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(io9)   In the nineteenth century, a geologist suggested that the United States should draw state lines based on watersheds. This is what it would look like. Wait, what's that state above California?   (io9.com ) divider line
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2013-11-23 09:02:59 PM  
Map fails without Alaska and Hawaii.
 
2013-11-23 09:12:24 PM  
Get your own water, Kansas.
 
2013-11-23 09:22:34 PM  
As a resident of the fair state of Michigan I saw fark all ya'll.  You can pry my water from my cold dead hands. Pew! Pew! Pew!
 
2013-11-23 10:16:24 PM  
That bit above California is where they dump all those Dvorak keyboards, Peters projection maps, ranked-choice Borda count ballots, base-12 mathematics textbooks, and maps of rectilinear congressional districts.

/They can store them in properly tetrahedral pyramids
//And pay for it with a 15% flat tax
 
2013-11-23 10:41:54 PM  

Churchill2004: Also, Milwaukee, Illinois? Fark you. That'll go over about as well as his plain for Minneapolis, Wisconsin.



Map doesn't really show it too clearly on that scale but I think Milwaukee would end up in Michigan if boundaries were determined by watershed. The Michigan-Illinois state line would be in Waukesha County, somewhere around Sunny Slope Road. Lake Michigan would be entirely within "Michigan's" borders and would include much of Chicago.
 
2013-11-23 11:06:52 PM  
North Takoma.
 
2013-11-23 11:55:11 PM  
As an ex-Michigander, it was obvious that Indiana is an extension of Kentucky. But it is priceless seeing Indiana literally kissing Mississippi.
 
2013-11-24 12:00:08 AM  

Xcott: That bit above California is where they dump all those Dvorak keyboards, Peters projection maps, ranked-choice Borda count ballots, base-12 mathematics textbooks, and maps of rectilinear congressional districts.

/They can store them in properly tetrahedral pyramids
//And pay for it with a 15% flat tax


Hey! Dvorak keyboards are wonderful! Qwerty was invented to SLOW DOWN TYPISTS because in the beginning, typists actually got the keys stuck if typed too fast. Base-12 can go to hell however.
 
2013-11-24 02:43:20 AM  

ciderczar: New York City, Connecticut is sufficiently confusing. I approve.


It's actually right in the center of New Jersey, not Connecticut.

New Jersey.

/faints
 
2013-11-24 02:43:56 AM  
In the nineteenth century, a geologist named John Wesley Powell...

I like how they say this like he's just some random dude with no real significance, and this was just some interesting footnote...

As for this idea, I think it would have been great, fighting about water is probably the biggest complaining between states. Living in Utah, and having lived in Az, I hear this all of the time.
 
2013-11-24 05:16:02 AM  
That would be the great state of Jefferson.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_(proposed_Pacific_state) 
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-11-24 07:00:33 AM  
Why, that's the great state of Calisota, subby.
 
2013-11-24 08:21:32 AM  

FloydA: Now I want to mount a gun on a Siberian tiger and smear Hulk Hogan pate on a tailgating dolphin.


I see that you're living up to your farky
 
2013-11-24 08:55:34 AM  
Shouldn't Louisiana roughly resemble the shape of the Louisiana Purchase?
 
2013-11-24 09:19:13 AM  

DVD: DrunkenBob: I'd go with it just for the amusement of Oklahoma rivaling Texas in size.  Even if it means I'd have to live in Kansas.

/Just as long as we genocide the Mormons before Utah expands


Are Mormon farkers going to have to give you a story to tell in a special edition of ITG magazine?    (You know there ARE a few of us.  The Bevets haven't chased us all out.)


we have so many babies that we'll conquer them by population alone. happy prozac valley autistic babies.
 
2013-11-24 11:15:36 AM  
To be fair, this type of land division has been used before. In Hawaii we call them ahupua'a and they were the system used by the Hawaiians. Makes a lot of sense when water is a key to the economy.
 
2013-11-24 11:19:54 AM  

Pootums: That would be the great state of JeffersonCannabis.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_(proposed_Pacific_state) 
[upload.wikimedia.org image 286x186]


Fixed... ;^)
 
2013-11-24 12:35:59 PM  

Smoking GNU: FloydA: Now I want to mount a gun on a Siberian tiger and smear Hulk Hogan pate on a tailgating dolphin.

I see that you're living up to your farky


Oh good.  What is my farky?
 
2013-11-24 12:52:49 PM  

FloydA: Smoking GNU: FloydA: Now I want to mount a gun on a Siberian tiger and smear Hulk Hogan pate on a tailgating dolphin.

I see that you're living up to your farky

Oh good.  What is my farky?


"(favorite: Incoherant) " As Yellow 5
 
2013-11-24 01:14:17 PM  
How cute! He included the state of Jefferson.
 
2013-11-24 01:24:45 PM  
The two river basins here in Georgia, if separate, would call for an East and West Georgia. We can't have this. Everyone knows that Georgia is split North/South.

/right down the middle of I-20
//with a North Georgia embassy in Tybee Island
///and a wish for Atlanta to disappear
 
2013-11-24 01:43:09 PM  

Smoking GNU: FloydA: Smoking GNU: FloydA: Now I want to mount a gun on a Siberian tiger and smear Hulk Hogan pate on a tailgating dolphin.

I see that you're living up to your farky

Oh good.  What is my farky?

"(favorite: Incoherant) " As Yellow 5



Hooray!  I'm tartrazine!
 
2013-11-24 02:35:30 PM  

Sobekneferu: How cute! He included the state of Jefferson.


No, that's supposed to be a non- or semi-contiguous part of Washington state.
 
2013-11-24 02:40:41 PM  

phaseolus: Churchill2004: Also, Milwaukee, Illinois? Fark you. That'll go over about as well as his plain for Minneapolis, Wisconsin.


Map doesn't really show it too clearly on that scale but I think Milwaukee would end up in Michigan if boundaries were determined by watershed. The Michigan-Illinois state line would be in Waukesha County, somewhere around Sunny Slope Road. Lake Michigan would be entirely within "Michigan's" borders and would include much of Chicago.


Possibly, but I don't think that's the intention. I think the UP is being expanded down south to around Sheboygan to include the Fox R./Green Bay drainage, with the coastline of Illinois extending from there to just north of Michigan City, IN. If it were including all of the Lake Michigan drainage area then the border when extend a lot further inland than the possible coastal strip you're seeing.
 
2013-11-24 07:34:14 PM  
Cascadia
 
2013-11-24 07:44:27 PM  

Kevin72: Xcott: That bit above California is where they dump all those Dvorak keyboards, Peters projection maps, ranked-choice Borda count ballots, base-12 mathematics textbooks, and maps of rectilinear congressional districts.

/They can store them in properly tetrahedral pyramids
//And pay for it with a 15% flat tax

Hey! Dvorak keyboards are wonderful! Qwerty was invented to SLOW DOWN TYPISTS because in the beginning, typists actually got the keys stuck if typed too fast. Base-12 can go to hell however.


I'm surprised our lizard people overlords didn't institute base 8. They're slipping.
 
2013-11-24 11:44:17 PM  

The Googles Do Nothing: As a resident of the fair state of Michigan I saw fark all ya'll.  You can pry my water from my cold dead hands. Pew! Pew! Pew!


I think Michigan would benefit from these borders more than any other state.  We would get all of the water (except Lake Erie and Ontario, which is fine by me).
 
2013-11-25 12:36:15 AM  
The seal was chosen for the double-cross the residents of southern Oregon and extreme-northern California think they get from the Federal and their respective state governments.

www.publicceo.com
 
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