25 Fascinating Feline Facts

25 Fascinating Feline Facts!

By Leigh Holland

The first pet I ever had was a puppy named Snow. I was about ten months old and I don’t really remember him. Sadly, he grew to be bigger than I was and kept knocking me down. I thought it was funny, but my mom sure didn’t. And one day, there was no more Snow.

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My dad brought home two adorable twin kittens on my first day of kindergarten. Beautiful tabby cats. I named the aggressive, energetic one Tiger and the sweet, calm one was Fluffy. I loved those sweeties. Sadly, they were killed by a mean old man down the street. I’ll spare you the gory details. He killed them because my dad complained when the old man’s pit bull knocked me down and attacked me as I walked to school. RIP, Tiger and Fluffy.

My next pet was a grey cat with white paws. The paws reminded me of shoes, so I named him Spats. Spats was a wild, roaming cat, who adored me. He saved me from a snake, killing it. Ever since that day, he decided I was his responsibility. We looked after each other. When he got mauled in a catfight, I nursed him back to health, tending his wounds and feeding him vitamins. I was devastated when he finally passed away. It would be another 20 years before I’d have another cat.

Currently, my family is owned by a tuxedo cat who thinks we are big, misshapen, mostly hairless, very clumsy cats. He is a very sweet-natured, lovable kitty named Xavier. We lack tails and the muscles to our ears don’t work nearly so well as his do, so we’re clearly communication-challenged. He does what he can to help us out by meowing a lot, especially late at night. Xavier lays in the main walkway, sprawled so that nobody can get past without acknowledging his presence to avoid stepping on him. When everyone is in the living room, he plops on the couch in the center of the action so he can set an example for us to follow. He’s the chief cat of his tribe, taking pity on the rest of us obviously inferior felines. He enjoys sneaking up behind people so they trip over him. He’s really just trying to improve our gracefulness. It’s all to be helpful, you see. Xavier tests our non-catlike reflexes by randomly entering the room, sauntering over to a drink, and slowly reaching over to knock it off the table. I keep wondering what prize we get when someone finally catches it before it spills.

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Here are some fascinating feline facts for cat lovers everywhere.

  1. Cats can’t move their jaw sideways so they like smaller bites of food.
  2. Milk gives cats diarrhea if given too often and cats don’t need milk so long as they get proper nutrition from food and water.
  3. Putting garlic on a cat’s food will NOT get rid of its worms.
  4. If you allow your cat to lick its wounds too often, it will slow down the healing process and possibly make the wounds worse.
  5. Cats are now the most popular pet in America, with dogs being a very close second.
  6. The righting reflex, which allows a cat to land on its feet, has saved some cats’ lives from pretty high falls. Keep an eye on kitty, though, falling can still cause broken bones even if he lands feet first.
  7. Cats think water is tasty. Yum!
  8. Cats cannot taste sweets.
  9. Kittens sleep almost all day. Cats sleep as many as 20 hours out of every 24. They spend 70% of their lives asleep.
  10. Pet cats reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke by 32%.
  11. Cats never meow to each other, just to people. They communicate with each other mostly through scent.
  12. In America, black cats were considered bad luck. In Asia, they’re good luck charms.
  13. The world’s smallest kitty is 2.75 inches tall.
  14. Cats have an uncanny ability to find their way home even over many miles.Experts are unsure how they do it, though the theories include specialize brain cells using magnetism or navigation using the angle of the sun.
  15. Declawing is banned in 22 countries, but legal in the United States.
  16. Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four on each back paw.
  17. A group of cats is a glaring. “ A Glaring of Cats”. Sounds about right.
  18. Female cats favor their right paw while males favor their left paw.
  19. Cats can jump over 5 times their own length.
  20. Cats can rotate their heads up to 180 degrees.
  21. There are 58 breeds of cats.
  22. When cats purr at frequencies between 24-120 vibrations per minute, it aids in bone growth and repairs their muscles and tendons.
  23. The average cat has 12 whiskers on the side of its face. These help it navigate in the dark.
  24. The hair growing inside the cat’s ears help direct sound and keep out dirt.
  25. Cats can in fact get rabies just like dogs can and should be vaccinated regularly.

