On 12/12/12, Here Are 12 Things You May Not Know About N.H.

Dec 12, 2012

New Hampshire Statehouse
Credit Ben McLeod / Flickr Creative Commons

It's 12/12/12 (also known as mic check day...get it?).

Barring some major breakthroughs in science that will get y0u to Jan. 1, 2101,  this is the last repeating date you'll see in your lifetime. 

To celebrate this momentous occasion, here's a compilation of a dozen random facts about New Hampshire you may or may not already know. Be a showoff. Share them with your friends.

1. The first mechanical alarm clock was invented by Levi Hutchins of Concord in 1787.

2. At 18 miles, New Hampshire has the shortest shoreline in America.

3. Comedian George Carlin had some of his ashes spread in Spofford  Lake. 

4. The New Hampshire Statehouse is the oldest in the nation in which the Legislature still occupies its original chambers.

5. New Hampshire has the third largest Legislative body in the English-speaking world.

6. The first instance of growing Irish potatoes in the colonies occurred in Londonderry in the mid-1700’s.

7.  In Peterborough in 1833, the first free public library in the world to be supported by taxation was established.

8. Established in 1964, New Hampshire started the first legal state-run lottery.

9. Settled in 1623, Dover is the oldest permanent settlement in New Hampshire and the seventh-oldest in the country.

10. Exeter was New Hampshire's state capital during the Revolutionary War.

11. The Bath Bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the longest covered bridge in New Hampshire at 400 feet.

12. Earl Tupper of Berlin invented tupperware and founded Tupper Plastics Company in 1938.