(Phone rings at work.)
Sam: What's up, dude?
Me: Did Missouri enter the Union as a slave state or a free state?
Sam: Well, you have to remember how important it was to preserve the balance of the Union between free and slave states, hence the Missouri Compromise. Kansas came in...
Me: ...as a free state and Missouri came in as a slave state. Damn, why can't I remember that? So is it true that Missouri was the last to abolish slavery?
Sam: It makes no difference. Slavery was abolished on a national level, so however long it took state legislatures to push the paperwork through is moot. After Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the Constitutional amendment, slavery was done.
Me: Okay, got it. Hey, what did you want anyway?
Sam: What is Cosmo short for?
Me: Well, it's really Cosimo, like Cosimo Medici.
Sam: Oh that's right, Cosimo was one of the Medici. You are the smartest person alive.
Me: Back at ya. Later.