February 13, 2008

The Little State That Could

"Maryland, which last went Republican for president in 1988, is a state that bleeds Democratic blue."

This quote was printed in Salon today and I couldn't have been prouder of my home state. Maryland! The little blue state that bleeds blue through and through. We may be small but we pack a strong liberal punch.

So here's to Maryland! It may be small. It may resemble a strange-looking pair of underwear. But us Marylanders are here to stay!

And now...for some random facts about the Old Line State:
1.) Maryland is comparable in size to the country of Belgium. (Is Belgium really that small?)
2.) Maryland's state sport is jousting.
3.) Maryland is the wealthiest state in the country! (Boo-ya California!)
4.) In 1790, Maryland ceded land to create the District of Columbia. Virginia gave some land too but later took it back. Dirty no-good Virginians...
5.) The Star-Spangled Banner was written in Fort McHenry, Maryland during the War of 1812.
6.) America's first umbrellas were manufactured in Baltimore, circa 1828.
7.) Famous Marylanders include: Thurgood Marshall, Frederick Douglass, Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney (who was really, really racist), Spiro Agnew, Edgar Allen Poe, Babe Ruth, and the ever illustrious Toni Braxton.


  1. I am proud of Maryland too!

    But one correction - your picture of the crab should be a Blue Crab! See, even the crabs are blue!

    Maryland is also about the size of Armenia.


  2. I think the crabs in the picture are blue crabs that have been cooked... :(

  3. yes, belgium is that small. :) want to go and visit???

  4. Yes, of course I want to visit! Yum, yum. Belgian chocolate!

  5. hey, if you're going tomorrow to the building on morganton road, we will probably be there. you know what i look like from the pic on my blog. but my hair is longer. we usually sit near the back for quick escapes.:) if you see me, come up and say hi!!

  6. we love going to the park, i just wouldn't know how to tell you how to get to the ones we go to. my email is terinaj at yahoo dot com. my son starts school on wednesday, and i think i'm VTing on thursday. and that is it. email me!

  7. hi caroline, i found your blog through jami's and couldn't resist adding this one last fun fact about Maryland, your home state and mine:

    The state slogan is...

    Manly deeds, womanly words.

    It isn't even a clause, and it certainly isn't blue, but I think it's funny enough to keep. Thank you Rand McNally Road Atlas 2003 for this delightful tidbit.