Sure, you probably know that New Jersey is the most densely populated state and that it’s the hometown of famous celebrities such as Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi. But we’ve uncovered 11 interesting facts about New Jersey that just might catch you by surprise. Comment below with any we might have forgotten!
1. New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is often referred to as the “Diner Capital of the World.”
2. New Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world, with 7 malls in a 25 square mile radius.
3. The Passaic River in Paterson was the site of the first submarine ride in 1878 by its inventor John P. Holland.
4. Salt water taffy’s origins can be traced back to Atlantic City in 1883.
5. The tallest water tower in the world, the Union Watersphere, is located in Union.
6. The street names in the Monopoly board game are named after actual streets in Atlantic City.
7. The phonograph, light bulb, and motion picture projector were all invented in Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory.
8. The longest boardwalk in the world is located in Atlantic City.
9. The first baseball game was played in Hoboken in 1845.
10. The Lambert Castle Museum in Paterson has a spoon exhibit with over 5,400 spoons from every state and almost every country in the world.
11. Some well-known people attended Princeton University, including Aaron Burr, David Duchovny, Donald Rumsfeld, Charles Schwab, Brooke Shields, and Woodrow Wilson.
Cool, right? Now you know some more interesting facts about New Jersey and its history. Use these facts at your next dinner party to spark up interesting conversation and impress your guests!