2010
02.05

I traveled to Illinois recently. Driving through Kentucky, I began thinking about which states I’ve visited in the past and those I hope to see soon. Somewhere outside of Paducah, Kentucky I realized that I don’t know a damn thing about Delaware.

Delaware Fun Facts and Trivia

-Delaware has a state bug – the ladybug!
-On December 7, 1787, Delaware, became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.
-The most historic site in Frederica is Barratt’s Chapel east of town. The chapel is where the Methodist Church of America was organized in 1784. Barratt’s Chapel is known as the Cradle of Methodism. It was built in 1780 and is the oldest surviving church built by and for Methodists in the United States.
-Delaware is the only state in the US without any national parks.
-At its widest point, Delaware is 35 miles across.
-Of the 50 US states that have counties, Delaware has the fewest number of counties – only 3. (Alaska is the only state without counties.)
-According to a survey by the National Science Foundation, Delaware has more doctoral-level (Ph.D.) scientists and engineers, as a percentage of the population, than any other state. Delaware also has a higher rate of patent awards, per person, than any other state.
-Tradition holds that the new 13-star flag created by Betsy Ross, the Stars and Stripes, was first unfurled in the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge, September 3, 1777.
-The first tractor John Deere made is in the Messick Agricultural Museum, Inc. in Harrington, Delaware.
-The Delaware Museum of Natural History houses one of the hemisphere’s largest shell collections.
-In 1880, the first beauty contest in the United States was held in Rehoboth Beach. Thomas Edison was one of the three judges in this contest, called the “Miss United States” contest. This contest is considered to be the foreunner of the Miss America pageant.

Now you know, and knowing doesn’t mean shit in the battle.
G.I. Joe lied.

Best,
C.W.H.

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