Nov 9, 2015 1:54 PM

10 cool facts about NH you might not know (or some you've probably known for years)

10 facts New Hampshire natives may not even know about their home state

- 1995's "Jumanji' (starring Robin Williams and a young Kirsten Dunst) was set and filmed in downtown Keene. When Williams died, Keene citizens placed flowers and memorabilia at the filmed locations.

- Peterborough holds the United States' first public library, which dates back to 1833.

- “Mary Had a Little Lamb” was written by N.H. native Sarah Josepha.

- Alan B. Shepard - born in Derry - was the first American to head to space.

- New Hampshire is second in the country for most beef consumption per capita.

- Merrimack is the home to the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales.

- A man named Vermin Supreme was on New Hampshire’s Democratic primary ballot in 2012. His promises as president? “Free ponies and mandatory tooth brushing.”

- Franklin Pierce is the only United States president born New Hampshire.

- Have you ever brought an urn of ashes to a bingo game? In 2011, a Rochester woman did - and it got stolen. After going to a local newspaper with complaints, her urn was returned.

- New Hampshire’s Isles of Shoals was originally names Smythe Isles for the one and only, John Smythe from Pocahontas.

So there we have it. 10 things you probably already knew, but we thought were cool anyway.

Are there other things folks don't know - or something cool you've learned - about the Granite State?

Let us know in the comments below!


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