Friday, June 30, 2006

State your case

Okay, if you are a US citizen, you're doing this with me. (All others may color quietly at their desks.) Get a piece of paper and the writing implement of your choice. Or better yet, open up a blank Word document or something on your computer there.

Now, make a note of the time and start making a list of the US states. According to the official rules, you have six minutes to get all 50, but we're sooo not playing by those rules. I think I had 30-something of them at the end of six minutes. After 25 minutes I had 40, and now I've got 49 (it's been an hour and a half, but I've been doing other things with at least half of my brain.)

To win the game, all you have to do is tell me which freakin' state I'm still missing. Honorable mention to the one who figures out how to get me to stop going "Denver! No, wait. That's a city."

Thank you for your support.

Spoiler warning: Dad has included not one but two lists of all 50 states in his comment, the smug, prideful so-and-so. (Does this really come as any surprise?) Anyway, if you want to play, do it before opening the comments.

8 comments:

Dad June 30, 2006 1:56 PM  

Here's the list, which I submit bursting with pride and smugness...

Maine
New Hampshire
Vermont
Massachusetts
Connecticut
Rhode Island
New York
New Jersey
Pennsylvania
Delaware
Maryland
Virginia
West Virginia
North Carolina
South Carolina
Georgia
Florida
Alabama
Mississippi
Louisiana
Texas
New Mexico
Arizona
California
Oregon
Washington
Hawaii
Alaska
Idaho
Nevada
Utah
Colorado
Montana
Wyoming
North Dakota
South Dakota
Iowa
Nebraska
Kansas
Missouri
Arkansas
Minnesota
Wisconsin
Illinois
Michigan
Indiana
Ohio
Kentucky
Tennessee
Oklahoma

(I went straight through as far as Tennessee, but had to roam around my mind a bit to realize that I had omitted Oklahamo. My apologies to any Oklahoma readers. And I've actually been there a couple of times.)

Here's the list alphabetically, in case it helps.

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Tennessee
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

So. Who did YOU insult by forgetting them?

Jennifer June 30, 2006 2:19 PM  

Oklahoma. Yup, that's the one.

mom June 30, 2006 2:24 PM  

I'll take another route. Was it among these? And how long did it take to unscramble and find out?

Ah! Look, ma.

I own gym.

Men, share whip.

Horned dials,

Loan torn chair.

Coins wins.

Show inn tag.

Ail if no car. (I hope that's no longer you.)

Dan took hart.

Pan vin san lye.

I give in; straw.

Any Mr. Lad.

Amuse; cast a hat.

Aim ten, son.

Jennifer June 30, 2006 2:29 PM  

Apparently, great minds not only think alike, they also think at the same time.

Jill June 30, 2006 4:24 PM  

tennessee

Jennifer June 30, 2006 6:31 PM  

Close close close.

Oklahoma was the one I couldn't think of, and Tennessee was #49, which is to say, the last one I came up with on my own.

Dad's list also ended with Tennessee and then, finally, Oklahoma. What is it with those two states?

(I'll play your game too, Mom, but haven't had time yet this afternoon.)

Jennifer June 30, 2006 7:20 PM  

Okay, it took me 13 minutes. And look, there's Oklahoma again.

lisa July 01, 2006 9:07 AM  

Mine was Massachusetts. I got about 47 in 6 minutes, then Illinois, then New Mexico at 23 minutes and gave up. I had to see if I missed the same one as you. Nope!

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