Which State/Province do you live in/come from? I was born in Evanston, Illinois, grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
What makes your state special/different to others? Philadelphia is the state’s biggest and oldest major city and it’s where leaders from thirteen of Britain’s North American colonies got together decided to leave the Empire in 1776. Eleven years later, many of these same leaders came back and invented the current system of government in the U.S.
The state was founded the century before by a group of non-violent Christians called the Quakers and has been to other Christian minority sects, including the Amish (who reject most modern technology) and the nearly-extinct Shakers (who reject procreation; juicy stuff for Pandy’s students, I know). Philadelphia also had one of the continent’s first anti-slavery societies.
Pittsburgh is the state’s other major city and it’s on its western side. It’s lovely but I don’t know much about it other that was the home of Scottish-born steel magnate Andrew Carnegie (the inspiration for Scrooge McDuck) and hometown of another famous Andrew, Andy Warhol.
What local foods is your state known for? Cheesesteak hoagies — delicious but very unhealthy consisting of a baguette with steak strips and cheese (usually cheddar) between the buns along with onions, peppers, and other ingredients of choice.
What special buildings do you have? Philadelphia has Independence Hall, where the traitors met and schemed. It also has one of the finest art museums in the world—the Philadelphia Museum of Art—and the Academy of Natural Sciences, the first museum in the world to exhibit a mounted dinosaur skeleton.
The city also has huge statue of a fat man who flew kites in thunderstorms and which harbors a vital clue to a secret national treasure hoarded and hidden by the Free Masons....