Category Archives: Maps n Stuff

Maine is the only state in New England where this Halloween costume is No. 1

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When it comes to Halloween, Mainers do it differently than our friends in other New England states. The Huffington Post relayed a map this morning developed by SumoCoupon, a website that distributes discount coupons for various stores. SumoCoupon looked at costumes trending in each state, based on what residents in each state are Googling this Halloween […]

Mainers listen to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on Spotify more than anyone else

Musician Macklemore poses at the 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards in California in May. (Reuters photo)

Spotify researcher Paul Lamere is back at it. Back in February, we reported on this blog that Lamere had determined that, based on which bands were streamed in which states most significantly more than the national average, R.E.M. was what Business Insider at the time called Maine’s “favorite band.” Now, Lamere’s latest research, as reported […]

Study: Portland is ‘more happy,’ Bangor is ‘less happy’ and Lewiston is… ‘meh.’

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With the preponderance of amateur music videos going around set to the Pharrell Williams song “Happy,” it should come as no surprise that there’s some research floating around about where all the happy people truly are in America. Interestingly, according to the latest research by a trio of economists, one of Maine’s latest cities to make […]

Maine is ‘a sleeping giant’ — Rankings finds the state patriotic, safe and with great food

17-month-old Olivia Romanelli of Glenburn reacts to applause as she showed off her fancy stickwork on a snare drum before her dad Sgt. Rick Romannelli, a baritone saxophonist, and other members of the 195th Maine Army National Guard Band performed during Corinth's 200th Birthday "Incorporation Day" celebration in this 2011 BDN file photo. Real estate website Motovo named Maine the country's second most patriotic state. (BDN photo by John Clarke Russ)

Over the past few weeks, Maine has gotten another wave of listicle/ranking love, and rather than milk them all individually for blog posts, we’ve decided to cram them all into a single roundup. The real estate website Motovo has blasted out a pair of July maps ranking states on their respective patriotism (what with Independence […]

Research suggests Maine is one of America’s most ideologically ‘loose’ states

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Don’t read that headline the wrong way. For the purposes of this discussion, ideological “looseness” is strictly referring to how flexible — or not — people are in terms of enforcing rules and accepting variances from social norms. In new research by Jesse Harrington and Michele Gelfand of the University of Maryland Department of Psychology, published […]