What is the WEIRDEST state in America?

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I don't know.

But I'd like you to tell me.

adam... (nordicskilla), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:38 (seventeen years ago) link

Texas, surely.

Kenan (kenan), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:40 (seventeen years ago) link

New Jersey

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:41 (seventeen years ago) link

Or California. The most populous one. I'm defining weirdness as "variety of conflicting values and/or odd juxapositions of cultures."

Kenan (kenan), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:42 (seventeen years ago) link

Florida

cinniblount (James Blount), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:42 (seventeen years ago) link

Reasons please.

adam... (nordicskilla), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:43 (seventeen years ago) link

Right now? Apathy.

Michael White (Hereward), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:43 (seventeen years ago) link

alaska. but i'm too lazy to give reasons.

mookieproof (mookieproof), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:43 (seventeen years ago) link

FLORIDEXAS

cutty (mcutt), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:44 (seventeen years ago) link

northeast - jersey
southeast - florida
midwest - kansas?
southwest - california
northwest - idaho

cinniblount (James Blount), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:46 (seventeen years ago) link

Guam has a royal family and coconut crabs.

andy, Friday, 29 October 2004 20:47 (seventeen years ago) link

Idaho seems to have a lot of potential. I'd like to go.

adam... (nordicskilla), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:48 (seventeen years ago) link

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Kenan (kenan), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:48 (seventeen years ago) link

boise is real hot right now son

cutty (mcutt), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:49 (seventeen years ago) link

I can't even imagine what it is like there! Very exotic, probably.

adam... (nordicskilla), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:49 (seventeen years ago) link

Maine or Florida. California and Texas quite frankly not in the running.

TOMBOT, Friday, 29 October 2004 20:49 (seventeen years ago) link

http://img.fark.com/images/2002/topics/florida.gif

a banana (alanbanana), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:49 (seventeen years ago) link

no way, pocotella kicks boise's ass.

battlin' green eyeshades (Homosexual II), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:50 (seventeen years ago) link

but i love maine!

kelsey (kelstarry), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:50 (seventeen years ago) link

Not Tennessee, then?

adam... (nordicskilla), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:50 (seventeen years ago) link

kelsey, are you one of those terrible people for whom "weird" means "not good"?

adam... (nordicskilla), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:51 (seventeen years ago) link

montana - i mean, who is from montana, besides david lynch?

battlin' green eyeshades (Homosexual II), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:51 (seventeen years ago) link

Florida might be weird, but it is also downright hateful.

adam... (nordicskilla), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:51 (seventeen years ago) link

I can't believe no one's mentioned Utah.

nabisco (nabisco), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:52 (seventeen years ago) link

Although underpopulated weird states kind of have an excuse.

nabisco (nabisco), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:52 (seventeen years ago) link

I think Don Simpson was from Montana, or maybe Alaska.

I knew a guy in Ohio who was obsessed with Montana and wanted to move there. He shaved his forearms!

adam... (nordicskilla), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:52 (seventeen years ago) link

TOMBOT you forget manson

cinniblount (James Blount), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:53 (seventeen years ago) link

(xp) What, in preparation?

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:53 (seventeen years ago) link

that smurfturf they got in idaho means it's in my final four fer sure

cinniblount (James Blount), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:53 (seventeen years ago) link

what now?

adam... (nordicskilla), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:54 (seventeen years ago) link

mountain men shave their arms.

battlin' green eyeshades (Homosexual II), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:55 (seventeen years ago) link

why? I've thought about it, we all have. But really, why?

adam... (nordicskilla), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:56 (seventeen years ago) link

i'm sure delaware is secretly weird underneath the nondescriptness. it's gotta be a front operation for something really sinister.

motown modown (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:57 (seventeen years ago) link

I heard everyone in Delaware basically works for the same company.

adam... (nordicskilla), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:58 (seventeen years ago) link

In the same building!

adam... (nordicskilla), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:58 (seventeen years ago) link

Iowa is sinister.

