Rhode Island is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. It is the smallest state by area, and the 8th smallest by population. The state is bordered by Massachusetts to the north and east, Connecticut to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. It is possibly named after the island of Rhodes in Greece. Rhode Island was the first of the 13 original American colonies to declare independence from British rule, signaling the start of the American Revolution; it was also the first state that engaged in armed hostilities with British property and authorities. Rhode Island did not participate in the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 and was also the last of the original thirteen states to ratify the United States Constitution, which it did in 1790, becoming the 13th state.
When Colin Ferguson asked Kelly Birnbaum what it would be like if the Yellowstone Supervolcano erupted, she replied imagine Rhode Island then blow out lava and ash around the edges and drop the entire state a half mile to a mile down onto molten rock. Ferguson's only comment was that that would be the best thing to happen to the lousy place.