Crazy Laws in Delaware and Fun Facts
Crazy Laws in Delaware
Did you think that crazy law in the state of Connecticut penalizing fire trucks for speeding to fires faster than 25 mph was unbelievably stupid?
Wait until you read about these 9 crazy laws in Delaware including discrimination against ugly men.
• Ugly men may not, by law, go into town before darkness.
This is blatant discrimination against ugly men. Why doesn’t the law apply to ugly women, too? Then again, who in their right mind would dare to tell a woman she was ugly?
• You may not sell dead people for money without a license.
What a revelation! I didn’t know you could sell dead people for money WITH a license.
So who is selling dead people?
Even more to the point, who is buying dead people?
• Getting married on a dare is grounds for an annulment.
It may also be grounds for an insanity hearing.
• In South Bethany, all persons must carry a bag with them at all times when they walk their dog in case said dog ‘poops’ or risk a $100 fine.
Oh, oh, I forgot my baggie. Please do your best to hold it in, Fido, we’re almost home.
• In Lewes, it is illegal to wear pants that are ‘firm-fitting’ around the waist.
So that’s where all those guys with droopy drawers come from.
• In Rehoboth Beach, no person shall pretend to sleep on a bench on the boardwalk.
Pretenders beware! The benches on the boardwalk are for people who are really sleeping.
• Changing into or out of a bathing suit in a public restroom is prohibited … and
• No person shall change clothes in his or her vehicle.
What do these two laws mean? Simple. If you can’t change in the restroom and you can’t change in your car, then you must change outside in the parking lot like everybody else.
• Six-year-old girls may not run around without being fully clothed.
That law takes all the fun out of life for six-year-old boys.
Fun Facts and Illustrious Information about Delaware
• How did Delaware get its name? In 1610, explorer Samuel Argall named the Delaware River and Bay for the governor of Virginia, Thomas West, Lord De La Warr. The state takes its name from the river and the bay.
• Today about 500 descendants of the original Nanticoke Indians reside in Delaware. They celebrate their heritage each September with the Nanticoke Indian Pow Wow.
• Delaware is home to the FIRST log cabins in America, dating back to the 1600s. One is still on display in Dover at the Delaware Agricultural Museum.
• The log cabin originated with Finnish settlers who brought with them plans for the log cabin, one of the enduring symbols of the American pioneer.
• The 87-foot Fenwick Island Lighthouse was painted in 1880 for a total cost of – I kid you not – $5.00.
• Eleven years after the landing of the English pilgrims in1620, the FIRST white settlement was made on Delaware soil.
• The nation's FIRST scheduled steam railroad began in New Castle in 1831.
• Delaware contains 1,982 square miles and is 96 miles long but varies from only 9 to 35 miles in width.
• America's newest tall ship is ten stories high and 139 feet long. It is a replica of the Kalmar Nyckel, the Dutch-built armed merchant ship famed for carrying Swedish settlers to North America in 1638 to establish the colony of New Sweden – the FIRST permanent colony in Delaware.
• Delmar is popularized as ‘the little town too big for one state.’ The community has the distinction of being located partly in Delaware and partly in Maryland.
• The name of Delmar was derived for this railroad center from the states whose line it straddles – DELaware and MARyland. Both the Maryland/Delaware boundary and the Mason-Dixon Line divide Delmar.
• Delaware is home to the ‘Punkin Chunkin’ world championship, a sport in which people use a variety of mechanical devices to hurl pumpkins as far as they can.
With over 100 teams competing, the record is 5,545 feet; that is more than a mile.
• Delaware is the only state without any national parks, seashores, historic sites, battlefields, memorials, or monuments.
• Many major banks keep their headquarters in Delaware because it has a reputation of being as lenient as the Cayman Islands.
• Henry Heimlich, inventor of the life-saving Heimlich maneuver, was born in Wilmington.
• Wilmington's Delaware History Center is housed in a renovated, art deco former Woolworth five-and-ten-cent store.
• The most historic site in Frederica is Barratt's Chapel east of town. The chapel is where the Methodist Church of America was organized in 1784.