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15 Amazing Books Banned in America

15 Amazing Books Banned in America

#BannedBooksWeek

By Leigh Holland.

It’s banned books week. Yes, I know, I know, who bans books (hint: schools and libraries)? Why were they banned? Did you know 314 books were either challenged or banned in 2014? Let’s take a look at 15 amazing books and why they were banned in America.

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, 1874. Why? Because it was deemed oppressive, perpetuated racism, and racially insensitive.
  2. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown, 1970. Why? It showed the expansion known as Manifest Destiny from the perspective of Native Americans and therefore was controversial. Educators hated controversy, well, in Wisconsin, anyway.
  3. The Call of the Wild by Jack London, 1903. Why? A somber and violent tale, it was challenged as being age-inappropriate.
  4. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, 1961. Why? Yossarian teaches us what freedom really is and the book is critical of higher institutions. Strongsville, Ohio lost the Supreme Court battle to keep this one out of Freshman High School English class.
  5. The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, 1951. Why? They thought it was blasphemous, foul, obscene, and undermined morality.
  6. For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway, 1940. Why? Apparently, it made people around the globe think and the governments didn’t like that. Hemingway has the distinction of being the first author banned by the U.S. Postal Service.
  7. A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway. Why? See number 6.
  8. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell, 1936. Why? It was an accurate portrayal of the antebellum/postbellum South. That’s why.
  9. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, 1939. Why? Profanity and sexual references that today would be considered tame.
  10. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925. Why? Bad language, references to sex, and booze.
  11. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, 1906. Why? Dangerous, Socialist views.
  12. Native Son by Richard Wright, 1940. Why? An African-American male kills a white woman by accident, then goes on to kill more because it makes him feel powerful. He is tried and sentenced to death, prompting discussion of how much society is to blame in crimes committed by oppressed persons.
  13. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850. Why? Parents complained it was obscene and pornographic.
  14. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1960. Why? Censors claim it is degrading and racist and promotes white supremacy.
  15. Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, 1963. Why? Adults were upset by its dark and disturbing story.

Writing Product Review: Hemingway App

Writing Product Review: Hemingway App

Review by Leigh Holland.

The Hemingway Editor App is free to use online and for $20.00 you can download the app to your desktop. You can install it on as many devices as you legally own. What does it do?

It helps train you to tighten your writing by identifying excessive use of passive voice, adverbs, and clunky sentence construction. Spend a few days typing into the editor as you write and you’ll being to see a difference in your rough draft writing. It immediately helped me to see where I was overusing adverbs and passive voice, so that even outside of the app, I no longer used them as often in my writing. Is it worth $20? I think it was a good investment, since my entire family, kids included, are using it to become better writers. I feel it paid off in helping me construct a neater, cleaner first draft. You can find it at Hemingway Editor App.

Here are some examples of how it works:

First, I entered some snippets of work from some of the authors in my library, just for fun.

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As we can see, it has a color coded system to the right sidebar. It shows you how many instances of adverbs, passive voice, hard to read and very hard to read sentences the entry has. It makes recommendations for simpler alternatives and how many uses of adverbs and passive voice are appropriate.

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You might also note it shows you word count and gives a rating with a grade level. You’d think the higher the grade level, the better, but that’s not true at all. You want to appeal to a wider audience while being concise and direct. That means Grade 3 to Grade 6 is best.

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It can also expand in a drop down to show you how long it takes to read the passage, number of letters, characters, words, sentences, and paragraphs.

Pretty neat!

Blogger Recognition Award

(My Interests: Blogging)

 

Blogger Recognition Award

Today I was nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award. It’s not an official award- it’s a way for bloggers to recognize other bloggers for their contributions to the community. That’s something I can get behind!

Who Nominated Me?

