Monday Trivia #162 [DON ZEKO WINS!]

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Will Truman

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  1. Avatar Aaron David says:

    The outliers are CA, TN and FL, so I am going to WAG at job loss?Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      This makes sense to me, but it also seems like there would be more states than merely those (for example, North Dakota has recently had HUGE job shocks)… so I’d say that the job loss probably has a fine point on it. Like, job loss when it comes to particular kinds of green energy?

      Like “wind power job loss” or something?Report

  2. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    My first instinct is something to do with e-cigarettes, vaping. Perhaps taxes on e-cig juice.

    Also, delighted to see the game again.Report

  3. Avatar Will Truman says:

    The gradient doesn’t look as good on this computer as the one I created it on, so to clarify:
    Light: California, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine
    Darker: Iowa, Florida, Wisconsin
    Darker Still: Pennsylvania, Michigan
    Darkest: New YorkReport

  4. Avatar Kazzy says:

    Rhode Island and Maine’s inclusion means it can’t be related to professional sports.

    So, I got nothing!Report

  5. Avatar Zac Black says:

    Does it have anything to do with gas prices, by any chance?Report

  6. Avatar Christopher Carr says:

    Something to do with canals or hydroelectric power?Report

  7. Avatar Guy says:

    Three strikes laws, maybe?Report

  8. Avatar Trumwill says:

    A few hints/items.

    First, I’m off to a rough start. Ignore the gradients altogether. Well, don’t ignore them because they’re mostly right, but I have to fix a couple. The states are right but a couple of the groupings are off. I’ll have to redo it tomorrow.

    First hint (related to #1) I had to use categorical judgment in inclusion/exclusion. It’s objective, but I could have used different parameters. It’s a matter of having to draw the line somewhere. (Like if I was doing college football, counting Division I but not counting Division II and Division II, or if it was Major League Baseball history counting National League and American League but not counting Federal League.)

    Second hint, nothing to do with sports.Report

  9. Avatar Maribou says:

    It looks an awful lot like the maps I’ve seen going around of “states where you should vote 3rd party” or to be less prescriptive, “states where voting 3rd party will not help Trump win,” but that’s probably either coincidence or a correlation effect?Report

  10. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    States where the median home price is above a particular multiple of the median income. Is Washington DC included in the calculations?

    Seems like Washington would be on the list if this were true, though…Report

  11. Avatar Will Truman says:

    WEDNESDAY MORNING HINT: As mentioned above, Washington DC is eligible for inclusion but very unlikely to ever actually be included. The territories are not eligible for inclusion, unless they become states.

    Bonus hint: In the context of the question, the outliers really aren’t California and Florida so much as Rhode Island and Maine.Report

  12. Avatar Will Truman says:

    Late Wednesday Hint: the darkest (NY) is four, next (Michigan) is 3, next (Iowa) is 2, lightest (Indiana) is 1. All others have zero.Report

  13. Avatar Will Truman says:

    THURSDAY HINT: Occurrences since January 1, 1900.Report

  14. Avatar Marchmaine says:

    Sharknadoes? We’ve had 0 in VA, so that part fits.Report

  15. Leaugefests, and Maine is there because you had the wrong Portland.Report

  16. Avatar Silver Wolf says:

    26 instances over a period of 116 years. Close to every 4 years (104) with the occasional break.Report

  17. Avatar Don Zeko says:

    States with closest vote margins in presidential elections.Report

  18. Avatar Silver Wolf says:

    Light: California, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine
    Darker: Iowa, Florida, Wisconsin
    Darker Still: Pennsylvania, Michigan
    Darkest: New York

    Sorry, this was the list I was going on from above.

    4*1
    3*2
    3*3
    1*10Report