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The Saturday Six: The United States of What?

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It’s no secret that the rest of the world is not all that fond of Americans; it’s somewhat rightly deserved. American’s are proud. We are even proud of things we should not be proud of, like the fact that we are #1 in obesity, or #1 in daytime talk show drivel, or even #1 in bacon memes.

But to us, all that matters is that it has a #1 in front of it. It’s the competitive nature we share. If we can’t be number one in it, we just kind of ignore it, or call it bad…like soccer.

Despite that trait, one could argue that what is really cool about America is all the diversity. The rest of the world can not argue with that. From the west coast movies and desert, to the south with it’s speciality cooking and flavored moonshines, to the midwest farms and teen angst, all the way to the northern big metropolitan cities and lobster dishes.

So many different types of lobster dishes…lobster rolls, lobster cakes, lobster on the shell, lobster linguine, lobster thermidor, grilled lobster, chilled lobster…

(Sorry.)

 Anyway… even if you hate America, we have Disney World…and we know you don’t hate Disney World. We actually have two of them. We have the most Disney Worlds. We are #1 in Disney World ownership…

(Sorry again.)

 Happy Saturday!

#ApplaudTheJellyfish


1.  Why is that State so…

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Calahan:  “It’s true that California is expensive. How expensive? We’re considering saving money on ink and just saying that it’s ‘spensive.”

Chris:  “Saying Florida is hot is like saying the sun is hot. Duh. Little known fact, the sun vacations in Florida.”

Omawarisan:  “South Carolina is poor, but they have a cable channel that shows The Dukes Of Hazzard 24 hours a day. I’m not saying that’s good, I’m just saying it.”

Rants:  “Currently in Kansas, I just can’t argue with flat, which I’d say beats the shit out of Nebraska’s boring.”

Katie:  “Look at all those poor, cold, and expensive states! Corrupt has never looked so good.”

Chowderhead:  “Nevada is spot on.  That’s what my checking account balance reads every time I leave that state.”

2.  What Brand is this State known for?

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Chris: “I’m from Ohio. I am so proud that we are known for lotion and rubber.”

Calahan:  “I’m from California and that infographic of the state is literally what our state looks like from space.”

Omawarisan:  “There is a race in NC where people run two miles to a Krispy Kreme, eat a dozen donuts and run back. People in NC throw up a lot. A LOT.”

Rants:  “God I love Colorado.  Do you know how much it cost to have a copper tap run 400 miles across Kansas to my kitchen?  Holy crap.”

Katie:  “I’m learning so much about the state of Wyoming today.”

Chowderhead:  “It’s by no coincidence that all the brands that nobody’s ever heard of are popular in the states that nobody lives in.”

3.  The Most Popular Actor From That State…

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Chris:  “The best that Washington can do is Rainn Wilson? Really? That’s like having your state be famous for Wilford Brimley…oops…sorry Utah…”

Calahan:  “Woo-hoo! We got Tom Hanks! Does that mean we get Colin Hanks, too? It does? Yeah… that’s cool. Sure.”

Omawarisan:  “West Virginia, Steve Harvey is an actor? When did that start? I’m still waiting for him to be funny.”

Rants:  “Well, at least I can drive to Iowa in a few hours.”

Katie:  “My elaborate fantasy that Harrison Ford was from Indiana just died.”

Chowderhead:  “Burt Reynolds sounds like a gas grill brand.  And look, Brad Pitt is pointing at Neil Patrick Harris in this photo.”

4.  What do British people think about your State?

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Jack:  “Even though Game of Thrones is filmed in Northern Ireland, the British think that the White Walkers reside in Alaska. I’m also a little confused by the “Giant Heads” thought around the area of Iowa and Nebraska. Otherwise they’re spot on about everything.”

Omawarisan:  “Yeah, Wizard Of Oz. Never saw it. I’ve heard things.”

Rants:  “Except for the ‘Giant Heads’ thing, surprisingly accurate.  Love the Gulf Coast ‘fucked up shit.”

Katie – “OK, “Sufjan Stevens album” isn’t too surprising, but I am intrigued that British people are more familiar with Slipknot’s origin than I am.”

Chowderhead:  “I don’t even know what hemisphere British people live in.”

5.  Top Movies By State

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Calahan:  “Poor Hawaii. They’re best known for getting their ass kicked 70 years ago. What about surfing? Hula dancing? The Brady Bunch and cursed tiki?”

Chris:  “Sadly Ohio…Kmart went bankrupt…where are you going to get your underwear now, Rain Man?”

