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Transcript of Weird Ohio
"Ohio Fast Facts and Trivia" source: http://www.50states.com/facts/ohio.htm#.U0h4R1VdVPM (This is pretty much copy and paste.)
"1. The first ambulance service was established in Cincinnati in 1865.
2. Cleveland boasts America's first traffic light. It began on Aug. 5, 1914.
3. Ermal Fraze invented the pop-top can in Kettering.
4. James J. Ritty, of Dayton, invented the cash register in 1879 to stop his patrons from pilfering house profits.
5. "Hang On Sloopy" is the official state rock song.
6. Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team.
7. The Y Bridge in Zanesville was first built in 1814 to span the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum Rivers. The current bridge is the fifth construction at the same location. "Ripley's Believe It or Not" proclaimed it the only bridge in the world which you can cross and still be on the same side of the river.
8. Akron was the first city to use police cars.
9. Cincinnati had the first professional city fire department.
10. Akron is the rubber capital of the world.
11. The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus.
12. Ohio senator John Glenn became the oldest man to venture into outer space.On February 20, 1962 he was the first American to orbit the earth. In October of 1998 at age 77 he returned to the space program and traveled back into space.
13. Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
14. Ohio is the leading producer of greenhouse and nursery plants.
15. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton.
16. Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. He was from Wapakoneta.
17. The Wright Brothers are acknowledged as inventors of the first airplane they were from Dayton.
18. The popular television sit-com, "The Drew Cary Show" is set in Cleveland.
19. East Liverpool was the beginning point of the United States Public Land Survey. The location was the area from which a rectangular-grid land survey system was established under the Ordinance of 1785. The survey provided for administration and subdivision of land in the Old Northwest Territory. The Ordinance stipulated that all public lands were to be divided into townships six miles square.
20. Seven United States presidents were born in Ohio. They are: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William H. Taft, and Warren G. Harding.
21. Some well-known personalities were born in Ohio. Among them Steven Spielberg, Paul Newman, Annie Oakley, Arsenio Hall and Clark Gable.
22. The first full time automobile service station was opened in 1899 in Ohio.
23. In 1852 Ohio was the first state to enact laws protecting working women.
24. Ohio gave America its first hot dog in 1900. Harry M. Stevens created the popular dining dog.
25. Ohio became the 17th state on March 1, 1803.
26. East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland was the site of the first pedestrian button for the control of a traffic light. The boy chosen for the 1948 newsreel to demonstrate its operation was Louis Spronze.
27. Ohio has an area of 116,103 sq miles. It ranks 34th in state size.
28. Columbus is the state capital and Ohio's largest city.
29. 50% of the United States population lives within a 500 mile radius of Columbus.
30. Dresden is the home of the world's largest basket. It is located at Basket Village USA.
31. Fostoria is the only city to be situated in three counties (Seneca, Hancock & Wood).
32. Ohio's state flag is a pennant design. It is the only state flag of that design in the United States.
33. Ohio University was founded in 1804 at Athens and is recognized as the first university in Ohio and in the Northwest Territory.
34. Oberlin College was founded in 1833.It was the first interracial and coeducational college in the United States.
35. The Glacial Grooves on the north side of Kelleys Island are the largest easily accessible such grooves in the world. They were scoured into solid limestone bedrock about 18,000 years ago by the great ice sheet that covered part of North America.
36. Marietta was Ohio's first permanent settlement. Founded in 1788 by General Rufus Putnam and named in honor of Marie Antoinette, then queen of France.
