Monday, August 31, 2009

Did you know…?

…the first traffic light in America began operating in 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio?

…TBDBITL (for those of you not familiar- The Best Damn Band In The Land) was formed in 1879 as a military band? I knew there was something special about them!

…according to folklore, the Buckeye nut resembles the eye of a deer and carrying one (the nut, not the eye of a deer) brings good luck.

…the greatest rivalry in college football, Ohio State – Michigan, started in 1897 when Michigan was victorious over Ohio State, 34-0.

…seven presidents (and one CGMan) were born in Ohio? Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Harrison, McKinley, Taft and Harding.

…that Ohio State has the largest enrollment of any college in the US and the largest campus?

…Brutus the Buckeye was one of the first mascots that was not an animal?

…that 50% of the United States population lives within a 500 mile radius of Columbus?

  • I used to tease CGMan that the Garden of Eden must have been in Columbus because it seems that everyone is six degrees from Ohio. (My six degrees? My mother was born at home in Ohio, then I married a Buckeye)

…that no self respecting Ohio hostess ever put out a Christmas cookie tray without homemade Buckeye candies?

…that I brought home one box of Anthony-Thomas (only the very best!) Buckeyes for one of my lucky readers?

All you have to do is tell me how you are six degrees from Ohio.  


But wait! There’s more!

Included with your box of “Officially licensed by The Ohio State University” Buckeyes, is a recipe card for Buckeye Candies. You will impress your friends and co-workers when you add these delectable little morsels of heavenly goodness to your holiday trays.



Everyone will want your recipe!

Enter now for your chance to start a new Buckeye tradition in your home!






* in the event the winner is from “that state up north”, candy will be sent in a plain brown wrapper.


  1. Can I admit I know not a SINGLE person from Ohio? Not one. No one I'm related to has ever lived there. So I will have to use YOU. Or, more to the point, your in-laws. Is that two degrees or three?

  2. Aww BD, I can totally help you out. :)

    You chew gum? Invented in Ohio.
    You push the button to cross the street? Invented in Ohio.
    You watch the "Drew Carrey Show"? He's a Buckeye and it's set in Cleveland, Ohio.
    Ever swoon over Paul Newman? Yep, a Buckeye.
    If you're a mom, chances are you've read Erma Bombeck? That's right, funny people come from Ohio.

  3. I watch one of my favorite films, Shawshank Redemption (filmed in Ohio), while I use Windex (inventor graduated from Ohio State) to clean my windows so that I can see my friends house (who is married to a Buckeye).

    And a couple of other tidbits... Ohio can also claim Ron Jeremy, which I make no claims of ever seeing in a movie; and Charles Manson... 'nuff said.

  4. I got nada apart from you Dawn - there aren't many Scottish people with links to Ohio, so you and Steve are my people. Neither do I have any quirky or interesting facts about Ohio or anywhere else this side of the pond

  5. Well other then you and Steve, I was a Longaberger Basket Consultant and went to "The Bee" in Columbus Ohio and then went to where they make the baskets, and made one, then drove by the Headquarters for Longaberger, which is a basket. Does that count at all ? Bitzer

  6. My mama Lynn (and your adopted mama while you lived here - I might remind you) was born in Ohio. My grandfather was born in Ohio. He carried a buckeye in his pocket until the day he died. He even used to put it in his robe pocket when he wasn't yet dressed for the day. My grandfather used to watch baseball with me which is why my favorite team as a child was the Cincinnatti Reds. My grandmother was a schoolteacher in Ohio. My grandparents lived in Ohio for several years - my grandfather farmed/sold cows - until the depression forced them to move somewhere for jobs - the DC area. My grandmother's twin lived in Ohio until her death as did my grandfather's sister and her family. My grandmother's twin had 3 children - 2 of who still live in Ohio - in Norwalk and Sandusky. Sandusky Ohio has the worlds greatest roller coaster park - Cedar Point - which scared my mother so that she hates roller coasters to this day. Our last family reunion on that side was held in 1997 in Sandusky Ohio. Now to the real thing - cmon Poebe - eat my name again - and I promise to share the couch with you next time I visit.

  7. I dreamt that Chryssie Hynde and I were friends, and she was born in Akron!
    How's that?

  8. I have a BIL and SIL that live in Akron. A neice and her husband live in Avon Lakes, he is a Dentist there.

    This is a SWWEEETT giveaway! Just pick me and be done with it, k?

  9. Nice try all of you (especially Terri who is a SMIB, or is that Phil). Anyway, being the only true Buckeye, I consider myself as ground zero where it all begins. Given that I consider Buckeye Candies my source of energy confection, and that I am currently rebuilding my energy levels, I would submit to you that I am most deserving of the delectable contents being held captive within the confines of that beautiful box.

  10. I touched EVERY susaphone as TBDBITL marched out of Spartan Stadium last year after shellacking case one of them was dotting the "i" next week...

    I have never, nor will ever, wear any combination of clothes that are yellow and blue...

    I always high-five myself whenever I see an Ohio license plate as I am driving in "this rotten state up north..."

    I have a real OSU helmet and real buckeye decals that I award after a good game...helmet is nearly full.

    Finally, it was CLEARLY pass interference...I even argued with MLB Umpire Laz Diaz (Miami-FL grad) for an HOUR in The Boneyard, a Cleveland bar...


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