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Can you name the states by their various 'official' items and nicknames?
Enter a state in the box below
Correctly named states will show up below
Click any empty Hint or State to answer for that location
Each of the 50 states is used once.
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[name of state] Red Chicken
Rocky Mountain Columbine
Saguaro Cactus Blossom
Apple pie (pie)
Boiled peanuts (snack food)
Chili con carne (dish)
Hoosier pie (pie)
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Esse quam videri
Montani semper liberi (Mountaineers are always free)
North to the Future
Sic semper tyrannis
Great Lakes State
Peace Garden State
Show Me State
Div. I Football Team
License Plate Slogan
Great Faces, Great Places
Land of Lincoln
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Jan 12th, 2011 at 16:39 GMT
Game published: Apr 12th, 2011 at 04:03 GMT
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Apr 12th, 2011 at 04:34 GMT
At least 5 minutes too long.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 04:39 GMT
Good quiz gnatural. Lots to learn on this one. Hey, according to my stats, this was my 1000th unique quiz taken. Maybe it's about time for me to try my hand at creating one.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 04:54 GMT
Fun.Formating reccomendation though . . . .It would be nice if when you got to the bottom rows you didn't have to constantly scroll down to read the question. Every time I typed an answer it brought the screen up, and the question wasn't written in bold at the top like it is on nearly every other quiz.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 05:38 GMT
Come on, really, how many of those creatures actually live in Connecticut? I tried every state i could think of where that was an industry, but somehow forgot about the hockey team. duh.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 06:48 GMT
The American Holly, the Peach Blossom, the Blue Hen Chicken, the motto "Liberty and Independence," and milk. Delaware--Once You've Been, You Can Say You Went.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 06:56 GMT
I wasn't familiar with most of these since I don't live in the US but it was fun trying to guess at based on my limited knowledge. :) Seeing the basketball movie "Hoosiers" as a kid helped me get the Indiana one.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 07:07 GMT
I'm curious where you got your information giving the timber wolf as MN's State Mammal, since we don't *have* an "official" State Mammal, according to the Legislature.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 08:01 GMT
That's right, Baltimore Orioles in first place!
Apr 12th, 2011 at 11:02 GMT
I was posed the question "Can you name the states by the various 'official' items and nicknames"? and I simply thought to myself, "no, no I cannot". I think I would enjoy living in the Famous Potatoes state, though.
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Apr 12th, 2011 at 12:01 GMT
The Nittany Lions are Penn State. Pennsylvania University's team is called the Quakers.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 12:45 GMT
@eab21 - Penn State is the main state funded school, while University of Pennsylvania is a private institution. That's like New York University VIOLETS (ha!) is a private institution is not in the SUNY system. BTW, which one of the SUNYS is the main campus?
Apr 12th, 2011 at 12:47 GMT
BTW, every summer I lived with my relatives in Brooklyn, NY (I'M from PA), and my uncle Eddie, who was from South Carolina, made boiled peanuts. I live in MS and get boiled peanuts as often as I can get them, they are awesome.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 13:02 GMT
We usually consider Stony Brook to be the "main" SUNY, although Albany, Buffalo, and Binghamton are about equivalent to it.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 13:05 GMT
I feel like an idiot.. I was like PENN STATE... what state is that in...."Give up"....oh that makes sense.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 13:21 GMT
Thanks for including the Volunteers :)
Apr 12th, 2011 at 13:23 GMT
@BiloxiSean - I live in Mississippi, too, and boiled peanuts ARE awesome! You can buy them on the side of the road in most places around here. In fact, I tried Mississippi for the boiled peanuts answer, but I would guess (don't know) that our state food is catfish.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 15:02 GMT
The Buffalo is also Oklahoma's state animal. http://www.ok.gov/osfdocs/stinfo.html
Apr 12th, 2011 at 15:27 GMT
OK....I'll admit it. I tried Kentucky for the "Red Chicken" clue.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 15:36 GMT
@Koltrane - Catfish is great too, but down on the coast, the official food is mullet (or shrimp).
Apr 12th, 2011 at 16:09 GMT
When I was trying to figure out which states I hadn't named I completely blanked on Alaska and Hawaii. I guess I need to stop living in 1958.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 16:46 GMT
As a Canadian, I was proud to get 31 answers correct. Enjoyed your quiz!
Apr 12th, 2011 at 16:51 GMT
I'd never have got Georgia's state food, had a proud Georgian not told me so and fed me some--yum!! Super quiz, lots to be learned
Apr 12th, 2011 at 17:42 GMT
I tried boiled peanuts in Florida last year. Yuck! Must be the South Carolina ones are better... I sure hope so.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 17:46 GMT
@Havok3595 - I'd say Binghamton is the "main SUNY" or even Albany or Buffalo - definitely not Stonybrook.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 17:55 GMT
I've lived in Connecticut most of my life and didn't know the sperm whale was our state animal. I wish you had included Rhode Island's state drink because coffee milk is delicious!
Apr 12th, 2011 at 18:20 GMT
what the heck is moxie? I didn't know that was a drink! that was my last one though, so it was pretty easy to figure out what state it was :)
Apr 12th, 2011 at 19:36 GMT
To second what Mahan said, Minnesota's official webpage with the list of state things says they have no state animal. The bill in 2000 was never passed. http://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/unsym.aspx
Apr 12th, 2011 at 19:48 GMT
@Jefe_ you should enjoy the Baltimore Orioles being in first place on this quiz. It's probably the last time they'll be in first in anything for a very long time.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 20:38 GMT
@basilutter: Coffee milk is indeed delicious. It's one of those things I miss now that I've left New England: coffee milk, marshmallow Fluff, and the ability to call something "wicked cool" without people making fun of me.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 21:21 GMT
Who would have thought the Center for the Nuggets was also a Hawaiian goose?
Apr 12th, 2011 at 21:48 GMT
Breakfasts come and go Rene, But Hartford ... The Whale? Hey, they only beat Vancouver once, Maybe twice in a lifetime.
Apr 12th, 2011 at 22:14 GMT
@JPGunit you are my new best friend :D That movie gets no respect..
Apr 12th, 2011 at 22:16 GMT
Esse quam videri: to be rather than to seem.
Apr 13th, 2011 at 00:36 GMT
Shame on you to the over 30% of people who couldn't name the college nicknames. Those are some of the easiest nicknames in college sports. Besides that, very good quiz.
Apr 13th, 2011 at 02:11 GMT
Would have loved to see Minnesota's be its motto: "L'Etoile du Nord" seeing as it is the only one in French it's fairly unique
Apr 13th, 2011 at 12:23 GMT
That was a very hard quiz. I ended up with 30/50, I probably knew 25 of them and guessed correctly on 5. Good idea with good variety.
Apr 13th, 2011 at 12:38 GMT
@lizzylou, moxie is a soda... the most god-awful, worst-tasting thing I've ever tried.
Apr 13th, 2011 at 16:43 GMT
It helped to realize that there were 50 answers and each was used only once. After I filled in about 30 or so I started just trying the remaining states.
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