The Friendly State

The Tar Heel State, The Old North State, The Old Line State, Land of the Longleaf Pine, and on and on. While many of you are probably familiar with these North Carolina nicknames, I’m going to suggest one that I think we need to add: “The Friendly State.” Why you ask? Well, researchers at Cambridge University have determined that our state is one of the “friendliest and most dutiful” in the union (was there really any question about this?). The story, which recently ran in the Raleigh News and Observer, quoted our own governor as saying, “I’m happy to see that others are learning what we have known for a long time — that nothing could be finer than to live in North Carolina.” So true, so true.

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