Wednesday, February 25, 2015

From Sea to Shining Sea - Connecticut

From Crazy Challenge Connection on goodreads

From Sea to Shining Sea - Connecticut  link
Duration: Mar 01, 2015 - Apr 6, 2015


Thanks to Chaitra for this challenge!! 

1. Connecticut is the fifth state of the United States, entering it on Jan 9, 1788. Its name is derived from the Mohegan word, quonehtacut, meaning "the long tidal river". Its capital city is Hartford.
✒ Read a book with a 5 in its year of first publishing. 2015 Insatiable Appetites by Stuart Woods

2. Connecticut was designated the “Constitution State” by the General Assembly in 1959. As early as the 19th Century, John Fiske, a popular historian from Connecticut, made the claim that the Fundamental Orders of 1638/39 (framed by the planters of Connecticut) were the first written constitution in history. Connecticut has also been known as the “Nutmeg State”, the “Provisions State”, and the “Land of Steady Habits”.
✒ Read a book with a character who can be called organized Redwood Violet by Robin Mahle

3. It is bordered by Rhode Island to the east, Massachusetts to the north, New York to the west, and Long Island Sound to the south. The state motto is "Qui transtulit sustinet" (He who transplanted still sustains), and the state song is "Yankee Doodle".
✒ Read  a book where the first letters of all words in the title appear in "YANKEEDOODLE" Amber Eyes by Maya Banks

4. The Connecticut state bird is the American Robin, state tree the White (Charter) Oak, and the state flower is the Mountain Laurel. The state animal is the Sperm Whale. Its state flag consists of a white baroque shield with three grapevines (each bearing three bunches of purple grapes) on a field of azure blue. The banner below the shield holds the state motto.
✒ Read a book with a  purple cover  Moonlight Cove by Sherryl Woods



5. Connecticut is the 3rd smallest state in terms of area, larger than only Delaware and Rhode Island. It is however the 30th most populous in the country. It is the 4th richest state in the country, with a median household income of $67, 276, helped by the financial institutions that call it their home. But it is also one of the worst states in terms of income inequality between residents.
✒ Read a book about business or set in a business world Just One Night by Kyra Davis

6. New Haven, Connecticut is home to the Yale University. Founded in 1701 as the "Collegiate School" by a group of Congregationalist ministers and chartered by the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States. In 1718, the school was renamed "Yale College" in recognition of a gift from Elihu Yale, a governor of the British East India Company. Established to train Connecticut ministers in theology and sacred languages, by 1777 the school's curriculum began to incorporate humanities and sciences. During the 19th century Yale gradually incorporated graduate and professional instruction, awarding the first Ph.D. in the United States in 1861 and organizing as a university in 1887.
✒ Read  a book where any two of the the numbers 0, 1, 6, 7 and 8 appear in the total number of pages, in any order. 184 pages Once and Again by Lauren Dane

7. Mary Kies, of South Killingly was the first woman to receive a U.S. patent on May 15th, 1809 for a method of weaving straw with silk. On January 28, 1878, 21 venturous citizens of New Haven became the world's first subscribers to telephone exchange service. The first telephone book ever issued contained only fifty names. The New Haven District Telephone Company published it in New Haven in February 1878. In 1974 Connecticut elected as governor Democrat Ella T. Grasso, who became the first woman in any state to be elected governor in her own right.
✒ Read a book where a main protagonist works with cloth Melting the Ice by Jaci Burton

8. The Scoville Memorial Library is the United States' oldest public library. The library collection began in 1771, when Richard Smith, owner of a local blast furnace, used community contributions to buy 200 books in London. Patrons could borrow and return books on the third Monday of every third month. Fees were collected for damages, the most common being "greasing" by wax dripped from the candles by which the patrons read. On April 9, 1810, a Salisbury town meeting voted to authorize the purchase of more books for the Scoville Memorial Library collection, making the library the first publicly supported free town library in the United States.
✒ Read  a book where a character reads by candlelight Tangled Past by Leah Braemel

9. Connecticut is the birthplace of the 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush, who served from 2001-2009. Other famous Connecticut residents include actresses Katharine Hepburn and Glenn Close; authors Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Stephanie Meyer and Suzanne Collins; financier and philanthropist J. P. Morgan; and showman P. T. Barnum.
✒ Read  a book whose main character goes by initials instead of a first name Cowgirl Up and Ride by Lorelei James AJ 

10. In Connecticut, in order for a pickle to officially be considered a pickle, it must bounce. It is unlawful in Devon to walk backwards after sunset and in Hartford, you must not educate dogs. In Waterbury, it is illegal for any beautician to hum, sing or whistle when working on a customer. And in New Britain, it is illegal for fire trucks to exceed 25mph, even when going to a fire.
✒ Read  a book with an intelligent dog in the story  Blame It On Texas by Tori Scott
 the dog almost gets killed trying to save the little girl from kidnapping

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