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2012-09-20 01:16:17 AM  
New Mexico's photo was quite beautiful, I thought.
 
2012-09-20 01:18:36 AM  
Seriously, mountain pictures for Alaska? You could find any number of less stereotypical, boring pictures that represent Alaska. Fishing boats, or whales or tundra or some native village somewhere. Or even an outhouse. We have very finely decorated outhouses, mine has all of the comforts of home.
 
2012-09-20 01:21:13 AM  
Of all the things in Louisiana, they have a pic of a flooded house. Well, I guess that's what the place is known for these days.
 
2012-09-20 01:25:00 AM  
A nodding donkey pump extracts oil from the earth at an abandoned farm near the old ghost town of Dore

That would make a great band name.
/or something more sinister.
 
2012-09-20 01:33:19 AM  
Fail Wisconsin is not a picture of beer.
 
2012-09-20 01:35:53 AM  
Aggies at a football game? Not even remotely fair. You know, Marion Barry is an iconic and even beloved figure in D.C., so a picture of him would be a fine way to represent D.C. BUT YOU WOULDN'T SHOW HIM LIGHTING UP A CRACK PIPE. It's the ugly moment when all the stereotypes come true for a while, and then a few days later you can shake the image out of your mind and remind yourself that they have a world-class veterinary school and a lot of great research programs. Showing a photo of Aggies at a football game is like showing Marion Barry smoking crack with a hooker, or Elizabeth Taylor with her hand in a bucket of fried chicken. Or, to be fair, a picture of scuzzy homeless twenty-year-olds on the drag in Austin trying to bum money to buy drugs. How does this fit in with pictures of yacht races, cute kids, and natural wonders?
 
2012-09-20 01:36:21 AM  

gadian: Seriously, mountain pictures for Alaska? You could find any number of less stereotypical, boring pictures that represent Alaska. Fishing boats, or whales or tundra or some native village somewhere. Or even an outhouse. We have very finely decorated outhouses, mine has all of the comforts of home.


Tundra Pit Privy?
 
2012-09-20 01:37:46 AM  
I find it amusing that for Rhode Island they picked something that most Rhode Islanders have never seen in person.

Given that the choice for my home state, Connecticut, I'm forced to suspect that none of these pics necessarily depict anything typical or distinctive about the states they're in, beyond obvious choices such as the Grand Canyon. I'd admire an attempt to go for the unusual, but what's unusual about a Memorial Day parade in any white city?
 
2012-09-20 01:41:26 AM  
I like how everyone is pissed that their state's representation is too sterotypical. If they're not busy biatching that it's not stereotypical enough. It's just interesting photos that were categorized by the state in which they were taken.

Also what's with people who can't even look at a simple picture without turning up the wharrblgarble? They're like those dreggy newspaper commenters who see a story about a cat nursing a litter of orphaned wolverines and say "Lousy freeloading wolverines! Notice that they are black and looking for a handout, bet they vote for B. Hoosane Obama too!" It's gotta be some form of extra annoying OCD. I thought Atlantic readers would be above that.

/my comment on the wolverine story would be a prayer offered for the mother cat's teats.
 
2012-09-20 01:43:44 AM  

invictus2: mialynneb: Gary, Indiana? Farking really?

well cmon they didn't show flint or detroit to represent michigan.What did you want to see the bleakness that is the reality in that rustbelt town

here to make you feel better

Meanwhile in Detroit
[i.imgur.com image 850x1102]


Is he ... pointing a gun .. at the camera?

/Detroit Area.
//Detroit sucks, Detroit Area (aka the suburbs running in a big arc from roughly the Airport to Grosse Pointe) is really nice.
///Ok, downtown isn't terrible. It's a decent place to see a ballgame.
 
2012-09-20 02:28:26 AM  

Cyberluddite: ManateeGag: of all the things in NJ to photograph, they pic a temporary fair in Giants Stadium parking lot? At least they did go cliche with an AC pic, but what about a flooded cranberry field, those are kinda cool.

Even worse, off all of the beauty and variety that California has to offer, they photograph some kid at a Dodgers game. The farking Dodgers, fer Chrissake, the very worst thing about California, and that's what they show! I'd have preferred that they show downtown Bakersfield, or an oil refinery, or a garbage dump, or damn near anything else rather than something relating to the goddamn Dodgers and their "fans."


we need to make socal and Northern California separate states, the crazies down south are going to think we like the farking dodgers (THEY SUCK)

GO SF GIANTS/49ERS
 
2012-09-20 02:44:42 AM  

dletter: xican cowboys = Illinois?

Looks like home.
/brother lives in Beardstown
 
2012-09-20 03:24:47 AM  
Hey mine (Louisville) was a cool one - a Farkable chic.
 
2012-09-20 04:26:49 AM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: Show a donkey pump at an oilwell in N. Dakota? weak. While I am from Saskatchewan (Canadian province right on top of them) it is a pretty State. Surely there are some better pictures they could have picked.


