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Title: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: road-runner on November 01, 2019, 08:40:36 pm
A few weeks ago one of my brothers asked me whether I could name at least 4 USA states. I did.

When I got home I found this online quiz: Can you name the US states? (https://www.sporcle.com/games/g/states) When the time is up or you (click) give up you get to see the ones you could not remember. It helped me learn the names of all 50 states and where each one is located.

Then I moved onto this quiz: Can you find the United States on a map? (https://www.sporcle.com/games/Matt/find_the_states)

Now I do this one every morning: Can you find the US states without any outlines? (https://www.sporcle.com/games/mhershfield/ive-got-a-blank-map-baby)

The first time I did the top quiz I could name 39 states but only knew where 6 were, so the 2nd quiz was a dismal failure first time.

If you have a go, do tell how you got on.

I would now like to learn a few interesting facts about each state.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Kim on November 01, 2019, 08:48:03 pm
My mum used to be able to recite them all in order.  As a child I considered this to be an even more tragic waste of neurons than learning multiplication tables, and I haven't really changed my mind...
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Deano on November 01, 2019, 09:03:29 pm
Wasn't this a Friends episode?
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: ian on November 01, 2019, 09:05:19 pm
My state-ninja skills netted me 100% even without outlines. That's 99% more than Donald can do (and I know where Puerto Rico is). I can also (probably) name most state capitals. I've never been to Nebraska though. I think I might have driven through Indiana once, but I was lost. Chapter 29 of my Utterly Mundane Memoir will focus exclusively on West Virginia.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: orraloon on November 01, 2019, 09:45:13 pm
You are Olivia Newton-John (cos John Denver) and ICMFP.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Basil on November 01, 2019, 10:59:06 pm

Oh what did del-a-ware boy, what did delaware
what did del-a-ware boy, what did delaware
she wore a brand new jersey,
she wore a brand new jersey,
she wore a brand new jersey,
that's what she did wear
One, two, three, four
oh, why did cali-fon-ia
why did cali-fon
why did cali-fon-ia
was she all alone
she called to say ha-wa-ya
she called to say ha-wa-ya
she called to say ha-wa-ya
that's why she did call
Uno, deis, tre, quatro
oh what did missi sip boy
what did missi sip
what did missi sip
through her pretty lips
she sipped a minne sota
she sipped a minne sota
she sipped a minne sota
that's what she did sip
where has oregon boy
where has oregon
if you wan al-ask-a
go ahead and ask her
she went to pay her texas
she went to pay her texas
she went to pay her texas
that's where she has gone
Well how did wis-con-sin boy
she stole a new-brass-key
too bad that arkan saw boy
and so did tenne-see
it made poor flori-di boy
it made poor flori-di, you see
she died in miss-our-i boy
she died in miss-our-i
oh what did del-a-ware boy, what did delaware
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Jaded on November 01, 2019, 11:05:10 pm
Basil, some of those are repeats...
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Basil on November 01, 2019, 11:29:24 pm
Not my song.  Something I remember from my boyhood.  Seems it was Perry Como.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: road-runner on November 01, 2019, 11:49:22 pm
As a child I considered this to be an even more tragic waste of neurons than learning multiplication tables, and I haven't really changed my mind...

I'm cool with that.

Wasn't this a Friends episode?

What a great memory you have! 4'20" YouTube video:
Friends - All the states in six minutes or Chandler's dumb states game (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22HXTrqn468)
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Moleman76 on November 02, 2019, 06:16:06 am
after you get the states and state capitols down, then you can move on to counties, as this person did:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_exvcplrFU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_exvcplrFU)

The first time I heard this on the air, he explained it as "I went to school here and we learned such things then"
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: T42 on November 02, 2019, 08:27:51 am
Humph.  I'm still trying to learn all the départements of France, and I've only been here since 1972. French schoolkids get them drummed in.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Karla on November 02, 2019, 10:12:55 am
Next you've got to learn all the elements of the periodic table.  Have fun!
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: T42 on November 02, 2019, 10:16:37 am
Used to know a bloke who could 'pronounce' them - h'hellibobc'noffne & so forth.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 02, 2019, 10:20:18 am
It's fairly easy doing this quizzes, at least with a bit of practice (though forced order makes it harder – and minefield would be dismaying) but quite another just listing all 50 off your head, no prep.

