Monday, January 5, 2009


REJECTED STATE MOTTOS

ALABAMA
Literacy ain't everything

ALASKA
Come, freeze your butt off

ARIZONA
Winter home to 150,000 snowbirds

ARKANSAS
Where family trees don't have branches


CALIFORNIA
As seen on TV

COLORADO
Too wimpy to cross the mountains so we stopped here

CONNECTICUT
Way too close to New York

DELAWARE
So close to Washington you can smell it

FLORIDA
Senior citizen discounts available

GEORGIA
Confederate money welcome

HAWAII
Come, get lai-ed

IDAHO
Land of a billion "eyes"

ILLINOIS
Land of the voting dead

INDIANA
Two billion years, tidal wave free


IOWA
Just east of Omaha

KANSAS
Ya want flat, we got flat

KENTUCKY
Tobacco is a vegetable

LOUISIANA
Swim the beautiful Bayou

MAINE
You can spit on Canada from here

MARYLAND
If you can dream it, we can tax it

MASSACHUSETTS
Our taxes are lower than Sweden's


MICHIGAN
Land of the free, home of the Buick

MINNESOTA
10,000 Lakes, 10,000,000,000 mosquitos


MISSISSIPPI
We're lucky we can spell it

MISSOURI
Here's mine, Show Me yours

MONTANA
Land of the Big Sky, and very little else

NEBRASKA
Ask about our state motto contest


NEVADA
We have our own nuclear testing site

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Like Old Hampshire, only newer

NEW JERSEY
You have the right to an attorney...

NEW MEXICO
Alien Welcome Center - Roswell

NEW YORK
Like we CARE about a motto

NORTH CAROLINA
We're cheaper by the carton

NORTH DAKOTA
The OTHER South Dakota

OHIO
Don't judge us by Cleveland

OKLAHOMA
We're OK, you're NOT!

OREGON
As pretty as California but not as weird

PENNSYLVANIA
Cook with coal

RHODE ISLAND
Size ain't everything

SOUTH CAROLINA
Just south of North Carolina

SOUTH DAKOTA
Closer than North Dakota

TENNESSEE
Thank goodness we've still got Elvis

TEXAS
Si Hablo Ingles

UTAH
Our Jesus is better than your Jesus

VERMONT
Bet ya can't name 2 of our towns

VIRGINIA
Home of the CIA, but we're not supposed to know that.


WASHINGTON
We like our state, so STAY OUT!

WASHINGTON DC

Wanna be Mayor?

WEST VIRGINIA
Where "family values" has a different meaning

WISCONSIN
Say "Cheeeese"

WYOMING
Where men are lonely and sheep are scared


copied from here

Do you know your State's real motto? State bird? State flower?

14 comments:

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

These are good - I don't know where you find this stuff. Well, if I click on the link I know, but I mean how you originally locate the stuff.

Virginia - The Old Dominion State, cardinal and I don't know.

Busy Bee Suz said...

The sunshine state.
"In God we Trust". Very surprised some crazy did not take the God out yet.
The mockingbird. You know, those lovely birds that chase you down for your hair or attack your dogs and cats if they get too close to their nests. lovely birds.

I like the Oregon motto the best. very funny.

hollywood said...

NM is "The Land of Enchantment" & our state bird is the Road Runner. I have no idea what the flower is.

We like to say The Land of Entrapment :)

Our Gov. just bailed on the Obama cabinet as well.

This a NM News Update!

The Incredible Woody said...

Tennessee's motto is 'Agriculture and Commerce', state bird is the mockingbird, and the state flower is Iris. Had to learn that in grade school and why I still remember it I'll never know!

big hair envy said...

Virginia

Motto: "Sic Semper Tyrannis" (I don't have a clue what it means, but I learned it in elementary school!)

Bird: Cardinal

Flower: Dogwood

Yes, I was once an Education major:)

BTW - That .4 lb. you lost in your sleep? It TOTALLY counts!!!!

Caroline said...

Hilarious! I know nothing about my new state except it's full of fruits and nuts (can you guess where I live?). LOL!

Life with Kaishon said...

Motto: Virtue, Liberty and Independance
Bird: Ruffed Grouse
Flower: Mountain Laurel

What is yours?

Grandma J said...

Ok, CBW, I just looked up the official wiki slogans....which differs from all the license plate and common slogans because the lovely state of Virginia is: Sic semper tyrannis(latin), translated to:"Thus always to tyrants". Yeah, I know, try putting that as an answer on a pop quiz...or your license plate.

Buzy Suz, You cheated, didn't you? Dang, now I can't play gotcha! BTW, the mocking bird should be the state bird here in TX because they are arrogant (and ugly) SOBs. They even dive bomb JJ and anyone in the pool at dusk.
But really, the TX bird is probably the vulture because they are always up there circling. I'm starting to take it personally.

Hollywood, Yep, Land of Enchantment, but wiki says, Crescit eundo (latin) which translates to "It grows as it goes". What the heck does that mean? No wonder no one puts that on their license plate. Besides a great deal of NM is too baron to grow much...I mean like its a desert with radioactive sand (jk). HA! The Roadrunner...beep beep!

I.Woody, You nailed it too...even though I could have sworn Tennessee's was "The Volunteer State". I bet Vol Fan agrees with me...maybe.

BHE, You show off, you! I bet CBW could kick herself for not checking with you before posting...but then she was the first to post so that counts for something. The .4 lbs I lost was probably in my fingers from blogging.

Caroline, I sure do know where you are! I spent my life there...and miss that ocean! Of course, the motto is "Eureka!", meaning "I found it". Of course where I worked they thought the motto was "El Norte Mexico" (please! no hate comments, its a joke).

Rebeckah, you nailed it too! I am not surprised!
Now Texas...according to wiki it's, "Remember the Alamo". The flower is the BlueBell...which is easy to remember because if a product doesn't have the lone star on it, it has a blue bell, or it's called Blue Bell...as in ice cream or cookies ....seriously!

Cool Breeze said...

How 'bout Va's slogan:

"Virginia is for Lover's"

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Grandma J. - Check your inbox regarding a potential change to dates.

Also, I considered dogwood the state tree, so that's why I didn't talk about it...although I had no clue about the motto. BHE wins, for sure. I almost stuck in Cool Breeze's "Virginia is for Lovers" too - we've had that forever.

I think they made a typo - I believe what they meant to say was Virginia is for Wine Lovers.

M, Ms. R, Mom, Auntie M, Marey said...

Yep I know CA from 4th grade California history...Eureka! Golden State, Poppy, Quail, Grey Whale, Dogface butterfly...but I had to chuckle at Utah...and feel sad about MI because it won't be tru for much longer....I enjoyed reading them...and then making some up of my own!

Jason, as himself said...

My favorite, of course, is the one from Utah!

Life with Kaishon said...

I just came back to thank you for teaching everyone something today : ).

I educated my little family tonight at supper. Kaishon said, "I learn all day at school and then I come home and learn here too." I told him to thank you : ).

CGS said...

Texas Tree - Pecan
Bird - Mockingbird
Motto - Lonestar State
Flower - Bluebonnet
Dish - Chili

They crammed it all in during mandatory 7th grade Texas history. I don't think other states make their students have a whole year on the history of their state, but then Texas is by far the best state. Too bad I don't live there anymore. =)