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Place the State. How well do you know the fly over states?
posted by jonah (103 comments total)

 
It is obviously easier if the costal states come up first, but it's a geographical eye opener.

My first run was 86%/33miles/347seconds.
posted by jonah at 8:20 AM on December 7, 2004


96% 4 miles, 258 secs. Idaho and Mississippi, dragging down our per capita GDP, literacy rate, average life span, and now my score on Place the State.
posted by ibmcginty at 8:27 AM on December 7, 2004


Some people flew right to those states and won an election.
90%/21 miles. I totally barfed Wyoming.
posted by Captaintripps at 8:27 AM on December 7, 2004


98%/3miles/181 seconds. But that's only because they gave me Iowa when there were no other states around it. I came this close to placing it within their margin of error.
posted by skynxnex at 8:28 AM on December 7, 2004


I have decided that Wyoming is the most boring state in the union. I mean c'mon, get some creativity along those borders.

If you want to try to place state by state, without the benefit of the states already placed, try the advanced version.
posted by jonah at 8:33 AM on December 7, 2004


Ooo, fun. 86%, 21 miles, 383 secs.

They should give everyone the same random order, because if you get unlucky and get a flyover state at the beginning, you have no chance.
posted by smackfu at 8:37 AM on December 7, 2004


88%, 21 Mi.
I NAILED Delaware!!!

I've got a cake pan in the shape of Wyoming, so that helped.
posted by Floydd at 8:39 AM on December 7, 2004


The advanced version: 66%, 40 miles. Without the column of states to guide you in the midwest, I was off by a hundred miles east/west.
posted by smackfu at 8:43 AM on December 7, 2004


94%, 242 seconds. Stupid Kansas was my first state. I've lived there, but try and stick that accurately back in the prairie without a guideline.
posted by jim-of-oz at 8:44 AM on December 7, 2004


I only missed Iowa. Whoops!
posted by orange clock at 8:46 AM on December 7, 2004


Oh, and I dropped Rhode Island in the Atlantic by mistake.
posted by orange clock at 8:47 AM on December 7, 2004


92%, 47 Miles, 187 seconds.
posted by odinsdream at 8:48 AM on December 7, 2004


Excellent stuff. The intermediate level can be very easy if you get lucky with the order. I found the advanced level nigh on impossible though.

See also this post for a similar thing.
posted by MrMustard at 8:48 AM on December 7, 2004


This was fun!
19 miles, 177 secs.
posted by cows of industry at 8:48 AM on December 7, 2004


98%, 1 Miles avg error, but my time stank (1481 sec) because I'm at work and people kept coming up and talking to me and asking me to do stuff. Stupid fucking work! Stop bothering me!
posted by contessa at 8:50 AM on December 7, 2004


The shape and placement of Tennnessee always makes me chuckle.
posted by Oddly at 8:54 AM on December 7, 2004


I started with all flyover states so got screwed.
82%, 31 miles, 290 seconds (i didn't realize we were being timed. let's try again: ooo, look: 84%, 21 miles, 199 seconds. I guess I just suck at this.)

great link!
posted by CunningLinguist at 8:56 AM on December 7, 2004


94%, 4miles, 188 sec
posted by mbd1mbd1 at 8:56 AM on December 7, 2004


90%, 20 miles (damn you, Colorado and Utah!)

North Monsconsasota was easy, though.
posted by paul_smatatoes at 8:58 AM on December 7, 2004


I'm a Canuck, and I scored 44 perfect out of 50 (88%), average error of 14 miles, and 256 seconds.
And the ones I "missed" were western states like Wyoming (the first state it gave me), where you're trying to place a big-ole rectangle in the middle of a blob, without any guidelines.
How many USA'ns would do as well with Canada? Western Europe? The Middle East? South-east Asia?

Hey Sheppard Software! How 'bout a game for your neighbours North of Border?

Thanks, Jonah...
posted by Al_Truist at 8:59 AM on December 7, 2004


Great link, but for a real challenge, try South America, Asia, Africa and Europe.
posted by loquax at 9:01 AM on December 7, 2004


Fuck 'em, they're called the "flyover states" for a reason.

[obligatory "j/k" goes here.]
posted by Adam Greenfield at 9:01 AM on December 7, 2004


82%, average error 44 miles, 41 perfect on 50, 242 seconds
I got Iowa wrong, too
posted by matteo at 9:02 AM on December 7, 2004


advanced: 82%, 20 miles, 192 sec

anyone seen the geosense game?
posted by mbd1mbd1 at 9:02 AM on December 7, 2004


Score 94%, Avg. Error 8 Miles, Time 140 Secs
posted by LinemanBear at 9:06 AM on December 7, 2004


82%, 78 miles. Not bad for a Brit.

