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"I've fallen and I can't get up!"

New Hampshire, also known as "New Hampsha'" or "Cow Hampshire", is one of the original thirteen British colonies to throw off the yoke of government and form the United States. It was the ninth state to ratify the Constitution, making it binding. Seen by many as the Eli Manning to Vermont's Peyton Manning. In the 21st century New Hampshire is throwing off the yoke of religion and the proportion of New Hampshire people without strong religious beliefs has been higher than in the United States generally. [1] As of 2015 only 20% of its citizens considered themselves very religious.[2]

The capital is Concord, which (like its namesake in Massachusetts to the south) is pronounced "conquered". The largest city is Manchester, which is known as "ManchVegas" to the locals for reasons no one really knows. The only part that counts[3] is the city of Nashua, a popular shopping destination for Bay Staters who don't want to pay sales tax. Libertarian stronghold, or at least as close as there is going to be to having one.


Government, or not[edit]

New Hampshire has no broad-based state taxes (income, sales, etc.), and rakes in most of its cash from tourists via a "rooms and meals" tax. The state only does two things - build roads and sell booze - and it does them both very well.

Their slogan is Live Free or Die ("oh lord, tell me why" - Bill Morrissey). Accordingly, NH is the only state that doesn't legally require adults to wear seatbelts, even on motorcycles. This is literally one of the selling points used by Republican candidates. Of course that costs them a bunch of federal highway funding, i.e higher taxes than otherwise for the sake of a few chuckleheads who don't want to wear a seat belt. Feel the liberty. (Let's hope Libertarians make full use of that freedom.)

Since there are no real taxes levied directly by the state, the individual towns are forced to foist onerous property taxes on their inhabitants in order to pay for schools.

Libertarian takeover[edit]

Approximately 505 libertarians have moved to New Hampshire in the past few years as part of the Free State Project[4] trying to make New Hampshire a free state by all moving there en masse. Meanwhile, the state's population grew during the same period by 52,000, of whom 51,495 were not related to the Free State Project. This means the new 505 Libertarian voters are offset by 51,495 new non-Libertarian voters, a ratio of about 102 to 1.

Tourism[edit]

The state is a four-season tourist trap, with a strong ski industry, and several annual events of note, including "Bike Week" centered around the speedway in Loudon,[5] and "Fall", when all the leaves turn pretty colors for a few weeks.

Who cares?[edit]

  • The "Old Man of the Mountain", the state's ubiquitous symbol, fell down and (as of now) can't get up. (He should have gotten Life Alert.)
  • "New Hampshire: Ain't Quaint" (a proposed slogan...)
  • Our very own nuclear power plant; the highest electricity prices in the nation.
  • "First in the nation" Presidential primary tests candidates' and press teams' resistance to pneumonia.
  • Yet another misspelled early settlement: Strawbery Banke (now a "living museum").

Notable New Hampshirites[edit]

  • P.J. O'Rourke — writer
  • E.E. Cummings- poet
  • Robert Frost- Poet
  • Dan Brown- fiction writer and pseudohistorian
  • Christa McAuliffe — first teacher in space (er, not to be morbid here, but...)
  • Adam Sandler — shitty actor
  • Seth Meyers- comedian
  • Ken Burns- historian
  • Steven Tyler- Aerosmith front man, though the massholes take all the credit
  • John Sununu- 2 of them, one a chickenhawk ex senator, the other a vaguely racist ex governor/chief of staff under George H.W. Bush
  • Tom Rush — folk singer
  • Gene Robinson — openly gay bishop
  • Josiah "Jed" Bartlett — brilliant, though fictional, President of the United States
  • Sarah Silverman - comedienne
  • The entire congressional caucus as of January 2013 - every one a woman, a first for any state.
  • Franklin Pierce - 14th US President.
  • Carlton Fisk-used the force to guide a baseball into fair territory for the Sawx to get them to Game 7 of the World Series... which they promptly lost (but everyone forgets that second part)

Footnotes[edit]

  1. Poll: Mississippi most religious; Vt., N.H. least
  2. New Hampshire is Now the Least Religious State in the Country
  3. Or at least that's what us Massholes think -- we're probably wrong about that.
  4. http://www.freestateproject.org/, see also a feature on NPR
  5. It should be noted that New Hampshire is one of about 30 states with no law requiring motorcyclists to wear protective headgear, so part of the enticement is that they can let their fair locks fly free in the wind as they enjoy the picturesque sights and ornery locals.