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NFT: Based on US states you have visited, which would you call

eric2425ny : 4/13/2019 8:27 pm
the strangest?
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Massachusetts  
NYRiese : 4/13/2019 9:08 pm : link
Lots of inbreeding up there. Normal culture, a lot of "odd ducks".
RE: Louisiana I guess  
Ron from Ninerland : 4/13/2019 9:10 pm : link
In comment 14385388 Oscar said:
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New Orleans is strange in a good way but the whole state is just sort of different.
Never been there, but I got that impression from "True Detective"
Arkansas for sure  
gtt350 : 4/13/2019 9:20 pm : link
they didn't even know how to make a Martini there
Indiana  
montanagiant : 4/13/2019 9:20 pm : link
Oddest state I have ever spent time in
Utah  
Skully88 : 4/13/2019 9:21 pm : link
If you've been there, you know.
It's a tie Mississippi, Arkansas Louisiana and Alabama  
larryflower37 : 4/13/2019 9:24 pm : link
I have been to 48 states.
When you get to the backwood of those states it about as strange as it gets.
Iíve been to 49 states (Hawaii).  
Maryland Giant : 4/13/2019 9:44 pm : link
Answer: West by God Virginia
California for sure  
PatersonPlank : 4/13/2019 9:52 pm : link
closely followed by Oregon.
Anyone who says anything other than Alaska has....  
Crispino : 4/13/2019 9:55 pm : link
never been to Alaska. That is one effed up place. A visit is fine. Living there requires a psychotic break.
RE: Utah  
short lease : 4/13/2019 10:20 pm : link
In comment 14385432 Skully88 said:
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If you've been there, you know.



Is there any alcohol for sale ... in that whole state? Even the people who live there (who were not Mormons) ... told me to get the hell out - for my own good. Even after I told them we were driving to CA.

Actually that might have been Salt Lake City ... not sure what other parts of the state is like. Physically - it is a beautiful state though.
Strangest people? Akaska, Kentucky and Vernont  
George from PA : 4/13/2019 10:31 pm : link
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California  
John In CO : 4/13/2019 11:10 pm : link
My first duty station in the military, early 80's. Maybe it was because it was really the first appreciable time I had spent off of the east coast in my life to that point, but that place, and the people who lived there, were just....different:). Me and my fellow east coasters used to have this discussion back then all the time. I LOVED California; San Diego remains one of my favorite cities anywhere, but.....yeah, just a different mindset going on there.
Yeah I have been  
mattyblue : 4/13/2019 11:10 pm : link
to Alaska and it would get my vote. It really is a strange fucking place.
Pa. and Fla.  
The_Boss : 4/13/2019 11:14 pm : link
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RE: Utah  
trueblueinpw : 4/13/2019 11:27 pm : link
In comment 14385432 Skully88 said:
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If you've been there, you know.


One hundred percent. And itís not even close.
PA  
TJ : 4/13/2019 11:58 pm : link
It borders NY and Jersey on the east and north but everywhere outside urban areas it reminds me of being in the deep south. The whole toothless marry your cousin ignorant racist caricature. It's even got coal mining. I travel through the state all the time and never feel right there.
______  
I am Ninja : 4/14/2019 12:20 am : link
everyplace is the same except for so fla. so fla is a different world.
RE: PA  
Jay in Toronto : 4/14/2019 12:58 am : link
In comment 14385531 TJ said:
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It borders NY and Jersey on the east and north but everywhere outside urban areas it reminds me of being in the deep south. The whole toothless marry your cousin ignorant racist caricature. It's even got coal mining. I travel through the state all the time and never feel right there.


WV is like Western PA without the rest of PA.
Miami FL  
jtfuoco : 4/14/2019 1:44 am : link
I have been to almost every Major city in the U.S and while they all have there little quirks. Miami feels like a different country in almost everyway
Not quite Jackson, Mississippi on a Saturday night but...  
Milton : 4/14/2019 6:48 am : link
About 30 years ago I was taking a trip out to LA, tooling along in my Nissan Sentra, toking on a number and digging on the radio, when I got into a three car collision in Louisville, Kentucky (I was stopped in traffic, got hit from behind, sending me into the car in front of me).

Not wanting to spend any more time in Kentucky than necessary, I asked the body shop guy that my insurance company hooked me up with if he could just get the car road worthy so I can get back on the road and have the repairs completed in California. Everyone was very nice, but hereís the crazy part. While he was repairing my car, he left me alone in his house with his twelve year old daughter. For hours we sat together watching TV. Who leaves their twelve year old with some stranger from New York??? Kentucky.

Uneasy Rider - ( New Window )
I've lived in  
section125 : 4/14/2019 6:59 am : link
NJ, NY and FL. Explain to me what is weird about Florida except the Quebecees through the winter? Most of Florida is made up of people from NY, NJ, CT, PA on the East Coast and MI, OH, IL (midwest) on the West Coast. Yes Cuba North is in Miami, but no different than the DR in NYC.
I have been in 43 states and the most different is probably Texas - I don't think it is weird.
I completely get  
Bill2 : 4/14/2019 7:17 am : link
many of the choices mentioned. They are strange.

