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10 Weird Facts About New Jersey

10 Weird Facts About New Jersey

There is no doubt that New Jersey is home to many who are proud of their beautiful Garden state. Heck, there are some residents who would defend it to their very last breath. It definitely seems like a great state with rich history, though there are some pretty weird facts about New Jersey that you probably didn’t know. Here are 10 of them:

1. A New Jersey woman inherited Napoleon’s …er…sword

During Napoleon’s autopsy, he had the unfortunate luck of having his penis removed. His member was then handed over to a priest, for whatever reason. Since then, it has exchanged hands a large number of times. The bodiless penis was last inherited by a New Jersey lady whose father apparently decided that the best thing to do with it was keep it in a suitcase under the bed. It stayed there for 30 years.

So, what happened to it?? The New Jersey daughter still has it, and people are trying to buy it from here. In fact, she has turned down at least one offer of $100,000.

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 2. People convicted of drunk driving can’t have vanity license plates

You know those neat license plates that tell others you’re “SCAMMIN”, or that you “heart” someone/something? You know those plates that have some strand of symbols that sometimes seem to only make sense to the driver? Well, people who have been convicted of intoxicated driving are not allowed to have one.

Be good, kids, or you cannot tell people that you heart LH.

3. New Jersey tried to give an old lady’s house to Donald Trump.

New Jersey once tried to use eminent domain on an elderly woman’s house, and then transfer it to Donald Trump. He wanted to build a limousine parking lot there. You know, because it’s totally fair to take away an old lady’s house so you can build a parking lot for limos. Needless to say, they were not successful in this endeavor.

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 4. New Jersey also has some pretty strange driving laws

You’ve probably heard the stereotype of New Jersey drivers are crazy. They definitely have the second highest rate of auto insurance in the country. Aside from the state’s reputation for having crazy drivers, it also has some pretty (seemingly) random driving laws. Don’t believe me?

For one thing, it is illegal to plant trees in the middle of the street in Blairstown, New Jersey. (One could argue this should be illegal on every road). Think that’s weird? Another outdated law says all motorists are required to honk before passing another motorist. This includes another car, a bicycle, and even a skateboarder.

5: There are diners on every corner

Seriously. There are diners roughly every ½ mile. Diners are a way of life, and the people of New Jersey practically live in them. They didn’t choose the diner life. The diner life chose them.

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6. The people of New Jersey are very careful when they eat soup

In New Jersey, it is against the law to slurp your soup. I think we all know a few people who may have a bit of trouble with this one! Maybe you should send them to New Jersey.

7. New Jersey is where the street names come from for the game Monopoly

While the streets of Atlantic City may look quite different today than they did back in 1929 when the game was created, Monopoly is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey.There are countless versions of Monopoly available in Atlantic City because of this historic connection.

8. New Jersey is the home of the first baseball game

You can thank Hoboken, a city just outside of Hudson County, for the first baseball game.

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9. New Jersey is the home of the first drive-in movie theater

The first drive-in movie theater was debuted in Camden, New Jersey.

10. New Jersey is REALLY big on technology

An estimated 2,700 of the companies in New Jersey are software companies, or at least companies that do something software-related.This is a high number of technology organizations.

Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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