37. Chillicothe was Ohio's first capital city.
38. Cleveland became the world's first city to be lighted electrically in 1879.
39. Ohio is known as the Buckeye State.
40. Thomas A. Edison from Milan developed the incandescent light bulb, phonograph, and early motion picture camera.
41. John Lambert of Ohio City made America's first automobile in 1891.
42. Charles Kettering of Loundonville invented the automobile self-starter in 1911.
43. Charles Goodyear of Akron developed the process of vulcanizing rubber in 1839.
44. Roy J. Plunkett of New Carlisle invented Teflon in 1938.
45. You know you're from Ohio if... (different section)
46. W.F. Semple of Mount Vernon patented chewing gum in 1869.
47. John Mercer Langston is believed to have been the first African American elected to public office. He was elected clerk of Brownhelm in 1854.
48. Long jumper DeHart Hubbard was the first African American to earn an Olympic Gold Medal. The award occurred during the 1924 Olympics games held in Paris. He set the record for long jumping.
49. Jesse Owens grew up in Cleveland. He won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
50. Paul Laurence Dunbar of Dayton is known as the poet laureate of African Americans.
Weird Ohio by a student
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A very unknown local legend is a giant stone tower looming over Dayton's Community Golf Course commonly referred to as macabre monikers such as Witch's Tower and strangely Frankenstein's Castle. It's unknown who built it but popular belief says it was a man by the name of John Patterson. The first reason it's said to be haunted is due to an accident in the 1960's. A group of teenagers were having a wonderful time near by when a storm hit, a thunderstorm specifically. They believed the stone would protect them, but none of them noticed that the railing of the stairs had a long metal railing. They mounted the stairs when lightning struck, 2 of them were leaning against the railing when it stuck and the 2 almost died instantly. Most likely due to respect of the dead police had the tower boarded up, but that didn't stop people from prying them off the try and see inside. Glowing figures of the teenagers are said to appear during a thunderstorm and disappear, until the next storm. The lower windows and entrance way have been blocked off and NO TRESPASSING signs have been placed near and around the tower. Some say the real reason police sealed it off is that a young teenager decided to investigate and fell to his death in the darkness. It's hard to say if the tower really is haunted, some people have reported seeing dark shapes in the tower.
What a strange state I'll tell you that.
With ancient mysteries and a case with the Men In Black.
Your bizarre beasts just make you more unique.
A great place if a thrill is what you seek.
Your my home and will always be that way.
You've got great things the world will see some day.
-4 Feb,2013 be Cassie Reinoehl
The area Gore Orphanage stood upon burned many years ago is said to still be haunted by the orphans that used to live there. It is unknown how it exactly burned down. One man (who goes by Victor E.) sent in a letter to Weird U.S saying that him and some friends went there and found tiny hand prints on his car, and they were the only ones there. To find it look for Gore Orphanage Road. It's also possible that there never was a Gore Orphanage.
The Oxford Ghost is another popular Ohio ghost story. The most popular version takes place in the 1940's and is slightly different version of Romeo and Juliet. The girl's parents didn't approve of her boyfriend. So they made up a plan that on a night where they planned to meet he would wait outside until the girl signaled him that her parents were asleep. Once they were she would flicker the porch lights 3 times, and if that wasn't an option she would flicker a flashlight 3 times in the middle of the street. The way he died varies a bit. In one version he was waiting one night and had some some wine while he was waiting. Once he saw the the lights he speed off before reliving the wine affected his driving, he then reached a sharp turn and decapitated himself on barbed-wire. Another version involved him going off to war and him returning to find her in the arms of another man while he was going to surprise her. In anger he drove off and killed himself on a sharp turn. If you blink a flashlight or your headlights 3 times on Oxford- Milford road you'll see motorcycle tail lights in your rear view mirror when they turn the road.
A tunnel covered in spray-paint is said to be a one of Ohio's Gates Of Hell. Rumors say it's a tunnel along the High Street of Columbus. There is no proof that it's actually a gate to hell, it's most likely just a name. Speaking of names, another name for this tunnel is
The Blood Bowl. It supposedly got it's name due to a back story involving a biker (or skateboarder) trying to preform tricks which as you can guess ends in an epic fail. The only thing actually scary is that it runs under a Tim Horton's and a White Castle.
