One of Slate’s staff writers went through Wikipedia and published his analysis of the most disproportionately used words in each state’s entry.
Can you guess what Maine’s was? Lobster? Lighthouses? LL Bean?
Close, but not quite. It’s shipbuilding.
Several states’ words make a lot of sense. Pennsylvania, the home of Hersheys, is chocolate. Colorado is cannabis, after they legalized weed last year. Hawaii — shocking, I know — is islands.
But other states are kinda weird. Lighthouses in Michigan? Peas in Washington? The only verb — die — in New Hampshire?
Check out the list and the analysis at Slate.com and come to your own conclusions.