Thought for the day: There really is more than corn in Indiana. There's soybeans, too.
Now they belong to Indianapolis. Not that I'm bitter. After all, my husband and I left Baltimore, too. (But at least WE didn't sneak away in the middle of the night.)
Okay, in case you couldn't tell, we're looking at Indiana today.
What can I say? Ya gotta love a state that sports a smiley-faced water tower.
So, what can we say about Indiana? Like the other states in the corn belt, their idea of a traffic jam means ten cars waiting to pass a tractor, and these folks definitely know what's knee-high by the fourth of July. They say you can drive three hours in Indiana without seeing a change in the scenery, and every festival in the state is named after a fruit, grain, or vegetable. Also, bib overalls are considered appropriate attire for attending funerals. Most residents are proud to be called a Hoosier, although no one's sure how they got that name or what it means. The state has a lot of farmland, and most residents take their basketball seriously.
There are a LOT of covered bridges in Indiana. In fact, Parke County, with thirty-two of them, is considered the Covered Bridge capital of the world.
The East Race Waterway, in South Bend, is the only man-made white-water raceway in North American.
Indianapolis boasts the largest, and according to Child magazine, the BEST children's museum in the world. Among other things, it includes a huge 5-level playground.
Here's another museum that sounds like a winner. Ruthmere Museum, housed in a Beaux Arts mansion, is a destination of choice for art lovers, history buffs, and antique enthusiasts. Sounds like my kinda place.
Would you believe there's a city in Indiana named Santa Claus? Didn't start out that way. Originally, it was called Santa Fe, but because another city in the state already had the same name, they had to change it in order to get a post office. So, in 1856, it became Santa Claus, and its post office now receives an average of 10,000 letters every Christmas. Santa Claus Museum, appropriately enough, is located at the intersection of Christmas Boulevard and Kris Kringle Place.
Muncie's Ball State University was built mostly from funds contributed by the founder of the Ball Company, maker of glass canning jars. Ergo, the school's name.
If you're still smirking over the name of that school, you're gonna love the name of this town:
Yeah, it's an unusual name, all right, and I'm not sure of its origins, but the town does have a pretty nifty railroad museum.
Okay, time to move on now, and take a look at some of Indiana's laws.
- If any person receives money for a puppet show, wire dancing, or tumbling act, they will be fined three dollars under the Act to Prevent Certain Immoral Practices. (Immoral? Jeez, I dunno ... maybe somebody was dancing on that wire in the nude?)
- Anyone fourteen or older who profanely curses, damns, or swears by the name of God, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Ghost, shall be fined one to three dollars for each offense, with a maximum fine of ten dollars a day. (I wonder if frequent offenders pay their ten bucks in advance?)
- A three-dollar fine will be imposed on anyone playing cards in the state, under the Act for the Prevention of Gaming. (Cards? Oh no ,no, no. Oughta fine Monopoly players.)
- The value of pi is three. (Now, I don't care who you are ... that's FUNNY!)
- It's illegal for a man to be sexually aroused in public. (Salt peter in the public water fountains maybe?)
- No baths are permitted between October and March. (That oughta stink bomb arousals, too.)
- A man over the age of eighteen may be arrested for statutory rape if the under-seventeen passenger in his car isn't wearing socks and shoes. (Nothing at all funny about this one.)
- It's against the law to pass a horse on the street. (It's really hard to get the proper spiral and distance, anyway.) (Pssst, think football ...)
- It's illegal for a liquor store to sell soft drinks or milk.
- You can get out of paying a dependent's medical care by praying for him/her. (Finally, an insurance plan for the Masses.)
- It's illegal to back into a parking space.
- Smoking in the state legislature is banned ... except for when the legislature is in session.
- Pedestrians crossing the highway at night are prohibited from wearing tail lights. (How about headlights?)
- Spiteful gossip and talking behind another person's back is illegal.
- State government officials who engage in private duels can be dismissed from their posts. (One way or the other.)
- Mustaches are illegal if the bearer has a tendency to kiss other humans. (Okay for kissing other species, I suppose.)
- In Beech Grove, it's illegal to eat watermelon in the park.
- In Elkhart, it's against the law for barbers to threaten to cut off a child's ears. (I wonder how many kids that barber terrorized before this law was enacted?)
- In Gary, a person may not enter a movie house, theater, or ride a public streetcar within four hours of eating garlic.
- In Indianapolis, it's against the law to ride horses more than 10 MPH.
- And it's only legal to throw a stone at a bird if it's done in self-defense.
- And no one is allowed to collect rags on Sundays.
- In South Bend, it's illegal to make a monkey smoke a cigarette. (Give him a cigar.)
- And finally, in Warsaw, you can't throw an old computer across the street at your neighbor. (Better stick to the guy next door, I guess.)
Okay, here we go, the moment you've all been waiting for .. it's time for (ta-DA!)
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*** If you're sick and tired of your favorite pooch drinking more than his fair share of your beer, here ya go: a brand new beer just for dogs. (So he can jolly well go out and buy his own, right?) Bowser Beer, produced by family-owned business 3 Busy Dogs and available for purchase in most states, replaces the not-so-good-for-dogs hops with chicken or beef. The owners came up with the new brew idea after successfully marketing their doggie pretzels. Guess they figured the pooches might appreciate a cold brewski to wash down the pretzels, huh? And get this: you can even feature your dog's face on the labels, and create personalized brew names. (Like ... Don't Give a Shitzu Beer?) So maybe you can special order a six-pack for your dog's next party, so he can impress all his friends.
brown green renewable energy. Oh, and that toilet isn't operational, so no, you can't go while you're going ... Still, I think they ougtha call this bike the poopmobile.
Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.
|whew, feeling pretty ruff|
Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.