Category: vermont

Vermont: Where the State Beverage is Milk

First of all, I didn’t know there were state beverages. Did you? Secondly, to have milk as your state beverage…Bad. Ass. Thirdly, milk gets around. It’s the state beverage for 19 states. Rhode Island has “coffee milk”–is that creamer? Fourthly, with 18 other states claiming milk, Vermont is no longer quite so badass. Fifthly (is […]

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Why Does the Chicken Coop Move with the Sheep?

So you want to know why they move the chicken coop with the roaming sheep herd ? Well it’s not for some goober reason like to get to the other side of the road. No, not these chickens. The chickens eat the bugs that hurt sheep hooves. How simple. Poetic almost. And there’s the llama […]

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Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream: Secrets to their Chunk-to-Ice-Cream-Ratio

We may think of Ben & Jerry’s as quintessential Vermont, but it turns out they have factories across the US, and wait for it, in Tel Aviv Israel. A perfectly natural choice for ice cream production. The factory tour is filled as much with clever tidbits as it is eccentric painting and massive obsession with […]

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Why Carousels were Placed at the End of the Train Line

Carousels were often placed at the rail line’s end to encourage people to keep riding. Stay on a few more stops and then instead of riding in a straight line, you can ride in a circle. But I shouldn’t be snarky, I love carousels. What makes them so romantic? One of the carousels at the […]

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100 MPH Teddy Bears

What goes 100mph and takes 12 minutes for completion? Why a Vermont Teddy Bear. At the factory tour you learn that these cute creatures are blasted with stuffing at a rate of a hundred miles an hour. Shazzam.  And ouch, don’t ya think? Fashionistas With more than 150 designs like angels and superheros, they actually […]

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