Waste of neurons? Of course, but depends what else you want to do with them.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: road-runner on November 02, 2019, 11:10:10 am
Waste of neurons? Of course, but depends what else you want to do with them.

Quite. I don't fancy learning county or city names but rather get a better general overview of the country where many friends live or other interesting things that crop up. For example, when American friends speak of home, now I can see (in my mind) where they are talking about.

No offence to Karla, but I will play my wasted neutrons card (thanks Kim and Cudzo) regarding the periodic table. I failed chemistry at school and have never managed to muster enough interest. However, I used to play squash with a chemist who said that at school she was totally fascinated by the table. She has made it her life's work and loves her work.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 02, 2019, 11:43:48 am
At least a list of states is definitive and simple enough not to contain mistakes, unlike a lot of Sporcle quizzes. The most entertaining one I found (to me) was one where you had to say if landmarks were in the USA or Canada. One of the photos showed a tower just like Cabot Tower in Bristol. Obviously it must be in Nova Scotia (or is it Newfoundland?) at the other end of his journey, but how curious that not only is the tower identical but they've landscaped the hill to look the same. Google shows Cabot Tower in St John's, Newfoundland, is a squat stone building, unlike the elegant brick structure ( :P) here. What's more, someone had even pointed this out in the comments a year ago, but the wrong photo is still there.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Kim on November 02, 2019, 12:24:43 pm
Next you've got to learn all the elements of the periodic table.  Have fun!

Risk of that being useful, thobut.


In my defence, I once absolutely aced a pub quiz by being able to label most of the countries in Africa.  That was around the same time as the infamous University Challenge incident, so perhaps there were karmic forces at work.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 02, 2019, 01:15:45 pm
My state-ninja skills netted me 100% even without outlines. That's 99% more than Donald can do (and I know where Puerto Rico is). I can also (probably) name most state capitals. I've never been to Nebraska though. I think I might have driven through Indiana once, but I was lost. Chapter 29 of my Utterly Mundane Memoir will focus exclusively on West Virginia.

You haven't missed much in Nebraska unless you like Very Large Locomotives.  Or this:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/4347/36967793215_063dffb4d7_4k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YjHAZ6)
Archway Monument, Kearney (https://flic.kr/p/YjHAZ6) by Mr Larrington (https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_larrington/), on Flickr

Edit: Got 49/50 without looking at the map coz it was hidden under the iPad's keyboard, then peeked to see I'd missed Michigan on the west-to-east mental pass.  One day I'll visit Hawaii and complete the bingo card :smug:
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Karla on November 03, 2019, 01:41:12 pm
At least a list of states is definitive and simple enough not to contain mistakes, unlike a lot of Sporcle quizzes. The most entertaining one I found (to me) was one where you had to say if landmarks were in the USA or Canada. One of the photos showed a tower just like Cabot Tower in Bristol. Obviously it must be in Nova Scotia (or is it Newfoundland?) at the other end of his journey, but how curious that not only is the tower identical but they've landscaped the hill to look the same. Google shows Cabot Tower in St John's, Newfoundland, is a squat stone building, unlike the elegant brick structure ( :P) here. What's more, someone had even pointed this out in the comments a year ago, but the wrong photo is still there.

Urgh, Sporcle has so much misinformation!  It's like doing one of those pub quizzes where the QM can't pronounce the question and you know they didn't even research it on Wikipedia, they just downloaded a readymade question list. 
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: spesh on November 03, 2019, 02:10:15 pm
Next you've got to learn all the elements of the periodic table.  Have fun!

Risk of that being useful, thobut.

At this point it is obligatory to channel the Harvard Bard: "This may prove useful to somebody some day perhaps, in a somewhat bizarre set of circumstances."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcS3NOQnsQM
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Steph on November 03, 2019, 03:49:05 pm
48 out of 50; ran out of time. Missed Loiusi and Nebra.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Redlight on November 03, 2019, 03:53:57 pm
46 out of 50.  I didn't do myself any favours by not realising until some way in that I didn't actually have to identify which was which. I was busy clicking on the outlines and then back into the text box to type in the names, and wondering why it was so slow.  ::-)   I didn't notice Hawaii next to Alaska (who would?) and confess that I wasn't aware that there was a West Virginia.  There other two - Missouri and Arkansas - were just down to poor memory.