Orbit (Orbit), Friday, 29 October 2004 20:59 (seventeen years ago) link

Florida, Florida, Florida. Where do we start?

Talking mice, Elian Gonzalez, it looks like a flacid penis, Bob Graham and his life notebook, drive-thru ministries, southern state with more jews than hillbillies (as well as some folks known as "jewbillies"), only atlantic coast state in central time zone, hit by four hurricanes in six weeks, home to Jeb Bush and Janet Reno, vice cops who don't wear socks, insects as big as pumpkins, orange moonshine, zoning laws that would make North Korea proud, Ocala in every crossword puzzle I work, two world series championships and possibly the last NHL Stanley Cup winner, Ernest Hemingway's thousand cats, and oh yeah, CHADS THAT DANGLE, CHADS THAT HANG, CHADS THAT DIMPLE, CHADS THAT SANG.

Pleasant Plains (Pleasant Plains), Friday, 29 October 2004 21:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Louisiana, by a mile. Utah's pretty weird, it's true, but it's only weird in one direction. Louisiana's weird all over the place. It's Southern, French, black, gay, redneck, racist, Catholic, voodoo, bacchanalian, you name it. And in the last governor's race, it was neck and neck between a white Democratic woman and a Republican Indian man. They elected the woman. Crazy state.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Friday, 29 October 2004 21:01 (seventeen years ago) link

I think I will move there.

adam... (nordicskilla), Friday, 29 October 2004 21:04 (seventeen years ago) link

Louisiana is fun in doses.

Michael White (Hereward), Friday, 29 October 2004 21:04 (seventeen years ago) link

Also the only state with drive-thru daiquiri stands.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Friday, 29 October 2004 21:05 (seventeen years ago) link

I have been to New Orleans. Within minutes of our arrival, the bellboy was asking us if we liked "titties" and telling us where we could go to see them.

adam... (nordicskilla), Friday, 29 October 2004 21:06 (seventeen years ago) link

When it rained, it was the most beautiful city ever.

adam... (nordicskilla), Friday, 29 October 2004 21:06 (seventeen years ago) link

and the smelliest

motown modown (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 29 October 2004 21:07 (seventeen years ago) link

deleware is run by them inbred rasslin duponts so jbr may be on to something

cinniblount (James Blount), Friday, 29 October 2004 21:08 (seventeen years ago) link

I have a friend from Louisiana (named Jacques, for real). He grew up in Lafayette, in an old-fashioned Catholic Acadian family. He has 10 brothers and sisters. I said, damn, that's a big family. He said, nah, the family next door had 17 kids. Sometimes the two families would go out to eat together and take over an entire Pizza Hut.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Friday, 29 October 2004 21:10 (seventeen years ago) link

Delaware really is a secret front for something sinister (specifically: Jade Tree).

nabisco (nabisco), Friday, 29 October 2004 21:11 (seventeen years ago) link

Damm Leblancs.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Friday, 29 October 2004 21:14 (seventeen years ago) link

No to mention the DuPonts.

briania (briania), Friday, 29 October 2004 21:21 (seventeen years ago) link

how about West Virginia, in the sense that you'd have to consider it a little weird to ever want to go there.

montana, for the record, amazing. my wife is from bozeman and i could only be so lucky to have a place there with her someday.

metfigga (metfigga), Friday, 29 October 2004 21:50 (seventeen years ago) link

More reasoning why Florida is absolutely bizzare:

Everything in Florida is either painted orange, turquoise or pale yellow. That alone has to cause some form of madness.

Florida Death Metal -- where else could something like that come from? Oh yeah...Sweden. Explain that one Batman.

They have advertisements for Florida based topless pancake houses as far north as Chattanooga, Tennessee.

While staying in a Hyatt right on the ocean in Miami Beach, the hotel bar had a nice black marble, gold embossed sign that said anyone over heard trying to purchase or sell narcotics would lead to the sheriff's office being notified by management. That blew my midwestern mind, that it must have been happening enough that they had to post a sign. It wasn't enough for the bartender to say, "hey man quit trying to make a cocaine deal in my bar." Of course the lead story on the local news that day was some poor Jamaican that died in the airport because of a baggy of cocaine that burst in his stomach and the other was about someone spiking drinks in bars in South Beach and killing some woman.

