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What's Your Hometown's Claim to Fame?

Jason English

On Fridays, we ask a bunch of unrelated questions. Your answers help get us through the afternoon. Answer one, answer all, or ask your own question. On to this week's topics...

1. I grew up in Denville, New Jersey. Babe Ruth used to vacation there [citation needed]. The teachers and police officers keep winning the lottery. The ice cream is incredible. And, in 1933, professor Ray Richards tried to break the world record for days spent buried alive. He came up 20 days short of the 42-day record. Still impressive.

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

2. Let's get some recommendations going: What was the last great book you read?

3. Who are some historical figures that you know are fascinating, but most people don't know a lot about? We're going to start doing more stories on people like that and need your help!

4. Your turn! Got a question for the group? Ask it here. Have a great weekend!