1079: "United Shapes"

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby Inifipy » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:30 am UTC

I've always thought the contiguous United States looked like either a rhino or some kind of horned beetle, where New England is the horn. Now that I look closer, Florida and the bottom of Texas are like legs. So it's some bulky horned animal with its hind legs missing. Running or, rather, crawling in fear.

And as a St. Louisian, I think it's odd how the Arch crosses over the Mississippi. I've always thought it should.

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby ldsheinz » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:34 am UTC

I find it rather ironic that Utah is a oven.

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby AdamW » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:49 am UTC

scotty2haughty wrote:Great comic. My home state does look like a whale. Will probably print this one out and pin it to one of my three cubical walls.


What shape is your other wall?

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby AdamW » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:50 am UTC

krabcat wrote:am i missing something with the Georgia/Missouri switch?


Georgia looks a lot like Missouri, and vice versa. Any questions?

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby sixteenluckyhats » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:54 am UTC

I would say Illinois is a blues musician, not 'a shady guy with a violin"...

This is such an unique and beautiful xkcd!

I think I need help with the jokes (like the Eureka/California one), definitely won't be able to figure any of those out on my own.
EDIT: Except of course for the Massachusetts Tea Party Republican Elephant!
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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby Valerian » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:54 am UTC

A new post in Strange Maps is predicted.

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby blowfishhootie » Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:14 am UTC

sixteenluckyhats wrote:I would say Illinois is a blues musician, not 'a shady guy with a violin"...


Looks to me like a mobster. The prison garb adds to that image, as does Chicago's history as a hub for organized crime. The violin case is likely holding a gun.

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby Max™ » Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:21 am UTC

Inifipy wrote:I've always thought the contiguous United States looked like either a rhino or some kind of horned beetle, where New England is the horn. Now that I look closer, Florida and the bottom of Texas are like legs. So it's some bulky horned animal with its hind legs missing. Running or, rather, crawling in fear.

And as a St. Louisian, I think it's odd how the Arch crosses over the Mississippi. I've always thought it should.

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby RayneJelly » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:10 am UTC

I live in Colorado - I just wanted to say "Thanks"

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby dtilque » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:14 am UTC

blowfishhootie wrote:
sixteenluckyhats wrote:I would say Illinois is a blues musician, not 'a shady guy with a violin"...


Looks to me like a mobster. The prison garb adds to that image, as does Chicago's history as a hub for organized crime. The violin case is likely holding a gun.

Indeed, it looks like a Mafia enforcer. But he's wearing a pinstripe suit, not prison garb. The suit and the violin case with the gun inside are part of their stereotype.
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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby hordriss » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:57 am UTC

I'm British.
I don't get any of this.
It looks pretty, though.

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby pkcommando » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:59 am UTC

Elrieve wrote:I don't think I've ever known of anyone else who's read The Way Things Work. A+, sir.

Agreed! The last time I was visiting my parents I pulled that off the bookshelf and took a trip back to childhood and the wonderful world of mammoth technology. I'm saddened that I'll never see it again, but overjoyed that my mother sent that book to Texas for my 7 y.o. niece. What makes it even more awesomer is that 7 is the age I was when it came out.

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby pkcommando » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:01 am UTC

I love how much there is to enjoy about this comic. And the fact that there is also the addition of the Colorado Wikipedia article for more entertainment.
Colorado is home to the nations oldest continually-operated wormhole


I think this has to be my favorite part of that article.

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby blowfishhootie » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:04 am UTC

hordriss wrote:I'm British.
I don't get any of this.
It looks pretty, though.


There's not really much to get. One or two of the images MIGHT be intended as references to the specific state, but overall it's just ... things that have shapes similar to the various states. That's it.

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby jackal » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:06 am UTC

hordriss wrote:I'm British.
I don't get any of this.
It looks pretty, though.


Did you know that Britain is approximately the size of the steam engine? The vacuum could eat the UK for lunch... ;)

Anyone else see this and think that the whole "How The States Got Their Shapes" show is a sham and this is the truth?

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby orthogon » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:07 am UTC

AdamW wrote:
scotty2haughty wrote:Great comic. My home state does look like a whale. Will probably print this one out and pin it to one of my three cubical walls.


What shape is your other wall?


I guess the three cubical walls are extremely thick - they must be at least as thick as scotty2haughty is tall - and so it would be hard to fit a door in them. The fourth wall is presumably thinner.
xtifr wrote:... and orthogon merely sounds undecided.

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby orthogon » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:11 am UTC

orthogon wrote:The fourth wall is presumably thinner.

Come to think of it, the fourth wall is traditionally of zero thickness.
xtifr wrote:... and orthogon merely sounds undecided.

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby The Cat » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:25 am UTC

The story of...--

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby Bossi » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:48 am UTC

For me, DC is and always will be a Pop-Tart:

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby JimsMaher » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:49 am UTC

A few years ago I cut my half-stack in half, for wide stereo amplification.
I used pieces of unfinished plywood to cap them, and referred to the result as quarter-stacks.
I no longer have the upper half, but still have the lower two 12's.
Apparently I can now refer to it as South Dakota.

Hmmm, I do need an icon on this forum, don't I ...
(no, I'm not from the Dakotas. why would you even ask that?)
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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby Vroomfundel » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:52 am UTC

rwk wrote:Be sure to check out this discussion of Colorado on the Wikipedia Talk page, and what to call its shape and whether it IS a shape, etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Color ... hy.2Fshape

I wonder if this was possibly the inspiration for the comic?