I'd like to see a UK county map and see how non-Brits get on :)
posted by metaxa at 9:07 AM on December 7, 2004


Now if we could only color most of 'em all blue...
posted by strazzle at 9:10 AM on December 7, 2004


90%, 21 miles, 307 seconds.

If some of them hadn't clearly fit in like a large jigsaw puzzle, I would have missed a lot more. I'm better with the midwestern states than the coastal ones.
posted by Miss Bitchy Pants at 9:12 AM on December 7, 2004


92% 21 miles 360 seconds. So why do I always get the geography questions in Trivial Pursuit wrong?
posted by Constant Reader at 9:13 AM on December 7, 2004


84%, 47 miles, 265 seconds. And I'm in geography and mapping.

::sigh::
posted by mmahaffie at 9:14 AM on December 7, 2004


Al Truist and Metaxa, don't you know we 'Murkans are only taught only important geography? Why, when I was in sixth grade, I was informed by my social studies teacher that Timbuktu was a fictional location! In the where? West Africa? Mali, you say? Ppppfft.
posted by Specklet at 9:16 AM on December 7, 2004


94%, 23mi. But my first two were New Hampshire and then Wyoming. Fuckers.
posted by Who_Am_I at 9:16 AM on December 7, 2004


There's no such thing as a fly over state!
posted by asbates2 at 9:17 AM on December 7, 2004


Round two? 92%, 25 miles, and 201 seconds
posted by mmahaffie at 9:18 AM on December 7, 2004


94%, 6 miles, 187 sec

Having Oklahoma early didn't help, I was off by a ways.
posted by crazy finger at 9:18 AM on December 7, 2004


Second attempt: 2%, 2891 miles, 183 sec

Who can beat that!?!
posted by crazy finger at 9:19 AM on December 7, 2004


I'm afraid I can. 98%, 1 mile error. Sorry, can't remember how long it said it took me, although I think you beat me there. I have to say I'm a little embarassed how well I know U.S. geography. I mean, I'm never going to Delaware, so why should I know where it is?
posted by mcstayinskool at 9:22 AM on December 7, 2004


I would have had perfect, but for Delaware. Dammit. Avg. error was 6 miles.

But, really, we should all know this information ... and also the capital of each state. And some foreign countries' capitals, too. What's the capital of Ethiopia?? [/trivia in my head since 1967].
posted by WolfDaddy at 9:22 AM on December 7, 2004


"we" = "US Residents"
posted by WolfDaddy at 9:23 AM on December 7, 2004


Addis Ababa!
posted by loquax at 9:24 AM on December 7, 2004


I missed New York. . .but it was like having an uncontested layin then clanking it . .just carelessness. And the Wyoming. . .with NO other western states as reference. . .just about impossible.
posted by Danf at 9:24 AM on December 7, 2004


90% and 39 miles out.

Kansas and Delaware lost me big points. Not bad though, for a non-US-er.
posted by fitzpas at 9:28 AM on December 7, 2004


92% 3 Miles, oh so close. Only missed red states.
posted by Meaney at 9:29 AM on December 7, 2004


98%, 2 miles, 411s (didn't realize it was timed). Missouri was the only one I had to place "blind" -- for all the others I had a coastline, national border, or border of a previously placed state to go by. If they had drawn in the Mississippi River at the start, I would've had a perfect score.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 9:30 AM on December 7, 2004


30/44, 241 secs, score = 679, 68% correct on Europe level 8. Stupid Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City, Lichtenstein, Malta and San Marino.
posted by loquax at 9:35 AM on December 7, 2004


Western Europe?

Western Europe is easy. It's those damn Eastern European former-Warsaw Pact states that give me the most problems, not to mention the former Yugoslavian countries.
posted by gyc at 9:36 AM on December 7, 2004


Man, I got fucked by all the big square middle states too. 86%, 32 miles, 408 seconds (I didn't know I was being timed, so I paused to drink coffee.)
posted by dame at 9:36 AM on December 7, 2004


Oh man, I only got 64% for Europe, but that's because I accidentally dropped German on France while dragging (HUGE no no) and then screwed up all the new eastern countries.
posted by CunningLinguist at 9:37 AM on December 7, 2004


Asia is tough. Singapore, Bahrain, Kirjikistan, Turkmenistan. US states are a walk in the park compared to that map. 33/47 for me, 70% correct. I won't even bother trying with Africa.
posted by loquax at 9:42 AM on December 7, 2004


Gah, off by 10 miles first time through the US. Got too many interior states off the top.

