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How Many US States?  
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2117 times:

Of how many states do the USA consist?

Some of you might say that's a silly question, but I'm a little confused. I used to think that there are exactly 50 states. Last week however, I watched a "Friends" episode, and Ross tried to name all 51 US states.  Confused Or was that meant to be a joke? If so, it was not obvious, and I think the number of US states is not a sort of "general education", especially when translating the episodes into other languages - here in Germany, most people can't name all German "Länder" or all members of the EU, some don't even know the *number* of "Länder"(16) / EU members(15)! How do you expect us to know the number of US states?!

I can already see some members posting waving flags of his/her respective state - please don't! It would be much more creative if somebody would be able not only to tell me the number of states, but also name all the states (without using a map, of course). I tried it once, and I found the names of 46 states.
But for the first, the number of states would be a good start.

Thanks for your help!

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User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

It is actually 50 states (48 + Alaska and Hawaii) and Puerto Rico, which is not a state (I believe, it is officially a colony). also there are many other such "colonies" -- Northern Mariana, Guam, Saipan, several islands in oceania.

User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2077 times:

Alaska and Hawaii are also states, it may confuse you in the way I written it. Just theyare both farer from the main USA.

User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2080 times:

I finally found a list of all dependant areas of the USA:
50 states and one district (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming),
American Samoa, Baker Island, Guam, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Islands, Navassa Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palmyra Atoll, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Wake Island


User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2068 times:

Thanks. So it's 50 states. Why did Ross search for 51 states? He's an academic, he knows how many states there are - and, most importantly, they did not mention in the end of the episode that there are only 50 states. This is all very confusing! Did anybody else see the episode I'm talking about?

User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2051 times:

In the official USA there are fifty states and one distrcit (Columbia District, where Washington is). Maybe he mixed that district with state.
Other reason might be that he mixed Puerto Rico as state. Puerto Rico is, unlike most of Reefs and Attols in Pacific (except Northern Mariana), a place where human lives and not some small island with just airstrip or military base.


User currently offlineVickybiccy From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 212 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2037 times:

In my stressful final term at uni I couldn't sleep and so to help me nod off I tried to remember all the states...

It was dull... but it worked!!!

 Sleepy


User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2734 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2022 times:

You all forgot Canada, that makes 50.5 doesn't it ?


" Help, help ... I'm being oppressed ... "
User currently offlineMcringring From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2016 times:

No because Texas doesn't count and Alabama is only 0.5. Canada gets the full 1.0 (only because of the massive land area). So it all works out.

User currently offlineMcringring From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2016 times:

Oops! screwey math.

I guess Canada is stuck with only 0.5. Sorry!


User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

@ Vickybiccy : That is a great idea. I might want to try that tonight as well. Hope it works !!!!!


User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1992 times:

@ B737-700: Somebody having "Abitur" exams?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1982 times:


How do you know Ndebele ?


User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1960 times:

Don't worry, B737-700! Just a little bit of "Das Leben des Galilei", "Die Leiden des jungen Werther", "Educating Rita" and "Lord of the flies" (some things will never change...). A few weeks later you have your 2.6 abitur, Bundeswehr will decide that you are "T5 - untauglich", and this combination is just good enough to become a check-in agent for Swissair... this is at least what happened to me  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineBoeingnut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1934 times:

"Marge, may I play Devil's Advocate?" - Homer Simpson

To be a TOTAL tightass about things, there are 48 states and 2 commonwealths (Pennsylvania and Massachusetts). The only difference I can see between that and a state is in the name, but you will never, EVER, see anything that says the state of Massachusetts on.

Yes, its stupid, but TECHNICALLY, its true.

Okey, you can all start calling me silly names now  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineTakkyu_Ishino From France, joined Oct 2001, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1924 times:

you forgot the 51st state....







"Israel"  Big grin


User currently offlineHepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1925 times:

Wait a sec, I thought Virginia was also a commonwealth? I seem to have a vague memory of once looking at a friend of mine's Virginia drivers license, and I could have sworn it said Commonwealth of Virginia. Then again, I could be wrong.

