Monday Trivia #52

Another state ranking, though this time with territories: Alaska, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Ohio, Utah, Florida, Tennessee, Indiana, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Illinois, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Michigan, Idaho, South Carolina, Mississippi, California, Maryland, New York, Montana, Arkansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Kansas, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, New Jersey, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Maine, Delaware, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Hawaii, virgin Islands, Rhode Island, Guam, Vermont, DC, American Somoa, and Northern Mariana Islands.

Will Truman

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  1. I don’t know quite how to phrase it, but “government revenue from idiosyncratic sources”. In Alaska, the oil extraction tax, in Nevada, the tax on casino revenue. Or maybe “percent age of tax payed by non-residents.”

      • That’s why I said total acerage, rather than as a percentage.

        Of course, if the acerage of the oceanic claim is included in the surface area, Guam is actually quite large.

        • I’m sure California’s bases, perhaps even just Pendleton and Irwin together, easily beat Ohio’s (and PA and WV) in total acreage.

          • My first thought was just land that belonged to the Feds, but California blows the list out of the water from the start.

          • California being in the middle is weird. In what area are we not some kind of weird outlier?

  2. I have no answer, but I just want to note that Monday Triva #52 equals a full year of Monday trivia–nice milestone, guys!

    • A year’s worth, anyway. A week or two has been missed since I took over primary trivia duties.

      (Nobody has it yet, keep the guesses coming.)

    • Adult illiteracy! No… the states aren’t properly ranked for that.

      Hrm. North Dakota and South Dakota are, at least, next to each other…

      Percentage of the population in The Program?

    • And I presume the Alaska end is the “highly ranked” end?

    • No, Louisiana and DC would be at the same end of the list, rather than nearly on opposite ends.

  3. The deep south isn’t lumped together while New England and the territories are…

    No idea, but it’s nice to see two states ahead of mine.

    • And I’m willing to bet cashmoney that there’s very little difference between most of these states on whatever scale is being used to rank them.

  4. Because the Mariana Islands rank last, I’m going to guess the rank in which they produce “Made In The USA” clothing.

  5. Wednesday Hint: There is an absolute value, and the disparities are huge from state to state. Nevada (#2) is 248400% more than Vermont (#53). Pennsylvania (#14) is 400% that of Arkansas (#28), which is a little under 300% of New Mexico (#42).

    • I am still stumped completely on this one, but I found a chart that you might want to file away for future use, if you’re interested.

      Umm. . . total mileage of unpaved roads?

  6. Thursday Hint Early: It’s measured in pounds.

    I have an assignment tomorrow at the high school, so responses may be a bit delayed.

    • Toxic waste? Alaska ranks so high from oil sludge and Nevada from the residue of nuclear tests and storage of the remnants of nuclear fission fuel?

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