But I would say 1) Alaska for its collection of folks who cant or who are running from living in the lower 48.

2) my favorite was finding out from montanagiant that I am not the only one who finds Indiana strange.

My belief is that the two states have a common cause to be strange.

In the period 1800 to 1900 all the people who started out to go West to a new great future but gave up ...stopped in Indiana. Either their wagon wheels were week or they did not pack enough to get where they were going or they were really fleeing and stopped just far enough at the time.

Similar with Alaska after WW2. many guys on the lam or unable to walk a straight line or with 3 divorces and 6 child support payments went to Alaska to join the strippers who could not handle Vegas or California.

They are states composed of more than an average number of people whose forebears couldnt handle it.

Indiana also had a whole bunch of folks who came up from the South when the Union started to occupy the Border States. For many decades Indiana had the largest percentage of the population in the KKK.

from a settling down perspective for more than a usual number of people neither is a destination for living.

Both are places were you wind up. You wanted to be in California but gave up or ran off.

Lousiana, WV, Arkansas are all places where too many are strange because they fear the outside world.
RE: I've lived in  
Diver_Down : 4/14/2019 7:37 am : link
In comment 14385589 section125 said:
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NJ, NY and FL. Explain to me what is weird about Florida except the Quebecees through the winter? Most of Florida is made up of people from NY, NJ, CT, PA on the East Coast and MI, OH, IL (midwest) on the West Coast. Yes Cuba North is in Miami, but no different than the DR in NYC.
I have been in 43 states and the most different is probably Texas - I don't think it is weird.


I've visited many states and lived throughout FL and the Caribbean. Every place has their own unique and bit of crazy. But no other state has their own Un-Superhero like Florida Man. While living here, you may not directly encounter them on a daily basis, but they are here only to expose themselves for their 15 minutes of shame. And I don't want to imply that there are only crazy men as Florida Woman is a thing too. Recently, a few miles from where I live, there were 3 women who were "air-drying" naked at a roadside rest. When police came, they led them on a 20 mile chase.
Florida Man - ( New Window )
Travel  
Nomad Crow on the Madison : 4/14/2019 8:31 am : link
the middle of Florida. Then you will understand how bizarre a state Florida is. I know a black man who will not travel east of 75 ( he lives in the Sarasota area). It's too dangerous. Given all of that, I think Mississippi and Alaska are probably the weirdest places. Indiana, Alabama and Utah are in the running. Pennsylvania, according to a state police officer (to whom I am related) working with the ATF and the DEA, has something like 168 neo-Nazi or white supremacist organizations. That's pretty spooky.
New Jersey  
idiotsavant : 4/14/2019 8:32 am : link
Because, really, how dare they be so close to NY?
Ohio  
Reb8thVA : 4/14/2019 8:48 am : link
Or Indiana
California  
Jimmy Googs : 4/14/2019 8:49 am : link
lots of good but lots of strange...
RE: Utah  
Beer Man : 4/14/2019 9:13 am : link
In comment 14385432 Skully88 said:
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If you've been there, you know.
+1. Worked for a company that sent me there for a couple of years. It is the only place I have ever lived in the US where I felt like I was in a foreign country. At times I felt like I was living on the set of the Stepford Wives.

Have to disagree with the poster claiming that you can't get alcohol. I lived in Salt Lake City in the 80's, they made getting a drink/alcohol a little difficult back then, but I've lived in states that have worst roadblocks. I've been there a few times in recent years on business and the state laws have greatly changed (due to the Olympics), and getting a drink in a restaurant or bar were no different than anywhere else. I am surprised people told you to get out. In my experience, if you are not Mormon, you are somewhat of an outcast and excluded from many things, but still the people were always very warm and friendly to me.
RE: RE: I've lived in  
section125 : 4/14/2019 9:20 am : link
In comment 14385600 Diver_Down said:
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In comment 14385589 section125 said:


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NJ, NY and FL. Explain to me what is weird about Florida except the Quebecees through the winter? Most of Florida is made up of people from NY, NJ, CT, PA on the East Coast and MI, OH, IL (midwest) on the West Coast. Yes Cuba North is in Miami, but no different than the DR in NYC.
I have been in 43 states and the most different is probably Texas - I don't think it is weird.



I've visited many states and lived throughout FL and the Caribbean. Every place has their own unique and bit of crazy. But no other state has their own Un-Superhero like Florida Man. While living here, you may not directly encounter them on a daily basis, but they are here only to expose themselves for their 15 minutes of shame. And I don't want to imply that there are only crazy men as Florida Woman is a thing too. Recently, a few miles from where I live, there were 3 women who were "air-drying" naked at a roadside rest. When police came, they led them on a 20 mile chase. Florida Man - ( New Window )


Whatever - you can find weirdos in every state.
Massachusetts  
JohnF : 4/14/2019 9:55 am : link
Specifically, Arkham, in Essex county. The University there (Miskatonic), is weird, and it's not just the Red Sox fans. Locals don't talk about it, but some strange stuff is going on...