The blogger who nominated me was Dangerously Ambitious. Her blog, “The Silent Journey of Being Beautifully Misunderstood”, is a voice of hope emanating to a multitude, letting others who may be suffering know they’re not alone. Her writing is based on real life experiences. She’s honest, real. Here’s a quick sample from Broken Happy Ever After:

“I was waiting patiently for affection for about a year now. I asked for it so many times after awhile it felt like I was begging for it. I wanted him to show me he loved me. Maybe he didn’t mean it or he just didn’t know how. To think that one day he will. Exactly the way I wanted him to, and when that day comes I can stop crying myself to sleep. I can stop wishing that I was beautiful…”

I remember feeling that way in my early dating life. Girls are fed fairy tales in which the handsome, perfect prince rides in and whisks us away to our happily ever after. We never have to tell him what we want or need because he just knows. And if he doesn’t give us the love we need, we try to figure out why it’s not going the way every fairy tale we were told says it’s supposed to go. So we wait. And in the end, hopefully we learn the important lessons of dating and relationships. It’s not at all like the fairy tales. But that doesn’t mean love won’t happen one day for us. And we are beautiful and worthy of love, even if we’re not princesses.

My Advice For Bloggers

Do what you love. Write about things you care about. Someone else out there cares about those things too. Follow other bloggers. Never stop learning.

Why I Started My Blog

My blog is a way to promote books I enjoy and their authors, a platform for my own projects, a place to share my own interests with others, and a way to share writing tips and prompts with new writers. The next Stephen King, JK Rowling, or Michael Crichton is out there. It would be tragic if he or she stopped writing. I want writers and bloggers to feel confident about what they’re doing.

My Nominees for this Award

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Fictionophile

Redheaded Booklover

Blissful Scribbles

Blame Chocolate

The Page Turner

Paul Makes Art

Emotional Shadows

Rachel Poli

Windstrewn

WordDreams

MG Wells

Callum Stafford

Reader At Large

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21 Practical Ways To Increase Your Blog Traffic

(My Interests: Blogging)

21 Practical Ways To Increase Your Blog Traffic

by Leigh Holland.

New to blogging? So, you’ve set up your website, posted your images and content, and you wait. At first, the traffic is a trickle. As you post more content, more people arrive, but it’s just a hair higher than the original traffic trickle. How to increase blog viewership and connect with others who share your interests? Here’s a list of possibilities on how to increase blog followers that may help.