Somewhere on line there is something similar with the counties of England which, oddly, I recall finding much harder.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: ian on November 03, 2019, 04:02:20 pm
I can't do counties of England, for sure, but they're not very interesting. I can do the periodic table. I know the US states because I was always fascinated by America as a child, same for all the countries of Africa. I do a thing where I learn something new every day, usually by randomly skipping around Wikipedia or similar while my wife does whatever it is she does in the bathroom before bed. This level of pointless knowledge, of course, makes me much in demand on the party scene.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Wowbagger on November 03, 2019, 04:47:52 pm
The counties of England (and the rest of the U.K. ) are useful to know because a bike ride will often traverse boundaries. Boundaries often follow rivers and rivers, being in valleys, give a pretty good clue as to where the hills are.

This seems to be irrelevant to the US. It is almost as though some invading marauders came in and carved it up with no reference whatsoever to the indigenous people.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 04, 2019, 09:49:12 am
Sporcle quiz for Wow: https://www.sporcle.com/games/gazzso/indianamerica
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: ian on November 04, 2019, 10:03:24 am
...
This seems to be irrelevant to the US. It is almost as though some invading marauders came in and carved it up with no reference whatsoever to the indigenous people.

Thus has all history been written.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: fimm on November 04, 2019, 12:58:01 pm
Next you've got to learn all the elements of the periodic table.  Have fun!
I used to be able to write out most of the periodic table from memory (I never quite got the lanthanides and actinides and don't care if I've forgotten how to spell them) because of Reasons. This is no longer a thing I waste neurons on.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Exit Stage Left on November 04, 2019, 01:07:44 pm
The two most interesting US quiz questions are 'What's the first foreign country you hit if you go South from Detroit? and 'Which State is closest to Africa?'
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: SteveC on November 04, 2019, 01:53:01 pm
Cuba and Rhode Island?
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Redlight on November 04, 2019, 02:20:58 pm
Cuba and Rhode Island?

Not New York?

(If I had a globe and a tape measure....)
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: T42 on November 04, 2019, 02:36:36 pm
...
This seems to be irrelevant to the US. It is almost as though some invading marauders came in and carved it up with no reference whatsoever to the indigenous people.

Thus has all history been written.

Bierce: “Aborigines, n. Persons of little worth found cumbering the soil of a newly discovered country. They soon cease to cumber; they fertilize.”

Cumberbatch take note.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 04, 2019, 03:22:16 pm
Canada, RI, oh such fun.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: ian on November 04, 2019, 05:36:03 pm
Canada is literally south of Detroit, you just drive across the bridge or the through the tunnel into Windsor, ON (via customs and immigration, of course).

Probably Maine, and the entire US is a lower latitude than most people think.

Fascinating bonus fact, Maine is the location of the only remaining US vs. Canada contested border (a small island of no particular consequence).
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Steph on November 04, 2019, 07:12:52 pm
I will add "name the furthest E/W/N/S states of the USA".
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Wowbagger on November 04, 2019, 07:21:37 pm
Sporcle quiz for Wow: https://www.sporcle.com/games/gazzso/indianamerica

86% whereas the average, apparently, is 70%.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: SteveC on November 04, 2019, 07:28:39 pm
and the entire US is a lower latitude than most people think.
There is a plaque on a beach in west Wales, not that far from Basil, which states that it is on the same latitude as the most northerly part of the contiguous 48 US states.
(Shame I can't remember exactly where...)
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: ian on November 04, 2019, 07:31:36 pm
I will add "name the furthest E/W/N/S states of the USA".

Hmmm. Maine, Washington, Michigan, and Texas.

Assuming you meant the 48 contiguous states and not Alaska and Hawaii.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Wowbagger on November 04, 2019, 07:37:52 pm
Next you've got to learn all the elements of the periodic table.  Have fun!

