What state are you in?

@JudyEv (130208)
Bunbury, Australia
January 8, 2016 6:05am CST
I finally got tired of reading comments from various US people discussing their states and the weather therein. I had no idea where most states where and thought it was time I rectified the situation. I found an 'American states quiz'. You type in the state and the word moves down the page to the appropriate position on a map of the USA. The first time I got about 10 states. Last time I tried I managed to get 38. While I'm not perfect yet, with a bit more practice I reckon I'll have a good idea of roughly where each state is. Then perhaps I'll tackle the Canadian states. And then the European countries. I love that I'm always learning things here.
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@Morleyhunt (20328)
• Canada
8 Jan 16
Hate to tell you, Canada has Provinces and Territories, not states. Most of our provinces are large ( except the Maritime provinces) and our territories are in the North.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan 16
I'll look forward to learning more about them
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@Bluedoll (17054)
• Canada
8 Jan 16
How dare she refer to us like Americans. I am so insulted. - just joking around. State! ummmph!
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan 16
@Bluedoll I'm displaying my ignorance a bit - but others will be able to feel far superior if they're so inclined.
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@jaboUK (54871)
• United Kingdom
8 Jan 16
I look up the states to see where mylotters come from too. I just fetch up a map of the US and find them that way.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan 16
That's a good idea too but I thought I'd have a go at 'learning' them to some degree.
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@Platespinner (17046)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
8 Jan 16
If it's any comfort there are an awful lot of Americans who don't know where most of the different states are either. And yes I am a bit of a geography snob. Of course my knowledge of Australian geography is less than stellar, but thanks to a dear college friend I do know that Perth is in Western Australia, and is a LONG, Long way from the other major Australian cities.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan 16
And we West Aussies intend to keep it that way! . And I got to 46 US states last try. Yay!
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
8 Jan 16
@JudyEv Good for you. There are a few in the middle (Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Idaho that always give me pause--and I've BEEN there!).
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan 16
@Platespinner I found another quiz. This one I have to drag the name to each state - back to square 2.
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@LadyDuck (170893)
• Switzerland
8 Jan 16
I was going to say that Canada does not have states, but a Canadian already told you.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
8 Jan 16
I have no difficulty with the US States and am aware of the approximate locations in relation to each other. The same would apply to the Australian territories, although that is to be expected since there are only 7. Canada would be more difficult for me, but all in all I have a respectable mental picture of the global map.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan 16
I'm very impressed. I am way behind the eight ball when it comes to geography.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
8 Jan 16
@JudyEv I remember a work colleague many years ago boasting that he had once been able to list all 50 US states. I responded that anyone could do that and took a plain piece of paper. I listed them during lunch and break times, but after the initial burst I slowed down rapidly. Annoyingly I could only list 49, which annoyed me more when I arrived home and looked them up because I overlooked West Virginia.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Jan 16
@Asylum I can get a heap quickly now but the last few are difficult. I am now trying to place the names in the right places on a map.
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• United States
8 Jan 16
I'm in Pennsylvania on the border of New Jersey. Sometimes I still have to figure out where some of our states are too. I've never been good at geography
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan 16
Haha. I know where that is and yesterday morning I wouldn't have! I'm feeling very smug at the moment. Perhaps you can tell.
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@garymarsh6 (14367)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 16
I love Geography and know roughly where each state is. North South East or West. Oh not forgetting that bit at the top and those islands way down in the pacific,
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 The bit at the top and the islands are really easy!! It's all the rest that are hard.
• United States
8 Jan 16
Many Americans don't understand our states. Where I live in TN we are in the Eastern Time Zone, yet I have a cousin in Maryland who keeps saying that I am an hour behind her..dah....I'm not, I'm in the same time zone. People should look at a map once in a while!
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan 16
I thought if I had some idea of the states the time zones and weather patterns wouldn't be quite so bewildering.
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• United States
8 Jan 16
@JudyEv The crazy weather in the US that we're having would only confuse you more. The south has had some bitterly cold weather and then it switches and the warm weather got north - then it flip flops again.
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• United States
9 Jan 16
@ivyparkgirl I talk about it all the time.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Jan 16
I live in the US and sometimes not sure what state is next to another lol. Illinois is in the midwest and I live very near Chicago which is on Lake Michigan.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Jan 16
I might have a go at learning the capitals once I have a handle on the states.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Jan 16
@JudyEv My son can name all the capitals of the states, but I have to admit I used to know but that was a long time ago, and I'm sure I don't anymore.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Jan 16
@fishtiger58 That's pretty impressive. I wonder if I'll be able to master that.
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@garymarsh6 (14367)
• United Kingdom
8 Jan 16
I have a mental picture of where the states are roughly. I would love to visit every state in the USA maybe once I retire!
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan 16
There seem to be a few MyLotters who are aiming to achieve this too.
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@garymarsh6 (14367)
• United Kingdom
8 Jan 16
@JudyEv I still have a few to go yet.
