Monday Trivia #161 [Chris & Mo win!]


Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    #1 agricultural crop is soybeans? But then, why not Wisconsin?Report

  2. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    My first thought was size of the state legislature, but a quick check at Wikipedia put that notion to rest. Still, I was amazed at the large size of the legislatures in some of the Northeastern statelets. With 400 members, I’m surprised that the New Hampshire House can get anything done.Report

  3. Avatar Chris says:

    Apples? I guess that’d need Washington.


    Twitter useage per capita?Report

    • Avatar Will Truman says:

      It’s a binary thing. Either a state is/does/has or isnt/doesnt/hasn’t.Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        Well, it’s not places I wouldn’t mind living, ’cause Indiana… Sorry Indiana… actually, Nashville, Indiana is a pretty cool place, so maybe.

        (Actually, I now know the answer. Vg unf gb qb jvgu n pbybe jbeq gung pna’g or eulzrq, evtug?)Report

      • Avatar Will Truman says:

        I do believe you are correct.Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        I’m not going to guess officially, but I’ll tell you how I figured it out:

        Ybbxrq hc n znc bs Vaqvnan gb svaq Anfuivyyr (V pbhyqa’g erzrzore ubj sne fbhgu vg jnf), fnj Benatr Pbhagl ba gur znc, gubhtug “Gurer’f na Benatr Pbhagl va Pnyvsbeavn, gbb… pbhyq vg or?” Gura ybbxrq hc “Benatr Pbhagl Irezbag”, naq onz!

        But I did use the web, so it’s definitely cheating. And it taught me a lesson: making a joke about Indiana is the best way to get the answer to trivia questions.Report

      • Avatar Will Truman says:

        Lrnu, V nyjnlf gubhtug vg jnf vagrerfgvat gung gur sbhe ynetrfg fgngrf va gur pbhagel unq gurz. Cnegvphyneyl Arj Lbex, gubhtu gur rglzbybtl gurer vf qvssrerag guna gur bgure guerr (creuncf gur fnzr nf Irezbag). Sebz gurer vg jnf n znggre bs svthevat bhg juvpu bgure fgngrf unq bar.

        V’ir arire orra dhvgr nf tbbq ng guvf nf Oheg, jurer zvar graq gb or thrffrq dhvpxyl be abg ng nyy (be evtug nsgre n gbb-boivbhf uvag).Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        Burt’s are infuriating! Though I can’t really say that this one was easy since I completely lucked into the answer.Report

      • Avatar James Hanley says:

        Wait, @chris, Texas is on that list, and it’s Indiana you’d mind living in?Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        I’d live in Texas over Indiana. In fact, given that IU was one of my grad school finalists (best mathematical psych in the world at the time), so I kinda did pick Texas over Indiana.

        I can’t wait to get out of Texas, but I won’t be going to Indiana.Report

      • Avatar James Hanley says:

        Shrug. There’s no accounting for southerners. Best to keep you all below the Ohio anyway. That way we won’t have to go to the trouble of rounding you all up come the next Civil War. 😉Report

  4. Shares a coastline with another state?Report

  5. Not an ocean coastline, of course, but Indiana : Lake Michigan (WI, MI), Vermont : Lake Champlain (NY), California : Pacific Ocean (OR, WA) , Florida, Texas : Gulf of Mexico (each other, et seq), New York, North Carolina, Virginia: Atlantic Ocean (each other, et seq)Report

  6. Avatar Mo says:

    I know this it true of 4 of the states (because I lived in 3 of them), but is it this?Report

  7. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Also, New Jersey has one of these.Report

    • Avatar Burt Likko says:

      Oh, no, I take it back! Orange is a city in New Jersey, not a county.Report

      • Avatar Will Truman says:

        Iwas expecting New Jersey to have one, and instead discovered that China did.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy says:

        NJ has many Oranges.Report

      • Avatar greginak says:

        Indeed NJ has many oranges. And i grew up in one of them. So just be careful.Report

      • Avatar Will Truman says:

        I would beware anyone who incubated in fruit.Report

      • Avatar greginak says:

        Don’t judge people based on the foods they incubate.Report

      • Avatar Will Truman says:

        I work through my prejudices one at a time…Report

      • Avatar greginak says:

        I do that with cookies.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy says:


        I will say that I am one of the people who never learned how to properly do the, “Which Orange are you from?” game. I know there is one answer that is supposed to make me say, “Oh, phew, thank god it’s not the other one!” and one answer that it supposed to make me say, “Oh, I hear it’s nice there, too.”Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

        I love this, from Bob Dylan’s Talking New York Blues:

        I rambled out of New York town
        Pulled my cap down over my eyes
        And headed out for the western skies
        So long, New York
        Howdy, East Orange

      • Avatar ScarletNumbers says:


        Two of the Oranges in NJ are shit holes, the other two aren’t that much better.

        Fun Fact: Gerry Goffin and Carole King named “Pleasant Valley Sunday” after the street they were living on in West Orange.Report

      • Avatar greginak says:

        @scarletnumbers West and South Orange are middle to upper middle class towns. Good schools and highly desirable. You’re a bit off. Yeah i guess they are near working class towns but so is everybody but the richy rich

        It doesn’t get more, well, pleasant then the intersection of Pleasant Valley Way and Mt. Pleasant Ave and the Pleasantdale Sweet Shop down the road.

        Great childhoods end moment: going to the Pleasantdale Sweet Shop as an adult, which used to have an old style diner counter with swivel metal seats, then finding it had the largest collection of porn mags short of 42nd street..Report

      • Avatar ScarletNumbers says:


        Your views of West and South Orange are about 20 years out-of-date, IMHO.Report

      • Avatar greginak says:

        @scarletnumbers I’ve been back to West Orange a few times in the past 10 years. I’m not off on it. Where it borders Orange its still fine although the houses are on the old and small side, my cousin lived there up until recently. It’s nicer now then when i went to high school 30 years ago . The other side of town borders frickin Short Hills.Report

      • Avatar ScarletNumbers says:


        Please tell me you went to Star Tavern the last time you were there.Report

      • Avatar greginak says:

        @scarletnumbers Can’t say i did. I went to White Castle though. Not quite the same thing i know.Report

  8. Avatar Kazzy says:

    Do I get anything for actually living in Orange County, NY?Report

  9. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    Does it matter that the West Coast and Florida oranges are probably named for the citrus fruit and the others are probably named for the House of Orange or being Scots-Irish Orange Ulstermen?Report