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“You like to-may-toes (/təˈmeɪtoʊz/) and I like to-mah-toes (/təˈmɑːtoʊz/).”

We spell Gadsen, everyone else spells Gadsden.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) signed HB 1141 into law today.

HB 1141: the ultimate in teabagger automotive accessories [January 6, 2012]

“….February 9, 1776

Col. Gadsden presented to the Congress an elegant standard, such as is to be used by the commander in chief of the American navy, being a yellow field, with a lively representation of a rattlesnake in the middle in the attitude of going to strike and these words underneath, ‘Don’t tread on me.’

Ordered, that the said standard be carefully preserved and suspended in the Congress room….”

The flag of the United States, Frederick Cocks Hicks, Government Printing Office, 1918, 40 pages.


And, as far as we can tell, the bill language still contains “….[t]he left side shall contain a reproduction of the ‘Gadsen Snake’ in black and white, with the snake to be three inches in height and two inches wide, and sitting on green grass that is two and one-quarter inches wide…” in the version truly agreed to and finally passed.

Spelling, correct or not:

….Dudes, do you really think this is a good idea? When the black helicopters land they’re gonna know who to pick up first….