I dunno, I'm in Fargo and I thought it was highly representative. An abandoned farmhouse and an oil well sums up the western half of the state nicely.

A photo of any five-mile stretch of I-29 would exemplify the eastern half the the state equally well.
 
2012-09-20 06:00:13 AM  
My three-year-old couldn't get through the stars room at the Neil Armstrong museum fast enough last March, but now he talks about it at least once a week.

The museum is pretty nifty, pretty dated. But it does kind of feel like you have left the 21st Century when you walk through there.

Not sure if that'd be the picture I choose for Ohio, anyhow. It would have been nice to have a photo that showed an Ohio landscape as something other than flat, Cleveland, or football.
 
2012-09-20 06:18:05 AM  
fairfield parades...I remember them just like the kids in the pic...
 
2012-09-20 07:14:38 AM  

GAT_00: Mentat: Missouri was just a scene from The Day After.

That movie scared the fark out of me as a kid. We watched it in 6th grade in history, and we ran out of time right after the nukes went off everywhere. Never watched past that the first time and I've always been a little too stuck on stuff like that because of that. Your mind shouldn't wander to nuclear war, but mine does.


That movie scared me too, I saw it on television when it first aired, off my lawn please while Im talking to you. Now Im supposed to be afraid of melting ice, so I guess thats an improvement
 
2012-09-20 08:06:36 AM  

rogue49: fairfield parades...I remember them just like the kids in the pic...


last one apparently was like a biker rally I heard. Nonetheless, good photo. I was expecting a photo of a swamp.
 
2012-09-20 08:46:38 AM  
That is a very crazy amount of white people for a country this diverse.
 
2012-09-20 09:00:08 AM  
A tornado? Gah. It's not even a good picture of a tornado, either.
 
2012-09-20 09:11:30 AM  

ManateeGag: of all the things in NJ to photograph, they pic a temporary fair in Giants Stadium parking lot? At least they did go cliche with an AC pic, but what about a flooded cranberry field, those are kinda cool.


Hey, for Kansas we got yet another predictable tornado shot. Because, you know, Wizard of Oz!
 
2012-09-20 09:18:32 AM  
cdn.theatlantic.com
A sculpture adorns the front grounds at Medway Plantation in Goose Creek, South Carolina, on February 17, 2012. The plantation contains 6,728 acres of land and is staffed by 7 full-time employees. Upkeep on the property can run as high as $500,000 a year. In the South Carolina Lowcountry, more than a half-dozen antebellum plantations, which don't change hands often, are now for sale.


If only there was a way to cheaply staff these plantations.
 
2012-09-20 09:40:04 AM  

stiletto_the_wise: The United States of Yeehaaw. How many cowboy hats did I just see? Flyover land scares me.


People in cowboy hats scare you? You don't get out of your mom's basement often, do you?
 
2012-09-20 09:42:55 AM  
It's a shame that Boston looks so nice from the harbor and so awful from every land-based angle.
 
2012-09-20 10:04:12 AM  
Love the freshwater surfing pic for Wisconsin..... nice to see Sheboygan being recognized for something (VERY) cool instead of all the crazy shait that happens there.
 
2012-09-20 10:04:33 AM  
Damnit, we get the kids hugging goats?

/wv
/couldbeworse
 
2012-09-20 10:41:23 AM  
Another "With all the awesome here & they used THAT pic?" here.That NM pic could be outside of Moriarty,not exactly one of the state's beauty spots.They couldn't get a cliff dwelling,or a pow-wow,or the Balloon Fiesta?
 
2012-09-20 11:12:15 AM  
Wow, many of those pictures are so generic they could be almost any state.

Here's some kids watching a parade. That is SO Connecticut....... (eyeroll)


/ Your blog sucks
 
2012-09-20 11:13:39 AM  

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: I find it amusing that for Rhode Island they picked something that most Rhode Islanders have never seen in person.

Given that the choice for my home state, Connecticut, I'm forced to suspect that none of these pics necessarily depict anything typical or distinctive about the states they're in, beyond obvious choices such as the Grand Canyon. I'd admire an attempt to go for the unusual, but what's unusual about a Memorial Day parade in any white city?


Exactly.

A lot of these look like stock photos you would get when you search for "anytown, USA"
 
2012-09-20 11:29:21 AM  
Here are about a gazillion pictures that would have worked better for Arkansas than a silly rice paddy.

Arkansas Ozarks in Fall
 
2012-09-20 11:36:23 AM  

Pixiest: Here are about a gazillion pictures that would have worked better for Arkansas than a silly rice paddy.

Arkansas Ozarks in Fall


Holy cats, those are gorgeous. I mean bring-a-tear-to-your-eye gorgeous. When I was young, we had a large picture of the Ozarks on a wall in our house. It got lost or ruined in a move, but I remember staring at it many times. Just stupefyingly beautiful. And this is coming from a New England girl, where we get to see the explosion of fall foliage every year without having to travel. What we don't have are the massive and beautifully sculpted mountains to go along with it, except in the highest parts of Vermont. (And that's a risky venture, because they're often socked in with fog.)
 
