Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2897 posts, RR: 24 Posted (11 years 8 months 1 week ago) and read 1941 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. 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.
Sonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week ago) and read 1912 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.
Sonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1904 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
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2897 posts, RR: 24 Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1892 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?
Sonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1875 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.
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2897 posts, RR: 24 Reply 13, posted (11 years 8 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1784 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
Boeingnut From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 402 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (11 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1758 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
Excuse me, but what does God need with a starship?
Hepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2 Reply 16, posted (11 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1749 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.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 55 Reply 20, posted (11 years 8 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1734 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.
« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Hepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2 Reply 21, posted (11 years 8 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1718 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?
Hurricane From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1441 posts, RR: 1 Reply 22, posted (11 years 8 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1714 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...
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29513 posts, RR: 59 Reply 23, posted (11 years 8 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1700 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.