A mnemonic for remembering all 50 american states/an infuriating order from Starbucks

January 18, 2011

This is fabulous. I vow to learn this and one day I will use it in a pub quiz to dazzling effect, and when people ask me how on earth I knew the answer I will smile wryly, whilst inwardly cringing at my nerdliness.

NON-ESSENTIAL MNEMONICS.

BY KENT WOODYARD

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“HOW ABOUT A NICE MOCHA. OR… UMMMM… WHAT IS WHITE MACCHIATO? SOUNDS DELICIOUS. NO? DANGIT. CAPPUCCINO… NO… NO. WHAT’S VANILLA KREME? OH. MAYBE CARAMEL WITH ICED TEA FOR MY ANCH MARCY? MY AUNT I MEAN. I LIKE ORGANIC TEAS—KIWI… VANILLA… RASPBERRY. I NEED COFFEE. NOT YOUR VANILLA, NON-FAT, HAPPY-SLAPPY, CHOCOLATE MOCHA MADNESS. COFFEE. GIMME NORMAL JAVA—PLAIN AND DARK.”

The most enraging Starbucks order I’ve ever witnessed and a mnemonic for the 50 states in order of statehood (Hawaii, Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada, West Virginia, Kansas, Oregon, Minnesota, California, Wisconsin, Iowa, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Arkansas, Missouri, Maine, Alabama, Illinois, Mississippi, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Vermont, Rhode Island, North Carolina, New York, Virginia, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware).