7 interesting things you didn’t know about Virginia
Virginia is a very romantic place because of its natural beauty. Apart from it’s history and natural beauty, there are many interesting things about Virginia that may surprise you.
1. The academic calendar of the state is determined by amusement parks
Since 1986 there has been a law which states that schools won’t open before the Labor Day. That way, they won’t have to choose between school and roller coasters. A reform of this law was passed in 2014, but it failed in the state Senate. It is the only state where school schedules are given depending on the amusement park interests.
2. An event takes place every year where 100 wild ponies swim
People watch about 100 wild ponies swim every year at an event that has been taking place for a century now. It is held from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island in Eastern Virginia. The ponies are then auctioned off for raising money for the fire department there.
3. State elections could be bought with booze
In the early days, state elections could be bought with drinks. It is said that George Washington got his votes by getting the voters drunk. The results of the elections were determined by how much fee food and alcohol were given to the voters.
4. Northern Virginia is the internet
About 50% to 70% of all the Internet traffic flow through the data centers in Northern Virginia. You will find machines whirling around the clock. The data centers are situated int eh upper area of the state.
5. Virginians like vanity license plates
People of Virginia love vanity plates. Most of the license plates issued are personalized. Their cars look the best on the road with fancy license plates.
6. All new land the discovered by the British was called “Virginia”
After discovering the island of Roanoke, Queen Elizabeth I declared that the U.S. was free for Sir Water Raleigh to discover and colonize. This new British territory from north of Spanish territory in Florida and south of French territories in Canada was named Virginia. It was named after the ‘Virgin Queen’ Elizabeth I. Then the English gave different names to the colonies.
7. ‘Dirty Dancing’ was shot here
The classic movie of 1987 ‘Dirty Dancing’ was shot at the Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia.Visitors go there to check out the iconic sites where the film was shot. The lodge has been renovated and provides ‘Dirty Dancing
Package’ to the fans. This package includes activities like group dance lessons, karaoke, etc.
These are very interesting revelations about Virginia and they make you feel like visiting the place more. Virginia is full of wonders and you must visit it.