2012-09-20 12:33:04 PM  
cdn.theatlantic.com

/nice ass on mom
 
2012-09-20 12:46:57 PM  

basemetal: Ha ha ha ha Texas is represented by an aggie football game!


This made me want to punch a midget.
 
2012-09-20 12:52:14 PM  
i50.tinypic.com
 
2012-09-20 01:43:15 PM  
Gary is not Indiana ...its Chicago. There is nothing wrong with that... It's just not Indiana
 
2012-09-20 02:21:48 PM  
Florida here...
What a crappy image for our state. It is a picture taken in another state of an out of state sports team and their fans while one of the Florida sports teams happened to be present but out of frame. Besides, all states have an array of $SportsTeam.
 
2012-09-20 02:40:20 PM  

fragMasterFlash: Kazan: click pops fullsize of each

I was thinking of hiking up Mt. Pilchuck this Friday but then I realized I would need to buy one of those fancy ass $30 permits just to park my car. I think I'll spend the day looking your pics instead.


day permits are only $10. $30 are yearly.

Beer It's What's For Dinner: Kazan: also.. that is the best picture they could do for washington? REALLY?! 

click pops fullsize of each

I was going to ask if that was the ranger cabin on Copper Ridge, then I moused over and saw the URL. I was there a few years ago, incredible incredible place.

Another hike I did in the area was up to the Skyline Divide by Mt Baker, and spent the night there. Woke up to this view (new window) in the morning.


we ended up camping by the cabin .. we tried to power through 15 miles down from US Cabin, across indian creek and chilliwack and then up the ridge to Silesia, got to the cabin at sundown. leave it to 3 software engineers from the east side *cough* to try to power through things.
 
2012-09-20 03:19:30 PM  
I may actually do a little experiment, and see what the first photo (not map or icon) that appears for the GIS on a state name. That would be 100x more interesting than this page.
 
2012-09-20 03:24:24 PM  
Once again, Iowa gets farked in the mix because instead of the scenic prairie we get some redneck, inbred kid with a farking Mohawk and German cross ear rings.
 
2012-09-20 03:40:48 PM  
The picture for Oregon is so farking stupid. This is a beautiful state and they choose a over weight native american in front of the (polluted) Williamette Falls, which you can barely even see. Why is it every time they choose to take a picture representing Oregon they fail to realize the beauty of our two must iconic symbols: Mt. Hood and Crater Lake.
 
2012-09-20 03:51:49 PM  
I sometimes forget how much there is to appreciate about the diversity of the USA. I love this country. God bless the USA.
 
2012-09-20 03:52:59 PM  

Lligeret: Fail Wisconsin is not a picture pitcher of beer.


well...they're both right, I guess

but is a picture of a pitcher redundant?

Yes I've had a few drinks, what of it?
 
2012-09-20 03:54:23 PM  

fudgefactor7: Once again, Iowa gets farked in the mix because instead of the scenic prairie we get some redneck, inbred kid with a farking Mohawk and German cross ear rings.


At least they didn't show his meth-addicted dad.
 
2012-09-20 04:05:33 PM  

dletter: I may actually do a little experiment, and see what the first photo (not map or icon) that appears for the GIS on a state name. That would be 100x more interesting than this page.


Safe search on or off?
 
2012-09-20 04:34:27 PM  

PhDemented: dletter: I may actually do a little experiment, and see what the first photo (not map or icon) that appears for the GIS on a state name. That would be 100x more interesting than this page.

Safe search on or off?


LOL, well, on at first, but, another one with off would be very interesting.
 
2012-09-20 05:19:16 PM  

redheadstepchild: Love the freshwater surfing pic for Wisconsin..... nice to see Sheboygan being recognized for something (VERY) cool instead of all the crazy shait that happens there.


Right. Welcome to Wisconsin, hang ten dude. We're going to have a luau later. WTF?
 
2012-09-20 05:26:28 PM  
It's called freshwater surfing. In fall when the wind blows out of the northeast this stretch of Lake Michigan will throw some nice waves


Link
 
2012-09-20 06:21:52 PM  
Should've known there'd be a dang nascar referrence for Tennessee. Shows the failure of the pictures since people usualy think country music or the Smokey Mountains.
 
2012-09-20 07:53:47 PM  
My state has this little monument featuring the faces of four important presidents, but they went with Doggie Day at a city pool.

/It is a fun day, though
 
2012-09-20 08:23:11 PM  
That's the best they could do for my fair Wisconsin?

Fresh water 'surfers' paddling in Lake Michigan?

Pfffffffft. Fark you.


(on the other hand, at least it wasn't a farking 'Happy Days' or 'Laverne and Shirley' reference)
 
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