Risk of that being useful, thobut.

At this point it is obligatory to channel the Harvard Bard: "This may prove useful to somebody some day perhaps, in a somewhat bizarre set of circumstances."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcS3NOQnsQM

If you watch that, at 1 minute 50 seconds or so someone looking very like a youthful Michael Gove is in shot.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Steph on November 05, 2019, 12:35:06 am
I will add "name the furthest E/W/N/S states of the USA".

Hmmm. Maine, Washington, Michigan, and Texas.

Assuming you meant the 48 contiguous states and not Alaska and Hawaii.

I meant all 50. And for the 48, Minnesota is the northernmost.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Exit Stage Left on November 05, 2019, 01:04:54 am
Canada is literally south of Detroit, you just drive across the bridge or the through the tunnel into Windsor, ON (via customs and immigration, of course).

Probably Maine, and the entire US is a lower latitude than most people think.

Fascinating bonus fact, Maine is the location of the only remaining US vs. Canada contested border (a small island of no particular consequence).

Maine's the answer. But Newfoundland is the closest point to Africa in North America. Its position is why so many planes ended up at Gander due to 9/11. There's a musical about that. http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190212-come-from-away-why-we-need-the-911-musical
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: mark on November 05, 2019, 04:10:58 am
Maine's the answer. But Newfoundland is the closest point to Africa in North America. Its position is why so many planes ended up at Gander due to 9/11. There's a musical about that. http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190212-come-from-away-why-we-need-the-911-musical

Thanks for posting that. I spent a week in Gander after 9/11, and I was damned impressed at how the Newfounlanders responded to a few thousand people getting dropped in their laps the way they did.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Exit Stage Left on November 05, 2019, 06:48:24 am
The 911 musical is touring China next year. An accurate placing of Chinese provinces would be impressive.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: road-runner on November 05, 2019, 07:17:39 am
I will add "name the furthest E/W/N/S states of the USA".

On the western edge, the string of islands off Alaska means it stretches a long way west, probably beyond Hawaii. I have no idea which state Guam belongs to but it surely must be a contender for the westernmost point of the USA.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Exit Stage Left on November 05, 2019, 07:26:40 am
I will add "name the furthest E/W/N/S states of the USA".

On the western edge, the string of islands off Alaska means it stretches a long way west, probably beyond Hawaii. I have no idea which state Guam belongs to but it surely must be a contender for the westernmost point of the USA.

Guam isn't attached to a state, but is a 'Commonwealth', a term that's used by four 'States'.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth_(U.S._state)
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 05, 2019, 08:48:57 am
If we're including Guam then the southernmost point of the USA would be Tutuila. But that's probably getting even sillier.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Steph on November 05, 2019, 10:36:43 am
Again, I am only asking about States. There are loads of 'possessions' and other terms, such as Puerto Rico, which are not states. There are some really odd suggestions for Southernmost, and as the southernmost US=protected place is the Scott-Amundsen base at the South Pole...

So here are the answers NEWS based entirely on States, and not on territory.
48:
Lake of the Woods, Minnesota
Sail Rock, Maine
Cape Alava, Washington
Rio Grande south of Brownsville, Texas

50:
Point Barrow, Alaska
Peaked Island, off Attu Island, Alaska (past the 180 degree line of longitude)
Ogliuga Island, Alaska (or various rocks not QUITE past the E/W longitude split)
Ka Lae, Hawaii

Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 05, 2019, 12:58:06 pm
Canada is literally south of Detroit, you just drive across the bridge or the through the tunnel into Windsor, ON (via customs and immigration, of course).

Probably Maine, and the entire US is a lower latitude than most people think.


This.  A couple of years ago I was surprised to find vineyards in the Canuckistani part of the Okanagan, but a few minutes with an Internetz shewed that the 49th parallel appears to run smack through the middle of Karlsruhe, some way south of quite a lot of German viticulture.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Exit Stage Left on November 05, 2019, 10:02:12 pm
Half of Canada's population lives South of Milan.

https://www.citymetric.com/horizons/we-think-canada-long-way-north-half-its-population-lives-south-milan-1194
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Karla on November 06, 2019, 11:00:07 am
Canada is literally south of Detroit, you just drive across the bridge or the through the tunnel into Windsor, ON (via customs and immigration, of course).

