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Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:55 pm

With a little "downtime" over the last several days I did some sketching for a new local business logo. One proposal included the shape of the state of Tennessee with the city name inside the shape. A few questioned my reasoning for using the graphic outline of the state shape instead of spelling out the city and state name. My response was that everyone locally knows the state shape, and then I opined that (probably) almost everyone nationally would recognize the shape of Tennessee also.

Which got me thinking. I also believe that most USAers would recognize the shapes of Florida and Texas. Probably California, too. Your thoughts. Would I be incorrect in my assumptions? Any other states you can think of off hand? (I ain't got a map in front of me). best regards...jack
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:01 pm

This one too:



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Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:09 pm

Would seem to me this shape is fairly recognizable  http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/united_states/wyoming_90.jpg
 
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:17 pm

Nothing can beat Texas for recognizability.

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Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:31 pm

without preparation I could Name at least 45 out of the 50, even when shown without the panhandle.....  

A question which was recently in a TV Magazine asked, adapted from "Who wants to be a millionaire" - which 2 states have borders with 8 other states.

Now, answer without looking at the map...
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:57 pm

I would have said Texas for sure.

Maybe followed by California, Florida, and Alaska. Michigan is distinctive because of its two halves.
 
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:38 pm

We, on this forum, would very easily get what state is mentioned. However, the average American would not. In California, we know the shape of our state because it is on so many logos. Oregonians know the shape of their state because, again, logos. However, if someone had a shape of Ohio with nothing else going along with it, I don't think many people here would be able to pick out what state it is.
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:44 pm

Quoting sw733 (Reply 3):
Would seem to me this shape is fairly recognizable

Agreed, Colorado is very recognizable.
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:40 pm

Minnesota is fairly recognizable. Far more than our western neighbors  
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:15 pm

I would think anyone would recognize Nevada, Idaho, and Utah.
 
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:49 pm

The only states that I can see being a real issue for a lot of folks , are the big square states , Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Dakotas. The rest seem easy to me.
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:51 pm

During my undergrad at ASU in our Human Geography class we looked at a study that was analyzing landscape and place of locations. A part of the study was to give ASU students, who come from all over the country to party, a blank map with the outlines of all the states and were tasked to fill them in. The results were fairly shocking. AZ, CA, NY, FL, IL, TX, AK, HI were the most guessed correctly, but most other states, especially in the midwest, south and plains regions were anywhere from 40% to 75% correct on their answers. IIRC IA was the lowest.

Then there is this: http://www.buzzfeed.com/adamellis/he...u-ask-people-to-draw-maps-of-the-u
 
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Quoting osubuckeyes (Reply 13):
A part of the study was to give ASU students, who come from all over the country to party, a blank map with the outlines of all the states and were tasked to fill them in. The results were fairly shocking.

Man, we had to learn that in 3rd grade, I think. Along with knowing all the state capitals.

Quoting osubuckeyes (Reply 13):
Then there is this:

Although I'm sure a lot of those are jokes, I'm not really surprised at all. I know US states pretty well, but I'd be hard-pressed to draw them accurately and proportionally, with all the states bordering the correct neighboring states. That takes more skill than knowing where the states are.
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:08 pm

I'm a geography buff and know all states shapes as well as Canadian provinces.
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:18 pm

Quoting casinterest (Reply 12):
The only states that I can see being a real issue for a lot of folks , are the big square states , Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Dakotas. The rest seem easy to me.

Kansas and the Dakotas are not squares. Kansas, for example, is a rectangle...with a corner ripped off  
 
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:56 pm

Quoting sw733 (Reply 16):
Kansas and the Dakotas are not squares. Kansas, for example, is a rectangle...with a corner ripped off

Ok, we'll call them parrallelogramish states.   I can recognize them all on site. However my point was that they can be confusing for those that forgot their capitals and states from grade school
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:15 pm

Quoting sw733 (Reply 16):
Kansas and the Dakotas are not squares.

Nor are Colorado and Wyoming.  
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:29 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):
I'm a geography buff and know all states shapes as well as Canadian provinces.

Could you tell the difference between WY and CO with no labels or geographic identifiers - just the shape off the state only?

Quoting Stabilator (Reply 10):
Minnesota is fairly recognizable. Far more than our western neighbors
Quoting Aloha717200 (Reply 11):
I would think anyone would recognize Nevada, Idaho, and Utah.

You'd be amazed at what many adults can and cannot recognized. Early in our relationship, my wife and I were looking at a map, and she struggled to identify which state Arizona is (followed me banging my head very loudly), and Arizona has a very distinctive shape (mostly because of the border with Mexico).

Quoting seb146 (Reply 8):
However, the average American would not.

  
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Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:19 pm

Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Alaska
 
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Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:17 am

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 1):
Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 2):
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I think I got New York (1); Alaska (2), forgot about that. Not entirely recognizable (to me) immediately.

[quote=sw733,reply=3]Would seem to me this shape is fairly recognizable

Yeah....REAL recognizable :     (Circle gets the square?)

As an aside, there is a political figure (who I truly dislike so much that I forgot his name) whom I have seen, without props, draw on a large board the entire USA with all state lines/shapes and identify each and every one correctly. I only know a few surrounding counties locally. Jeeeeze. Anyway, I'm thinking most folks would recognize the two T's and FL?

(P.S. The owners chose my TN graphic this afternoon - out of six proposals - that I spoke of in the OP). All best....jack
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Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:49 am

Texas without a doubt.

