Last week I mentioned that Montpelier, Vermont is the only capital city in America without a McDonalds. Now it turns out that Montpelier has another curious distinction. Apparently, it's the the only capital where it's quite alright for a young woman to walk around the city without any clothes on. Here's the report....
In a recent public meeting, Milwaukee Supervisor Peggy West said she couldn't support Arizona's immigration laws, because Arizona doesn't border Mexico! She was deadly serious. Watch the clip above. Peggy West: the new poster child for America's need for better geographic education.
I don't know if this is good or bad, but there is only one U.S. state capital city that doesn't have a McDonalds. Can you name it? Hint: it's also the smallest state capital. Hint 2: It is pictured above. For the answer, click through....
reported on recent efforts to make Washington D.C. the 51st state. The reporting was excellent, as usual.... but the headline suggested naming the state "Columbia." Really? Columbia? Isn't that name already taken--by a South American nation that's a major exporter of cocaine. And what about the fallout from Native American tribes who don't consider Columbus Day worthy of much celebration? Why not avoid all the negative ramifications and just call the potential new state "Potomac." That's my suggestion, anyway. Read more in the "Potomac" entry in Lost States.
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....the book's designer does, that is. Doogie Horner, who designed Lost States--and created the terrific cover--had a spot on America's Got Talent. The audience (apparently teleported from a 1st century Christians vs. Lions contest) wanted Doogie's blood... at first. But, in perhaps the most miraculous audience flip in comedy history, Doogie won them over. Don't miss his next outing. Susan Boyle, move over.
computer program designed to figure out how our flag would look as we add more states. Garibaldi's program used the typical patterns we've used over the centuries... and allows you to click through all the possibilities. What's weird is that any state number would work just fine... EXCEPT 87 and 69. Those two numbers just can't be configured to work using traditional patterns. I guess we should name them the "Garibaldi Numbers"... for the guy who discovered this kryptonite of the American flag. Check out the interactive map for yourself. It's fun!
For a bigger map, go here.
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If you're here, you probably heard me on the radio today talking about Lost States. Feel free to explore the site... and of you'd like to get a copy of the book (Makes a great Father's Day gift!), you should be able to find it at Borders. It's also at Amazon.com, many west coast Costco's... and Barnes and Noble. Enjoy!