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Crazy Laws in Connecticut and Fun Facts

Updated on May 4, 2015
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Modern fire engine | Source

Crazy Laws in Connecticut and Fun Facts

Was the Colorado law requiring cats to wear taillights at night the craziest law you ever heard of? Wait until you read these 11 crazy laws still on the books in Connecticut – including the one about the 25 mph speed limit for fire trucks.

Official Pickle
Official Pickle | Source

In the state of Connecticut:

In order for a pickle to officially be considered a pickle, it must bounce.

I confess I had to read this crazy law twice. Well, rules are rules. If you want official pickles, run and test yours NOW.

You can be stopped by the police for biking over 65 miles per hour.

If you can ride a bike over 65 miles per hour, you can easily win the Tour de France.

(Footnote: Average speed of Tour de France cyclists is 25-28 mph.)

You may not use a white cane unless you are blind.

If you are blind, how will you know if you are obeying the ‘white cane’ law?

Town records may not be kept where liquor is sold.

I am willing to bet that the actions of an alcoholic town clerk were responsible for that crazy law.

There is no such thing as an educated dog.
There is no such thing as an educated dog. | Source

In Devon, it is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset.

Were citizens really doing that?

In Hartford, you are not allowed to cross a street while walking on your hands.

Were citizens really doing that, too?

You may not educate dogs.

Do you suppose that crazy law was enacted by cats?

In Simsbury, it is illegal for a politician to campaign at the town dump.

On the other hand, the town dump is perfect for politicians. Both are full of crap.

1824 model of manually pulled fire truck
1824 model of manually pulled fire truck | Source

In Southington, silly string is banned.

Not to worry – just teach your string to be more serious.

In Waterbury, it is illegal for any beautician to hum, whistle, or sing while working on a customer.

Must be a lotta music critics in that town.

This is such a doozy, I saved it for last:

In New Britain, it is illegal for fire trucks to exceed 25 mph, even when going to a fire.

Let me see if I understand this one. It is okay for your house to burn down to the ground while you are waiting for the fireman driving the fire truck who must be careful not to exceed the 25 mph speed limit. Unbelievable!

Funny one-liner:The older you get, the better you get. Unless you’re a banana.

Genuine Nutmegs
Genuine Nutmegs | Source

Fun Facts and Illustrious Information about Connecticut

Connecticut is often called 'The Nutmeg State' since Connecticut residents were so ingenious they could sell wooden nutmegs as real nutmegs to unsuspecting buyers. (Nutmeg was a valuable spice in colonial America).

In 1895, the basketball technique of dribbling was developed at the New Britain YMCA.

Connecticut's motto is Qui Transtulit Sustinet‘He Who Transplanted Still Sustains.’

The State of Connecticut is named after the River Connecticut, the largest river in New England. The word is derived from 'Quinnehtukqut', a Mohegan Indian word for ‘Long river place.’

1903 Ford Model A
1903 Ford Model A | Source

The first insurance company, ITT Hartford Group, Inc., opened for business in 1810.

There are 106 insurance companies based in Connecticut.

In 1898 the first car insurance in America was issued at Hartford.

The first automobile law was passed by the state in 1901. The speed limit was set at 12 miles per hour.

In 1937, Connecticut became the first state to issue permanent license plates for cars.

Nathan Hale in bronze, Brooklyn Museum
Nathan Hale in bronze, Brooklyn Museum | Source

Nathan Hale, a hero of the Revolutionary War, is the state hero of Connecticut. As Hale was about to be hanged by the British, he said: ‘I regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.’

The Scoville Memorial Library is the oldest public library in America. Richard Smith started this library in 1771 using community contributions to buy 200 books in London.

Fees were collected for damages, the most common being ‘greasing’ by wax dripped from the candles by which the patrons read.

Frisbie pie tin
Frisbie pie tin | Source
Hello Kitty PEZ dispenser
Hello Kitty PEZ dispenser | Source

The Frisbie Pie Company of Bridgeport had been supplying the hungry students of Yale University with pie for many years.

At some point a student discovered that the empty pie tins made for great throwing. Ergo, the ‘Frisbie' was born on Yale's campus.

The first telephone book ever issued contained only 50 names. It was published by the New Haven District Telephone Company in February 1878.

PEZ® Candy is made in the city of Orange, CT; the factory was built in 1973.

The town of Washington, incorporated in 1779, was named in honor of General George Washington.

