Last updated on June 29th, 2023
51. Asbury Park is a lazy holiday beach town in New Jersey, but in October, it becomes a spooky hit thanks to the Zombie Walk. It’s been held annually since 2008 and sees hundreds of people dress up as zombies and walk through the town.
52. The Hindenburg disaster happened in 1937 when the aircraft burst into raging flames, crashed in Lakehurst, New Jersey, and killed 35 people.
53. Paterson has the second-highest density of any U.S. city behind only New York City. It is also known as the “silk city” for its dominant role in silk production during the latter half of the 19th century. By percentage, Paterson has the second-largest Muslim population in the United States.
54. Since being released in 1980, the popular movie Friday the 13th has topped the list as a favorite horror film. While most movies are filmed in Hollywood, this one was filmed in New Jersey.
55. Giovanni da Verrazzano was the first European to arrive in the region. Before the English took control of the region in 1664, Swedish, Finnish, and Dutch settled in the region and fought over land.
56. Edison, a township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, is the fifth-most populous municipality in the state. It was named for the legendary inventor Thomas Edison.
57. John Philip Holland started his work on the design of the submarine while he was working as a teacher in St. John’s Parochial School in Paterson, New Jersey. Initially, a 33 inch model of the submarine was tested at Coney Island, New York. The success of the test brought in another sponsorship fund of $4,000 to the inventor to further his design. The Holland I – was constructed in 1878 and launched at Patterson in the Passaic River in New Jersey.
58. The state is nicknamed the garden state. The state has more than 10,000 farms and produces more than 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables. The state is ranked nationally in the top 10 as a producer of items such as squash, bell peppers, tomatoes, blueberries, peaches and cranberries. The blueberry has been New Jersey’s official state fruit since 2003. The blueberry beat out the tomato after a lengthy debate.
59. Standard time was devised in 1883 by William F. Allen of South Orange. Did you know that in 1850s, the Americans set their watches in as many as a hundred local times? The need for a standard time was felt because of the then-growing railroad industry. The need for a standard and reliable schedule for railways was felt and as a result in 1883 the U.S. was divided into four time zones, each with a standard time. William F. Allen was the secretary of the railroads’ General Time Convention and editor of The Traveller’s Official Guide.
60. New Jersey is the “diner capital of the world.” This is mainly because of certain conditions that helped flourish the dining culture in the state. First, due to the early development of the transportation system in the state, when people were out commuting, they needed some place to stop and feed themselves. The new and upcoming diners served this purpose very well. The geographic location of the state connecting Philadelphia and New York helped further the trend. And the rest is history! According to some sources, the state has the most diners in the world.
61. The Holland Tunnel which connects Jersey City, New Jersey and Manhattan in New York City, New York is the first mechanically ventilated underwater tunnel in the world. After seven years of construction, the tunnel opened in 1927. At the time of its opening, the Holland Tunnel was the longest continuous underwater vehicular tunnel in the world. At its maximum depth, the tunnel lies roughly 93 feet beneath the Hudson River.
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