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2014-09-04 12:26:33 PM  
"It's the food that most distinguishes them from the rest of the pack."

IOWA:
blended
ranch dressing
dip
perfect
delicious

I left crawfish and poboys for this?

/ no, I left for a great job.
// but still, none of Iowa's distinctive "foods" are actually food.
 
2014-09-04 12:42:04 PM  
Of course avocado for California. Avocado is everything.
 
2014-09-04 02:13:22 PM  
Maine:  Haddock, lobster, chowder...

No shiat.
 
2014-09-04 02:23:02 PM  
I click over to see the State of my birth, expecting some small mammal scraped from a busy highway.  Chocolate. The land of my birth is so backward that chocolate is most distinctive food.  "Y'all come 'ere, we gots us some new fangled candy like 'ere eatin' in Atlanter now!"
 
2014-09-04 02:33:18 PM  
Lived in Virginia all my life. Never heard of it being known for "Green Bell Peppers". Ham maybe, Virginia ham is famous...and bacon. Mmmmmmmm bacon.
 
2014-09-04 03:29:46 PM  
What does "blended" even mean?  I can't recall ever really seeing that as a menu item description...

Pretty useless data
 
2014-09-04 03:30:44 PM  
What the hell is Dip? And why do Missouri and S.C love it so much? Are they eating tobacco?
 
2014-09-04 03:35:44 PM  
Mmmmm as a former Michigander that never purchased/ate bell peppers,  I have to support the second item on the list: "Club Sandwich" .

Also, the third item on the list for my new home, Illinois, is also a win: Skirt Steak.

/they couldn't combine "green bell pepper" and "bell pepper"?
 
2014-09-04 03:36:16 PM  
They list "Ranch Dressing" for West Virginia?  Those morans misspelled "Pepperoni Roll".
 
2014-09-04 03:36:19 PM  
My state lists the same thing 3 times under different names...hoagie, sub and cheesesteak which is a type of sub or hoagie.

I can't believe scrapple dint make the list.
 
2014-09-04 03:38:18 PM  
so, for NJ, they only surveyed southern NJ?
 
2014-09-04 03:40:27 PM  

ManateeGag: so, for NJ, they only surveyed southern NJ?


No they surveyed NYers and Pennsylvanians.

It is a commuter state....
 
2014-09-04 03:41:07 PM  
those are the least visually-interesting word-clouds I've ever seen.
 
2014-09-04 03:43:29 PM  
There definitely seems to be a ranch dressing corridor in the middle of the nation.
 
2014-09-04 03:45:51 PM  
It isn't really my thing, no, but can we honestly say that ranch dressing is among the weirdest things that people eat, anywhere?

For a "weirdest" list, there was an awful lot of normal and common stuff on that map.
 
2014-09-04 03:46:05 PM  

theorellior: There definitely seems to be a ranch dressing corridor in the middle of the nation.


Its a racial slur used against whites.....wonder bread and ranch dressing or something .....its been a while though.

It is also referred to as white trash ketchup.

They may have used reddit or 4chan for the survey.....
 
2014-09-04 03:47:42 PM  
Massachusetts - Chicken Tender

Bwahahahahahahahaha.
 
2014-09-04 03:48:40 PM  
How the hell did West Virginia have "oats" and "nutrient" on the list, but not pepperoni roll? Are they only reading menus from big box chain restaurants or something? //off to eat my ranch dressing oat nutrients for dinner...
 
2014-09-04 03:50:38 PM  
Check out the 2nd and 3rd terms on Rhode Island's list.

/Yes, I'm 9
 
2014-09-04 03:52:21 PM  
For an article about "weird foods", why is the picture of jalapenos, chocolate, shrimp and cinnamon?
 
2014-09-04 03:54:57 PM  

Disaster Transport: Mmmmm as a former Michigander that never purchased/ate bell peppers,  I have to support the second item on the list: "Club Sandwich" .

Also, the third item on the list for my new home, Illinois, is also a win: Skirt Steak.

/they couldn't combine "green bell pepper" and "bell pepper"?