Earl Nash (earlnash), Saturday, 30 October 2004 12:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Are we missing posts on this thread? I could have sworn someone said something about Indiana and Oklahoma, and I snapped back, and none of that's there anymore. I can't imagine what other thread that happened on, so it must be... missing?

Kenan, I think that you were looking for this: http://ilx.p3r.net/postmarkread.php?msgid=5193240

Pleasant Plains (Pleasant Plains), Saturday, 30 October 2004 14:06 (seventeen years ago) link

They have advertisements for Florida based topless pancake houses

YOU DON'T SAY.

Jordan (Jordan), Saturday, 30 October 2004 14:44 (seventeen years ago) link

defend the indefensible: new jersey

Pleasant Plains (Pleasant Plains), Saturday, 30 October 2004 14:52 (seventeen years ago) link

"Cincinnati is probably the one American city I'd go to any lengths to never, ever set foot in again. It's the most boring fucking place I've ever been"

Having spent the first 18 years of my life there (1958-76) I'd have to agree. And it's become much more bland/generic since then. In fact being "weird" has always been considered a mortal sin in Cincy.

lovebug starski (lovebug starski), Saturday, 30 October 2004 16:04 (seventeen years ago) link

Jeremy that was a pretty weak argument for Rhode Island. Let us not forget:

All the fucking bridges
Newport Mansions
The RI desert
Windmills
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The providence tunnel
fort thunder, etc
crosswalk to nowhere
The Masonic Temple
Dell's lemonade
The homeless village and art associated with it

http://www.livejournal.com/community/weird_ri/

sometimes i like to pretend i am very small and warm (ex machina), Saturday, 30 October 2004 16:35 (seventeen years ago) link

hey hey hey, enough about Delaware. It is a very un-weird state.

A Nairn (moretap), Saturday, 30 October 2004 16:36 (seventeen years ago) link

I think Vermont is weird

A Nairn (moretap), Saturday, 30 October 2004 16:38 (seventeen years ago) link

>"Cincinnati is probably the one American city I'd go to any lengths to never, ever set foot in again. It's the most boring fucking place I've ever been"

>Having spent the first 18 years of my life there (1958-76) I'd have to agree. And it's become much more bland/generic since then. In fact being "weird" has always been considered a mortal sin in Cincy.

yeah--you'd think, with its *potential*--interesting architecture (some of which is even cutting-edge), and what could be a cool arts scene, and the King Records connection, and what is basically a lovely setting there on the river--it could be a lot better than it is. i lived there for a year and a half and i was always amazed at how dour the city was, how old the young people seemed, how uptight everyone was, how much they hated southerners...no matter how many times i told 'em that my home, Nashville, was about 20 years ahead of Cinci, they couldn't believe anything below the Ohio River could possibly be such. nothing there made any damn sense to me whatsoever, and that chili is an abomination.

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Saturday, 30 October 2004 17:23 (seventeen years ago) link

I can't believe no one thinks oregon is fucking nuts. Hello isolationist traffic laws, psuedo socialist taxes and quasi legalization of euthenasia.

mouse (mouse), Saturday, 30 October 2004 17:36 (seventeen years ago) link

at least you don't have to pump your own gas, though.

Orbit (Orbit), Saturday, 30 October 2004 17:39 (seventeen years ago) link

Isolationist traffic laws?

Casuistry (Chris P), Saturday, 30 October 2004 18:34 (seventeen years ago) link

Relatively normal states: Alabama, Arizona....