But from loquax's Europe link:
Lvl 5, 98%, 129 seconds
Lvl 7, 93% (what first 3 letters of FYROM do they want?)
Lvl 8, 98%, 225 secs (had Malta off by a hair).

Off to a few more continents...
posted by GhostintheMachine at 9:44 AM on December 7, 2004


Europe: 77%. But that's because I got Andorra and Luxembourg before France or Spain, and can never remember the order of the Baltics. The Warsaw Pact countries I'm fine on. I do have one question: FRYOM? Would that be Yugoslavia and Montenegro (yes, even little Montenegro, Gatsby)?
posted by dame at 9:49 AM on December 7, 2004


I'm never going to Delaware, so why should I know where it is?

Hey! We're over here! Hello? On the Coast? Near New Jersey, but not!

You may not be coming here, but your credit card interest is!

Delaware is the blank space on the right-hand side of a Maryland map (where they put the legend, usually).

I look at it this way: we were the First State, all the rest of them are simply built off of our boundary!

/parochial state pride
posted by mmahaffie at 9:51 AM on December 7, 2004


Now that I know where Deleware is, I can focus my anger on them for the credit card offers I get in the mail every day. I'm looking at you Deleware, I know that you don't have enough trees in your state to make all that junk mail.
posted by jonah at 9:59 AM on December 7, 2004


dame, FRYOM is Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic Of)
posted by fitzpas at 10:00 AM on December 7, 2004


92% (46/50), avg. error 22 mi., 201 sec. I'm Canadian, so I figure it's okay for me to misplace Rhode Island a little (with no surrounding states, although at least I kept it out of the ocean). I did nail Kansas (first state, 'blob in the prairie'-style placement). Also, although I can identify it pretty quickly on a map, Colorado is much further south than I subconsciously thought it was. Great link; I'm off to try the other continents. (Place the '-stan', anyone?)
posted by alsorises at 10:01 AM on December 7, 2004


Damn you people! you've wasted the rest of my day!

first run: 96% 4mi 247 sec.
2nd run: 98% 2mi 283 sec. (damned Iowa! off by 80 miles).

off to try the other continents
posted by thirdparty at 10:07 AM on December 7, 2004


88%, 31 mi, 255 sec

However, Tennessee and W. Virginia, I had in the right spots, but just off a very little, so it marked it wrong. Even though other ones, I had even more seemingly off, and got those right. So, I think I got a more accurate count than what they show.
posted by symbioid at 10:09 AM on December 7, 2004


" How well do you know the fly over states?" Pretty decent, I got all those costal flyover states with no problem. Ark. was a little tough with no borders set, everything else, fff not an issue.
posted by edgeways at 10:15 AM on December 7, 2004


Rest of the continents...
South America: 88%
Asia: 89%
Africa: 89%

Hey, I'm a geography geek. How useless is that?
posted by GhostintheMachine at 10:19 AM on December 7, 2004


Europe (intermediate):

82% 48mi. 305 sec.

But they gave me Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Andorra, AND Monaco before any of the surrounding countries. Not fair! (Although, I am proud to say, I did get Monaco right!)
posted by thirdparty at 10:19 AM on December 7, 2004


How many USA'ns would do as well with Canada? Western Europe? The Middle East? South-east Asia?

How well would you do with Europe, The Middle East, South-east Asia? How well would a Korean do with Canada?

Why do foreigners always expect Americans to know as much about their countries as they do about ours? Do you know how many god damn countries there are? Lots!

How come everyone knows who the prettiest girl in school is but she doesn't know the entire roster?
posted by Bonzai at 10:23 AM on December 7, 2004


Do you know how many god damn countries there are? Lots!

Bonzai wins.
posted by alsorises at 10:27 AM on December 7, 2004


I was doing great right up until Hawaii. Man, that's like the challenge round.
posted by Kafkaesque at 10:28 AM on December 7, 2004


Second attempt: 2%, 2891 miles, 183 sec

Who can beat that!?!


Easy: 0%, 4384 miles, 488 sec.
posted by GhostintheMachine at 10:31 AM on December 7, 2004


rest of my scores (all intermediate):

SA: 83%
Africa: 91% 115mi. 385sec.
Asia: 96% 26mi 279sec.