The first law school in the United States, Litchfield Law School, was established in 1784. Graduates included John C. Calhoun, Aaron Burr, Horace Mann, Oliver Wolcott, Jr. and Noah Webster.

West Hartford is the birthplace of Noah Webster, the author of the first American English dictionary published in 1807.

Foxwoods Casino Complex
Foxwoods Casino Complex | Source

Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket is the largest casino in the U.S. It is a complex of 6 casinos with 17 different types of table games including 100 for poker.

Connecticut and Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment (Prohibition).

Connecticut's most important crops are dairy, poultry, forest and nursery, tobacco, vegetables and fruit.

Bristol is considered the ‘Mum City’ of the U.S. because of the many chrysanthemums grown and sold to various states and Canada.

Cattle branding in the United States began in Connecticut when farmers were required by law to mark all their pigs.

Colt Peacemaker Pistol
Colt Peacemaker Pistol | Source
Yummy multi-colored lollipops
Yummy multi-colored lollipops | Source

Inventions by Connecticut Inventors

In 1794, Eli Whitney patented a device, the cotton gin, to separate cotton from its seeds and set up a factory in New Haven.

Charles Goodyear of New Haven is responsible for vulcanized rubber invented in 1843.

In 1858, Ezra Warner of Waterbury created an intimidating contraption featuring a bayonet and sickle to open cans – the first version of a can opener.

In 1872, Samuel Colt invented the Peacemaker – the gun that tamed the West. Colt’s Mfg. Company was and is located in Hartford, the state capitol.

In 1893, George C. Blickensderfer of Stamford, CT invented the first portable typewriter or '5-pound secretary' as it was called.

The first lollipop-making machine opened for business in New Haven in 1908. George Smith named the treat after Lolly Pop, a popular racehorse.

USS Nautilus nuclear-powered submarine
USS Nautilus nuclear-powered submarine | Source

On January 28, 1878, 21 adventurous citizens of New Haven became the world's first subscribers to a telephone exchange service.

The USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear powered submarine, was built in Groton, Connecticut in 1954. The Submarine Force Museum in Groton is the official submarine museum of the U.S. Navy.

The Museum of America and the Sea in Mystic, Connecticut is the largest maritime museum in the world.

Wire Coat Hanger
Wire Coat Hanger | Source

The wire coat hanger was invented in 1869 by O. A. North of New Britain.

Connecticut is home to the oldest U.S. newspaper still being published: The Hartford Courant, established in 1764.

There are approximately 144 newspapers published in the state – daily, Sunday, weekly and monthly.

Mary Kies of South Killingly was the first woman to receive a U.S. patent on May 15, 1809 for her method of weaving straw with silk.

The first golf tournament in Connecticut for women only was held in Waterbury on June 12, 1917.

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Dwayne Johnson - The Rock
Dwayne Johnson - The Rock | Source

In colonial New Haven, cut pumpkins were used as guides for haircuts to ensure a round uniform style.

New Englanders were subsequently nicknamed ‘pumpkin-heads.’

Although West Haven is Connecticut's youngest city, incorporated in 1972, it is a community that dates back over 360 years, making it one of the oldest settlements in the country.

B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill in Mystic is the only steam-powered cider mill in the U.S.

The World Wrestling Federation (the WWF) is headquartered in Stamford.

The Rock paid his dues as a champion wrestler for the WWF before becoming a movie star.

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2015. All rights reserved.

Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So."

Connecticut State Symbols

State bird: American Robin

State tree: White Oak

State flower: Mountain Laurel

State animal: Sperm Whale

State insect: Praying Mantis

State ship: USS Nautilus submarine

State song: Yankee Doodle written by Richard Shuckburgh

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for your continuous visits, shanmarie. I'm happy that you see the humor in everyday life as I do. As to the Frisbee - isn't it funny how so many things come to fruition almost on their own?

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      shanmarie 2 years ago

      Amusing and educational. We have simular humor. And I had no idea how the frisbee was born. . .

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Say Yes to Life, for returning and taking the time to share that great funny, punny song. What a great mind (like you and me) must have come up with it.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      You are absolutely correct, Genna, who would have suspected that Connecticut was hiding this deep, dark 'insurance-capital' fact? Truth is so often stranger than fiction.

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      Yoleen Lucas 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Actually, that's one verse of many in the State Song. Here's the rest of it:

      What did Dela-ware? Her New Jersey.