Scrolled down saw that, closed link
 
2014-09-04 03:55:09 PM  
NVM, I get it now. There isn't a single "weird" thing on the farking list.
 
2014-09-04 03:56:25 PM  
Rhode Island's 2nd and 3rd ingredients.....
 
2014-09-04 03:56:50 PM  
Missouri should be pig brain sandwiches, pork steaks, BBQ, gooey butter cake or Springfield style cashew chicken
 
2014-09-04 03:57:44 PM  
Will wait till I get home to click the link, but I strongly suspect that the one for Ohio will be Cincinnati chili - the food item that everyone outside Ohio loves to hate.
 
2014-09-04 03:57:59 PM  
"Hoagies" are most distinctive in Pennsylvania? The same exact food is eaten across all the states, just under different names.
TFA has never heard of scrapple.

img.photobucket.com

*drool*
 
2014-09-04 04:02:28 PM  
The popularity of ranch dressing coincides with the Jesus Belt. Apparently the bible commands us to eat seasoned mayonnaise.
 
2014-09-04 04:04:16 PM  
Wisconsin:

beer isn't listed, nor are brats

FAIL
 
2014-09-04 04:09:59 PM  
What a stupid list.
 
2014-09-04 04:10:53 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: The popularity of ranch dressing coincides with the Jesus Belt. Apparently the bible commands us to eat seasoned mayonnaise.


Vermont's gonna have to smack a biatch for calling it "Bible Belt".
 
2014-09-04 04:13:48 PM  
I moved from VA (Green Bell Peppers? WTF?) to DE (Blue Cheese? WTF?) Clearly I am the boringest stomach in the USA
 
2014-09-04 04:16:39 PM  
Texas' entry is perfect.
It's the 4 best ingredients in Tex-Mex cooking plus pecans, the best pie filler in existence.
5 stars A+ would read again.
 
2014-09-04 04:23:52 PM  
Candy in Tennessee? Not even candied, but candy.
 
2014-09-04 04:28:42 PM  
Y'all motherfarkers need pico de gallo.
 
2014-09-04 04:31:08 PM  

Kevin72: Of course avocado for California. Avocado is everything.


Like green chili in New Mexico.  Good grief. The percent being that high doesn't surprise me at all.  I'm actually surprised it's not higher.
 
2014-09-04 04:33:15 PM  
Meh... they're kinda taking liberties with this list.  Louisiana crawfish?  Not really... its huge here, but its seasonal, so we only eat it in the spring.

Po Boy sandwich?  Yes, we eat that all the time... its a sandwich!  We just call it something weird.

And no red beans and rice?  That's a staple.

Gumbo is on the list, so I'd say that ought to be first.
 
2014-09-04 04:36:16 PM  

ManateeGag: so, for NJ, they only surveyed southern NJ?


You say that like it's a bad thing.
 
2014-09-04 04:46:44 PM  

Mikey1969: NVM, I get it now. There isn't a single "weird" thing on the farking list.


Really.

And a list of the weirdest things people habitually eat in every state would be really interesting.

I can suggest one I just mentioned in another thread: squirrel brains.

That's weird. Haddock is not. Cheddar even less than not. Eating Cheddar is the anti-weird. It will turn you into a sweet little old lady if you eat too much. Or kill you. But it isn't weird.

I have eaten some weird things:

ostrich jerky
Labrador tea (well, not weird but rare)
fiddle-heads (also not that weird unless you are from places where the ostrich fern does not grow)
Daisies (I specifically ate some of these because of the book Please Do Not Eat the Daisies by the domestic humourist and critic, Helen Kerr. I wanted to see why the children were eating the daisies. The answer is simple: the green bits of Daisies are delicious. Not the yellow florets. They are sort of annoying.)
Milk and Pepsi (Because of Laverne & Shirley, naturally. Not that weird. If you have had a Coke float, you can guess what milk and Pepsi is like. It's like a bowl of Coke float that has melted. Blah!)
chicken hearts (the livers are way better, especially if breaded and fried in butter)

All of these are slightly weird, but none of the things on that page are weird. Maybe peculiar. Peculiar to a certain place, that is, not peculiar in the sense of odd.
 