In my country there is problem, And that problem is transport. It take very very long. Because Kazakhstan is big.
posted by thirdparty at 10:40 AM on December 7, 2004


fly over country?! Pshh.. if it wasn't for new england, I woulda been perfect. Those states are so damned small
posted by rulethirty at 10:43 AM on December 7, 2004


states: 90%, 12 miles, 309 seconds.

only advance / expert...whatever matched the states test.

South and Central America: 88%, 94 seconds
Asian: 81%, 185 seconds :|
Africa: 36% 208 seconds :(
Europe: 75% 170 seconds :|
posted by Stynxno at 10:49 AM on December 7, 2004


US -- 92%, 8 miles, 361 seconds.
posted by schmedeman at 11:08 AM on December 7, 2004


States: 94%, 8 miles, 277 seconds. I didn't know I was being timed, and I got tossed Tennessee, Iowa, and Connecticut without any "context".

Europe Intermediate: 31/44, Avg. error 283 miles, 70%, 295 seconds. I suck!
posted by neckro23 at 11:18 AM on December 7, 2004


94%, 9 mi, 294 sec. Man it's hard to get those western states in place in the very beginning.
posted by DakotaPaul at 11:25 AM on December 7, 2004


Hah!! 100%, 0 miles, 148 seconds. OK, so I had to play a bunch of times till I got it, but in my defense I didn't have to wait until I got a play without any blind placements--I hit both Kansas and Nevada right on without any adjacent states.

Interesting combinatorial problem: given a random order of states, what is the probability that it will require no blind placements? (A blind placement is defined as one which is not along a coast, an international border, or adjacent to a previously placed state. Consider the four corners states to all be adjacent to each other for the purpose of this problem.)
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 11:33 AM on December 7, 2004


%90, 17 miles, 320 sec. I had a pretty kind ordering though.

Illinois is much bigger than I thought it was.

I think this should be a two part quiz- first you guess the name, then you place it.
posted by Four Flavors at 11:41 AM on December 7, 2004


97%, 248 seconds. It was tough placing Colorado when the only border state I had already placed at that point was New Mexico. I scrunched it a bit on Utah.

He forgot Utah. Is there anything similar on this but for Europe? I'm curious as to how many of the Balkan states I could identify.
posted by psmealey at 11:48 AM on December 7, 2004


88% and I didn't know I was being timed. I really have to visit the Northeast soon.
posted by DonnieSticks at 11:50 AM on December 7, 2004


A sister emailed me this weeks ago.

I'm not good at this without a coastal state to begin with.
posted by kamylyon at 11:52 AM on December 7, 2004


I wonder what the east-coast west-coast average ratios would be? I (a dedicated Californian) have always found my statemates to be woefully inept at east-coast geography. But, really, asking us to point out where rhode island is is like asking you to point out where sacramento is.

Me = 92%, but I lived in Virginia for a couple years.
posted by Iason at 11:55 AM on December 7, 2004


45 perfect out of 50 turns | Error 0 miles | Average Error 15 miles - 239 seconds - 90%
posted by kamylyon at 11:59 AM on December 7, 2004


Flyover states are relative! New England is so itty bitty, dammit. Now my own Minnesota, that's a state with a shape, and only one spot you can drop it. (Hint: Look for the Northwest Angle poking Canada in the belly.)
posted by GaelFC at 12:43 PM on December 7, 2004


...too busy watchin' all those planes.
posted by geologic time includes now at 12:49 PM on December 7, 2004


96% on the intermediate map (missed Delaware), 68% on the advanced map, with an avarage error of 50 miles.
posted by me3dia at 1:03 PM on December 7, 2004


Is it me, or did Alabama look like it had testes on its SW border?
posted by elwoodwiles at 1:06 PM on December 7, 2004


East version:
96% correct
5 miles error
186 seconds

Hard version:
70% correct
49 miles error
226 seconds

I rock!
posted by zorro astor at 1:29 PM on December 7, 2004


I missed Alaska. . . actually, I hit 100% (181 seconds) on the third or fourth try, once I was lucky enough to get some key states around the outside first. Anyone who can stick Nebraska (first on my first try) or Wyoming (first on my second try) into a blank map is pretty good indeed. [I love traveling America; here's the places I've been, as Dr. Seuss would say.]
posted by LeLiLo at 1:32 PM on December 7, 2004


Try playing the European version.