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  1. WordPress Reader. New to WordPress? Look for bloggers in your niche. If you like what you see, follow them. The WordPress community is awesome and tends to be supportive. Use the Reader to search for bloggers who may have helpful info on your topic. Here on WordPress, there’s usually someone who has what you need. Here’s a screenshot of what I found on the reader:2017-08-16
  2. Social Media. Make sure you’re on a variety of social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Google +, and Pinterest. DON’T try to master all of these. Post to them, but pick ONE to focus more time on. Don’t fall into the social media sinkhole. Your blog posting will suffer. In WordPress, use that PUBLICIZE button! All your posts will automatically go to your social media accounts. Ensure you have their info under the Sharing section. Make sure in WordPress to add social media links buttons on your sidebar so people can follow your on your other sites and pages. People you connect with on social media can become supportive and influential blog followers over time.keywords-letters-2041816_1920
  3. Keyword Research. This is one of the most important skills for SEO (search engine optimization) you can learn. I myself am still learning this! The keywords for your blog posts help determine where they rank in search engines. For example “how to increase blog traffic” would be a good keyword for this article, but it’s a high competition keyword. There are a lot of articles on this topic out there. The goal is to create keywords that have low to medium competition and have high search engine volume. Keyword research also lets you know what’s trending.
  4. Facebook Page. A Facebook page is different than a facebook account. Use your account to set up a page that links to your blog. Post relevant updates and contents to the page. Make a header that matches the theme of your blog. On WordPress, you can use the Facebook Page widget to show your page in the sidebar. Visitors can click the “like” button from your blog page without having to leave and visit the Facebook Page. Cool, huh? You can also use your Page to run giveaways and contests for free copies of your book(if a writer) or other items for page likes.
  5. Include Images. Most people are attracted by color and design, i.e. images. Using images in your posts and on your social media accounts can increase your blog traffic by up to 400% according to some studies. A great place to find images free for commercial use is Pixabay. Always check the type of license an image has. Make sure you’re not infringing on the copyright and if an attribution is required, it is given.
  6. Twitter. Twitter has a character limit of 140. If you’re a writer, use hashtags such as #amwriting, #amreading, #writerslife, #writer, #bookpromotion where possible and appropriate. Leave 20 characters open so anyone retweeting has a chance to add something. Use good twitterquette. If someone retweets your pinned tweet(pin a tweet to stay at the top of your tweets, it tells people about your blog and you!), retweet one of theirs. If people like your posts, find one of theirs you like and hit that like button. If people tweet to you to engage you, reply. Tweet things that are educational, entertaining, or informative. People also adore cute kids, pets, and positive quotes. Everyone enjoys a booster in their feed!twitter-292994_1920
  7. Reciprocation. If people on any of your sites like and comment, reply and like, too. Find articles you honestly like on their sites and leave comments relevant to their topic. This reciprocation builds online friendships, alliances, and partnerships over the long haul. It provides you with a positive, solid rep in the community.
  8. Follow Back. If someone follows you on Twitter, follow them back (unless doing so makes you feel uncomfortable for some reason). Unless you’re following someone who you are a total fan of, if they unfollow you, unfollow them back. There’s an important reason for this. Human psychology being what it is, people don’t want to follow someone who follows 5,000 people but has only 500 followers. They find that odd. You’ll need to try to keep your following-to-follower ratio within about 10%. Also, you want to try to build a platform for your blog and, if you’re a writer, your other work. Focus on the people who seem to be interested in your work. When someone unfollows, they aren’t interested.
  9. Get a social media manager. There are quite a few of these out there. Some are free, some cost. The more popular ones are Tweepi, Crowdfire, and Commun.it. These sites help you find people with shared interests to follow and engage on Twitter, and help you schedule posts to your social media sites and build a following. These are great at reducing the amount of time you’ll spend on daily marketing and promotion, leaving you more time to do the things you love, like writing.
  10. LinkedIn. I haven’t tried this yet, but I may. LinkedIn doesn’t drive as much traffic as Twitter or Facebook, I’m told, but they have recently opened up their platform to content creators. If you join them, send invitations to people via email who you know to link up. Do daily status updates. Follow influencers and ask or answer on their posts. Join and focus on 3 relevant LinkedIn groups. Include links to your other social media accounts and blog and tweet about your LinkedIn once daily. Publish your best posts, with links included back to your blog, on LinkedIn’s publishing platform to attract people to your blog.
  11. Search. As you earn authority online, your search engine rankings will improve. The first 4 to 6 months, you won’t see a lot of search engine traffic, simply because it takes time for search engines to gain confidence in your site. The more confidence, the higher the ranking. That takes time. But there are things to do that can help. Google rewards long form content– articles with 1,000 or more words-by giving them more weight. Don’t write a bunch of nonsense to get word count. Write articles and guides on topics people need or want to read. Do the research to write quality articles and reviews.
  12. Linkbacks. As other websites link back to your blog, your credibility goes up as well as your ranking by the search engines. Please note that it takes years to get a large number of linkbacks and this is normal. Keep in mind, quality linkbacks are more important than quantity. There are several ways to get linkbacks. Give linkbacks to other bloggers in your niche. Sometimes, they’ll find content on your site relevant to their post and return the favor. Pinterest and Facebook are great ways to get and give linkbacks. Usually, if you guest blog on another site, they’ll allow a linkback for your site as well.2017-08-15 (2)
  13. Long Tail Keywords. Most of us use short tail keywords, such as “writing tips”, or “book review”. Try using one or two long tail keywords that people are searching for. Long Tail keywords get higher rank than shorter ones. Go to Google search and type in your topic. In this example, mine is “how to increase blog…”. It pulled up several options we can use as long tail keywords. We want to include some of these in our post.
  14. Interlink Pages. Have you written a post that is related to another post you wrote in the past? Link to the older post in the new post. Always interlink your own pages when possible. This allows search engines to crawl your site faster and easier. It also boosts your chances of more pages being viewed per visit.icon-2087419_1280
  15. Email. This is the most important thing you can set up starting out: an email subscribers list. Why is this so important? Because email is forever. Twitter could crash and burn tomorrow. Google may change their algorithm and leave your site behind. But having an email list of people interested in your content and projects is priceless. For new bloggers, I recommend Mailchimp. You can do a lot for free. They have great looking templates for newsletters. I find sending newsletters semi-monthly works for my schedule. Others may prefer to send them weekly. If you’re a writer, this is great because when your next book is released, you can immediately notify people who are already engaged with you and your site.
  16. Free Offers. You can run specific, time-limited giveaways on your blog, social media sites, etc. You can also offer email subscribers a free gift for subscribing. This is usually an e-book. It can also be access to a ‘hidden’ section of your blog with expanded content.
  17. Pay For Ads. Yes, you can pay a company (or person) to market your blog for you. Lots of sites pay for advertising. If you have the funds, and you believe they can provide what they claim, this may be something to consider. Be very cautious when going this route. Some companies are established and trusted, others not so much.
  18. Collaboration. Online communities have global reach in the modern era. Collaborating on projects and guest posting on each others’ sites helps build credibility and reputation. It also provides your readers (and theirs) with varied content. It can amplify the audience for each collaborator as their audience overlaps and expands.
  19. Social Proof. Don’t forget the power of social proof. Do you have a lot of followers on social media? Use WordPress to publicize this fact on your site. People are more interested in sites that have more followers because this builds their confidence. Are you a writer and your book just got its 20th five star review? Paste that post and publicize it. More people will be interested not just in your blog, but also in your book.
  20. Catchy Headlines. There are so many blogs and articles today. Studies indicate the catchier the title, the more likely an article or blog post will get attention. Which one is attention-grabbing? A: “Bottle Feeding Kittens” or B: “10 Amazing Things You Never Knew About Bottle Feeding Kittens”?
  21. Quality, Green Content. Write quality articles and post regularly. Over the long haul, these two factors are what will keep people interested in your blog. How often should you post? Blogs that post at least three times per week get more traffic than those that post less. But make sure you’re posting however often works for you. Once you decide how often to post, try to stick to a consistent schedule. People like knowing what to expect.

