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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I grew up in Delaware. This has proven to be great fodder for comedy among my friends in college and law school. The most common phrase I hear when I meet new people is, "wow, I've never met anyone from Delaware." I attribute that to the fact that there really aren't that many people from the country's second smallest State. Delaware has two things it clings to, though. First, we are the home of tax free shopping. That's right, no sales tax on ANYTHING. When you go to a restaurant and the price says $12.99, that's all you pay. None of this $13.47 garbage you see everywhere else. Second, and the theme of this post, is that Delaware is the First State. December 7 may be a date which will live in infamy, but it is also a date which should be more well known for something awesome. Delaware was the first State to ratify the Constitution...you guessed it...on December 7, 1787. Although the U.S. Constitution did not go into effect until March 4, 1789, Delaware still led the way. You're welcome.
Consequently, I can now boast that I have lived in the First State and the Last State (Hawaii joined the Union August 21, 1959). So there's your fun fact of the day. If you're so inclined, I recommend taking a trip to the nation's First State. Here is our travel website (which I didn't even know existed) full of great tourist information.