"South Carolina is too small for a republic, and too large for an insane asylum." —James L. Petigru
South Carolina, "the palmetto state", was the first slave state to secede from the Union and the only one to have never returned.
 There's good and there's bad
 The good
The only good thing to come out of South Carolina is Stephen Colbert.
Oh yeah, there's also Myrtle Beach, and Hunting Island State Park.
 The bad
Students in South Carolina who go to school there do not have a lot of maps like the students in South Africa and the Iraq and other Asian countries. This is why a high proportion of United Statesian Americans are unable to identify countries like America and such as why our school systems, like, need to be improved.
 S.C. in the national spotlight
- On 22 May 1856, SC Congressman Preston Brooks beat Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts with a cane over Sumner's anti-slavery speech three days earlier. Ah, Southern gentlemen. Southern hospitality. Southern chivalry. Ah, yes. A long tradition.
- On 12 April 1861, there was a bunch of shooting at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Rumor has it that the shooting lasted for four years.
- During Reconstruction, SC's largest newspaper, The State, ran a large picture of the state legislature which at the time included many freed Blacks. The picture -- which was a hand-engraving, not a photograph -- depicted the Black members of the legislature as little more than the dregs from a low-rent minstrel show. This picture was used as a basis for a scene in the movie Birth of a Nation (1915) which depicted the Blacks in the SC legislature as drinking, eating fried chicken, gambling and walking around barefoot in the chamber. A title card in the movie claimed the scene was authentic because it was based on the picture in The State. This scene is one of many in the movie credited with whipping up the anti-Black sentiments that led to the re-establishment of the Ku Klux Klan.
- After racist, bigoted, homophobic, family values-preachin' SC Senator Strom Thurmond's death in 2003 it was reported that, in 1925, then 22-year-old Strom had a daughter with his parents' then 16-year-old non-white maid. He secretly paid his daughter child support for the rest of her life, including giving her a full ride through South Carolina State University. (For our readers outside the US, you may -- or may not, who knows? -- be surprised to learn that there are several colleges in the south that are non-white. SCSU is one of them.)
- On 20 March 1983, NBC-TV ran a made-for-TV movie titled Special Bulletin. The movie, shot in "real time," was about a bunch of domestic terrorists who threatened to set off a nuke in Charleston Harbor. The story included several authentic-looking "special bulletins" about the ongoing situation. Fearing a repeat of the panic during the 1938 CBS Radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, NBC ran disclaimers during commercial breaks. They also placed graphics at the bottom of the screen during the movie stating that it was only a movie, not a real news broadcast. However, being that it was set in South Carolina, NBC should have had the actors periodically turn to the camera and shout "this is just a movie, dammit!" because several good ol' boys and gals
couldn't readignored the warnings and panicked anyway.
- Jim Bakker built a sprawling Christian amusement park, Heritage USA, in South Carolina just before his untimely scandal. After Jerry Falwell took over the park (along with the rest of PTL) in 1987 he slid down the water slide to raise money for the debt-ridden ministry. The park was then bought by Morris Cerullo, who lost the park to a Malaysian investment group in a lawsuit. It stands today unused and in disrepair, with portions split off into real estate developments, although a series of evangelists have tried "reviving" it.
- In 2009, thanks to SC's governor, "hiking the Appalachian Trail" is now slang for "flying to Argentina to sleep with my mistress." (Yes, he's a Republican.) His wife -- who, unlike most political wives, most decidedly did not stand by her man -- later revealed that 1) he refused to include the "forsaking all others" line in his wedding vows; and 2) he asked her for advice concerning the affair, as if she were one of his political advisers and not his wife.
- "YOU LIE!!!"
- Roland Corning, a deputy assistant state attorney general and former state legislator, was fired on 28 October 2009 for inappropriate behavior. The 66-year-old Republican was found parked in a remote corner of a Columbia cemetery with an 18-year-old
stripperconstituent, Viagraan energy pill, and some sex toysblunt objects that he "kept with him 'just in case'" he was ever attacked by Jenna Jameson.
- Without campaigning, Alvin Greene won the democratic nomination for U.S. Senate
- In March, 2012, officials for the state's school athletic association announced their next great idea -- make bass fishing a varsity sport, complete with school teams, leagues, varsity letters and championship playoffs. This while most public school teachers are forced to buy supplies for their classrooms because school districts can't afford to.
- Like most southern states, SC just loves beauty pageants. No doubt, any beauty pageant contestant is a heroine.
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 Pointless trivia
In part of South Carolina in the 1970s, you could pick up two television stations off the ol' wabbit earz. One of them, the ABC affiliate in Anderson (channel 40) which signed on at 10 AM. The other, the ABC affiliate out of Asheville, North Carolina (channel 13) with a fuzzy picture. Real diverse choice of programming there. On Saturday morning you watched SuperFriends and the Laff-O-Lympics on channel 13 and changed to channel 40 midmorning to watch them again with a better signal.
- ↑ See the Wikipedia article on Historically black colleges and universities.
- ↑ Note to all future brides: You should consider this to be a red flag with trumpets blaring. The then-future Mrs. Sanford was bothered by this, but took a "leap of faith" and got burned for it.
- ↑ Smith, Bruce. "Jenny Sanford: 'Cheap' Mark Sanford Dropped 'Faithful' From Wedding Vows", Associated Press and Huffington Post, 2 February 2010, accessed 4 February 2010.
- ↑ Kinnard, Meg, Associated Press; "Police: SC state attorney caught with stripper" ajc.com (Atlanta Journal-Constitution website), 28 October 2009, accessed 29 October 2009.
- ↑ "Friday Night Bites: South Carolina high schools angling to make bass fishing a varsity sport", Fox News website.
- ↑ And you gender-neutralizing libruls better not call these lovely gals "heroes."
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