Ithaca Essential Info

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Ithaca is a small city in the Finger Lakes region of central New York, at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake. In addition to being the home of Cornell University and Ithaca College, Ithaca is known for its several gorges and waterfalls, small eclectic shops and restaurants, and deep interest in politics.

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  1. The song "Puff the Magic Dragon" was penned in Ithaca. Cornell Student Lenny Lipton wrote it as a poem and passed it on to Peter Yarrow, who later turned it in the Peter, Paul and Mary classic.
  2. Ithaca is famous for its many waterfalls, more than 100 within 10 miles of downtown.
  3. Ithaca takes its name from the Greek island of Ithaca in Homer's Odyssey.
  4. Chicken Nuggets were invented by Cornell food scientist Bob Baker in the 1950s.
  5. The first Ice Cream Sundae was invented by a local fountain owner Chester Platt and Unitarian reverend John Scott on April 3, 1892.

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