Mental Floss

What's Your Hometown's Claim to Fame?

Jason English

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. Well, it finally happened. Yesterday I mentioned to someone that I grew up in Denville, New Jersey, and she said, "Hey, didn't a Jonas Brother just marry a girl from there?" I'm not used to people from other parts of the country knowing my hometown, but I wish they'd latch onto another big moment in Denville history.

Denville? Isn't that where Professor Ray Richards tried to break the world record for days spent buried alive in 1933? If I remember correctly, he came up 20 days short of the 42-day record.

Or something about our cops and teachers regularly winning the lottery.

A famous resident? A significant historical event? A movie filmed there? A ridiculous nickname? What's your hometown's claim to fame?

2. I've sat through plenty of tests of the Emergency Broadcast System ("If this had been an actual emergency, the attention signal you just heard would have been followed by official information, news or instructions.") But I don't remember the system ever telling me about an actual emergency. I'm sure it happens and I'm just not watching TV at the time, right? Have you ever witnessed the Emergency Broadcast System being used for something other than a required test?

3. My daughter's first proper noun was "Bailey" (our yellow lab, not the Party of Five character). Do you remember the first name you (or your kids) could say? Or any out of the ordinary word you picked up early in your verbal life?

Charlotte has since decided it's easier to call Bailey "dog." Hard to argue.

Have a great weekend!

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