RE: Ohio  
Rick5 : 4/14/2019 10:35 am : link
In comment 14385658 Reb8thVA said:
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Or Indiana

I lived in NE Ohio for 5 years. Didn't seem much different than PA or western NY to me.
I haven't been to every state.  
Rick5 : 4/14/2019 10:37 am : link
New Orleans is unique out of the places that I have been to. I can't comment on the rest of Louisiana.
RE: Strangest people? Akaska, Kentucky and Vernont  
VTChuck : 4/14/2019 11:02 am : link
In comment 14385502 George from PA said:
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Vermont? Really?

Of the three Northern New England states, Maine and NH have us beat by a country mile.
Wyoming, in a good way  
Go Terps : 4/14/2019 11:25 am : link
Just an incredibly beautiful place. Even the parts that aren't a national park feel like movie sets.
Utah  
JerseyCityJoe : 4/14/2019 12:39 pm : link
I loved living there but after 8 years I just felt I had to move back to the US. Wonderful people, natural beauty abounds, but I never felt at home there.
Definitely one of  
JerryNYG : 4/14/2019 7:30 pm : link
West Virginia, Mississippi, or Alabama.

Fuck those places.
RE: California  
Vanzetti : 4/14/2019 10:05 pm : link
In comment 14385338 SHO'NUFF said:
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knows how to party.


Closing time is 2 AM. And most bars close a lot earlier than that. Inadequate public transportationn, so people have to drive.

So, with all due respect to Tupac, California definitely does not know how to party. I mean maybe celebrity parties in LA. But actually it is surprising dead, especially in the Bay Area. Unless you like doing Meth in a van or a buddy's basement.
Wyoming may not be the strangest state in general,  
exiled : 4/14/2019 10:46 pm : link
but damn if Yellowstone isnít the strangest, most otherworldly place Iíve ever been. Straight out of science fiction.


Ohio and Kansas  
Kevin in CT : 4/15/2019 8:23 am : link
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Ny is weird too  
Sneakers O'toole : 4/15/2019 8:38 am : link
Worry about whether an adult wants to salt their food or how big of a drink they want.

West Virginia...  
x meadowlander : 4/15/2019 9:35 am : link
...getting deep into Christian country is always weird, but it's really up front in WV. Understand, to me deep faith in literal Christianity is akin to outright voodoo to me, Virgin Birth, rising from the dead, miracles, STIGMATA?

Further into Bible country I go, yeah, the weirder it gets. Gigantic crucifixes, ENORMOUS mega-churches, icons displayed in restaurants and hotels.

Just a bizarre subculture to me.

And I do presume that to them, nothing is weirder than New York, so we're even.
Tie  
Harvest Blend : 4/15/2019 9:37 am : link
between WV and Ky.

Both give me the shivers.
Alaska and New Mexico  
haper : 4/15/2019 11:09 am : link
Weird is a subjective thing. Alaska is very different but I was expecting different. New Mexico, on the other hand, was not close to what I was expecting and was a disappointment, particularly Albuquerque.
Ha. Good thread.  
Route 9 : 4/16/2019 3:54 am : link
Got bad vibes when I went through Kansas roughly two years ago. Missouri was "odd", too. The natives spoke in... triple or quadruple negatives. Jeez.

Really didn't like Kansas as a whole at all so that is my winner. Just a lot of nothing and felt as if a tornado was just going to take me out at any given minute, felt like the state just was never-ending!

Meadowlander, One could feel the same way about going into any major city: The pretentious "art" on display that a five-year-old could create, the obsession with identity and sexuality (who cares), the overpriced fruit being sold two inches away from a sewer, the overpriced ....everything, the funly smells, the noise, the unnecessary rudeness, too many people in a small space...
born and raised in it  
bc4life : 4/16/2019 8:02 am : link
but New York State - when you taek a step back - it is a very strange place - the diversity of people, culures (Wall Street to parts of NY being the tip of Appalachia). NYC - that many people jammed into one location. Huge farms, huge commercial districts, the UN, Niagara Falls, Caves, forests- just a lot of unusual stuff, lot ot contrasts there
Before this thread is over  
Canton : 4/16/2019 3:52 pm : link
You guys are going to hit about 50%, if m not more, of the states.

So let's just say every state has its share of oddities..

Jeesh
RE: Utah  
FatMan in Charlotte : 4/16/2019 3:59 pm : link
In comment 14385432 Skully88 said:
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If you've been there, you know.


Yep. Beautiful, sanitized place that seems like you are plopped into the middle of either a "Leave it to Beaver" or "Stepford Wives" episode.

Weird, weird place
Echo Alaska...  
Dunedin81 : 4/16/2019 4:07 pm : link
parts of Vermont (by no means all of it), but also parts of NH and Maine. Would add to the list Idaho, which has in parts of it some particularly awful problems with white supremacism.
Utah  
GeneInCal : 4/16/2019 4:09 pm : link
without question.
Someone else mentioned it on this thread, but yeah - New York.  
Brown Recluse : 4/16/2019 4:10 pm : link
Congrats Giant fans. Your state is the weirdest.
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