Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Personal Challenge 2018 - Week 15

It's time for Traveling Tuesday, better known as my personal 50-week States of the Union Challenge. Each week I research one of the 50 states (in the order they attained statehood) and I share some of the things I learn about that state. Then I choose one fact about it and use that for inspiration in making a card. This week's state is Kentucky, which just happens to be my husband's home state.

Date of Statehood: June 1, 1792

Here are some of the fun facts I learned about Kentucky...

Kentucky may not be the largest state (in fact, it's the 14th-smallest), but it's bordered by a whopping seven neighbors: Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri.

Starters in the Kentucky Derby, the oldest continuously held horse race, have had names beginning with every letter of the alphabet except for “X”.

Bowling Green KY, the birthplace of  Corvettes, is home to the National Corvette Museum, where you can take a tour, see many gorgeous Corvettes, dine at the Corvette Cafe, and more.

Traffic lights were invented by Garrett Morgan, a former slave from Paris, Kentucky.

Frankfort, Kentucky was the only Union state capital to be occupied by Confederate troops.

To this day, Kentucky’s governors must swear an oath before taking office that they have never fought a duel with deadly weapons.

Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world, and also the U.S.'s second-oldest tourist attraction, right behind Niagara Falls.

More than half of all U.S. troops killed in the War of 1812 were Kentuckians.

Kentucky has more miles of running water than any other state in the lower 48.

Kaelin's restaurant in Louisville claims to have invented the cheeseburger in 1934, although a Denver drive-in called Humpty Dumpty's patented it a year later. And what goes better with a cheeseburger than a Pepsi? Pikeville, Kentucky leads the nation in per-capita Pepsi consumption.

Unlike Uncle Ben, Aunt Jemima, and Betty Crocker, Colonel Sanders really did exist, and he developed his “secret recipe” for fried chicken in Corbin, Kentucky. Duncan Hines, of cake mix fame, was the real deal, too, and he hailed from Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Post-It notes are produced nowhere else but Cynthia Kentucky, but the exact number manufactured each year is a closely guarded secret.

There are some rather unusual laws in Kentucky. Every citizen is required by law to take a bath at least once a  year.

In Owensboro Kentucky women are not allowed to purchase a new hat without their husband's permission. The law went into effect in 1922, but probably hasn't been enforced for decades, if it ever was.

It's against the law to toss dirty wash water into the street.

One may not dye a duckling blue and offer it for sale unless more than six are for sale at once.

It is illegal to fish with a bow and arrow in Kentucky.

Horses are not allowed out on the streets and highways of Berea Kentucky at night unless the animal has a "bright" red taillight securely attached to its rump.

In Kentucky, it is against the law to remarry the same man four times! 

Throwing eggs or tomatoes at a public speaker is against the law in Kentucky.

Residents and visitors cannot hunt from a moving vehicle in Kentucky, be it helicopter, car, truck, or all-terrain vehicle. The only animal that is exempt from his Kentucky law is a whale. (Say what!?!?!)

Women cannot walk down Kentucky highways while wearing a bikini if they are  between 90-199 pounds unless an officer or another official is guarding them.

I've decided to go with this bit of Kentucky information for my card's inspiration... The melody of the song “Happy Birthday” was composed in 1893 by Patty and Mildred Hill, two Louisville Kentucky sisters.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies Used

Stamp: Nellie Snellen Dawn with Birthday Cake stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Blue and White and SU Pool Party CS and DP from the Paper Studio Treat Yourself Paper Pad

Embellishments: Foof-a-La Buttons and Stickles Glitter Glue


Chriss America Real said...

This card is just adorable! When I worked at the Census Bureau here in Washington DC I used to talk with the Census Bureau that was partway in Kentucky and the other part was in Indiana



Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

That is a darling card. Fun post about Kentucky!

Donna said...

I love to read your research on the states. Some of those laws are just too funny! CUTE card! Who knew Happy Birthday was composed in Kentucky. Love your cute image and the fun background paper!

kiwimeskreations said...

What a sweet card Jeanette - and I don't think I need the law about not marrying the same man four times.... :-)

Lynn McAuley said...

Someone dressed up very special for this birthday!! An adorable image colored beautifully, Jeanette!!

I am sure those two Kentucky sisters never suspected that their melody would be used thousands of times a day around the world!!

Maribeth said...

This card is just the happiest birthday I think I have ever seen. The State laws are so fun to read.