This September we welcomed our inaugural cohort to Ohio for the first ever Fintech71 startup accelerator! The teams hail from all over the country and world, from as near as our backyard to as far as Israel and India. We are delighted to share our passion for our home state with so many new people and show off all of the fun and interesting things that make-up The Buckeye State. We have successfully completed three Ohio roadshows to Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus, where we gave our cohort the grand tour of each city and showcased the importance of financial services in our state. On top of being ranked 6th in GDP for financial services in the U.S, Ohio has a whole lot more to offer. Here are some facts you should know about Ohio and other interesting knowledge to add to your Ohio-themed trivia nights.

 

An Official Ohio Welcome:

Can a person ever really be properly introduced to our wonderful state without the iconic O-H! I-O! chant screamed in their face as they step out onto the streets during football season? If you have no idea what I’m referring to, take the time to watch this video.

The Ohio State University is the third largest university in the country by enrollment, with about 55,500 students and one of a handful of universities in the country with the word “The” in its official name. Ohio is the only state to have an official rock song, “Hang On Sloopy” designated in 1985 and can be heard in the video above being played by The Best Damn Band in the Land (Ohio State University’s Marching Band). The Ohio State University’s football games are the highlight of the fall months, with Buckeyes fans swarming to Ohio Stadium, or more commonly known as “the Shoe” for its horseshoe like architecture. The OSU football team has won eight national titles, most recently in 2014. We treated our inaugural cohort to an OSU tailgate party and they fully agree, Ohio State Football is intense.

 

A State of Champions:

There are eight major league professional sports teams in Ohio: the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds (the first professional organized baseball team) of Major League Baseball, the Columbus Crew SC of Major League Soccer (for now), the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League, the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association, and the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League; whose name refers to the fact that Ohio sent more soldiers to the Union army during the Civil War than any other state.

Ohio sports teams have won 17 major pro sports championships so far: Cleveland Browns (8), Cincinnati Reds (5), Cleveland Indians (2), Cleveland Cavaliers (1).

 

Mother of Presidents:

Eight presidents were born in the state of Ohio, earning the name “Mother of Modern Presidents.” The presidents include William Henry Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William H. Taft, and Warren G. Harding.

 

Birthplace of Aviation:

Ohio is officially the birthplace of aviation (nice try North Carolina). The state is home to the inventors of the airplane, Wilbur and Orville Wright, as well as the home state of 24 astronauts, including John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, the first American to orbit the earth and the first man to walk on the moon, respectively.

 

A River Runs Through It:

“Ohio” is derived from the Native American Iroquois word “oyo,” which means “great river.” Founded off of the Ohio River in 1788, Marietta was the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory. It was named after Queen Marie Antoinette of France.

Speaking of rivers, the Cuyahoga River of Ohio was nicknamed “The River That Caught Fire” because it has literally caught on fire at least 13 times. The river’s pollution and burning was covered extensively in the press and spurred the environmental movement which eventually led to the establishment of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), not our finest moment.

 

Ohio is the New Hollywood Film Set:

Ohio has hosted film sets and played backdrop to some pretty influential films, including: The Shawshank Redemption, filmed primarily at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Spider Man 3, Air Force One, A Christmas Story, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Soloist (all filmed in the Cleveland area), Carol, Eight Men Out, and Rain Men (all filmed partially in Cincinnati).

 

Strange Laws: It’s Illegal to Do What?

Like every U.S. state, Ohio has some really weird laws, here are some of our favorites:

1.) It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday.

2.) Participating or conducting a duel is prohibited.

3.) It is illegal to get a fish drunk.

4.) In Akron, it is illegal to display colored chickens for sale.

5.) In Canton, if one loses their pet tiger, they must notify the authorities within one hour.

 

Sources:

50 Fun Facts About Ohio You Didn’t Know — Or Forgot

Ohio Facts

10 Movies You Might Not Have Known Were Filmed In Ohio

10 Crazy Laws In Ohio That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head In Wonder