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1/29/03

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States sure are funny-looking. I like states with vestigal tails, like Iowa:

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and Missouri:

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…although I’ve always hated the Missouri slogan of “The Show-Me State.” What, does that make the rest of us gullible? Besides, Missourians, as far as I know, don’t have a specific character. You know who does?

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That’s right, Nebraska. When I gave a talk at Hastings College, the entire auditorium knew the State Song (“Beautiful Nebraska”). Do any of the 19 million residents of New York State know the state song of New York?

I like it when states reach for something that they might not deserve. Take Alabama and Mississippi, for instance, both violently sticking out a body part to touch the Gulf of Mexico:

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And what makes Oklahoma so desperate to touch New Mexico?

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Idaho seems to have a thing for Canada:

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And who wouldn’t? Canada is full of great people. One of my favorite places on God’s Green Earth is Prince Edward Island. I think they should have the slogan “Prince Edward Island: The Island That’s Also a Smile.”

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