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Quiz: How New England Are You?

Quiz: How New England Are You?
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47. Argue About Where the Sun Rises First
Untold generations of Maine-iacs know that Katahdin is where America has its first peek at the morning sun–everyone, that is, except people in Washington County, where a welcome sign proclaims “Sunrise County, USA.” And don’t forget about Cadillac Mountain–and the sleeper of this controversy, Mars Hill in Aroostook County. The answer? Depends on the time of year, and, of course, whom you ask.

Talk About the Big Storms Like an Old-Timer

48.
The Blizzard of 1888:
Known as the Great White Blizzard, it dumped 50 inches of snow on central New England.

49.
The Hurricane of ’38:
Gusts reached 186 mph; deaths (including New England and New York victims) numbered 690.

50.
The Blizzard of ’78:
Winds as high as 100 mph were recorded, and that snow–55 inches of the stuff in some parts.

51.
The Ice Storm of 2008:
More than 400,000 homes in New Hampshire alone went without power, some for several weeks.

52. Keep Your Eyes Peeled for the Lake Champlain Monster
The theories go on and on. Champ could be a reptile–or a large eel, or a sturgeon, or none of the above. He could be one or many. He could be a species known to modern biology or a genus never before discovered. But, most important, he could be.

53. Know the Pain That Came With Being a Red Sox Fan Pre-2004
It hasn’t always been about pink hats and multiple World Series titles, folks. Johnny Pesky holding the ball … Bill Buckner and Game 6 … Bucky Dent in ’78 … and Aaron Bleeping Boone. ‘Nuff said, right?

54. Learn the Story of a True New England Tall Tale
The name: Barnabas “Tall Barney” Beal. Birthplace: Jonesport, Maine. Size: 6’7″ with a weight of 300 pounds. The legend: His strength was renowned–as were the stories, like the one where he supposedly killed a horse with a single blow.

55. Visit E. B. White Country
Read about Wilbur, Charlotte, and the rest of the gang from Charlotte’s Web; then visit Maine’s Blue Hill Fair, the now 119-year-old event that inspired it all.

Please Note: This article was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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4 Responses to Quiz: How New England Are You?

  1. Patrick Lien September 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    No one orders that way at Louis’ Lunch, and they don’t offer lettuce. You can get your choice of 3 toppings: onion (grilled with the meat), a slice of tomato, or a smear of cheese whiz. Burgers with both the tomato and onion are called “works.” Order a burger with all 3, and you’ll call it a “cheese works.”

  2. Lily Taylor September 17, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    Or, you don’t do half of this stuff and still be a New Englander.

  3. Ernest Phelps September 27, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    aH WHAT A TREAT!!! AS A NEW ENGLANDER WHO IS DOING ‘TIME’ IN NORTH CAROLINA THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE DONE IN YEARS…THIS IS HOME.

    I HAVE MISSED YANKEE MAG…NOW YOU ARE A KEYBOARD AWAY!! TIME TO PAY MY DUES SHORTLY.

  4. Robert Wordell October 17, 2010 at 7:16 pm #

    Boy where do I start? How about with chowder it’s clear, not red or white but clear. The Vermont Country Store is a treasure, love it. Coffee Milk, you get a pick-me-up from the caffeine and vitamin D all in one. You can’t beat that. I grew up on brown eggs. I’m 6’3.5″. I grew up in Adamsville on a chicken farm; guess what breed of chickens we had. Boston baked beans, Brown Bread in a coffee can, New England Boiled Dinners, Yankee Pot Roast, Toll House Cookies, all home cooked. Having grown up in Adamsville I am very fimular with the monument to a chicken. How could anybody think of eating apple pie without a slice of cheddar cheese? Across the road from the chicken monument in Adamsville their used to be a general store called Manchester?s. They would buy Cheddar cheese by the wheel that had been aged a few years and then age it a couple of more years, boy was that stuff good. During WW II when my dad was in the Army, my mother and I lived with her parents in Bristol. The parade went right by the front door, what a treat. I’ve been to the Constitution And I was born in Fall River not too far from Lizzys’ house, IT IS JONNYCAKES AND THEY ARE MADE WITH COLD MILK AND FLINT CORN AND ANYONE WHO PUTS SYRUP OR GRAVY ON THEM IS UNAMERICAN ;>)

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