Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Wisconsin & New Jersey ; Connected Supers

In preparation for a visitor to MPS - Joe Sanfelippo from Wisconsin - I thought I'd post some fun facts about Wisconsin. I have listed my top 22 facts below. But before reading them, I want to share my excitement for meeting Joe Sanfelippo. I met him through my professional learning network of connected educators. He and I have Tweeted, Blogged, Hung out through GOOGLE, spoken on the phone and messaged each other - and at last, our bodies will meet our brains. That is the cool part of this new age of connectedness, we can learn from and with people across the world, and if lucky, eventually introduce the rest of ourselves to each other in person. Joe is a superintendent in Wisconsin and a cool guy. I am certain MPS will give him a warm welcome. Check him out at:


  1. Wisconsin visitors and residents enjoy the state's 7,446 streams and rivers. End-to-end they'd stretch 26,767 miles. That is more than enough to circle the globe at the equator.
  2. Devil's Lake was established in 1911. The facility has become one of Wisconsin's oldest and most famous state parks. It leads the state parks in attendance.
  3. The House on the Rock was designed and built in the early 1940s. It is considered an architectural marvel and is perched on a 60-foot chimney of rock. The 14-room house is now a complex of rooms, streets, buildings, and gardens covering over 200 acres. The Infinity Room contains 3,264 windows.
  4. The state is nicknamed the Badger State.
  5. The first practical typewriter was designed in Milwaukee in 1867.
  6. Wausau is the Ginseng Capital of the World.
  7. Noah's Ark in Wisconsin Dells is the nation's largest water-themed park.
  8. Potosi is the Catfish Capital of the state.
  9. The nation's first kindergarten was established in Watertown in 1856. Its first students were local German-speaking youngsters.
  10. Wisconsin is the dairy capital of the United States.
  11. The original Barbie is from Willows. Barbie's full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.
  12. Bloomer is the Jump Rope Capital of the World.
  13. Milwaukee is home of Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
  14. The first Ringling Brothers Circus was staged in Baraboo in 1884.
  15. Green Bay is Wisconsin's oldest city.
  16. Two Rivers is the home of the ice cream sundae.
  17. The Hamburger hall of fame is located in Seymour.
  18. Monroe is the Swiss Cheese Capital of the World.
  19. Mercer is the Loon Capital of the World.
  20. Mount Horeb's internationally known Mustard Museum holds the world's largest mustard collection. The museum contains more than 2,300 varieties of mustard. The museum celebrates National Mustard Day each August.
  21. Joe Sanfelippo is a school superintendent 
  22. Green Bay is the Toilet Paper Capital of the World.