Fun Facts About the 50 States: Delaware

Welcome to Fun Facts About the 50 States, where – week by week – I’ll be taking you on a tour around this great nation of ours, providing you with interesting, yet completely useless and probably untrue, information about each of the 50 states.

This week, grab your pumpkin catapult, because we’re taking a trip to Delaware, so let’s get started…

The state flag of Delaware features two male figures labeled “Liberty and Independence”, memorializing a popular comedy team of the day.

* Delaware is a small state located in the Northeastern US in the New England region. Which is much like Old England, except with fewer spam-loving Vikings.

* At it’s widest point, Delaware is 35 miles across, which means – in THEORY – that the state *could* contain Michael Moore’s ass.

* The world’s largest frying pan was built in Selbyville, Delaware, in 1950 for the DelMarVa Peninsula Annual Chicken Festival. It’s 10 feet across, holds 800 chicken quarters, and is the only reason Michael Moore might try to squeeze his ass into Delaware.

* Delaware was the first state to ratify the US constitution in 1787. This is why people from Delaware are always wearing big foam fingers and shouting “we’re #1!”

* Can’t blame ’em, I guess. It’s not like they have any sports teams to get excited about. Although the ones who don’t read so well sometimes make a fuss over “their” basketball team the “Dover” Nuggets.

* Delaware shares a semi-circular border with Pennsylvania, which marks the perimeter of the area guarded by the official state pit bull that’s chained up in Wilmington.

* The official state bug of Delaware is the ladybug, an insect easily identified by its red back, black spots, and 6 tiny foam fingers.

* Delaware is the only state in the US without any national parks. They were all eliminated as part of the plea bargain after Smokey the Bear was indicted in Delaware on arson charges.

* Delaware is the second smallest state in the US. It actually WAS the smallest at one time, but then they gave the state Pit Bull another 10 feet of chain.

* Although the log cabin was invented in Delaware in 1645, only one log cabin remains intact today, the rest having been eaten by ladybugs.

* The state bird of Delaware is The Blue Hen chicken which is known for it fighting ability. During the Revolutionary war, a single Blue Hen once defeated an entire platoon of French soldiers.

* Unfortunately, the French were fighting on America’s side at the time, and it would’ve cost us the war if they hadn’t been rescued at the last second by a brigade of lady bugs.

* The first settlers arrived in Delaware 11 years after the arrival of the Mayflower, because the men in charge wouldn’t stop to ask for directions.

* The official state song of Delaware is “Our Delaware”, recorded by Chuck Berry in 1972.

* Wait… I’m thinking of “My Ding-a-Ling”. Nevermind.

* The highest point in Delaware is a mere 442 feet above sea level. Despite the lack of mountains, Delaware DOES actually have a ski resort, located 5 miles north of Munchkin City.

* The first permanent colony on Delaware soil was New Sweden, which quickly died out because none of the other colonists could understand a damn word they said.

* I mean, how were THEY supposed to know that “Vhee zee cuoorfa hooffa heemun!” meant “Help us! We’re starving!”?

* A common sight on Delaware beaches are horseshoe crabs and shuffleboard lobsters.

* Delaware’s official state colors are “Colonial blue” and “buff”, which is just completely gay.

* The Delaware Indians were the most advanced and civilized of all the tribes in America until the White Man came, gave them smallpox, and stole their oil.

* Henry Heimlich, inventor of the Heimlich Maneuver, was born in Wilmington, Delaware. He developed his famous live-saving technique quite accidentally, while researching ways to sneak up behind people and punch them in stomach.

* Poodle Beach in Delaware was voted America’s Gayest Beach for 10 consecutive years. It’s annual Drag Queen volleyball competition attracts thousands of… Hey! Is that Tom Cruise?

* Sussex County, Delaware, is home to the annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ contest, where people use homemade catapults to throw pumpkins as far as they can. Prizes are awarded for distance, accuracy, and the pumpkin that most resembles Ted Kennedy’s fat head.

* Many residents of Delaware enjoy eating “scrapple”, a dish made from cornmeal mixed with pigs’ hearts, livers, snouts, tails, and other parts too disgusting to be eaten on their own. If you’re given the choice between eating scrapple fried or baked, choose suicide.

* Delaware does NOT charge a sales tax on consumer purchases. It DOES, however, tax the earnings of prostitutes, since that’s technically considered a “rental”.

* The test for a driver’s license in Delaware is to turn your car around without any part of it leaving the state.

* No one in Delaware has a driver’s license.

* During World War II, 12 concrete towers were built along the Delaware coastline so that observers could watch for the approach of German submarines. 1000 yards away. Underwater. In the dark.

* Why yes, it WAS a union job. How did you know?

That wraps up the Delaware edition of Fun Facts About the 50 States. Next week we’ll be wondering if that’s a leather coat that guy is wearing or if he’s just another senior citizen with a tan as we visit Florida.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go throw myself off a cliff so that I don’t have to eat this plate of scrapple.


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  1. Delaware once had a professional team. It was the Delaware Wings of the old American soccer league in the 70’s. The league was kinda like French warfare, only with more blood and less surrender. My grade school’s soccer team played them in 1974 during a soccer camp. [Kinda like a regular camp, only with less meaningful purpose]. The school lost 22-2. The following year, we had a camp with the Philadelphia Atoms from the same league, we lost 20-0. I suspect the states stricter gun control laws passed the previous winter had something to do with the fact that we were shutout. Not sure though. Anyway, I loved the state facts the first time around. Rereading them brings a bit of joy to my heart. Hope to see more.


  2. If they’d’ve (is that a word? Autocorrect didn’t change it) had the Swedish chef from the muppets then everything would have been fine. “oh de hurdy, hurdy. Popcorn poppin’ in jure face in…tree-dee. Tree-dee popping-corn.”


  3. Obviously, you’ve never had scrapple! ( Everything but the “oink”!) It is delicious, you don’t know what you’re missing!


  4. For only a day, I’d like to get into your head and just follow your mind around.

    Ladybugs. Heh.


  5. Delaware’s big business is selling alcohol to Pennsylvanians desperate to get away from their State-Store system.


  6. Another big business in Delaware is ticketing out of state beach goers for absurd amounts of money for going one mile over the speed limit


  7. T-dog: “they’d’ve” is a word, though it is spoken more often than written. It is frowned upon by grammar nazis, but it does follow the contraction rules. It is a double contraction, and some dictionaries include it along with I’d’ve and shouldn’t’ve. People say those words all of the time, but rarely write them down except as a narrative.

    Merriam Webster doesn’t add words unless they are commonly in written form, which is how most contractions made their way into the unofficial “official” dictionaries, such as “ain’t”.

    So feel free to they’d’ve, wouldn’t’ve, couldn’t’ve, shouldn’t’ve, hadn’t’ve and I’d’ve as much as you like.


  8. @John – I have family in Virginia that love scrapple, bless their hearts. I like to be able to identify my food. I’ll eat anchovies,herring, sardines and yes even SPAM (stuff posing as meat) on occassion, but draw the line at vienna sausages and scrapple. We’ll just have to disagree agreeably. 🙂


  9. Scrapple, isn’t that whats left after the Norwegians make Lutefisk?

    Isn’t jojo from delaware? Which explains why the ladybugs live there. That makes them the smartest creatures in the state.

    Rode apple island must be ashamed that delaware is larger. Then again, rai escapes the fate of michelle moore.



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