Nice one :-)
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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby SerMufasa » Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:12 pm UTC

I like the Stegosaurus for Virginia! Nice to know he'll be there to help fight off any carnivore* attacks from the north!


*I was going to say T-Rex, and then I realized someone would probably say something like "Only a complete idiot would think T-Rexes and Stegosaurs were around at the same time, haven't you paid attention to Dinosaur Train *snorting laughter*" and then I'd have to point out well if there's a Stegosaurus around now then there could be a T-Rex as well, and then he'd respond with an ad hominem attack and then I'd have to reach through the monitor to beat the crap out of him. So I thought it safer to say "carnivore". Besides, he could fight off bears** too.

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby queueingtheory » Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:24 pm UTC

Max™ wrote:It was very amusing indeed, I as well liked the Missouri/Georgia bit and pronouncing Colorado as an Icelandic volcano with an almost impossible to pronounce name is great.


The rest of the Wikipedia article was also very informative. I'm thinking that if I ever vacation in Colorado I'll make a short one.

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby madjo » Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:33 pm UTC

That bear resembling Alaska with its jetpack, it reminds me of an 80s cartoon, but I can't figure out which one.

*update*
I figured it out, it reminds me of SuperTed, even though he didn't have a jetpack. :)
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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby BrianB » Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:51 pm UTC

Randall really missed it on Louisiana. That state is shaped like a household toilet. And when you think of it what goes down a toilet, and where the Mississippi River goes, and where New Orleans is, it really makes sense.

Also, my history teacher taught us that New York was the "flashlight state".

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby MakotoTheKnight » Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:58 pm UTC

madjo wrote:That bear resembling Alaska with its jetpack, it reminds me of an 80s cartoon, but I can't figure out which one.

*update*
I figured it out, it reminds me of SuperTed, even though he didn't have a jetpack. :)

Reminds me more of a cross between Winnie the Pooh and The Jetsons.

Also, Colorado is pretty awesome. The satire is good, the dimensions are pretty spot on (since there's been some controversy about where the borders/Four Corners actually is... Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Corners_Monument#Location)

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby jigawatt » Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:15 pm UTC

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby Wnderer » Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:25 pm UTC

He got the New Jersey man wrong. His nose is one bump down.

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby Max™ » Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:36 pm UTC

queueingtheory wrote:
Max™ wrote:It was very amusing indeed, I as well liked the Missouri/Georgia bit and pronouncing Colorado as an Icelandic volcano with an almost impossible to pronounce name is great.


The rest of the Wikipedia article was also very informative. I'm thinking that if I ever vacation in Colorado I'll make a short one.

It's for the best, nothing there but uninhabitable wasteland, werewolves, and too many directions.
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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby SerialTroll » Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:59 pm UTC

I loved this comic... I have to wonder how many hours it took to create.

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby cellocgw » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:25 pm UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:So Massachusetts is a guy riding a tea barge with an elephant for a figurehead.

Wierd, but awesome. Wonder why Randall chose that for his (and my) homestate.


This was a beautiful and well done comic. I hope he comes out with one of the world shortly, or maybe different regions at a time.

I would totally go for that.

Because, comeon, we all do this in our heads

Yeah, the elephant may fit the profile of Cape Cod, but really: an elephant for the most politcally Blue State in the country? :P
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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby ivnja » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:41 pm UTC

Ryltarr wrote:Ok, so I'm sure you were all considering it already; but I editted the wikipedia article on Colorado. It needed to be done, let's see how long it lasts. not long...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado

It's reverted back to the "sane" version, here's a permalink to the revisions:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?tit ... =501353694

You're Welcome!

Spoiler:
If you would be so kind, revert it back every now and then... For fun.

So very, very clever of you. You deserve a pat on the head.

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby detherk » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:45 pm UTC

pkcommando wrote:I love how much there is to enjoy about this comic. And the fact that there is also the addition of the Colorado Wikipedia article for more entertainment.
Colorado is home to the nations oldest continually-operated wormhole


I think this has to be my favorite part of that article.



I love the stargate reference as well

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby ParSetHis » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:47 pm UTC

S'pretty.

I like the rectangle ones the best. :)

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby Scott Auld » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:55 pm UTC

There always has to be a penis reference for Florida, doesn't there?

[ sigh ] :(

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby pkcommando » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:01 pm UTC

Scott Auld wrote:There always has to be a penis reference for Florida, doesn't there?

[ sigh ] :(

Homer Simpson put it best: "Florida? That's America's wang."

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby gnoitall » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:21 pm UTC

ivnja wrote:
Ryltarr wrote:Ok, so I'm sure you were all considering it already; but I editted the wikipedia article on Colorado. It needed to be done, let's see how long it lasts. not long...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado

It's reverted back to the "sane" version, here's a permalink to the revisions:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?tit ... =501353694

You're Welcome!

Spoiler:
If you would be so kind, revert it back every now and then... For fun.

So very, very clever of you. You deserve a pat on the head.

People, don't vandalize wiki pages. The rest of the internet doesn't care about our in jokes.

Fair enough; our in jokes don't care about the rest of the internet, so Apathy is Conserved.

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby jpers36 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:23 pm UTC

Macaulay's The Way Things Work is actually a remake of an older book of the same name. I grew up with Macaulay's version, and discovered the original in a used book sale a couple years ago.

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby Felix Griffin » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:37 pm UTC

I can't tell--what is Indiana supposed to be?

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Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Postby rollo » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:39 pm UTC

After spending all sorts of time attempting to figure out New York I show it to my dad who instantly reconized it as a...
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