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[Baaa] Poor Wyoming

I named 49 US states in 10 minutes How many US states can you name in 10 minutes?


I had the first 47 in 4 minutes, and the next 2 with 4 minutes to spare. I felt foolish when it took me until there were less than 30 second to go before noticing there was a silhouette of the US map right there on the quiz page. It would have helped me visualize the missing chunk if I'd used it from the start. No, I didn't google a thing, or even think of doing so until now.

I was pretty sure I was missing one of those squarish states in the west or southwest, though it could have just as easily been a small state here in the east or one of the states down near Arkansas and Tennessee. My first hunch was right. Sorry, Wyoming!

Hey, at least my memory hasn't turned to complete rubbish, much as it often seems otherwise.

Thanks for the link, mizzlaurajean!

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kalimac
Nov. 14th, 2008 09:01 am (UTC)
1 minute, 34 seconds. Did it in alphabetical order, too, just for the heck of it. My brother could do it in the order of Allan Sherman's "Holiday for States" song.
bohemiancoast
Nov. 14th, 2008 10:41 am (UTC)
Only managed 47; Wyoming was a complete miss (is there actually anything there? Or is it just a big hole in the ground?) but I was sitting going huh, I'm pretty sure I'm missing one of the four corners (Arizona, it turned out), and one of the states in the North East (Massachusetts, can you believe?).

OTOH suspect I'm doing better than most USians would with, eg, the UK county version of Statetris.
gerisullivan
Nov. 14th, 2008 11:56 am (UTC)
Wow. I'm very impressed by your knowledge of America's states! I'd be hopeless with your counties.

I'm trés amused that you misses Massachusetts. As for Wyoming, think: Yellowstone National Park. Old Faithful. Artists' Paintpots. Moose. Cody, Wyoming was also fun the couple of times I've been there.

Arizona's the one that's a big hole in the ground. The Grand Canyon is well worth a look. :-)
dhole
Nov. 14th, 2008 11:56 am (UTC)
Well, if you get down to the level of counties, how many counties in California can you name? If memory serves, it's bigger than Britain and more sparsely populated, but not that far off on either count.

I'd like to think that most USians could manage "England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland" in the space of ten minutes, but . . . well, I'm not entirely sure I'd bet money on it.
bohemiancoast
Nov. 14th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
But UK counties are a direct comparator to US states; the comparator to US counties would be local authorities.

I accept that counties is a bit hard. But how would you do with European countries? That's a perfectly fair comparison to US states, though made a little harder because they've been changing their names rather a lot recently. I do recommend the European version of Statetris. And Statetris itself, for that matter.
dhole
Nov. 14th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
Well, if they were direct comparators you could have the death penalty in Shropshire but not Somerset, same-day purchase of as many firearms as you wanted in Dorset, and a system of civil law based on the Napoleonic Code in Northumberland.

I do okay on European countries, generally. Way better than on African or Asian countries. About the same as South America. Nowhere near as good as naming all the countries of North America, Australia, or Antarctica, though. Those I can do pretty fast.
kalimac
Nov. 14th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
In terms of governmental function, UK counties-US counties are roughly equivalent, while Wales and Scotland are a little bit like states. Governmentally, England (separate from the rest of the UK) does not exist, so it's hard to say what it is.
minnehaha
Nov. 14th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Counties in CA? None, probably, but I can place on a map all 87 counties in Minnesota, where I live.

K.
kalimac
Nov. 14th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
There was once a fanzine article proposing that Wyoming did not exist. The weird thing about Wyoming geography is that everything important in the state is around the edges. Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, Cody, Devil's Tower, Cheyenne ... The middle is so empty, how do you really know the maps are correct?
debgeisler
Nov. 14th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
*snerk* I almost left of Minnesota...but remembered your former state at 1:58. *doh*
frostfox
Nov. 14th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
I gave up when I realised I didn't know how to spell Missisipi, Massachusis and quite a few others.

FF
minnehaha
Nov. 14th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Which one did you do first?

K.
gerisullivan
Nov. 15th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
Maine.

I learned all of the state capitals in 5th grade, but never the states in alphabetical order. So I did it geographically, then double-checked my "M" states ('cause I'm an M-state girl). I picked up Maryland that way. I forget which state was the 49th one I remembered.

I wonder if anyone did the quiz in the order the states entered the union, or (related) by the years of their state quarters. In grade school, we studied them by order of entry.
chanaleh
Nov. 14th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Dammit! I forgot Nebraska!
tanac
Nov. 14th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
I missed Maryland. I knew it was one of those eastern seaboard states. I can't keep them all straight; never could. Last time I did this test, the one I forgot was Delaware. :)
caindog
Nov. 14th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
Made it into the low 40s in about 3 minutes, had to start pondering postal codes, got to 49 at about 4:30 then spent 3 more minutes banging my head against my desk before I realized that while I had thought about Utah, I hadn't actually typed it in. (Gah.)
bschilli
Nov. 14th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
Got them all with the clock showing 7:07. Mostly in alphabetic order. I had all the states and their capitals drilled into my head in fifth grade.
madtruk
Nov. 17th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
hee I knew I was missing a state in New England and couldn't come up with...New Hampshire.
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