User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1920 times:

Isn't Northern Mariana also officially known as "Commonwealth of Northern Mariana"? Search for that in CIA factbook, I believe it is so.

User currently offlineHurricane From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1917 times:

Beat me to it, Hepkat. Virginia is a commonwealth, so that means 47 states, 3 commonwealths, and America Jr., Canada  Laugh out loud

User currently offlineJessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1906 times:

There are more commonwealths than that
Kentucky is one at least.
I'll search for more later  Smile


User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 20, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1910 times:

Actually, there are 4 Commonwealths: Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. There's almost no difference between a "state" and a "commonwealth" other than slight differences in the way our state constitution was written. And is that wasn't confusing enough almost every aspect of our government is referred to as "state". IE, the "state legislature" and most importantly, our grand "State House".

And although it's not a "commonwealth" in sense of the before-mentioned, Puerto Rico is officially known as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

LH423



« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
User currently offlineHepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1894 times:

My friend from the Commonwealth of Virginia (since we're getting all official and all) told me that technically, if Virginia were ever to become unhappy with the way things are being run, they could secede from the union, and become their own State, as in country. This also means she would no longer be an American citizen, but a Virginia citizen. Of course this would set a whole barage of legalities into motion. Would Virginia citizens need visas to travel into the U.S.? Would we charge them a toll or something? How about the military? And trade? Could we force a trade embargo on Virginia because they start acting all snotty? And what about Virginian that pissed me off on I-95 the other day, could we deport their asses back to Virginia?

User currently offlineHurricane From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1890 times:

Any state could do that at any time, Hepkat. That's what all the southern states did during the Civil War...I thought I heard somewhere that Key West, FL secceded from the US for something like 1 minute to protest something and ask for 'foreign' aid...

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29832 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1876 times:

And truth be told the Alaska Statehood Act, which made the Territory of Alaska an so called American "state" is invalied because it never allowed for a choice to become a Commonwealth such at Puerto Rice, or to seek independence. The statehood act was the third of fourth time that it had been presented before the people of Alaska and the only reason why it passed was that the Native population where denied the vote in that election. They had been allowed all the other times.

Today the Alaskans are involved in a non-violent stuggle to regain their freedom and domination from an uncaring Washington D.C. Eventually we will succeed and Alaska will be the proud nation we are entitled to be.

The Alaska Independence Party



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1868 times:

The eskimos are seceding?

25 L-188 : They prefered to be called the tropically impared
26 Yyz717 : actually they prefer latitude-dominant.
27 Travelin man : I asked the Eskimo question tongue-in-cheek, but is this "Alaska Independence" site for real? Is there seriously a movement to secede from the States.
28 Post contains images Yyz717 : Canada will gladly take Alaska! (I guess).
29 Redngold : I'm doing all of this without a map, encyclopedia, almanac or other reference material: There are 50 states if you define them as "admitted to the Uni
30 L-188 : Actually...I predict a war for the hearts and minds of the disputed Yukon Territory.
31 Yyz717 : The only people who seem to travel to the Yukon are German tourists. Condor 763's every summer into the tiny Whitehorse airport. I guess they're looki
32 Post contains images Airsicknessbag : Oh, Abitur time again? Poor poor pupils, can´t enjoy the 50th birthday celebrations of our beloved BaWue Ndebele, is invalidity necessary for becomin
33 Lt-AWACS : yes Daniel when the Republic of Texas, joined with the USA (in late 1845, really not until late Jan 46) it reserved the right to split into up to 5 st
34 Jwenting : There is indeed strong sentiment in Alaska towards cesession. Not just amont the so called "Natives" but among other groups too. Many feel they are le
35 Hepkat : But what other alternative is there besides secession? Can Alaska really survive on its own as a country? Does it have industry, commerce? Can the eco
36 N312RC : Hepkat -- OIL OIL OIL!
37 L-188 : Hepkat....I am going to predict that we could see a population drop by as much as a 1/3 if Alaska where to succed. There are some people who are just
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