10 Strange Things Everyone Should Know About Vermont

January 28, 2014 Kristance Harlow
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If a Vermonter abroad is asked what state they’re from, about half of the time the people asking won’t even have heard of Vermont, while the other half will think that it’s in Canada. In the interests of avoiding such an awkward situation, here are 10 facts about Vermont that you probably never knew.

10. Vermont’s Loch Ness Monster

Scotland’s Loch Ness isn’t the only place with an epic lake monster; Lake Champlain is rumored to be home to a shy and friendly creature named Champ. Unfortunately, photographs of the supposedly ancient creature have basically been debunked. The best picture was taken in 1977 and an investigation by the Discovery Channel showed that the creature depicted was almost certainly a decomposing tree trunk. Most evidence comes from eyewitness accounts, almost all of which occurred in the 1980s.

There are also contested historical accounts of a local Native American tribe, the Abenaki, who warned French explorers to be wary of the monsters in the lake. Whether those monsters were Champ or a reference to other large marine life is up for debate. Still, the legend endures, and new pictures, videos, and eyewitness accounts surface every couple of years. The local Minor League Baseball team is named The Vermont Lake Monsters, capitalizing on Champ’s fame.

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