Official State Crap

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")….


Official State Crap: Arizona

Official state tree: the Palo Verde (not clear which kind, either Parkinsonia florida or Parkinsonia microphylla, could be both). Official state fossil: petrified wood (Araucarioxylon arizonicum, although that species may not actually exist). Official state bird: the cactus wren, "otherwise known as Coues'…


Official State Crap: Alaska

Official state song: "Alaska's Flag" Official state motto: North to the Future Official state seal that supposedly can't be used without permission: this one Official state bird: the Alaska Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus alascensis Swarth) Official state tree: the Sitka…


Official State Crap: Alabama

As you are probably aware, every state legislature has declared, whether in a statute, regulation, resolution, or otherwise, that various things will thenceforth be the "official state [thing]." This includes, of course, things like official state flags and seals and…