(25 Oct 2002 at 17:15)
|Here's some Facts about my home state, Connecticut. We had the first: dictionary, newspaper, constitition, public library, art school, revolver, public art museum, pay phone (we were also the last state to switch from 10 cent calls to 25), sewing machine, PhD, can opener, tape measure, lollipop, frisbee, vacuum cleaner, polaroid camera, FM radio station, helicopter, and color television.|
We had the first submarine in both 1775 and 1900. (???) The first hambuger was served at Louie's Lunch in New Haven, 1895 (I've been there -- ask me about it some time.)
|Louis' Lunch's claim is highly debatable. See http://www.geography.ccsu.edu/harmonj/atlas/burgers.html
"The drive to claim primacy began when the restaurant was threatened with urban renewal and may have been a publicity action to save the family's livlihood."
|Wow, nice state Tom.
My state is the only state with two official languages.
It ranks shittiest in pretty much anything worth ranking including Education, Drunking Driving, Poverty, Literacy, and Infant Mortality.
We were the last state to outlaw drive-up liquor stores.
We are the first state to have a cop dougnut run executed with a police helicopter.
We are the only state where people still die from the Plague.
The Atomic Bomb was invented here, thanks to a bunch of people all of whom were not from here.
|Neal: They have drive-through liquor in Ohio, still!
Anyway, CT is not all good: we also have (I believe) the largest economic gap... I think I remember that we have a top-5 richest city and a lowest-5 poorest (or something like that).
Hock: Well, I don't have any more info than what the page said, but unlike the countless places that claim they invented, say, the hotdog (the O?), Louie's looks like he really could have. That place is old and his equipment is victorian. He sort of reminds me of the soup nazi from seinfeld, too, because he only lets you order one thing at his restaurant and you can't get it "your way."
|yay for CT!
When are you going back to this great state for the winter?
|I might be back for Thanksgiving, for Winter break I don't know yet...|
|Tom, I'm pretty sure that you are right about CT having the largest income/class disparities of all the states. There are also a couple other things in that list certainly aren't anything for us Connecticutians to brag about (the first hamburger, if that's true, and the first nuclear submarine).
So you're going to go to Connecticute for a lousy 2-day "holiday" and not for any of Winter break? Wuzzup with that?
|I'll be there for winter break, I just don't know when yet.|
|Okay, glad to hear that.|
|this is great but you are forgetting alot
|Yeah, like what?|
|Neal: there are drive-up beer stores all over, including Pennsylvania.|
|Where can I find inventions made in 1900-1914 at?|
|Just a note from a transplanted New Havener in Floridia. Louie's Lunch has been around a loooong time. The Yale Whiffenpoofs (sp?) imortalized Louie's in one of their songs which dates back at least to early late 1800s or early 1900s. The burgers are famous around the world. Every time I get to CT, I make a trip over to Louie's. The burgers are so good.
While I'm at it, The Modern Pizza on State Street is fantastic and so is the Glenwood Drive In on Whitney Ave. in Mt. Carmel... All places for great cheap food!!!
|Yeha, I like Glenwood and Modern... although I think of those as just comfortable home town food more than contenders for "best/first in the world" awards. ;)|
|What's the phone number (with area code, please) for Louie's Lunch?|
|I have no idea, but the area code would be 203 or 860. Something tells me they don't even have a phone.|
|I have to disagree with PK-FL: "The place where Louis dwells" in The Whiffenpoof Song refers to Mory's -- a private dining club on York Street by the Law School which is where the Whiffs sing for their supper. Louis was the name of Mory's manager way, way back.
And as much as I enjoy Louis' burgers, if you read up on the "creation myth" a little you'll see both how their story changes over time and how talented the family is at self-promotion. I have a hard time taking their story as anything but a fun-to-believe fabrication.
|New Haven CT is the 9th ring of hell. Proof? GWB, the Antichrist, was born here. I rest my case. Beyond that, there is no middle class, the poorest are being gentrified, and all of our elected officials are going to jail for outrageous corruption-related scandals, such as stealing money from state coffers, molesting children or dealing with the mob. Oh yeah, what a wonderful place. Connecticut: More Than Just a Pit Stop On I-95 Between Boston and New York!!!
God, I hate it here.
-From a life-long resident.