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@ramapo17 (25251)
• Melbourne, Florida
9 Jan 16
@JudyEv that would be a great thing to look forward to one day. When we had an RV we had a map on the side of it of the United States and every time we visited a different state, we would put the proper state on the map where it belonged. It was fun.
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@Missmwngi (10773)
• Nairobi, Kenya
8 Jan 16
Here we have counties and not states however we used to have provinces until the constitution changed
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan 16
I think this will be a good learning experience for me. I need to do the same with African counties as I'm pretty ignorant there too.
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@RasmaSandra (19041)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
8 Jan 16
@JudyEv you can always learn a lot online. I am in Riga, Latvia but was born in NYC. I remember going to school in the US and having to learn all of the 50 states plus their capitals. I just finished writing some armchair travel blogs about Europe and now I am writing about your country Australia. You have one fascinating and beautiful country. My hubby travels to Sydney on business now and then.
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@Missmwngi (10773)
• Nairobi, Kenya
8 Jan 16
@JudyEv Yeah it is a good way to learn
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@UncleJoe (10621)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
9 Jan 16
I live in the State of Confusion!
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
9 Jan 16
It seems you and I must live in the same state...but I seem to have gotten here first.
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@UncleJoe (10621)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
9 Jan 16
@ivyparkgirl Thank you, Kelly. I've always wondered where I was born and raised.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Jan 16
@UncleJoe @Platespinner @ivyparkgirl Haha. I feel pretty sure the state of confusion is packed with people!
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@DianneN (82237)
• United States
8 Jan 16
Thanks to an excellent teacher and my love of travel, there are very few locations that I do not know, unless it's a small town or village. In that case, I look for it on a map.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan 16
I'd like to be like that. Now with the internet and fun quizzes maybe I'll at least improve a bit. I need to.
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@DianneN (82237)
• United States
10 Jan 16
@JudyEv I think most people need to learn more about our world and geography.
@DianneN (82237)
• United States
10 Jan 16
@ivyparkgirl Yes, I live in Florida for the winter months, but Connecticut the rest of the year. I answer questions when I am here or have the time. Thank you.
@Platespinner (17046)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
8 Jan 16
I keep scrolling past your title as I mine through the site for interesting tid-bits to read. I can't help but succumb to the temptation. Sometimes I think I'm perpetually in the state of confusion . Sorry, sometimes I just can't help myself.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
9 Jan 16
@JudyEv I resisted for a while, but I've learned over the years that resistance is futile. Besides which I figured you would appreciate a chuckle as well.
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@zebra2222 (5171)
• United States
9 Jan 16
I'm in Michigan which is the MItten state.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Jan 16
Why is it called the Mitten state? I am trying to take notice of the shapes of the States as I go too. Michigan was one of the ones I found really hard to remember.
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@kaka135 (14068)
• Malaysia
8 Jan 16
I am not so good in geography. I wonder how many states I'll get it right if I take the quiz, it's fun to try it out. My son is always interested in geography, or the World map, I have to learn it together with him.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan 16
I quite enjoyed doing the quiz. And it made a change from Spider Solitaire.
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@paigea (22453)
• Canada
9 Jan 16
I tried one site and got 60%. I will have to try again.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Jan 16
That would probably be considered pretty good. Was that just naming them? Or placing them too?
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@paigea (22453)
• Canada
9 Jan 16
@JudyEv That was placing them and I didn't get to choose the order I did them in.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Jan 16
@paigea I'm not very good on placing all the small ones up the east coast.
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@mom210 (6779)
• Atlanta, Georgia
8 Jan 16
Way to go. I can understand it being confusing. I use those quizzes on my kids. I think it is important for them to know the areas around them. Next we are going to work on some overseas areas, because we all need to know those as well. It does get hard though.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan 16
It is an easy and interesting way to learn - not as boring as perhaps it might be otherwise.
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@mom210 (6779)
• Atlanta, Georgia
9 Jan 16
@ivyparkgirl Opps, I am in Georgia, just above Florida. It is warm here, usually does not snow but we CAN get if from time to time and my kids would be SO thrilled.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Jan 16
@mom210 I can just about name all the states right round the perimeter. Still have trouble with a few in the middle. :)
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@BelleStarr (39591)
• United States
8 Jan 16
I am quite sure you do better than I would with the Australian states!1 lol I know NSW and I am not sure if I know any others.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan 16
You could have a guess at Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory - and probably Tasmania .
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@BelleStarr (39591)
• United States
9 Jan 16
@JudyEv Oh I do have a friend in Tasmania I should have thought of that and I do know you are in Western Australia aren't you?
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Jan 16
@BelleStarr Yes, the west is best :) Sometimes poor old Tasmania gets left off our maps. It is a lovely place - reminded me of England as it's cool and green.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
8 Jan 16
That is a great idea. I need to look up Canada and the European countries.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan 16
There are some nice little quizzes on the net. They're quite enjoyable to do.
@troyburns (1428)
• New Zealand
8 Jan 16
My knowledge of US geography is pretty good - my wife and I try to remember all the state capitals when we have nothing better to do. Dom's better than us though - he just sings this:
Animaniacs video of Wakko's famous 50 State Capitols song
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