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¡dn ʇǝƃ ʇ,uɐɔ ı puɐ uǝllɐɟ ǝʌ,ı
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I scored 25/30 -- not too bad.
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26/30, but I think it should have been 27/30
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The one about upstate New York, the sentence was phrased very weirdly, with essentially a double negative, so I carefully picked the right answer, then was told "No, upstate New York is blah blah blah," and the description exactly matched what I think upstate NY is. I still think if you put together the negative accurately, the choice I made is the correct answer.
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My biggest screw-up:

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I underestimated how dumb Dan Quayle was, because I thought that even he couldn't be so dumb as to think that Chicago was a state. Accidentally, I'm sure he'd contend, but still...
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Well, the first question is wrong.

True or false: "Upstate" refers to all of New York except what's outside the Metropolitan Transportation Authority commuter rail.
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Upstate New York is, at least by the capitol's definition, excludes New York City and Long Island, as well as Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.

(The concept is ok, but the question is worded backwards, so I answered the question instead of what they tried to ask.) Back to quiz now.


27 of 30 and one of the missed ones was a coinflip.
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never heard of a "slug" in that way, seems more like slang than a geography term though
got a few others wrong (last page didn't load so not sure if I got through them all but I didn't beat 27 for sure). I'm surprised I didn't know the coast thing, I guessed on that one.
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MABBY wrote:
My biggest screw-up:

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I underestimated how dumb Dan Quayle was, because I thought that even he couldn't be so dumb as to think that Chicago was a state. Accidentally, I'm sure he'd contend, but still...


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And don't forget Obama said he had visited 57 states with one to go during his early campaign. As for underestimating......whistle


28/30.
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Yeah, I got the "slug" one wrong. I'd never heard of the term either. And the "midwest" one, I thought Kansas was the West, not the Midwest. And...h'mmmm...can't remember what my other mistake was. (Then the first one, which I consider being right because I knew the answer, but the wording was crazy.)

Edit: Aha, the other one I missed was "driftway." Never heard the term before.
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28/30

one of those questions, referred to above, was very poorly worded and I guess i over-thought it.
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mafman6 wrote:
never heard of a "slug" in that way, seems more like slang than a geography term though
got a few others wrong (last page didn't load so not sure if I got through them all but I didn't beat 27 for sure). I'm surprised I didn't know the coast thing, I guessed on that one.


"Slug lines" are definitely a real thing in DC, though nobody who hasn't lived in the capital area should be expected to know it.

I got 28.

Plenty of nits to pick, though. Like, there isn't ONE definition of what comprises the American Midwest...
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I got 26/30. I have lived most of my life in Rhode Island and have never heard the term "driftway."
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What's a driftway?

Depends on how heavy the snow is.
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28/30 - I too have never heard of a driftway.
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There's no freakin' way that the Midwest includes Nebraska and the Dakotas, at least according to the citizens of those states. Fail.
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Larry Levy wrote:
There's no freakin' way that the Midwest includes Nebraska and the Dakotas, at least according to the citizens of those states. Fail.


Some of them DO say they are in the Midwest. Some say Ohio is NOT in the Midwest (and they are wrong).

An interesting article at vox.com about who considers themselves to be in the Midwest...
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26/30, but I think it should have been 27/30
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The one about upstate New York, the sentence was phrased very weirdly, with essentially a double negative, so I carefully picked the right answer, then was told "No, upstate New York is blah blah blah," and the description exactly matched what I think upstate NY is. I still think if you put together the negative accurately, the choice I made is the correct answer.

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27.

I still don't know what's going on with the New York one (which I missed). Anyway, is there an official definition? I know people who lived in Greenwich Village who said Midtown was upstate...
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28/30 I missed "slug line" and "driftaway"
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21/30
as a non-native english speaker, so most of the slang and terminology that differed from Dutch was more likely to be wrong.
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30/30 Woooo! A few lucky guesses. I see that Masters in Education is paying off now (at least on internet quizzes).
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I like the way it introduces the quiz with a dig at Brittany Spears and then almost every question is about US geography.
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Jon_1066 wrote:
I like the way it introduces the quiz with a dig at Brittany Spears and then almost every question is about US geography.


Yeah, I didn't do too well because of that. In addition to the questions referred to previously, there was also this one:

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Only an ocean can have a coast line, but a previous question made a distinction between seas and oceans. Seas don't have coast lines now?


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wifwendell wrote:
Larry Levy wrote:
There's no freakin' way that the Midwest includes Nebraska and the Dakotas, at least according to the citizens of those states. Fail.


Some of them DO say they are in the Midwest. Some say Ohio is NOT in the Midwest (and they are wrong).

An interesting article at vox.com about who considers themselves to be in the Midwest...

Soooooo yeahhhhhhhhhhh.....Plenty of us here are far more likely to say the dakotas are part of the midwest than any part where we'd have to drive past Chicago. That attitude is based on population rather than geography though; as its easier to drive to family living west than east but we would say dakotas are more part of the great plains than midwest when you don't factor in people.
To us midwest is wisconsin, minnesota, and northern illinois, after that its just us trying to be more inclusive
 
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mafman6 wrote:
wifwendell wrote:
Larry Levy wrote:
There's no freakin' way that the Midwest includes Nebraska and the Dakotas, at least according to the citizens of those states. Fail.


Some of them DO say they are in the Midwest. Some say Ohio is NOT in the Midwest (and they are wrong).

An interesting article at vox.com about who considers themselves to be in the Midwest...

Soooooo yeahhhhhhhhhhh.....Plenty of us here are far more likely to say the dakotas are part of the midwest than any part where we'd have to drive past Chicago. That attitude is based on population rather than geography though; as its easier to drive to family living west than east but we would say dakotas are more part of the great plains than midwest when you don't factor in people.
To us midwest is wisconsin, minnesota, and northern illinois, after that its just us trying to be more inclusive


Interestingly, the Census Bureau has a definition of Midwest:



I used to say any state with a team in the Big 10 is by definition midwest, but obviously can't say that since Penn State and Maryland (!) and Rutgers (!) joined.
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21...not the brightest bulb.


Me too.
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