The last local legend I'm going to mention is The Moonville Tunnel. It's a relic from an era long ago in Vintion County. It markde the entrance to town. It was all but abandoned by the 1900's. A retelling of the legend involves a man (possible an engineer or conductor) got caught on the tracks and couldn't get away in time. The most complete version involved the towns people sending a man with a lantern to try and get a train to stop to get supplies after they heard that trains wouldn't be stopping there anymore. One day the man who volunteered most likely overslept and as he was running to try ans stop the train he got hit. More recently (despite the difficulty getting there) it's now something of a tourist attraction and collage students from Athens stage a Halloween party every year (leaving behind beer cans, charred fire pits, and graffiti).
The most popular ancient mystery is The Serpent Mounds. No one precisely say whether it was a religious or mythical symbol, who was it built by, or why it was built in Ohio. It's the finest serpent and largest effigy mound in the U.S. It's located on a plateau in the Brush Creek Valley of Adams County and is 3 feet high and 1,330 feet (almost a quarter mile) long. There are similar serpent mounds effigies in Ontario, Kansas, Illinois, and Scotland and effigy mounds are uncommon in Ohio, but regular mounds are. During an excavation by Frederic Ward Putnam he found no traces of human bones or artifacts, so it's most likely not a burial mound. Inside the egg the serpent seems to been swallowing there seems to be a slightly raised circular ridge of earth. On either side there's a curved ridge extended toward the sides of the oval (egg). He said it somehow bears a resemblance to a frog. He feels the serpent mound and a few others he excavated belonged to the Adena tribe. A third burial mound can be found near the tail. The aspects of the snake are astronomically aligned, the head with with the summer solstice and the snake's coils with the winter solstice and the equinox sunrise.
Credit goes to Weird Ohio by Weird U.S (Printed 2005. I apologize for outdated info.)
Would you believe me if I told you Newark literally sits on a former megalopolis of mound builders. Originally it was thought to be as some sort of fort or enclosure to protect the people who built it, but recent examination shows that it's more of a symbolic structure. It wasn't even put in a place that was easy nor necessary to protect or secure. What I'm talking about is a very large alligator and a smaller sized octagon. One idea on what they could be traces back to ancient Europe and the squaring of the circle, a spell (pot brewed) of alchemical mysteries said to be used for the strive for perfection of the spirit and soul. Not much is known, including the purpose but traces of fire show that it could of been used as a signal station.
Not too for outside of Chillicothe is one of the least known "dark sides" of America, Hopewell's City of the Dead or Necropolis. The name was taken for a farmer who owned some of the land the mounds were dug up on in 1891, named Mordecai Hopewell. It covers 13 acres (considered on of the best preserved Hopewell sited), dates back 2,300 years, reached today via U.S23, and has 23 mounds existing on site (see the magic number?). One of the most prominent artifacts is an ancient shaman's ceremonial death mask. If you think mounds are old news you'd be surprised by being dug up in the earth near Mound City. In 2001 a great circle, completely underground, about 90 ft across, and almost a perfect circle was found by pure accident. They used powerful magnetic sensors and scientific instruments that capture geophysical energy fluxes in the area and found it. Like most mounds it's unknown who built it but the Hopewell is the most likely candidate as the builders. It's in southern Ohio which is known for the artifacts found in Indian mounds but all are ABOVE ground. Some people say it hasn't been seen in centuries because it was dug as a ditch then covered up to be put out of sight.
