Can You Name These U.S. States by Shape and Flag?

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The United States is made up of 50 States, 1 federal district, and 5 territories. The first U.S. State was Delaware, having ratified the U.S. Constitution on December 7, 1787. The rest of the original 13 colonies soon followed. Over the next almost 200 years, the Union admitted the rest of what today constitutes the 50 States. While no new States have been admitted since Hawaii in 1959, U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico have been the subject of discussion for becoming the 51st State.

Until then, the Union consists of 50 States, each represented by a star on the American flag. The stripes on the American flag represent each of the original 13 colonies, making the American flag a visual representation of both its origins and its current state, united together in one tapestry.

Each State carries its own flag, history, and traditions, and together form the United States of America. How well do you know the shapes and flags of these States? Test your knowledge with this US State quiz, and learn some fun facts about the States along the way!

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1. Everything's bigger in this state!

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  1. Texas
  2. New York
  3. Montana
  4. California
Maybe not everything is bigger in Texas, but Texas itself is almost as big as the entirety of Western Europe!
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2. You might gamble your money away in this state.

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  1. Nevada
  2. South Carolina
  3. California
  4. New Jersey
Nevada is home to two gambling hot spots, Reno and Las Vegas. Nevada legalized gambling in 1931, partly as a response to the economic blow of the stock market crash of 1929, which signaled the beginning of the Great Depression.
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3. This island state is known as the Aloha state.

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  1. American Samoa
  2. Connecticut
  3. Alaska
  4. Hawaii
"Aloha" is a Hawai'ian word meaning love, affection, peace, compassion, and mercy. But usually it's used to mean "Hi" :-)
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4. Many have rushed to this state for the Gold and the Silicon.

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  1. Washington
  2. Nevada
  3. Oregon
  4. California
The California Gold Rush saw around 300,000 people rush to California in search of gold and riches between 1848 and 1855. The rush peaked in 1849, giving inspiration to the name of the San Francisco NFL team, the Forty-Niners!
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5. This state is known for its cheese and Green Bay Packers.

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  1. Ohio
  2. Georgia
  3. Wisconsin
  4. North Dakota
Wisconsin is the country's largest producer of cheese, making billions of pounds per year. Wisconsin takes cheese so seriously, that it requires a licensed cheesemaker to supervise the production of commercial cheese.
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6. This state pays up to $2,000 per year to every resident from the revenues of its oil production.

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  1. Arkansas
  2. Wyoming
  3. Alaska
  4. Hawaii
Since 1982, the State of Alaska has paid out an annual dividend to every resident in Alaska, ranging from just below $1,000 to over $2,000. This program is largely hailed as a successful implementation of a form of Universal Basic Income, funded by the State's most lucrative export, oil.
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7. Many sing the song to its name: "Sweet Home ..."

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  1. North Carolina
  2. Alabama
  3. Mississippi
  4. Virginia
"Sweet Home Alabama" was released by Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1974. It reached number 8 on the US chart that same year and was the band's second hit single.
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8. Former President Clinton hails from this state.

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  1. New York
  2. Washington
  3. Alabama
  4. Arkansas
President Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III and raised in Hope, Arkansas. After college and law school, he returned to his home state to become a law professor at the University of Arkansas, and begin his political career by running for the House of Representatives. He later became Governor of Arkansas for two terms.
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9. This state boasts the beautiful Grand Canyon.

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  1. Nevada
  2. Alabama
  3. Ohio
  4. Arizona
The Grand Canyon is bigger than the entire State of Rhode Island! Keep this in mind for another question in this quiz. ;-)
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10. You can find the Rocky Mountains and Rockies baseball in this state.

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  1. North Dakota
  2. Maryland
  3. Montana
  4. Colorado
The Colorado Rockies play in Coors Field, sponsored by another Colorado-grown organization, Coors Brewing Company. Never fear beer-lovers, Coors Field serves a wide variety beers other than Coors!
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11. Peaches are popular in this southern state.

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  1. Iowa
  2. Louisiana
  3. Georgia
  4. Florida
The peach is the official fruit of the State of Georgia. In fact, Georgia also has an official state vegetable (Vidalia onions), state crop (peanuts), and state prepared food (grits).
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12. You might find plenty of potatoes in this state.