Holy crap. My first country was Latvia. This is gonna get ugly.
posted by jefbla at 1:55 PM on December 7, 2004


I am trying european verion and they give me vatican city to start with...

I call shennigans
posted by ozomatli at 2:11 PM on December 7, 2004


as a proud new englander, i got rhode island perfectly placed despite the fact that it was only the second state given to me. i could probably draw maps of new england with my eyes closed...

however, i could not for the life of me put arkansas anywhere close to where it belongs. i think i had arkansas practically bordering on virginia. whoops. score one for "the farthest south i have ever been was when i went to north carolina... once."
posted by grapefruitmoon at 2:43 PM on December 7, 2004


Try playing the European version.

Good grief. Andorra and San Marino and Liechtenstein are bad enough, but as I was miscalculating my way hither and yon (never been much to Europe), Fyrom came up. Fyrom??

Turns out it's F.Y.R.O.M.. Not in any geography class (or book) I ever heard of.
posted by LeLiLo at 3:12 PM on December 7, 2004


I complete forgot Indiana even existed till I played. I kept think, what state goes there, looks like Illinois but I placed that already?
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 3:17 PM on December 7, 2004


I forgot Poland.
posted by kcds at 3:31 PM on December 7, 2004


84%, 41 miles 386 seconds on my second attempt. Not bad for an aussie. They should have an ultra advanced version, where you don't know what the state is called, but you know the shape. That would be a bastard.
posted by middlebean at 3:47 PM on December 7, 2004


70% 213 miles and 345 secs for Europe, which I have lived in half my life...WTF? Probably the plethora of teeny tiny countries like San Marino, but how did I score so much better for a country I have NEVER visited?
posted by middlebean at 3:57 PM on December 7, 2004


dame: The Baltics are easy, they're in alphabetical order from the top! High school geography baby!
posted by Who_Am_I at 4:00 PM on December 7, 2004


I didn't do as well as I thought, that was because (in Camino), I couldn't see the state as I was dragging it. Thus, I often missed while trying to stick a state in the middle of several others where it obviously fit.
posted by synecdoche at 5:48 PM on December 7, 2004


USA: 98%/1mi/350sec
EUR: 84%/71mi/383sec (FYROM was my first -- knew the country; placement of that bolb was a bitch.)
posted by Dick Paris at 6:49 PM on December 7, 2004


USA: 82%, 21m, 329 sec. I kept missing the placement of them by just enough for it to be mean to me.
posted by somethingotherthan at 7:01 PM on December 7, 2004


EUR: Intermediate level, 66%, 187m, 294 sec. Starting with the small countries in the middle of the continent killed me.
posted by somethingotherthan at 7:09 PM on December 7, 2004


For the others:

Africa: discouraged me before I even started *ashamed*
Asia: 77%, 275m, 390 sec. There I had problems with the "European" side and the teeny tiny islands.
South/Central America: 67%, 329m, 176 sec. It started with El Salvador and went downhill from there. I got the big coastal countries of Latin America last, which is the only thing that saved my score.
posted by somethingotherthan at 7:31 PM on December 7, 2004


USA: 94%/ 8 mi /244 sec.
Eur: 77% / 85 mi / 294 sec.
But I got all the pipsqueak countries right:
San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Malta, Vatican, Luxembourg. Apologies to any residents of pipsqueak nations. No offense intended by the term "pipsqueak".
posted by TimeFactor at 8:30 PM on December 7, 2004


First try: 98%, 2 miles, a leisurely 377 seconds.

Once you've placed two or three interior flyover states, it's easy. Plus they tell you the name of the state, ferchrissakes. What's hard is telling Colorado and Wyoming apart strictly by outline.

Hmmm, maybe I'll go get some sleep instead of tackling the other continents ... plus there's the danger that my ego will be bruised by those rounds ...
posted by intermod at 9:14 PM on December 7, 2004


what intermod said.
though my 94% would've been higher if kentucky wasn't a general guess with nothing near it already placed.

and what the hell projection is that?
posted by Busithoth at 10:55 PM on December 7, 2004


Africa is tough. I got about 55% and I thought I was pretty good with geography. Yikes.
posted by Rumple at 11:43 PM on December 7, 2004


This would be even cooler if there were a hardcore test for all of the Caribbean islands ..... I'd be sure to stiff that one .....
posted by blucevalo at 7:49 PM on December 8, 2004


The only one I got wrong was Missouri, I was slightly off, but it was the first one. Once a couple states were placed it got much easier.
posted by SisterHavana at 10:19 PM on December 8, 2004


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