Probably Maine, and the entire US is a lower latitude than most people think.


This.  A couple of years ago I was surprised to find vineyards in the Canuckistani part of the Okanagan, but a few minutes with an Internetz shewed that the 49th parallel appears to run smack through the middle of Karlsruhe, some way south of quite a lot of German viticulture.

Wanna go skiing in Cornwall?  Whistler is on a latitude with Lands End.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: T42 on November 06, 2019, 03:33:16 pm
Canada is literally south of Detroit, you just drive across the bridge or the through the tunnel into Windsor, ON (via customs and immigration, of course).

Probably Maine, and the entire US is a lower latitude than most people think.


This.  A couple of years ago I was surprised to find vineyards in the Canuckistani part of the Okanagan, but a few minutes with an Internetz shewed that the 49th parallel appears to run smack through the middle of Karlsruhe, some way south of quite a lot of German viticulture.

Right enough, we're ~5 km south of Lat 49°N and there are vineyards just up the road dead on it.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Wowbagger on November 06, 2019, 03:41:46 pm
There are vineyards in Kent, Essex and Suffolk. I have also visited one on the Shropshire/Welsh border. I am not convinced that any of these vineyards produce anything that could be described as potable. Having said that, I have yet to find anything potable from the vineyards of California.

Regarding comparative latitudes: when Kurt Searvogel was kicking his successful OYTT off in Florida, I remarked at the time that it was on an equivalent latitude to Cairo. A bit warmer than Marsh Gibbon!
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: mark on November 06, 2019, 03:52:48 pm
AIUI, German viticulture is concentrated in a few river valleys where the orientation of the valley wall lets the sun reflect off the river and warm the grapes. Presumably the river has to be wide enough to form a decent size reflective surface, and the valley wall has to be just steep enough to catch the reflected sunlight, without being too steep to hold soil.

There are vineyards in Kent, Essex and Suffolk. I have also visited one on the Shropshire/Welsh border. I am not convinced that any of these vineyards produce anything that could be described as potable. Having said that, I have yet to find anything potable from the vineyards of California.

If you haven't found anything potable from California, you're making a deliberate effort to buy the worst of California's offerings.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 06, 2019, 03:56:59 pm
The Romans grew grapes in Lincoln. ISTR being told this was the most northerly vineyard of the Roman Empire. No idea what the wine was like but I expect tastes have changed over the past 2000 years anyway.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Wowbagger on November 06, 2019, 03:57:51 pm
The Romans grew grapes in Lincoln. ISTR being told this was the most northerly vineyard of the Roman Empire. No idea what the wine was like but I expect tastes have changed over the past 2000 years anyway.

As has the climate!
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Wowbagger on November 06, 2019, 03:59:52 pm
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If you haven't found anything potable from California, you're making a deliberate effort to buy the worst of California's offerings.

Maybe they only export the dross to the UK? We benefit from easy access to French wines and those from southern Europe. I have yet to find anything to compete with these at an equivalent price.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: mark on November 06, 2019, 04:14:52 pm
Maybe they only export the dross to the UK? We benefit from easy access to French wines and those from southern Europe. I have yet to find anything to compete with these at an equivalent price.

That's a good possibility. The best California wines tend to come from relatively small operations. The big vineyards can probably ship their product in big barrels and bottle (or box) the stuff when it gets to the UK (or wherever they're exporting it). A smaller operation might not produce enough wine to do this, and shipping individual bottles of wine would drive up the price.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 06, 2019, 06:23:25 pm
The stuff that came from the vineyard on the north side of Ditchling Beacon was very palatable, to the extent that the Houses of Parliament made arrangements to buy their entire output chiz.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: ian on November 06, 2019, 08:00:42 pm
I have had a couple of OK British wines. But, of course, as documented elsewhere, I'm not a wine snob and generally, when I drink vino, it's Chateau Sainsbury's out of a box (because it's cheaper than the boxes they sell in Waitrose). If I'm drinking out of a bottle, it must be Christmas. Using a glass just generates more washing up.

