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15 Things You Might Not Know About Vermont, Mental Floss – Video

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15 Things You Might Not Know About Vermont

1. Vermont’s name comes from the French phrase “vert mont,” meaning “green mountain.”

2. Vermont became the 14th state in 1791; it was the first admitted after the thirteen colonies.

3. Before that, it was its very own country. Founded in 1777, the Vermont Republic operated a post office, issued its own currency called Vermont coppers, and abolished slavery.

4. Vermont’s the largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S., producing over 500,000 gallons a year.

5. Consider this the next time you eat pancakes: It takes about 40 years for a sugar maple to grow large enough—at least 10 inches in diameter—to tap. Then it takes some 40 gallons of sap to produce a single gallon of syrup. Don’t waste a drop!

6. Vermont’s also America’s No. 1 producer of marble and No. 2 producer of talc. They’re the state’s official rock and mineral, respectively.

7. With a population of just 7,787 in 2012, Montpelier is the smallest state capital in the U.S. In comparison, Juneau, the capital of Alaska and the sixth smallest state capital by population, has 32,167 people.

8. Some people joke that Vermont has more dairy cows than people. Not true! It has one cow for every 3.8 people, which is still the nation’s highest ratio of cows to people.

9. U.S. Presidents Chester A. Arthur and Calvin Coolidge were both born in Vermont. The latter is the only president born on the Fourth of July.

10. The Von Trapp family that inspired The Sound of Music moved to Stowe, Vermont in 1942. Descendants are still running the family ski lodge—and, we hope, spontaneously bursting into song.

11. Lake Champlain, located primarily in Vermont with parts in New York and Quebec, isn’t as big as the Great Lakes, but it does have its own monster—or so the legend goes. Champ is said to be friendly, 20 to 80 feet long, and have a head like either a snake or a dog. The most famous photo of him was taken back in 1977.

12. According to a 2013 Gallup poll, Vermont’s the least religious state in the U.S. Only 22 percent of the respondents said they consider religion important and regularly attend religious services. On the flip side, Mississippi is the most religious state, with 61 percent of participants saying they attend services weekly or nearly every week.

13. It’s also one of the most progressive states. It was the first to grant women partial voting rights (in 1880), abolish slavery (as a republic and a state), and legislate same-sex marriage.

14. One thing that’s not legal in Vermont: billboard advertising. Vermont is one of four states to ban commercial billboards, the others being Maine, Hawaii, and Alaska.

15. Vermont has one telephone area code—and they’re proud of it. You’ll see 802 on t-shirts, bumper stickers, and even tattoos.

7 Avengers: Endgame Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Warning: Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame ahead.

In less than two weeks, Avengers: Endgame has already become the second highest-grossing movie ever (watch out, Avatar). The blockbuster flick, which concluded the 22-film long Infinity Saga, was jam-packed with intensity, exciting action scenes, high emotion, and a ton of subtle Easter eggs you might have missed.

1. Departure déjà vu

One of the most interesting Easter eggs came near the end of Endgame, when Steve Rogers prepared to return to the past and experience life with Peggy Carter again. Before entering the Quantum Realm, Steve says goodbye to Bucky, telling him, “Don’t do anything stupid until I get back,” a line that was first used by Bucky in Captain America: The First Avenger. (Bucky’s reply to this—”How can I? You’re taking all the stupid with you”—is how Steve had originally responded.)

2. X-Men acknowledgment

Now that Disney and Fox are one entity, comic book movie fans are just waiting for the X-Men to meet the Avengers—and even Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said that “it only makes sense” for these two worlds to come together. Just how closely their worlds will intertwine is yet to be announced, but a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene in Endgame gave us our first confirmation that the two superhero groups do indeed exist in the same universe. In the scene where Scott Lang visits the Vanished Memorial, the name Roberto da Costa appears on the list. Why does this matter? Because da Costa is one of the New Mutants, who is better known as Sunspot.

3. Black Widow’s ballet shoes

One quiet callback that likely went unnoticed by many viewers was a pair of worn ballet shoes by Natasha’s desk, a reference to the dancing she did at the Red Room, when she was training to become Black Widow.

4. Harley’s return

In 2013’s Iron Man 3, Tony teamed up with a 10-year-old named Harley Keener, who sort of stole the movie. Ty Simpkins, the actor who played Harley, can be seen again briefly in Endgame, in the funeral scene.

