Eight things you don’t know about Rhode Island:
Rhode Island is notorious on the east coast for a few conflicting things. Â The Cigar brings you a list of some of the most bizarre laws, history and customs the smallest state has to offer:
- Â Â Â Â Victory [over Japan] Day: That’s right. On Aug. 10 the state of Rhode Island shuts down to celebrate what may be one of the least PC (politically correct) holidays. Though R.I. now opts to call this late-summer day off “Victory Day,” let’s not forget that we are the only state to still celebrate the Allies victory over Japan during World War II.
- Â Â Â Â It is illegal to buy cap guns in Rhode Island. Â Buying, selling or possessing one of the toy guns is legally a criminal offense.
- Â Â Â Â Have you seen a car with a vanity plate that reads something like “lo nmb3r”? Â In Rhode Island it’s considered lucky to end up with a license plate with low numbers.
- Â Â Â Â In Providence it is illegal to wear transparent clothing.
- Â Â Â Â Milkshakes are called cabinets, and if you want sprinkles on your ice cream, ask for jimmies.
- Â Â Â Â Rhode Island’s official name is actually the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Â In 2010 a ballot question offered a name change to Rhode Islanders to remove ‘’Providence Plantations” from the state’s official name because of concerns for its slavery connotations. Â RI voted to keep the name, however.
- Â Â Â Â State bird: Chicken. A Rhode Island Red, to be specific.
- Â Â Â Â Newport is home to the country’s oldest operating tavern, White Horse Tavern, and the oldest synagogue, Touro Synagogue. Â