In other news, I've been to the Trump winery.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Basil on November 06, 2019, 08:16:19 pm
I thought 'British' wine was not from British vineyards and is generally muck.  It needs to be labelled 'English wine.  Or 'Welsh', or are there any Scottish vineyards?
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Kim on November 06, 2019, 08:23:42 pm
Don't need vineyards to make Irn Bru...
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Wowbagger on November 06, 2019, 08:28:56 pm
I thought 'British' wine was not from British vineyards and is generally muck.  It needs to be labelled 'English wine.  Or 'Welsh', or are there any Scottish vineyards?

I believe this is true. "British" wine is made from imported grape pulp and turned into "wine" in this country. "English" wine is grown here.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Basil on November 06, 2019, 08:30:53 pm
Don't need vineyards to make Irn Bru...

GPWM
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Feanor on November 06, 2019, 08:45:29 pm
If you haven't found anything potable from California, you're making a deliberate effort to buy the worst of California's offerings.

++;
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: ian on November 06, 2019, 10:01:09 pm
My wife and I have invented an entirely (we think) mythical drink from our childhood called Grandcham. We both remember it, but no else does, not even the internet. But it's real and awesome and the universe has been ordered to forget about it. Imagine Irn Bru if it were nice and not made out of centrifuged Glaswegians,  a drink manufactured by angels on a successful mission to make a better ambrosia, a shimmering golden elixir so loaded with sugar that your brain fizzed gloriously for fifteen minutes after every glass. It was delivered to the doorstep by the pop-man in a breathless ceremony (mostly because he was fat from driving a lorry chased by kids all day).
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: T42 on November 07, 2019, 09:52:47 am
The Romans grew grapes in Lincoln. ISTR being told this was the most northerly vineyard of the Roman Empire. No idea what the wine was like but I expect tastes have changed over the past 2000 years anyway.

Aye - we don't add lead acetate any more to sweeten it. That might change after Brexit, of course...  ;D :demon:
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Exit Stage Left on November 07, 2019, 10:41:57 pm
My wife and I have invented an entirely (we think) mythical drink from our childhood called Grandcham. We both remember it, but no else does, not even the internet. But it's real and awesome and the universe has been ordered to forget about it. Imagine Irn Bru if it were nice and not made out of centrifuged Glaswegians,  a drink manufactured by angels on a successful mission to make a better ambrosia, a shimmering golden elixir so loaded with sugar that your brain fizzed gloriously for fifteen minutes after every glass. It was delivered to the doorstep by the pop-man in a breathless ceremony (mostly because he was fat from driving a lorry chased by kids all day).

Probably some variant of American Cream Soda. There is a powdered version.
https://www.allmarksweets.co.uk/american-cream-soda-powder-sherbet/
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: ian on November 07, 2019, 11:11:31 pm
I reckon if you did a couple of lines of that stuff you be rocking.
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 18, 2019, 09:57:34 am
This series of "logic, language and intuition" puzzles are quite fun.
https://www.sporcle.com/games/Scuadrado/austronesian-counting-puzzle?playlist=script-click&creator=Scuadrado&pid=1R9764e98
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 19, 2019, 10:19:53 am
I reckon if you did a couple of lines of that stuff you be rocking covfefe.

FTFY :demon:
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: asterix on November 19, 2019, 08:02:35 pm
The counties of England (and the rest of the U.K. ) are useful to know because a bike ride will often traverse boundaries. Boundaries often follow rivers and rivers, being in valleys, give a pretty good clue as to where the hills are.

This seems to be irrelevant to the US. It is almost as though some invading marauders came in and carved it up with no reference whatsoever to the indigenous people.

Guilty conscience?

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/TtbnZ_wS0-o/hqdefault.jpg)
Title: Re: Learning the states of the USA just for fun
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 22, 2019, 08:32:22 am
Next you've got to learn all the elements of the periodic table.  Have fun!

Every 1st year chemistry student when I was at uni.

No periodic tables allowed in exams. You really can't pass a physical chemistry exam without the periodic table - so we all memorised it. First few minutes before starting exam, everyone frantically writing it out on scrap paper.

Can't remember it anymore.