Thanks for reading my article and I hope you find some tips here on how to increase blog traffic that can help. Remember, the goal is not to increase traffic for traffic’s sake, we want to gain wider exposure to find and connect with our audience.

Happy blogging!

What Makes You…You?

For the past sixteen years, I’ve engaged in family genealogy as a hobby. It’s taken many painstaking hours of research, trips to various graveyards and phone calls to cousins, and using tools such as Ancestry, the database of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and My Heritage to assist. I’ve created chart after chart, recorded sources, printed pictures of family heraldry, and compiled data into a variety of programs- both online and offline- such as Ancestry and Heredis. I imagine I’ve poured thousands of hours of my life into unraveling the mystery. What mystery?

  1. Where did my people come from? Why did they leave? How did subsequent generations arrive here?
  2. Who were they? What mattered to them? What habits and cultural quirks did I inherit from them?
  3. Who am I? How does the past influence who I am now and where I may be heading?

All families hand down stories about where they came from. But like the grapevine effect, many of these stories turn out to be embellished or not true. We want to find the truth about our origins, our heritage, and decide how this information fits into our personal identity.

My mother had compiled pictures, stories, and oral histories of our family into beautiful keepsake scrapbooks. We shared our results regularly, which in turn helped each of us on our quest to preserve our family heritage for future generations. After thousands of hours of work over the years, I’d developed an accurate extended family tree of over 5,000 members spanning nearly a thousand years. Together, we felt we’d compiled a solid body of work to be treasured for all time.

This past year, we decided to put that to the test. I did a DNA test through Ancestry.com, which can be purchased here. There are several sites currently where you can order DNA test kits for the purpose of determining heritage. Ancestry has sales around the holidays that make it affordable for most budgets. It’s become a popular source for that reason. Also, they’ve launched new features to aid in genealogical research. One feature is the DNA Circle. This feature joins together people who share DNA and have common genealogical ancestors. It compares the lineages from the tree and shows a confidence ranking based on your DNA matches. This feature placed me in 47 DNA circles, most of them with strong confidence.