Quoting cptkrell (Thread starter):
and then I opined that (probably) almost everyone nationally would recognize the shape of Tennessee also.

You have way too much faith in a lot of our countrymen, sad to say

Quoting osubuckeyes (Reply 13):
The results were fairly shocking.

IDK, the results seem to be more or less what I would have expected to see.

Minus the square states, VT and NH used to confuse me until someone said VT looks like a V and NH didn't. As dumb as that sounds, that's how I tell the two apart
 
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Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:42 am

One of the best gifts I received as a child was a world atlas for my 7th birthday.
I loved studying maps at an early age and never had this geography issue so many people have.
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These have more recognition than the Coca Cola logo!


 
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Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 9):
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AIRLINERS.NET CREWPHOTO SCREENERQuoting sw733 (Reply 3):Would seem to me this shape is fairly recognizable
Agreed, Colorado is very recognizable.

Damm, you beat me to it.

But in either case it doesn't make a very good gang sign, unlike the shape of my home state of Alaska.
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Tue Nov 19, 2013 4:55 am

Quoting Aloha717200 (Reply 11):
I would think anyone would recognize Nevada, Idaho, and Utah.

No one would recognize Nevada. They are too drunk to understand what it looks like!

I am thinking up a witty retort for Utah and Idaho. Something about magic underwear and potatoes.

Quoting casinterest (Reply 12):
The only states that I can see being a real issue for a lot of folks , are the big square states , Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Dakotas. The rest seem easy to me.

A list that made it's rounds around the interwebs many moons ago gave all the states new nicknames. The one for Kansas was "First of the square states".
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Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:37 am

I'd say Hawaii, but after living here for almost 2 years now, I'd say one too many people in the US don't even realize its a state.

The genuinely dumb questions that I get about this place baffle me

So while distinctive in that its the only US state made up of ALL islands, it has its hurdles elsewhere lol
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Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:53 pm

Considering that anyone with hands looks at an approximate map of Michigan's Lower Peninsula daily, I sure hope that one would be highly recognizable.   The UP is also a rough hand map if you hold your hand parallel to the ground with the thumb up.
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My homestate of Massachusetts with its Cape Cod arm.

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Tue Nov 19, 2013 3:47 pm

Quoting tz757300 (Reply 24):
These have more recognition than the Coca Cola logo!

You threw me for a second with Delaware, because I never before realized it had that rounded bit at the top.

From Wikipedia:

The definition of the northern boundary of the state is unusual. Most of the boundary between Delaware and Pennsylvania was originally defined by an arc extending 12 miles (19.3 km) from the cupola of the courthouse in the city of New Castle. This boundary is often referred to as the Twelve-Mile Circle.[b] This is the only nominally circular state boundary in the United States.
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Quoting airportugal310 (Reply 27):
So while distinctive in that its the only US state made up of ALL islands

Hawaii is also the only state with no stright line in it's border.   
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I think Oklahoma is another one that most people would know.



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Quoting PHX787 (Reply 33):
Florida looks like a flaccid penis

Turn your map upside down.
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Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 31):
The definition of the northern boundary of the state is unusual. Most of the boundary between Delaware and Pennsylvania was originally defined by an arc extending 12 miles (19.3 km) from the cupola of the courthouse in the city of New Castle. This boundary is often referred to as the Twelve-Mile Circle.[b] This is the only nominally circular state boundary in the United States.

Yup, the boundary of Delaware has a pretty unique history. Some of the state is actually on NJ land, there is a wedge, and given the fact Delaware in essence seceded from Pennsylvania has made for some interesting disputes with Maryland. (I grew up in DE)
 
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Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:31 pm

Quoting seb146 (Reply 8):


Bad example.... Ohio IMHO is very recognizable.

Kansas, Nebraska, S and N Dakota.... Minnesota vs Wisconsin.... and then all the small north east states.... Americans are dumb surely they would screw these up
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Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:39 pm

Grew up in Illinois and I would put Michigan first.

Quoting osubuckeyes (Reply 13):
ASU students, who come from all over the country to party, a blank map with the outlines of all the states and were tasked to fill them in. The results were fairly shocking. AZ, CA, NY, FL, IL, TX, AK, HI were the most guessed correctly, but most other states, especially in the midwest, south and plains regions were anywhere from 40% to 75% correct on their answers.

Not everyone is shocked.
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Quoting PHX787 (Reply 33):
Florida looks like a flaccid penis

Homer Simpson had a thought about that at my link in reply #28...
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Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:12 pm

Quoting Caryjack (Reply 32):
Hawaii is also the only state with no stright line in it's border.

WY, CO, and UT are the only states that don't have a geographical feature as part of their border.
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Sat Nov 30, 2013 7:19 am

I saw this online about Brits attempting to identify the 50 US states.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/robinedds/it...ed-some-brits-to-label-the-us-stat

Some of the labels they attached to certain states are very interesting indeed. To be fair I don't think most Americans would know all the countries in Europe let alone where Scotland or Wales is. Probably Northern Ireland too even though the name should be a clue. I wouldn't know where Kent, Essex and Surrey are though and I've probably been there too  
 
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Sat Nov 30, 2013 6:04 pm

I'll give a shout out to Arizona - all straight borders except for the western one which is defined by the meandering Colorado river.
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Quoting osubuckeyes (Reply 13):
Then there is this: http://www.buzzfeed.com/adamellis/he...the-u

I retract my previous statement. Apparently Idaho doesn't exist.

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