Omawarisan:  “Was My Own Private Idaho a song or a film first? And what benefit is there in having an Idaho?”

Rants:  “How awesome is it that Fargo won two states?  Also, Oma, one word: ‘Taters.  All you want.”

Katie:  “It seems like there’s an alarming inheritance-related murder mystery taking place between Georgia and Tennessee.”

Chowderhead:  “Oh, pssh, very original, Nebraska…”

6.  What Is Your State Worst At?

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Calahan – “Oh, Texas. You’re the country’s lovable, but dumb cousin. If any state will go on to proudly display their wall of participation awards, it’ll be Texas.”

Chris:  “It’s hard to believe that the state that has the most wedding chapels also has the highest divorce rate…but at least you could get married by an Elvis Impersonator, Spiderman, or in a porn museum…that’s worth the price of divorce right there!”

Omawarisan:  “Maryland, most cursing? I grew up there and I’m calling bullshit on that.”

Rants:  “I’m going to die in a tornado.  Stop cheering.”

Katie:  “Of course Illinois is the worst at nonprofit agencies! Without profits, how would we embezzle.”

Chowderhead:  “Wrong.  Michigan never went to road building school.  If you ever decide to move here, invest in a bicycle.  And Xanax.”

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About Christopher De Voss (132 Articles)
One Of The Hosts Of Podcast 42. Online Producer for The Over The Line Show. Voice over actor, writer on various websites, published author, should not eat cheese but still does. Follow me on twitter: @chrisdevoss

52 Comments on The Saturday Six: The United States of What?

  1. NotAPunkRocker // May 24, 2014 at 9:00 am //

    I would say Virginia is probably pretty accurate (especially “strict” and “tobacco”). The last time I saw a brand-map, we were still “famous” for AOL.

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  2. Thank you – as a Brit I’ve learnt more about America from your post than I’ve ever known before (including what I’m meant to think as a Brit). Now I just to learn which state is which.

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  3. As a South African-Brit this has been most educational. Also I’m sorry but I do hate Disney Land… Harry Potter World on the other hand…

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  4. My cousin and I have been considering participating in the Krispy Kreme race as it’s only 30 minutes from where we live. I, however, loath Krispy Kreme, so I doubt it will come to pass.

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  5. True, there is that…

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  6. Sorry what were you saying? Everything after lobster was a bit of a blur. Lobster, YUM! I lived in the states for a few years, Las Vegas, and there was this one casino (not on the strip) that had whole lobsters in their seafood buffet (Well half-lobsters anyway but if you pushed the two halves together it made a whole one, and in true buffet style you could have as many as you wanted). We used to go regularly with a friend on seafood night and pretty much not touch anything else apart from the lobsters and pots of melted butter. It was amazing how many we could get through in one sitting. I do think we were single-handedly responsible for them removing lobsters from the seafood buffet after a few months. So anyway, what were you saying after lobster?

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  7. I believe the Big Heads are referring to Mt. Rushmore… funny shit…
    AOL did run the world… I miss chat rooms and all their unspoken creepy

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  8. Cowboy’s, Meth and Atomic Bombs… I’m guessing the British will not be invading New Mexico in the near future.

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  9. True confessions:

    1. When I was a kid, I thought the giant heads were a natural phenomenon that just coincidentally happened to look like US presidents.

    2. Until I read this post, I had no idea My Own Private Idaho was a movie.

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  10. 1jaded1 // May 24, 2014 at 1:39 pm //

    Not a fan of Disney. Something seems to happen that turns their child actors into freaks. Sad. “Michigan never went to road building school.” Truer words never spoken til now. Happy Saturday.

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  11. Great work, y’all! Seriously funny. Wish I had time to have participated. The most interesting thing I noticed about these maps is that British people seem to know far more about the US than we do.

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  12. So educational today! Thanks so much. For some reason I like the Brit one the best. And I will agree California is expensive. I will try the ink trick! It’s worth a shot.

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  13. We moved from expensive to backward overall I’d agree 😉

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  14. Oh Arizona….I just….*facepalm*

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  15. Best group grope…sorry. POST ever?
    It just could be.
    You are all totally brilliant and no doubt kind to old ladies and Girl Guide cookie sellers.

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  16. Just in time for summer vacation! My kids now have a map to study & memorize weekly through the 4th of July. Because there is just way too much stuff they don’t teach them in school. You have inspired me to return to homeschooling.

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  17. Canadians are actually number one in the world, we are just to polite to broadcast it. 🙂

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  18. Fun. And I don’t care what they say, I’m happy with / proud of my state (OH) and country.

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