Another feature is the Genetic Communities. For example, the 2 communities I have a strong possibility of links to are “Early Settlers of Eastern Kentucky and Northeast Tennessee” and “Settlers of the Potomac River Valley and Central Kentucky”. This feature is one of my favorites. The summary from each time period matched what I knew of my family history and it was wonderful to see it brought together with maps and summaries.

Here are screenshots from this latest feature:

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[Note: If you’re only interested in the genetic results, you’re not interested in finding relatives or expanding your tree, and price is not as much of a factor, I’d recommend going with 23 and Me instead. In my opinion, their genetic test results are the best and most in-depth at the present time. You can find the regular DNA test kit here, and the one that includes health information  here.]

We were a little surprised by the results. Our tree showed Native American heritage but there was nothing in the DNA to support that. The remainder of the heritage matched our compiled data. My heritage came back as 100% European, with the breakdown 70% British Isles, 20% Irish, 5% French-German, and 5% Scandinavian. Did that make our data wrong? Should we remove an entire branch from the tree?

After reading various articles about DNA genealogical results, I decided to leave the branch in place. The further back the heritage, the less likely it is to show up in the DNA test results. As the heritage was eight generations removed, it may still be accurate but not show up in the DNA results. Additionally, DNA results are compared to that company’s database of individuals from various parts of the globe in order to determine percentages. What’s missing (or lacking) from the database won’t show up in your results. This is also why you’ll get slightly different results from different sites- they’re using different databases for comparison.

I count myself fortunate that there weren’t more unpleasant surprises. Regularly, I come across horror stories about people who have taken a DNA test only to learn their father wasn’t their father, or that they were adopted and nobody told them. One story recently led to the discovery that a baby was switched at birth.. If you do decide to explore DNA testing, make sure you’re aware of and prepared to deal with the associated risks.

All this leads to a larger question. Should this information change our concept of who we are? What makes us who we are? Is it our DNA, or is it the family that raised us, nurtured us, and taught us about the world?

 

 

 

 

 