• Oliver Evans of Newport invented the automatic flour-milling machinery that revolutionized the industry in 1785.
• Evans also invented a steam-powered wagon in 1805 called the Oruktor Amphibolos, the world's first automobile/amphibious vehicle, but it was considered too primitive to be a success.
• Although the early version of the American flag is now termed ‘the Betsy Ross Flag,’ the claim by her descendants in the 1870s and some historians of that time, that she designed and sewed the first American flag, is almost certainly historically false and not accepted by modern American scholars and vexillologists (those who study the history, symbolism and usage of flags).
They do agree, however, that she contributed to the design by changing the 6-pointed stars to the easier-to-sew 5-pointed stars.
• Rehoboth Beach is the state's largest coastal resort town. It also has three of the funniest crazy laws in the state (see above).
• Twelve concrete observation towers along the coast were constructed during World War II to protect the state's coastal towns from German U-boat attacks.
• The world’s largest frying pan was built in 1950 for the Delmarva Chicken Festival.
Nearly three tons of chicken are cooked each year in this gigantic frying pan which is 10 feet in diameter, weighs 650 pounds, holds 180 gallons of oil, and 800 chicken quarters.
• Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton produces 175,000 barrels of beer every year. That’s almost 700 million bottles of beer, enough for everyone in Delaware to have two beers every day for a year.
• Fisher's popcorn is a famous caramel corn. Orders are regularly received from as far away as Vietnam and Indonesia.
• Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, six miles northwest of Wilmington, is the former home of Henry Francis du Pont, a renowned antiques collector and horticulturist, and features one of the world's finest naturalistic gardens and important collections of Americana.
• DuPont was originally founded in 1802 near Wilmington as a gunpowder mill.
• Du Pont Laboratories first produced nylon at its plant in Seaford. This earned the town the distinction of being the Nylon Capital of the World.
• The Delaware Breakwater at Cape Henlopen State Park constructed in 1828 was the FIRST structure of its kind in the western hemisphere. It was built to establish a shipping haven on a coastline that lacked safe harbors.
• Would you like to go tax-free shopping? In Delaware there is no sales tax.
• New Castle County includes the largest population and smallest area of Delaware's three counties.
• Delaware has the highest percentage of Ph.D.s in the country.
• Horseshoe crabs can be seen in large numbers along the Delaware shore in May. The crabs endure extremes of temperature and salinity.
They can also survive for up to a year without eating, and have remained basically the same since the days of the dinosaur.
• Bob Marley worked in the Chrysler plant in Newark, Delaware before he became famous.
• Newark in Delaware is pronounced ‘New Ark.’ Newark in New Jersey is pronounced ‘New Erk.’
• Odessa possesses one of the finest collections of late 18th- and early 19th-century architecture in the middle Atlantic region. The center of town is on the National Register of Historic Places and the entire town has been zoned as historic.
Delaware State Symbols
State flower – peach blossom
State tree – American holly (can reach 60 feet in height and diameter of 20 inches)
State colors – colonial blue and buff
State mineral – silimanite (also called fibrolite)
State beverage – milk
State fish – weakfish (also called sea trout, gray trout, yellow mouth, yellow fin trout, tide-runner and squeteague – the American Indian name)
State insect – ladybug
State motto – liberty and independence
State dessert – peach custard pie
State fruit – strawberry
State song – ‘Our Delaware’ (words by George Hynson, music by Will Brown)
Popular Delaware Nicknames
• First State – became first of 13 original states on December 7, 1787 to ratify U.S. Constitution;
• Blue Hen State – nickname originated from the fighting Blue Hen Cocks that entertained soldiers during the Revolutionary War;
• Diamond State – nickname arose from legend that Thomas Jefferson described Delaware as a jewel among states due to its strategic location on the Eastern Seaboard;
• Peach State – the first state to produce peaches commercially.
Note: Something to think about: The Wilmington, Delaware television station that bills itself as ‘The Family Minded Station’ is Channel 69. Just sayin’.
© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2015. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So."