I don't know how a state of which the majority of its land is either Native American reservations or national/state forests could be considered normal.
Also weird: the border.

oops (Oops), Saturday, 30 October 2004 20:34 (seventeen years ago) link

The part of the interstate that runs through oregon has a slower speed limit than the rest. It's terrifically annoying.

mouse (mouse), Saturday, 30 October 2004 21:23 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh. Sure. I'm not sure if that qualifies as "isolationist", though. In Oregon's favor, it's also the nicest stretch of I-5 to drive. So you might as well slow down a skotch and enjoy it.

Casuistry (Chris P), Saturday, 30 October 2004 22:36 (seventeen years ago) link

The part of the interstate that runs through oregon has a slower speed limit than the rest. It's terrifically annoying.

Well, that's true for a lot of places. Virignia's like that and has even banned radar detectors.

Pleasant Plains (Pleasant Plains), Sunday, 31 October 2004 02:40 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah, I could think of about 1,000,000 more reasons that Oregon is "weird". it would be my autobiography though, and I'm not ready to write that yet.

but chris is right, wisconsin is weirder. see here.

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Sunday, 31 October 2004 02:48 (seventeen years ago) link

Well, Vermont's been mentioned so I now have to pipe up:

It was a sovereign and idependent country once upon a time. The 13 original states refused its entry ino the union.

The state tried to have Lake Champlain designated as the 6th great lake, even though the nearest one is a few hundred miles away.

It is the home of Snowflake Bentley, a man who made thousands of photgraphs of, well, snowflakes.

There is speculation that Chester A. Arthur was actually born in Canada, which would have invalidated his presidency.

Most hippies east of the Mississippi tend to gravitate toward here.

Most Vermonters can not afford to buy Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

Phish

There are no billboards ( I kinda like that, though)

We actually do say "ayuh".

Winters are interminably long.

And of course no mention of Vermont would be complete without touting Ticklenaked Pond.

So, yeah, kinda weird in those respects.

jim wentworth (wench), Sunday, 31 October 2004 03:28 (seventeen years ago) link

TICKLENAKED POND.

LOCK THREAD.

Ian John50n (orion), Sunday, 31 October 2004 03:31 (seventeen years ago) link

oh no! "ticklenaked pond, vermont" vs. "intercourse, pennsylvania" FITE!! OH NO!!!

Eisbär (llamasfur), Sunday, 31 October 2004 03:45 (seventeen years ago) link

IAN DID YOU AND RSG VISIT TICKLE NAKED POND???????

LE CHUCK!™ (ex machina), Sunday, 31 October 2004 03:49 (seventeen years ago) link

"blueballs, pennsylvania vs. climax, pennslyvania" FITE

results not typical (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 31 October 2004 03:52 (seventeen years ago) link

NO JON. INAPPROPRIATE.

Ian John50n (orion), Sunday, 31 October 2004 03:53 (seventeen years ago) link

Hawaii is weird - they have snow cones with beans in them, and lots of food with Spam in it. Not bad, just weird.

wetmink (wetmink), Sunday, 31 October 2004 03:53 (seventeen years ago) link

Pennsylvania wins: Ticklenaked is merely foreplay.

jim wentworth (wench), Sunday, 31 October 2004 03:54 (seventeen years ago) link

TICKLENAKED = CREEPIER

LE CHUCK!™ (ex machina), Sunday, 31 October 2004 04:06 (seventeen years ago) link

jim wentworth, does your wife like it when you skip foreplay???

Ian John50n (orion), Sunday, 31 October 2004 04:07 (seventeen years ago) link

i wouldn't concede the fight so quickly, mr. wentworth. i mean, PA doesn't have "runaway pond" while VT does (and said "runaway pond" wasn't too far away from where you are in VT, either!)

Eisbär (llamasfur), Sunday, 31 October 2004 04:10 (seventeen years ago) link

new jersey has boy scout lake and wortendyke!

results not typical (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 31 October 2004 04:12 (seventeen years ago) link

new mexico has ROY.

Ian John50n (orion), Sunday, 31 October 2004 04:15 (seventeen years ago) link

arizona still has the original london bridge, right?