      How did Flori-die? From Missouri.

      Why did Cali-phone? To say Hawaii.

      What did Ida-ho? Her Maryland.

      What did I0-wa? A Washington

      What was Wiscon-sin? He stole a new brass key (Nebraska - a bit of a stretch)

      What did Missis-sip? The Minnesota

      What did Tennes-see What Arkansas

      Where has Ore-gon? To Oklahoma

      Why was Ill-inois? He had to pay his Texas

      Why did New Hamp-sheer? Wool for Dakota


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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      A side to Connecticut (the insurance capital of the universe), that no one ever suspected. Who knew? Lol!! Whoever first said, “Truth is stranger than fiction,” must have had this in mind.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Say Yes to Life - what a productive, positive profile name you have chosen. As the self-titled pun mistress of HP, I do appreciate your original pun: "What did Conneti-cut? Her New York Steak (State)." Very clever, m'dear.

      Were the other states at that dinner? What did Delaware? If you don't know, Alaska!

      You might enjoy reading my "Funny Puns about Losing Jobs" which was responsible for my funniest pun and funniest hubber awards of 2013.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Alicia. Thanks for your appreciative comments, m'dear. And you are most welcome, as always, for whatever entertainment and education you may enjoy. Hope your week is going well.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, torrilynn. Thank you for your appreciative comment ... happy I had you laughing. You realize, of course, that she who laughs . . . lasts!

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Nice to meet you, poetryman6969 - what a unique profile name! Yes, by all means, check right now on the bounceability of your pickles ... before it's too late.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Yo, Paula. I may be on Connecticut's wanted list now - charged with un-dignifying the state's reputation. Yes, the crazy laws are hilarious and I do appreciate your enjoying my comments. Thanks for loving this series. I am seriously enjoying researching this info for you-all.

      Don't have a clue whether the 65 mph should have been 6.5 instead, but suspect perhaps no one noticed nor cared.

      You are most welcome for the info and the laughter. You, your visit and the Up with pluses are all most appreciated. But you already know that!

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Thelma. I love learning that I made you laugh when you read these crazy laws. Thanks for loving this, m'dear, the fun is on me.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Ruchira. Thanks for loving my research - 'twas my pleasure to enhance your mundane Tuesday and for LOL. Thanks for your sharing efforts - much appreciated y'know.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Peg, you are most welcome for the morning laugh. Isn't that pickle-bouncing law one for the books? Who knows, it may one day be a competitive sport as you mentioned. Not to worry about breaking the law when you were a stylist ... as long as you were not styling in Connecticut.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Oh, oh, bp. The Political Pickle Police may be at your door any moment now. Run and hide those disappointing bounce-less pickles ... or else.

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      Yoleen Lucas 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      "What did Conneti-cut? Her New York Steak (State).


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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another fun and informative hub, drbj. As always, thanks for the entertainment and the education.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      this was a really great hub that really had me laughing.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Time for me to see if my pickles bounce!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Connecticut just lost it's "dignified" reputation, Doc!! LOL. The laws are hilarious, but believe me, your comments are better!

      I love this series you are sharing with us.

      Oops.....I think maybe the law about bikes speeding was supposed to be 6.5 as in 6 & a half? LOL.....a "Typo" they had to leave because the typewriter wasn't quite perfected??

      Thanks for the information with laughter, Doc! Peace, Paula UP+++

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      LOL! Thanks for making me laugh today. I loved reading this and it was fun.

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      Ruchira 2 years ago from United States


      Loved your research in this, and thanks for making my mundane Tuesday fun.

      sharing it across!!

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks for the good laugh this morning, Drbj. Pickle should be an Olympic competitive sport. I'm aghast at the one where beauticians can't sing, hum or whistle. Boy, did I ever break the law when I was a stylist. Well, maybe not. I wasn't in Connecticut.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      OMG, I am so disappointed. I just through my pickles on the floor and they didn't bounce!

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Bill. Thanks for being the first. Take your time bouncing those pickles. Would not want them to be less than official. :) You are most welcome for the entertainment. Thank you for that recognition. Come back ... any time.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I wish I had time to read this article, but I need to go bounce a few pickles. LOLOLOLOLOL

      I'll be laughing about that one the rest of the day. I'll save the rest for the remainder of the week.

      Thanks for some great entertainment.