Sunday, November 15, 2015

Up with U.S. Geography: Delaware

State Name:


Date of Entry:
December 7, 1787


Map of the USA. Delaware shaded dark & tagged.

A close-up of Delaware & its neighbors.

Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey

Water Borders:
Delaware Bay, North Atlantic Ocean

Total Area:
1,982 square miles

Five Largest Cities:
Wilmington, Dover, Newark, Middletown, Smyrna

Famous Geographical Point:
Delaware Bay

State Nickname:
The First State, because it was the first state.

Famous Person:
George Thorogood, musician (“Bad to the Bone”)

Book Set In/About:
And Never Let Her Go by Ann Rule

The true story of a well-to-do lawyer who murdered his former lover. Normally, I wouldn’t include a true crime book here, but I actually read this one a number of years ago. It’s very good and there’s a lot of information about Delaware in it.

Movie Set In/About:
“Fight Club” (1999), directed by David Fincher

A man, suffering from insomnia and in search of relief, makes a new friend who introduces him to an underground fighting ring. I had no idea that this book/movie was set in Delaware but the internet insists that it is, and it’s a great movie, so here we are.

Headline of the Day:
“Layoffs Could Spur Delaware’s Bioscience Industry” in The News Journal (delawareonline)


Patricia said...

Ah Delaware. There's some quote about it in the movie the American President. Sadly IMDB sheds no light on what that quote is.

I had no idea that Fight Club took place in Delaware, but it is the banking/insurance capital of the US, so perhaps that makes sense.

Also, their nickname strikes me as simultaneously boring and snooty.

balyien said...

Haha, I agree about the nickname. I looked up both the book and the movie of Fight Club online, trying to determine where it says that it takes place in Delaware, but saw no references to it in either. Perhaps it does if you actually read the book.