Official State Crap



Official State Crap: District of Columbia

I now return to the critical project of covering the often-ridiculous official stuff of all 50 U.S. states, and, I have now decided, all our non-states as well. This time, it’s the District of Columbia. Although D.C. only has four…


Official State Crap: Delaware

Official nickname: "The First State" (it was the first to ratify the Constitution, on Dec. 7, 1787). Official state tree: the American holly. Official state flower: the peach blossom. Official state bird: the "Blue Hen chicken." From Delaware.gov: "Adopted on April 14,…


Official State Crap: Colorado

Official state flower: The white and lavender columbine. Actually, the identity of the Colorado state flower is not entirely clear. Section 24-80-905 does say it's "the white and lavender columbine," but that turns out to be a description, not a…


Oregon Designates Official State Microbe

Congratulations to Oregon for becoming the first state in the nation to designate an official state microbe. Wisconsin and Hawaii both dropped the micro-ball on this one (see "Oregon, Hawaii May Name Official State Microbes" (April 10, 2013) and "Bill…


Official State Crap: Connecticut

Official state tree: the white oak (Quercus alba). Official state mineral: garnet, which is highly abrasive. Official state insect: the praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) (a scientific name I did not make up). Official state bird: the American robin (Turdus migratorius) (same…


Official State Crap: California

Official state nickname: The Golden State. Official state mineral: gold. Official state motto: "Eureka" (Greek for "I have found it," the "it" in this case probably being gold). Official state flower: the golden poppy. Official state colors: gold (also blue)….


Oregon, Hawaii May Name Official State Microbes

If House Concurrent Resolution 12 passes, Oregon could become the first state in the Union to declare an official state microbe. Specifically, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, also known as "brewer's yeast" or "baker's yeast," for reasons you can probably guess. "It is perhaps…


Official State Crap: Arkansas

Official state nickname: "The Natural State." First official state motto: Regnant Populi ("The People(s) Rule"?). Year they decided that was either grammatically incorrect in Latin or not quite what they wanted to say: 1907. Current official state motto: Regnat Populus ("The People Rule")….