Episode 37 – Chowan the fat in Gates County

Don’t come here expecting spoilers for future counties- It’s all Gates County all the time in Episode 37.  Chris notes a defining feature of Gates County, the Chowan River, which leads Matt to wonder what the weirdest ocean creature to make its way up the Albermarle sound up the Chowan River is- which somehow wound up with Matt singing Amazing Grace as a manta ray.

Chris compares the population of Gates County (12,197) with the number of IBM employees in the triangle and the capacity of Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium. Matt wonders whether Bill Gates could buy Gates county outright- and whether it would come with the furniture and the pigs.

Chris notices that about .5% of Gates County’s current population- or about 60 people- identify as Native American, but was originally inhabited by Nottoway, Meherrin, Chesapeake, Chowanoac, and Nansemond Indians. Matt romanticizes Jodie Foster’s travels in the new world.

Gates County is considered Coastal Plain or tidwater- not quite an IBX member, but just up the Chowan river from Albermarle Sound. A defining feature of Gates County is the Merchants Millpond State Park, presumably home to many corn dog plants aka Cattails- evidently many parts of which can be eaten.

While Merchants Millpond State Park is mentioned on the Gates County Seal it is not featured- you may want to bring a pillow if you want to dissect the county seal.

Chris couldn’t find a beer from Gates County so he toasted Gates County with a Magic Visions Ale from Aviator Brewing Company. Meanwhile Matt recorded leprechaun pirate style, sans beer or rum.

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