Monday, November 30, 2009

West Virginia Gives Us The Finger

As has been noted here previously, Michigan is the most anthropomorphic state in the Union. We Michiganians are proud to show you where we live (or where we're from) by pointing to a spot on our hand.

I also think Florida is anthropomorphic... but I"m not going there.

However, in a recent NPR Wait Wait Don't Tell Me blog post about the Senators drawing their home states, Ian Chillag pointed out that his home state of West Virginia can also be represented by the human hand:
We have a unique way of representing our geography: you take your left hand, stick your thumb out to the side, and stick up your middle finger. There it is, The Mountain State, staring you in the face. It's especially useful for explaining West Virginia geography to someone who just cut you off in traffic.




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6 Comments:

At Monday, November 30, 2009 , Blogger jhunterj said...

Ohio is also anthropomorphic -- if you count Wolverine from the X-Men among the anthros. His head's often a good fit, depending on how stylized the "hair wings" get.

 
At Monday, November 30, 2009 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Well.... I suppose you could say Ohio looks like Bozo the Clown as well...

 
At Monday, November 30, 2009 , Anonymous Andy Woodruff said...

As I recall, Wisconsinites also sometimes try to liken their state to a hand or mitten. It's a source of some contention with you Michiganders.

And I'm pretty sure Ohio can somehow be formed with a fist, though I've yet to perfect it. So when someone gives you the West Virginia, throw an Ohio right in the face.

 
At Monday, November 30, 2009 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Pish tosh! Wisconsin and their tiny little pinky of the Door Peninsula barely qualifies....

 
At Monday, November 30, 2009 , Blogger Shawna Gambol Woodard said...

Why do many pop cans have an outline of the state of West Virginia on the top?

 
At Monday, November 30, 2009 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

I think that has something to do with recycling or deposit and redemption.

 

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