The New Hampshire state motto is “Live Free or Die” which makes the phrase “Sit Free or Die” especially funny.
Many of the privies you find in New Hampshire, especially on the Appalachian Trail, have unique “personalities.” I’ve selected two of my favorites here, the open air, throne-like privy at the Moose Mountain shelter and the Penta Privy, a five sided privy, which can be found at the six sided adirondack style shelter on Mt. Cube.
The phrase “Live Free of Die”, and pretty much sums up New Hampshire residents’ conservative attitude to government intervention in everyday life.
Historically, the phrase comes from an 1809 dinner toast by General John Stark, abbreviated from his original “Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.” More recently it has taken on a different meaning, highlighting the fact the New Hampshire does not have a sales tax compared to the one in neighboring Massachusetts, often called Taxachusetts by local residents.
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