Topic: Trivia

New England By the Numbers | Stats on the Six States

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$71,000

amount generated by traffic tickets last year in Brighton, Vermont (pop. 1,200).

Can you say “speed trap”?

4,180

cows now enrolled in Vermont’s “Cow Power” program, producing enough methane to power 1,229 Vermont homes

250

works of art in the permanent collection of the Museum of Bad Art (MOBA), located in Dedham, MA

216

age in years of Portland Head Light, the oldest of Maine’s 63 historic lighthouses

$1 million

first-place prize at the 2007 Professional Darts Corporation’s U.S. Open, being held in May at the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut

1

rank of Massachusetts on a national list of states with the fewest traffic fatalities per hundred thousand people

685

miles of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail that can be paddled. Another 55 miles must be portaged.

81

height in feet of the National Monument to the Forefathers in Plymouth, MA, the tallest freestanding solid-granite monument in the U.S.

5

highest spot ever achieved on the Billboard Top 40 list by a song mentioning a New England city in its lyrics. “Please Come to Boston” hit number 5 on the charts in May 1974.

3

difference in length in feet between Thoreau’s Walden Pond cabin and a 2007 Chevy Suburban. (The Suburban is longer.)

$40

fee for a Mr. Potato Head vanity plate from the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles. (The toy’s maker, Hasbro, is headquartered in Rhode Island.)

$8.95

price of a quart of lobster ice cream (overnight shipping $37 extra) from Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium of Bar Harbor, ME. And yes, the ice cream contains lobster meat.

6507

year that Barre, Vermont, gravestone carvers estimate they’ll run out of granite

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