2014-09-04 04:47:51 PM  
Ranch dressing.
 
2014-09-04 05:11:21 PM  
Texas looks right

And now I'm hungry
 
2014-09-04 05:25:26 PM  
crawfish
po boy sandwich
catfish
gumbo
oyster

We have famously corrupt politicians, a failing schools system, tea tards all over, and a shiatty public health care system.  But fark it all, we got good food.
 
2014-09-04 05:28:07 PM  

brantgoose: Mikey1969: NVM, I get it now. There isn't a single "weird" thing on the farking list.

Really.

And a list of the weirdest things people habitually eat in every state would be really interesting.

I can suggest one I just mentioned in another thread: squirrel brains.

That's weird. Haddock is not. Cheddar even less than not. Eating Cheddar is the anti-weird. It will turn you into a sweet little old lady if you eat too much. Or kill you. But it isn't weird.

I have eaten some weird things:

ostrich jerky
Labrador tea (well, not weird but rare)
fiddle-heads (also not that weird unless you are from places where the ostrich fern does not grow)
Daisies (I specifically ate some of these because of the book Please Do Not Eat the Daisies by the domestic humourist and critic, Helen Kerr. I wanted to see why the children were eating the daisies. The answer is simple: the green bits of Daisies are delicious. Not the yellow florets. They are sort of annoying.)
Milk and Pepsi (Because of Laverne & Shirley, naturally. Not that weird. If you have had a Coke float, you can guess what milk and Pepsi is like. It's like a bowl of Coke float that has melted. Blah!)
chicken hearts (the livers are way better, especially if breaded and fried in butter)

All of these are slightly weird, but none of the things on that page are weird. Maybe peculiar. Peculiar to a certain place, that is, not peculiar in the sense of odd.


Most non-commonplace for me would be grouse heart and escargot. Neither all that "weird", but more noteworthy than that list, like you mentioned.

And both yummy.
 
2014-09-04 06:03:03 PM  

gnosis301: "It's the food that most distinguishes them from the rest of the pack."

IOWA:
blended
ranch dressing
dip
perfect
delicious

I left crawfish and poboys for this?

/ no, I left for a great job.
// but still, none of Iowa's distinctive "foods" are actually food.


Look at Indiana and Nebraska...same thing. I think the takeaway here is that some states just have zero culinary identity, and it's the exact states you'd think.


Some states...Illinois (peppers and steak), Texas (jalapenos and fajitas), Pennsylvania (cheesteak and hoagies), etc....are exactly what I'd expect.
 
2014-09-04 06:04:16 PM  
Also, what's the deal with "prawns"? How can that be a most common term when virtually no one in this country uses it?
 
2014-09-04 06:06:27 PM  
Yay! My state (NJ) seems to be the only one with vodak on the list!
 
2014-09-04 06:20:02 PM  
Yeah, I'm not seeing how Michigan is so big on green bell peppers, club sandwiches, or reubens. Stupid map is stupid.
 
2014-09-04 06:24:18 PM  

wingnut396: crawfish
po boy sandwich
catfish
gumbo
oyster

We have famously corrupt politicians, a failing schools system, tea tards all over, and a shiatty public health care system.  But fark it all, we got good food.


Bottom and filter feeders....

You eat things that eat other things poop.

brings new meaning to garbage in garbage out....
 
2014-09-04 06:35:51 PM  
I'm with the "this is not a list of weird foods, peculiar to a region maybe, but not weird.

weird might include

monkey, dog, cat, guinea pig, corn smut, spiders, most insects,

and most things that appear on Andrew Zimmerman's show (Bizarre Foods )

// yes i've eaten most of the things on the first list
// sometimes you eat smile and thank your hosts
// where I ate those things they weren't weird, they were dinner
 
2014-09-04 06:39:16 PM  

LucklessWonder: I moved from VA (Green Bell Peppers? WTF?) to DE (Blue Cheese? WTF?) Clearly I am the boringest stomach in the USA


You could move to a Ranch state.
 
2014-09-04 06:40:36 PM  
Utah should be "Fry sauce." They offer that stuff everywhere.
 
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