Eisbär (llamasfur), Sunday, 31 October 2004 04:16 (seventeen years ago) link

i wonder if they sell this in blueballs:

http://members.shaw.ca/gorillagallery2/nibspic.jpg

results not typical (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 31 October 2004 04:17 (seventeen years ago) link

You folks will have to excuse me as the Red Sox fan that I have long been. I'm not used to winning.

Of course my wife enjoys the foreplay. I think she does, at least. That is, she tells me it's good. I mean... For Christ's sake!

Eisbar, I drive right by Runaway Pond regulary. I mean, where it was.

And as long as we're talking named places. What the hell were folks thinking when they named Kalamazoo or Cucomonga?

jim wentworth (wench), Sunday, 31 October 2004 04:28 (seventeen years ago) link

http://www.thom.org/photos/WIPVcheesesign.jpg

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Sunday, 31 October 2004 04:37 (seventeen years ago) link

one of the weirdest 24 hour stretches of my life was spent in nevada.. walking around vegas at night, stone cold sober, seeing a waitress with a 'new york' nametag in the venetian, coming back to new york, new york (the hotel), seeing a photograph of the new york skyline right next to a window showing the las vegas skyline..

the next morning, taking a tour of the nevada nuclear test site. remains of dummy houses and bridges. thunderstorms. craters. the desert. 'official' documentary on the bus that showed the flashes you could see in vegas when the site was operational. bus driver almost falling asleep.

mattp, Monday, 1 November 2004 09:34 (seventeen years ago) link

the next morning, taking a tour of the nevada nuclear test site.

:-) :-) :-) :-)

results not typical (Jody Beth Rosen), Monday, 1 November 2004 13:35 (seventeen years ago) link

The case could very easily be made that Kentucky is NOT normal. We have political assassinations over COUNTY ELECTIONS. We have Cumberland Falls, where the ONLY remaining MOONBOW on Earth can be found (now that that stretch of the Nile has been dammed). We have churches whose services are based around people HOLDING DEADLY VENOMOUS SNAKES. We have places with names like DIX DAM DOX and BIG BONE LICK. We have huge amounts of very deadly NERVE GAS stored in Richmond. When Derby season is on, celebrities and Saudi princes fly in for the ponies.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 1 November 2004 14:15 (seventeen years ago) link

america is weird. so all of them, naturally.

maria tessa sciarrino (theoreticalgirl), Monday, 1 November 2004 17:33 (seventeen years ago) link

Whassa Moonbow Nick?

Rumpy Pumpkin (rumpypumpkin), Monday, 1 November 2004 17:35 (seventeen years ago) link

Like a rainbow, but caused by MOONLIGHT rather than SUNLIGHT.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 1 November 2004 17:45 (seventeen years ago) link

Sounds pretty.

Rumpy Pumpkin (rumpypumpkin), Monday, 1 November 2004 17:51 (seventeen years ago) link

i feel rather bad about not ever having gone to see it, even though i grew up about 20 minutes away. i heard that it is fantastic, though.

Emilymv (Emilymv), Monday, 1 November 2004 17:58 (seventeen years ago) link

five months pass...
i'm sure delaware is secretly weird underneath the nondescriptness. it's gotta be a front operation for something really sinister.

Ever seen The Pretender?

What we want? Sex with T.V. stars! What you want? Ian Riese-Moraine! (Eastern Ma, Thursday, 7 April 2005 00:04 (seventeen years ago) link

man i love cumberland falls.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 7 April 2005 05:13 (seventeen years ago) link

Florida, because it's shaped like a wang

Autumn Almanac (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 7 April 2005 05:15 (seventeen years ago) link

i dont know, i think the weirdest i have visited is california...

charltonlido (gareth), Thursday, 7 April 2005 08:14 (seventeen years ago) link

the central valley is totally weird!!

jody von bulow (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 7 April 2005 09:56 (seventeen years ago) link

Everyone who said Wisconsin is completely OTM; have we already forgotten Ed Gein and Jeffrey Dahmer?

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 7 April 2005 12:14 (seventeen years ago) link


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