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  1. Every time Texas uses a 2-letter word, the other states think he/she is referring to a state code.
    HI Hawaii
    ME Maine
    OH Ohio
    OK Oklahoma

  2. Headline IDU. NB is New Brunswick, no? Nebraska doesn’t even appear in the comic.

  3. Headline IDU. NB is New Brunswick, no?

    Yes, it is now; and has been since November 1969. But in 1963, along with the introduction of 5-digit Zone Improvement Plan (ZIP) codes, a set of two-letter uppercase, no periods, abbreviations for US state names was introduced, and among them was NB for Nebraska. But that was switched later, to allow New Brunswick to use NB without conflict.

    Also, poor Nevada has no face.

    Ah, I hadn’t noticed that! It’s a case similar to ME-by-the-punchbowl. We can figure the characters do have faces, but they are facing away from us in this view. Still, that makes these two oddly formed, since if you met them face-on, their state shape boundary would be L-R flipped from what it is on a map.

    Nebraska doesn’t even appear in the comic.

    Right, it was just an interesting sidelight on the two-letter “postal codes” system used by the comic.

  4. Is OH and OK saying “THAT’S US” a reference to the U.S. (of A.) or just an accident?

    I should’ve listened to AL. My PA suggested I did.

    Al Stewart: You Should Have Listened to Al

  5. I was just thinking about state codes the other day, as an example on how you might have a database table of customer addresses store state codes (instead of the full state name), and then have another that only contains state codes and state names. That way, if you want to find a customer’s home state, you can JOIN the two tables.

    With this example, you can demonstrate some things, like “What happens if a state code is missing?” (“DC” is frequently missing from lists of state codes.) Or, “What happens if there is a mistake in the table, and multiple states use the same state code?” (Such as “AL” being used for both “Alaska” and, uh… “Alberta.”)

  6. I like the way that Hawaii is entertaining everyone with his juggling.

    But why is Wyoming not present? WY? WY? Maybe he’s with his CO-worker, Colorado. (They do everything together.)

  7. I had the same question / idea that narmitaj brings up, that when they say “That’s US” it could (secondarily) mean the U.S.(A.).

  8. J-L, just yesterday I saw some reports on how some gene-mapping projects have had their results messed up because of entering standard gene abbreviations into Excel where formatting has not been controlled, and the entries are converted into dates!

  9. “That’s us!” is in response to “OH, OK” (“Oh, okay.”)

    …and how long will it take us to not get tense when we see social gatherings in comics where no-one is wearing a mask? 😛

  10. ‘Missouri loves company’ is a little off as a slogan, but not as off as the one I grew up with in Michigan: ‘In Michigan let yourself go’.

  11. I did not interpret Hawai’i as juggling, that’s just the seven main islands of the state. Although, floating around like that is kind of unsettling, so I guess juggling is as good an interpretation as any. Michigan would have a similar problem, but not near as impressive juggling.

  12. But was it Michigan that had a logo with the name, and an exclamation point replacing one of the I’s?

  13. Mitch4,

    It was especially ugly because Michigan had a severe obesity problem. And probably still does

  14. Geezers remember a song: What did Delaware? She wore her New Jersey. What did Mississip’? She sipped a Minnesota. And so on.

  15. @DannyBoy: ““I’ve been undressed by kings…” Wait, what?”

    Said the beauteous Magda Lupescu
    As she came to Romania’s rescue,
    “It’s a wonderful thing to be under a king,
    Is democracy better — I esk you?”

  16. Mark, a rendition of that song (by Perry Como) was linked/embedded in an earlier comment by Blinky the Wonder Wombat. It is indeed a good natural association to this comic and thread.

  17. Maybe Hawaii will be able to get a new set of arms from the wonderful wizard of AZ.

    (Hey, MA! This guy’s got your accent!)

  18. Hawaii has been disarmed.

    Reading this thread gives me a flashback to grade school chorus and singing “Fifty Nifty United States”

    Nice write-up on this once novelty tune turned school chorus favorite (plus a video of the guy from Hamilton giving an impromptu performance of part of the piece).

    https://slate.com/culture/2015/11/the-history-of-the-novelty-song-and-mnemonic-device-fifty-nifty-united-states.html

    Relating to the state abbreviations, here’s a bit by standup Gary Gulman:

  19. You have to be careful when hiring a CONtractor. The COVID task force mistakenly hired a conTRACTor instead. He got so sick he infected everyone else.

  20. And in this one, while it had to be MD for that role, is there any basis for which other states were chosen for use here? Does Florida have a reputation for being dizzy or unsteady?

    (Back in the day when longer traditional abbreviations had not been overtaken, in Florida we would joke that “Calif.” stood for Come And Live In Florida.)

  21. I too, wondered about that, but couldn’t see any connection, other than FL has ‘Florida Man’, who is always doing something REALLY STOOPID (you know, like Governor [sic] DeathSantis does continually).

  22. Blinky the Wombat –
    You mean that no one sings “What did Della wear boys, what did Della wear?” “She wore her brand new jersey…”

    On and off it is discussed here on Long Island that we should split Suffolk county into 2 counties and the non-NYC counties on the Island should split off from NYS and form our own state. I figured out if that happened – RI would still be the smallest state (and we would have problems too large to mention due to the need for better governors than we could come up).

  23. Someone linked that song further up in the thread. Perry Como sounded quite tedious, like he was sick of the song already — reminded me of Monty Python’s “I Like Traffic Lights”…

  24. For the “MD” comic:
    This is a stretch, but maybe FL is “fell”? As in, from the ladder in the corner?.
    CA might be “see a” (see a doctor?), but I got nothin’ for TX.

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