to lighthouses galore, Connecticut has something for everyone.

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State Nicknames

Connecticut has a couple of different state nicknames it goes by. It is officially known as the Constitution State, but also known as the “Nutmeg State”. The official nickname is referring to the state government-establishing Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, which was written in 1639 and is considered history’s first written constitution. The “Nutmeg State” nickname comes from a history of sailors bringing the seed back from long voyages. Over time, peddlers from the state developed a reputation for selling fake nutmegs made out of carved wood.

Submarine History

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Connecticut is home to the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus. This nuclear-powered submarine was built in 1954 in the city of Groton, Connecticut. After her first cast off, the ship signaled the words “Underway on nuclear power.” The sub is now permanently docked in Groton and serves as a museum of submarine history.

The Invention of the Hamburger

The hamburger was invented in New Haven, Connecticut, at a small restaurant called Louis’ Lunch, which is still in business today. The story goes that in 1900, a customer was in a rush and asked owner Louis Lassen for something to eat on the go. Lassen threw together cooked ground steak trimmings and put them between two slices of toasted bread, and the hamburger was born.