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Maine Crazy Laws, Trivia, and Fun Facts

Updated on August 1, 2018
Beautiful Maine coastline
Beautiful Maine coastline | Source

Maine Trivia and Fun Facts

  • The first naval battle of the Revolutionary War was fought off Machias in 1775.
  • The Vikings are believed to have discovered Maine 1,000 years ago.

    York, established in 1641 is Americas first chartered city.

  • Maine's earliest inhabitants were descendants of Ice Age hunters.
  • Joshua L. Chamberlain born is Brewer, Maine received the only battlefield promotion to General during the Civil War. He was also the last Civil War soldier to die of wounds incurred in war.
  • Maine produces 90% of the countries toothpicks.
  • Freeport is the home to the L.L. Bean Company, the first retail clothier to be open 24/7/365, founded in 1912.
  • The nation's first sawmill was established near York in 1623.
  • Togus, founded in 1866, was the first Veteran's Hospital in the US.
  • Maine's blueberry crop is the largest in the nation. It produces 99% of all blueberries in the country.
  • Acadia National Park is one of the most visited U.S. National Parks, with over 2 million annual visitors. The Park was first established and opened in 1916.
  • There is a cannery in Wilton that cans and imports only dandelion greens.
  • Stephen King wrote his first novel “Carrie” while working as a school teacher in Bangor, Maine. His novels are famously set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine.
  • Eastport is the only US owned principality that has been under rule by a foreign government. It was held from 1814 to 1818 by British troops under King George following the conclusion of the was of 1812.
  • Maine has over 5,000 miles of Coastline, more than California.
  • Maine is the only state in the US whose name has one syllable.

Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park | Source

Crazy Maine Laws

  1. Shoelaces must be tied when walking down the street in Portland, Maine.
  2. It is illegal to blow one's nose in public in Waterville, Maine.
  3. It is illegal to catch lobsters with your bare hands.
  4. Advertisements may not be placed in cemeteries in Wells, Maine.
  5. It is illegal to stroll down a street while playing a violin in Augusta, Maine.
  6. In Portland it is illegal to tickle a woman's chin with a feather duster.
  7. Mercury thermometers may not be sold in the city of Freeport.
  8. In Rumford it's illegal to bite your landlord.
  9. The most money one can legally win gambling is three dollars.
  10. You may not step out of an airplane while in flight.
  11. Dog leashes may not be over eight feet in length is Waterboro.
  12. In Huberson, Maine, it is illegal to eat five potatoes in a meal without giving one to each of your pigs.
  13. After January 14th you will be charged a fine for having you Christmas decorations still up.

The world's only museum exploring the study of hidden or unknown animals such as Yetis, Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and Sea Serpents, as well as hundreds of other yet-to-be-found animals (cryptids) is located right here in Maine.

Higgins Saw Mill, Somesville, Maine 1890. Photo Credit: Henry L. Rand/Maine Memory Network
Higgins Saw Mill, Somesville, Maine 1890. Photo Credit: Henry L. Rand/Maine Memory Network | Source

Maine has a ton of quirky museums, including the telephone museum in Ellsworth, the Maine Coast Sardine History Museum in Jonesport, the Umbrella Cover Museum in Portland, and perhaps most famously, the International Cryptozoology Museum (also in Portland), dedicated to the study of “hidden” or “unknown” animals like Yetis, Bigfoot, and Lake Monsters.

© 2010 Susan Hazelton


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Wow, what great information. Thanks for sending it to me.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Having lived a good part of my life in Maine(grew up there, too!), here is another piece of trivia for you: duringrthe height of harvest season, Maine has the largest number of migrant workers in the state to harvest apples, potatoes and wild blueberries. They also manufacture wreaths during late November and December. Also, between the land and the sea, Maine has more self-employed residents per-capita than any other state. Our state bird is the mosquito, as with all that water, we have more mosquitoes and black flies than any other state.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      johnginzburg, I guess they have to be buckled, if they have any. :0

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      John Ginzburg 

      7 years ago from Tel aviv and New York

      "Shoelaces must be tied ".... Funny.

      and what about sandals ???

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      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I had no idea about the mustard mill. Thanks for sharing Kristin.

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      9 years ago

      Maine also has the last working mustard mill in Eastport Maine.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks Dream on. I'm happy to receive your comment. I love what some consider useless little bits of information.

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      DREAM ON 

      9 years ago

      Wow very interesting.I live here and I didn't even know those facts.I am happy to post the first comment.


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