5. Joe Russo’s groundbreaking cameo

Endgame’s directors, brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, have made cameos in their own films in the past, but Joe’s appearance in Endgame was a particularly important one. During a group therapy session, Russo appears on-screen to discuss the traumatic effects of Thanos’s snap. While it’s fun because it’s incredibly meta, his reference to his husband makes Russo’s character the first openly gay character in MCU history.

6. Thanos’s Infinity Gauntlet Nod

Endgame did not wait to deliver an incredibly shocking moment for moviegoers: Shortly into the film, the Avengers travel through space to find Thanos at a farm and he’s quickly killed after Thor chops off his head. But before the Mad Titan’s decapitation, there’s a shot of his armor being used as a scarecrow—which is an image that has been seen in the Infinity Gauntlet comic series.

7. Iron Man’s armor tribute

Endgame broke a ton of new ground in MCU history, but one major distinction it had from its 21 predecessors was the lack of any post-credits scenes. Instead, the only thing fans were given was a pounding, clinking sound. For those with exceptional memory and hearing, those noises may have sounded familiar. If they did, it’s because they were the same sounds you heard in the original Iron Man, when Tony Stark constructed his first first Iron Man suit in Afghanistan.

25 Irish Slang Terms You Should Know

People in Ireland speak English, but not exactly the “Queen’s English.” With a little help from the Gaelic language—called Irish—the populace of the Emerald Isle have devised their very own myriad of weird and wonderful words and phrases. Here are a few Irish colloquialisms to help you understand the next person from Derry, Dublin, or Donegal that you come in contact with:

  1. Craic (pronounced “crack”): This is the big one. Originally crack as used by Ulster Scots, the Gaelic spelling of the word was not widely used in Ireland until it was popularized as the catchphrase of the Irish-language TV show SBB ina Shuí starting in the 1970s. Now, craic is probably the word most commonly used by Irish people across the world. The word has a pretty simple meaning, however—”general banter” or “fun.”
  1. Wee: Small. Everything in Ireland is wee. Absolutely everything. If Big Shaq was Irish, he’d have been called “Wee Shaq.”
  1. Wean (pronounced “wayne”): A child.
  1. Lethal/leefs: Mainly used in the northwest of Ireland, these words both mean “great”; leefs is short for “lethal.”
  1. Quare (pronounced “kware”): An odd-looking word that also means “great,” or “very.”
  1. Feck off: Quite possibly Ireland’s greatest achievement, this phrase is the perfect way to curse without technically cursing. Replace the e with a u, and you have what this slang term means.
  1. Dooter: A wee (see above) walk.
  1. Saunter: A slightly brisker walk. Almost a strut, but with less shoulder movement and self-confidence.
  1. Aye/Naw: Yes/no.
  1. Yes: Hello (this one doesn’t make sense—we know that).
  1. Lashing: Raining heavily.
  1. Slag: Used as a verb, it means to make a joke at someone else’s expense.
  1. Wired to the moon: You know that feeling you get when you’ve enjoyed a fairly big Tuesday night in a club, and then stumble into work the next morning after downing six espresso shots at the nearest Starbucks? Yes, that is what being “wired to the moon” is.
  1. Jesus, Mary & Joseph: When it comes to blasphemy, there are no half measures in Ireland. As a historically religious country, blasphemy is relatively frowned upon, so when an Irish person it absolutely necessary to take the Lord’s name in vain, they do so by taking Jesus’s whole family in vain.
  1. Cat: Bad … because apparently Irish people think cats are bad?
  1. Brock: Also bad.
  1. Eejit: A person who is a bit of an idiot.
  1. While man/woman: A person who is also a bit of an idiot.
  1. Melter: And yet another person who is a bit of an idiot, or at least very annoying.
  1. Haven’t a baldies: When you are unsure of an answer to a question.
  1. Wind your neck in: The perfect way to take someone who is overly arrogant down a peg or two? Tell them to “wind their neck in.”
  1. Yonks: A long time.
  1. Bake: Face.
  1. Juke: A wee (see way above) look.
  1. All lured: Delighted.

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SOURCE: http://mentalfloss.com/article/59008/15-things-you-might-not-know-about-vermont

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