Along with many other great structures the people of the Hopewell culture, carrying thirty-five to forty pound woven baskets of soil, built not only a fort but a fortified village, about 40 miles east of Cincinnati, called Fort Ancient. It stands on a hill is very steep in most places and goes downward toward a river. It could soon be greatly changed due to it being annually exposed to civilization and inroads of cattle, if no effort is put into preserving it. People have noticed numerous breaks in the wall. In 1885 E.A. Allen notes many thing about Fort Ancient in "The Prehistoric World: or, Vanished Races", one of which he writes that the mounds within Fort Ancient resemble (in quote from the book) "two serpents, their heads being the mounds, which are separated from the body by the opening which resembles a ring around the neck. Their bodies are the walls, which, as they bend in and out, and rise and fall, much resembles, [he thinks] two massive green serpents rolling along the summit of this high hill. If any such resemblance occurs, we think it purely accidental. In relation to the wall across the isthmus, it has been thought to have been the means of defending one part of the work should an enemy gain entrance to the other..." continuing: "The total length of the embankment is about five miles, the area enclosed about one hundred acres ... Only one who has personally examined the walls can realize the amount of labor they represent for a people destitute of metallic tools, beasts of burden, and other facilities to construct it." He senses that (also what other have sensed) a " satisfactory evidence that between these walls there was a paved street ... about two feet below the present surface, a pavement of flat stones." Today archaeologists theorize that the walls (ranging from 4 to 23 ft high) say the containment parameters within which to preform ritual ceremonies or conduct commerce for the natives who lived in the region. Some sections of the walls were clearly used in correlation with the sun and moons positions to make a calender system for the people who lived there. Reverend Stephen Peet (lived 1831 to 1914) was the first to subscribe a theory that a "lost race of mound builders" lived and once built sited like Fort Ancient. In his work "Mound Builders" he describes what the culture would be like when they thrived, a fascinating culture much like the greeks at their height.
Even though most ancient mysteries deal with humans not all do. The last one I'll tell you about is about Prehistoric Giant Beavers. In 1828 Charles Forthergill (a British naturalist) went in search of the remains of these giant creatures to prove his theory that they had a factual foundation.They were said to create valleys and flood lands. There remains were first found in a peat swamp near Nashport, Ohio, but weren't named, by S. R. Hildreth.
is the scientific name given to the species by J. W. Foster a year after they were found.
Random and Weird Facts.
You know you're from Ohio if... source: http://www.50states.com/facts/ohio_if.htm (whole thing is copy and paste.)
You don't think of Florida first when someone mentions Miami.
You snicker when someone's from Tiffin, because you think of the State Hospital.
You think Pro football teams are supposed to wear orange!
You've heard of 3.2% beer.
Schools close for the state basketball tournament. Deer season, too.
You're proud of your state fair, but would rather go to Cedar Point.
You know all the 4 seasons: Winter, Still Winter, Almost Winter, and Construction.
You live less than 30 miles from some college or university.
You know what a buckeye really is, and have a recipe for candy ones.
"Toward the lake" means "north" and "toward the river" means "south."
You've heard of the Great Nickel Beer Night Riot.
You know if other Ohioians are from southern or northern Ohio as soon as they open their mouths.
You root for a college team though you've never taken a class there.
You can spell words like Cuyahoga, Olentangy, Bellefontaine, and Tuscarawas *(Wapakoneta?) and you know which letter is doubled in "Cincinnati."
You always visit more than two amusement parks in one summer.
You know that Serpent Mounds were not made by snakes.
You know what game they're playing when the Mud Hens take on the Clippers.
"Vacation" means spending a day at Cedar Point or King's Island.
You measure distance in minutes.
.Down south to you means Kentucky.
Your school classes were canceled because of cold.
Your school classes were canceled because of heat.
You've ridden the school bus for an hour each way.
You've ever had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.
You know what's knee-high by the Fourth of July.
You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. Example: "Where's my coat at?"
You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
You think of the major four food groups as beef, pork, beer, and Jell-O salad with marshmallows.
You carry jumper cables in your car.
You know what pop is.
You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
The local paper covers national and international headlines on one page but requires 6 pages for sports.
You think that deer season is a national holiday.
You know which leaves make good toilet paper.
You thought that the Michael Stanley Band was the most popular band in the country.
You actually understand these jokes then forward 'em to all your OH friends!!