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  1. Montana
  2. Idaho
  3. Alaska
  4. Oregon
Russet potatoes are often mixed up with Idaho potatoes, but not surprisingly, only potatoes actually grown in Idaho can be called Idaho potatoes.
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13. Former President Obama was a senator from this state.

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  1. Illinois
  2. Washington
  3. Arkansas
  4. Ohio
Barack Obama met his wife, Michelle Obama, in Illinois, when she served as his summer advisor at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin. Michelle (née Robinson) Obama was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, where as a teenager she commuted three hours to attend Whitney Young High School on the West Side of Chicago.
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14. This federal district is not actually a state.

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  1. Delaware
  2. Maryland
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. U.S. Virgin Islands
Washington, D.C., formally known as the District of Columbia, has no representatives in the Senate, but receives 3 electoral votes in presidential elections.
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15. Hoosiers hail from this state.

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  1. South Dakota
  2. North Dakota
  3. Indiana
  4. Michigan
Hoosiers are named after the common term for people from the State of Indiana, though the precise origin of the word is not entirely known. The term gained widespread popularity from Indiana resident John Finley's poem, "The Hoosier's Nest", which appeared in The Indianapolis Journal in 1833.
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16. Dorothy and Toto aren't in this state anymore!

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  1. Louisiana
  2. Kansas
  3. Oz
  4. Arkansas
Although an exact town in Kansas is not named in the Wizard of Oz, the town of Liberal, Kansas has fashioned itself as the unofficial hometown of Dorothy and Toto, featuring a replica of Dorothy's house as shown in the movie starring Judy Garland, which serves as a museum and visitor center.
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17. Come to this state for the fried chicken or the derby.

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  1. Georgia
  2. Iowa
  3. South Carolina
  4. Kentucky
Colonel Harland David Sanders was the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, now known as KFC, but was not actually a military colonel. Instead, the title of "Kentucky Colonel" was bestowed upon him as an honor from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Also, Kentucky is officially a Commonwealth, not a State.
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18. This state is the childhood home of popstar Britney Spears.

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  1. New York
  2. California
  3. Mississippi
  4. Louisiana
Miss Britney Jean Spears is the pride of Kentwood, Louisiana, though she was born in McComb, Mississippi. Superfans can get their fix of Britney memorabilia at the Kentwood Historical & Cultural Museum, unofficially known as the Britney Spears Museum.
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19. In this state, you can pahk the cah in Hahvahd Yahd.

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  1. New York
  2. Massachusetts
  3. California
  4. Pennsylvania
This phrase is commonly used to demonstrate a Boston accent, though it is not actually possible to park a car in Harvard Yard, without breaking some laws and fences.
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20. This state is where the Orioles play at Camden Yards.

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  1. Colorado
  2. Minnesota
  3. Maryland
  4. Oregon
Oriole Park at Camden Yards is one of the few Major League Baseball stadiums that has not sold its name to a corporate sponsor. Though if they do go down that route, they could consider these companies headquartered in Maryland: Black & Decker, Goodwill Industries, and Lockheed Martin.
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21. The Appalachian Trail ends in this northeasternmost state.

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  1. New Hampshire
  2. Maine
  3. Washington
  4. Vermont
The Appalachian Trial passes through 14 states, from "Maine to Georgia" (its popular slogan), though most people hike north, starting in Georgia and ending in Maine.
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22. Residents of this mitten-shaped state might cheer, "Go Blue!"

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  1. Georgia
  2. Montana
  3. Michigan
  4. Oklahoma
Michigan's mitten-shape is made distinct by "the Thumb", made up by Huron, Sanilac, Tuscola, Lapeer, and St. Clair Counties. University of Michigan's sports teams are unofficially known as the Wolverines, though they do not have an official mascot to cheer, "Go Blue!"
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23. Former wrestler Jesse Ventura was governor of this state.

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  1. Massachusetts
  2. Minnesota
  3. Missouri
  4. Montana
Jesse "The Body" Ventura, served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam war, was a professional wrestler from 1975 to 1986, and served as Minnesota's 38th governor from 1999 to 2003. An eclectic career, to say the least!
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24. Show us you know this Show-Me state.

