The first college fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, began at William and Mary on December 5, 1776. Â Thirty years later at Washington College (now Washington andÂ Lee), the first college streaker exposed his naked self. Â He was George William Crump who was suspended from the college for a semester. He was later elected to the House of Delegates and the US Congress. Â Gotta love Virginia politics!
Many of us think of Virginia as the center of the world and that’s almost true. Half of the people in the US live within a day’s drive, 500 miles, of Virginia.
Virginia has 10% of all vanity license plates in the nation.
The hub of the internet is Ashburn Virginia, 70% of internet data passes through Ashburn.
If you’ve driven through western Loudoun or Fauquier county you’ve seen quarter horses. Â They began in Virginia in the 1700’s, a cross breed of Spanish Horses and English thoroughbreds. Â They are called quarter horses because of their speed in a quarter mile race.
The most famous horse, Secretariat, was born in Doswell, Virgina in 1970.
From Secretariat.com, at the Belmont. Â
Half of all the major battles of the Civil War took place in Virginia.
Dr. Charles Browne Fleet of LynchburgÂ invented Chap Stick, laxatives and enemas. Â Go figure.
See all 21 interesting things about Virginia here.Â