September 10, 2015

We All Have Different Reasons For Loving Rhode Island

• RI was the only state NOT to approve Prohibition.

• RI is the longest state name.  Officially, the name of the state is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. 

• If your neighbor has more than 11 permanent vehicles in front of their home it is illegal.

• Mr. Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on TV.

• There is still a law that an employer can be fined for making an employee work on a Sunday.  The fine is $10.

• Cap guns are illegal in our state.

• All RI shores are publically owned.

• The first golf open was held in 1895 in RI.

• There are more doughnut shops per capita in Providence Metro area than anywhere.

• America’s first Jazz fest was held in 1954 in Newport

• Cumberland is the only place on EARTH that cumberlandite has been found.  It’s high in iron and titanium and very magnetic.

• Rhode Island was named after a Greek island called Rhodes.

• RI founder, Gilbert Stuart, was the artist behind the George Washington portrait featured on the dollar bill.

• RI has more shipwrecks per square mile than any other state.

• RI was the very FIRST state to declare its independence on May 4, 1776.

• RI was the FIRST state to make its anti-slavery stance official passing the law as early as 1652.

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