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  1. Idaho
  2. Missouri
  3. California
  4. Virignia
The nickname, "Show-Me State" is not officially recognized by the State government, but is printed on Missouri license plates. It is not entirely clear what Missourians want you to show them...
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25. This state is home to the The Happiest Place on Earth.

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  1. Texas
  2. Michigan
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Florida
Apologies to those of you who were frustrated that California was not an option here, since "The Happiest Place on Earth" actually refers to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, whereas Disney World in Orlando, FL is technically known as "The Most Magical Place on Earth". And to those of you who did not know that, enjoy that new factoid!
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26. Spelling this state's name is a mouthful of s's and i's.

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  1. Mississippi
  2. Missouri
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. Tennessee
The popularity of the song "M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I", written by Bert Hanlon and Ben Ryan in the early 20th century, has resulted in generations of American school children being able to correctly spell this difficult-to-spell State name.
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27. The sky sure is big in this Big Sky state.

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  1. Iowa
  2. Maine
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Montana
Another common nickname for Montana is "The Treasure State" due to its abundance of mineral resources. The official State motto is "Oro y Plata", which is Spanish for "gold and silver".
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28. Billionaire Warren Buffet calls this state home.

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  1. New York
  2. Wyoming
  3. Nebraska
  4. Pennsylvania
Warren Edward Buffet, one of the richest humans in the history of the world, was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and to this day still calls it home, living in the same modest house he bought in 1958 for $31,000. Buffet has pledged to give away the majority of his wealth to philanthropic causes.
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29. This state is the location of the movie and city Fargo, eh?

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  1. Nebraska
  2. Missouri
  3. Minnesota
  4. North Dakota
The 1996 movie "Fargo" opens with text saying the events of the story take place in Minnesota, which it largely does, but the city of Fargo, where the movie also takes place, is located in North Dakota.
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30. This state is where the first presidential primary takes place.

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  1. Connecticut
  2. Ohio
  3. Iowa
  4. New Hampshire
The first presidential primary takes place in New Hampshire, though the first activity in the presidential election is actually the Iowa caucuses, which take place about a week earlier.
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31. This state is home to the hit MTV show starring Snooki and The Situation.

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  1. California
  2. Florida
  3. New York
  4. New Jersey
MTV's Jersey Shore was set in a vacation house in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, but The Situation was actually born in Staten Island, New York, and Snooki was born in Santiago, Chile, and adopted when she was six-months old.
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32. Many companies incorporate in this business-friendly state.

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  1. Delaware
  2. California
  3. Rhode Island
  4. New York
It might surprise you to learn that actual humans are born in Delaware, not just corporations! These humans include Ryan Phillippe from New Castle, DE, Elisabeth Shue and Aubrey Plaza, each from Wilmington, DE.
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33. If you visit this state, look out for aliens in Roswell.

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  1. New Mexico
  2. Utah
  3. Arizona
  4. Nevada
In 1947, a weather balloon crashed near a ranch in Roswell, New Mexico. Despite the U.S. Army's confirmations to the contrary, the myth that it was actually a flying saucer carrying aliens to Earth, has persisted through decades of the American imagination.
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34. Start spreading the news! This state has Big Apples.

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  1. Alabama
  2. Illinois
  3. New York
  4. New Mexico
The "Big Apple" nickname for New York was popularized when journalist John J. Fitz Gerald used the phrase in the context of horse racing.
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35. This state birthed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and LeBron James.

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  1. South Dakota
  2. Michigan
  3. Arkansas
  4. Ohio
Despite leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018 to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James remains dedicated to his hometown of Akron, Ohio, where he opened a learning center for challenged youth later that same year.
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36. The wind comes sweeping down the plain in this state.

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  1. Oklahoma
  2. Kansas
  3. Ohio
  4. Montana
The song "Oklahoma!" from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical of the same name, describes the State as where "the wind comes sweeping down the plain, and the waving wheat can sure smell sweet when the wind comes right behind the rain!"
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37. Find the characters of Portlandia in this state.

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  1. Oregon
  2. California
  3. Washington
  4. Texas
In addition to the TV show, "Portlandia" is also the name of a sculpture by Raymond Kaskey, located in front of the Portland Building in downtown Portland, Oregon, depicting a woman holding a trident with one hand, and reaching downward with the other.
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38. Hershey's has been making chocolate in this state since 1894.

