Another Bit of Trivia

Did you know that there is no state named “Rhode Island”?



About Colin West
Colin West is a graduate student in quantum information theory, working at the Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University. Originally from Colorado (where he attended college), his interests outside of physics include politics, paper-folding, puzzles, playing-cards, and apparently, plosives.

3 Responses to Another Bit of Trivia

  1. Moominmamma says:

    Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo had an interesting post on this vote one or two days before the election. He provided some history of the name and explained the significance of the word “plantations” in the title.

    I’m surprised the good people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky haven’t tried to rescind their name. After all, “Commonwealth” may be a perfectly good name for a commie-pinko state like Massachusetts, but Rand-Paul electing Kentucky? It boggles the mind. I believe there is at least one other state that is called “Commonwealth”, but I can’t recall which one, and I don’t have your superior computer research skills.

  2. Moominmamma says:

    Pennsylvania and Virginia. That makes TWO more states. Don’t the people in those states realize the Founders wouldn’t have stood for this? Real Americans know there’s no such thing as common wealth. At the risk of being uncivil, I’m starting a couple of petitions.

  3. Colin West says:

    Hahahahaha…. I love it. You should write for the Daily Show.

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