50 Kentucky Facts and Trivia

50 Kentucky Facts and Trivia

  1. The town of Murray is home to the Boy Scouts of America Scouting Museum located on the campus of Murray State University.
  2. The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held horse race in the country. It is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville on the first Saturday in May.
  3. The Bluegrass Country around Lexington is home to some of the world’s finest racehorses.
  4. Kentucky was a popular hunting ground for the Shawnee and Cherokee Indian nations prior to being settled by European settlers.
  5. In 1774, Harrodstown (now Harrodsburg) was established as the first permanent settlement in the Kentucky region. It was named after James Harrod who led a team of area surveyors.
  6. The old official state tree was the Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioicus.) The tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) is the current official state tree. The change was made in 1976.tuliptree
  7. Cheeseburgers were first served in 1934 at Kaolin’s restaurant in Louisville.
  8. Chevrolet Corvettes are manufactured in Bowling Green.
  9. Mammoth Cave is the world’s longest cave and was first promoted in 1816, making it the second oldest tourist attraction in the United States. Niagara Falls, New York is first.Mammoth_Cave_National_Park_005
  10. Begun in 1819, the first commercial oil well was on the Cumberland River in McCreary County.
  11. The first Miss America from Kentucky is Heather Renee French. She was crowned September 18, 1999.
  12. The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant owned and operated by Colonel Sanders is located in Corbin.
  13. Kentucky is the state where both Abraham Lincoln, President of the Union, and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, were born. They were born less than one hundred miles and one year apart.
  14. Cumberland is the only waterfall in the world to regularly display a Moonbow. It is located just southwest of Corbin.Red-Moonbow1
  15. Fleming County is recognized as the Covered Bridge Capital of Kentucky.
  16. Shelby County is recognized as the Saddlebred Capital of Kentucky.
  17. The town of Corbin was the birthplace of old time movie star Arthur Lake whose real surname was Silverlake: He played the role of Dagwood in the “Blondie” films of the 1930s and ‘40s. Lake’s parents were trapeze artists billed as “The Flying Silverlakes”.
  18. Christian County is wet while Bourbon County is dry. Barren County has the most fertile land in the state.wetdryky
  19. Thunder Over Louisville is the opening ceremony for the Kentucky Derby Festival and is the world’s largest fireworks display.thunder-over-louisville
  20. More than 100 native Kentuckians have been elected governors of other states.
  21. In 1888, “Honest Dick” Tate the state treasurer embezzled $247,000 and fled the state.
  22. The song “Happy Birthday to You” was the creation of two Louisville sisters in 1893.happybirthdaytoyou
  23. Teacher Mary S. Wilson held the first observance of Mother’s Day in Henderson in 1887. It was made a national holiday in 1916.
  24. The great Man o’ War won all of his horse races except one which he lost to a horse named Upset.
  25. The first town in the United States to be named for the first president was Washington, Kentucky. It was named in 1780.
  26. Pikeville annually leads the nation in per capita consumption of Pepsi-Cola.
  27. The first American performance of a Beethoven symphony was in Lexington in 1817.
  28. Post-It Notes are manufactured exclusively in Cynthiana. The exact number made annually of these popular notes is a trade secret.
  29. Kentucky was the 15th state to join the Union and the first on the western frontier.
  30. Bluegrass is not really blue–it’s green–but in the spring bluegrass produces bluish purple buds that when seen in large fields give a blue cast to the grass. Today, Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass State.
  31. There is a legend that the inspiration for Stephen Foster’s hymn like song“My Old Kentucky Home” was written in 1852 after an unverified trip to visit relatives in Kentucky.
  32. Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca are buried in the Frankfort Cemetery. Their son Isaac is buried at Blue Licks Battlefield near Carlisle, where he was killed in the last battle of the Revolutionary War fought in Kentucky.
  33. The only monument south of the Ohio River dedicated to Union Soldiers who died in the Civil War is located in Vanceburg.
  34. The public saw an electric light for the first time in Louisville. Thomas Edison introduced his incandescent light bulb to crowds at the Southern Exposition in 1883.
  35. The radio was invented by a Kentuckian named Nathan B. Stubblefield of Murray in 1892. It was three years before Marconi made his claim to the invention.
  36. The first enamel bathtub was made in Louisville in 1856.
  37. In the War of 1812 more than half of all Americans killed in action were Kentuckians.
  38. Middlesboro is the only city in the United States built within a meteor crater.
  39. Joe Bowen holds the world record for stilt walking endurance. He walked 3,008 miles on stilts between Bowen, Kentucky to Los Angeles, California.
  40. The world’s largest free-swinging bell known as the World Peace Bell is on permanent display in Newport.WPBell-0235424
  41. High Bridge located near Nicholasville is the highest railroad bridge over navigable water in the United States.
  42. Carrie Nation- the spokesperson against rum, tobacco, pornography, and corsets- was born near Lancaster in Garrard County.lttlsnto
  43. The brass plate embedded in the sidewalk at the corner of Limestone and Main Street in downtown Lexington is a memorial marker honoring Smiley Pete. The animal was known as the town dog in Lexington. He died in 1957.petey
  44. Kentucky-born Alben W. Barkley was the oldest United States Vice President when he assumed office in 1949. He was 71 years old.
  45. More than $6 billion worth of gold is held in the underground vaults of Fort Knox. This is the largest amount of gold stored anywhere in the world.
  46. The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington has 82 stained-glass windows including the world’s largest hand-blown one. The window measures 24 feet wide by 67 feet high and depicts the Council of Ephesus with 134 life-sized figures.cathedralbasilicaky
  47. The Lost River Cave and Valley Bowling Green includes a cave with the shortest and deepest underground river in the world. It contains the largest cave opening east of the Mississippi.
  48. Frederick Vinson who was born in Louisa is the only Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court known to be born in jail.
  49. Pike County the world’s largest producer of coal is famous for the Hatfield-McCoy feud, an Appalachian vendetta that lasted from the Civil War to the 1890s.
  50. Kentucky- cradle of Bluegrass Music!

Thanks to: Kentucky Department of Travel, John D. Dowd, Mandy Paige, DeLores Wiggins, Wayne Shelton, David Grossman, Cleamon Inman, Jody Odonnell. Originally at Kentucky Facts.