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  1. Michigan
  2. Wisconsin
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. Kentucky
Although the Hershey Company is now headquartered in its namesake town of Hershey, Pennsylvania, it was founded in nearby Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
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39. This is the smallest state by size.

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  1. Delaware
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Vermont
  4. New Jersey
It's so small, the entirety of Rhode Island would fit inside the Grand Canyon!
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40. This state is where the Civil War started at Fort Sumter.

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  1. Virginia
  2. New York
  3. Louisiana
  4. South Carolina
The first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina on April 12, 1861. The site is now a National Historical Park.
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41. This state is where you'll find the faces of four Presidents staring you down from a mountain.

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  1. Minnesota
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Virginia
  4. South Dakota
Mount Rushmore features the carved granite faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, but the originator of the idea, South Dakota historian Doane Robinson, initially wanted the sculpture to feature other American heroes, like Buffalo Bill.
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42. This state's capital Nashville is the home of country music.

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  1. Tennessee
  2. Texas
  3. California
  4. Kentucky
Popstar Taylor Swift moved to Nashville at age 14 to pursue her music career, but was born and raised near Amish country in Reading, Pennsylvania.
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43. This state has the country's largest Mormon population.

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  1. Utah
  2. Wyoming
  3. West Virginia
  4. Maine
With a population of roughly 2 million in Utah, Mormons make up more than 60% of Utah's entire population.
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44. Students at Yale University study in this state.

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  1. California
  2. New York
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Connecticut
Yale University is part of the Ivy League, often misunderstood as a group of schools based on academic reputation, but is in fact an athletic league. As of 2019, Yale has won a total of 29 NCAA team national championships, though the Ivy League is the only NCAA Division I conference that does NOT award athletic scholarships. So keep hitting those books if you want to call yourself a Yalie!
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45. With the sparkling waters of the Chesapeake Bay, this state is for lovers.

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  1. Virginia
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Nebraska
  4. Georgia
"Virginia is for Lovers" is the tourism slogan for Virginia, coined in 1968 by a marketing team that originally considered more specific slogans like, "Virginia is for History Lovers" and "Virginia is for Beach Lovers".
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46. This state is known for its maple syrup and former presidential candidate Howard Dean.

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  1. Massachusetts
  2. Vermont
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. Virginia
Howard Brush Dean III served as Vermont's Governor from 1991 to 2003, but is perhaps more famously known for ending his bid for the presidency in 2004 by screaming too loudly at a rally. He also likes maple syrup, probably.
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47. This state is home to Microsoft and was home to the Seattle Supersonics.

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  1. New York
  2. Washington
  3. Indiana
  4. Delaware
Despite Microsoft CEO's efforts to keep the team in Seattle, the Supersonics were re-located to Oklahoma City and re-named the Thunder in 2008.
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48. College sports fans in this state cheer, "Go Tar Heels!"

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  1. North Dakota
  2. South Carolina
  3. South Dakota
  4. North Carolina
"Tar Heels" is the nickname of the University of North Carolina sports teams, as well as residents of the State in general. Folklore has it that the name comes from the tar created from pine forests that served as one of the States important exports in its early history.
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49. This state is the subject of John Denver's song, Take Me Home, Country Roads.

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  1. South Carolina
  2. Montana
  3. West Virginia
  4. Oregon
Though John Denver's song is now considered an iconic homage to West Virginia, one of the song's writers, Bill Danoff, originally considered naming the song "Massachusetts" just because it contained the same number of syllables as "West Virginia".
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50. This state is home to the Grand Teton National Park and lots of buffalos.

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  1. Wyoming
  2. Wisconsin
  3. Washington
  4. Kansas
"Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo." is a grammatically correct and complete sentence in American English. Just trust me (or Google it!).
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51. This state is the fictional home of Starfleet Captain James T. Kirk.

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  1. Ohio
  2. Iowa
  3. Idaho
  4. Michigan
James Tiberius Kirk will be born in Riverside, Iowa in the year 2228. Until then, you can visit the Star Trek Voyage Home Museum in Riverside to have an unofficial, home-made Trekkie experience.
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