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Indiana Trivia

  • Wabash, IN was the first electrically lighted city in the world on March 31st, 1880.
  • The Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 races take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • Notable Hoosiers: David Letterman, Kurt Vonnegut, The Jacksons (Michael, Janet, etc.), Dan Quayle, Larry Bird, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Jim Davis, James Dean.
  • Corydon, IN was the capitol of Indiana before it became a state in December of 1816. The state capitol was moved to a more centralized location, Indianapolis.
  • The term "Hoosier", though still widely disputed (trust me), is generally thought to have come from a colloquial frontier greeting of "Who's here?"
  • Indiana is home to many great educational institutions: Indiana University (Bloomington), Purdue (Lafayette), Notre Dame (South Bend), and Indiana State University (Terre Haute).
  • Indiana's state bird is the cardinal. Its state flower is the peony.
  • Indiana's state motto is "The Crossroads of America", referring to the multitudes of major US highways connecting Indianapolis with the rest of the US and Indiana's historical status as a major US railroad hub.
  • Elkhart County has Indiana's biggest county fair, the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.
  • The term "Hoosier hysteria" refers to the excitement that Hoosiers experience around basketball season. Any of them. Excitement levels may vary, check your local hoosier for details.
  • Wabash College, located in Crawfordsville, IN, is one of three remaining all-male liberal college institutions in the US.
  • The Old Oaken Bucket, is a hotly contested college football trophy among arch-rivals the Indiana Hoosiers of Bloomington, and the Purdue Boilermakers of Lafayette. Purdue leads in terms of trophy possession, 70 to 37, with 6 ties against the Hoosiers. The Hoosiers won the trophy back in 2010 during a 34-31 overtime against Purdue. Purdue had kept the trophy since winning it back in 1996.

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