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Where does your state get its nickname(s) from?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Cheezy the Wiz, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. shortguy

    shortguy It's a working title

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    I really don't know why we're nicknamed the "Old Dominion," though the consensus from my unreliable internet sources seems to think it has something to do with Charles II.
     
  2. TheBladeRoden

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    That's what they want you to think. But maybe those 71 seasons were so bad, Curly Lambeau wanted to permanently erase them from the record books.
     
  3. QuoVadisNation

    QuoVadisNation keeping your angel alive

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    You know just as well as I do that all the planets will be named after starbucks.



    Anyway

    New Jersey: "The Garden State".

    I can only presume that my state's nickname was obtained after losing a crappy bet.
     
  4. bhsup

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    Missouri:

    • The Greatest State In The Union: Okay, this is just mine for it, but it's true. So there.
    • The Show-Me State: Proof positive of the origins are lost to history, but a lot of stories abound. Now used to express Missourians' common sense and perhaps distrust of things unknown.
    • The Ozark State: Duh, the Ozark Mountains are here.
    • Quite a few having to do with mining, one being The Pennsylvania Of The West.
     
  5. ParkCungHee

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    Because the more accurate "Road to New York" wasn't as appealing.
     
  6. bhsup

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    In this case, it's not unreliable. No roundheads in Virginia, that's for sure! Yes, it remained loyal to the crown when Cromwell was so playing at Lord Protector and beheading lawful monarchs.

    It's because you grow such beautiful smokestacks. :D
     
  7. Stile

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    Georgia - The Peach State
    Georgia is one of the leading producers of peaches in the nation. (Actually peanuts, onions (Vidalias), and cotton are bigger crops.) In Atlanta, practically every other street contains "Peachtree" in it's name. Peaches however aren't grown around Atlanta in numbers, and I suspect they never were. Legend has it that people travelling to Atlanta in the old days by navigating the Chattahoochie (a river that traverses the state) would use as a landmark a pitch tree (big black tree) along the side of the river. This probably was later confused by all the carpetbaggers.
     
  8. shortguy

    shortguy It's a working title

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    Oh, I know (we at UVA aren't the Cavaliers for nothing!), but that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the nickname itself.
     
  9. Turner

    Turner Deity Retired Moderator

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    There, VRWC, I fixed it for you. ;)

    Kansas' is Ad astra per aspera, which is latin for "We've got good roads!"
     
  10. Evil Tyrant

    Evil Tyrant Eccentric Dictator

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    Virginia is called the Old Dominion because we stuck with the king during the English civil war.
     
  11. The Last Conformist

    The Last Conformist Irresistibly Attractive

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    Which, amusingly, would mean you've got fewer lakes than the Land of a Thousand Lakes (namely Finland).


    I can't think of any nicknames of this sort for Sweden.
     
  12. MamboJoel

    MamboJoel Cool.

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    England ! Perfidious Albion !
     
  13. IglooDude

    IglooDude Enforcing Rule 34 Retired Moderator Supporter

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    New Hampshire's nickname is the Granite State. We've got a lot of granite here. Tons of it, in fact, spread all over the place. Looking at the state motto list, I see another nickname is "Switzerland of America" which seems very oddly appropriate. Eventually we'll just be the Live Free or Die State. Wiki has a funny note on that, for all you fellow irony fans out there:

     
  14. The Last Conformist

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    nonconformist: I refuse to be free!
    New Hampshire: :sniper:
     
  15. IglooDude

    IglooDude Enforcing Rule 34 Retired Moderator Supporter

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    I've been suggesting two edits of the NH motto:

    "Live Free, Die, or Move Back To Massachusetts"

    "Live Free or Die - It's Not Just a Good Motto, It's The Law"


    Neither seems to have caught on... :dunno:
     
  16. GeneralZed

    GeneralZed look around...

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    Zurich - Downtown Switzerland :)
     
  17. Swedishguy

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    Sweden is sometimes referred to as the Motherland, I don't know why.
     
  18. Veritass

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    California is the Breakfast Cereal State: what isn't fruits and nuts is flakes.
     
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    :lol: Aye, tis true, our roads suck! But it's intentional. Only real Missouri men can handle them, keeping those namby pamby Kansans outta here. :D
     
  20. Turner

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    We just don't see the need to have to buy new tires and shocks after driving through your roads..... ;)
     

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