Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Who's Your Poppy?

How many of us know our state's flower and animal? How the hell did we get into the habit of making state sponsored flowers and animals? Guess what, we all even have state sponsored dances, fish, insects etc...

Here's your task: Tell me your state's flower, animal and one kooky state sponsored thing.

I'll start. California: Flower -- California Poppy, Animal -- Grizzly Bear, Kooky State Thing -- State rock = Serpentine.

Want to know more California state stuff? Read here.

For extra credit: What's our national flower? Don't google to find out.


Blogger Jen said...

I feel like I'm in 3rd grade again! How fun! Here's Michigan's info:
Flower: Apple Blossom
Mammal: White-tailed deer
Reptile: Painted turtle
Kooky State Thing--State Soil: Kalkaska sand
"Unique to Michigan, this black to yellowish brown sand is found on both peninsulas."

Is the national flower a rose or sunflower? Without Google, I'm baffled!

3:45 PM  
Blogger Z said...

I'm happily uninformed, but I do know it's illegal to play hpscotch on Sunday where I live.

The national flower is the rose. That's what they said at the botanical garden, anyway. They'd know.

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My national flower is the orchid. : )

4:48 PM  
Blogger irishkeough said...

State Flower-Peony
State tree- Tulip
Kooky thing? too many to list.
The people of indiana are called Hoosiers which has many stories of the origin. My favorite is the one told to me by Mary Ann Peterson of Lincoln Elementary School. You see, people used to sit around doing not much good and when someone would knock on the door, they would yell out Who's here? This said very quickly is hoosier. Another kooky thing is that Indiana does have an official language and that language is English. No state documents in Spanish, French, Chinese, Thai, Korean, etc. I think we are very friendly to outsiders in that respect. Another Kooky thing is that Indiana supposedly has more miles of interstate highways than any other giving it the nickname "The Crossroads of America" I find this hard to believe but there are about 7 interstates in Indiana. I think this information is outdated by now though. I'm sure some of these big western states have more mileage.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I'm sure our state flower is more like a plant. Something that can live in the desert. Maybe a Yucca! Hah! Our bird is the Roadrunner. See, I know SOMETHING!

8:09 PM  
Blogger thc said...

Good Grief, CA has a state fossil? (the sabre-tooth cat).

9:33 PM  
Blogger Merry Stitcher said...

And the State Folk Dance is the Square Dance???? OK.

My guess on the national flower is definitely the rose.

What's the national folk dance????

From my native land, the state saying is: Ad astra per aspera -- to the stars through difficulties.

I've always loved that!

10:25 PM  
Blogger 'Thought & Humor' said...

Thought I would stop in to say, "Hi"!!!


'Thought & Humor'

10:37 PM  
Blogger An80sNut said...


Flower: Sagebrush
Animal: Desert Bighorn sheep
Kooky State Thing - State Fossil: Ichthyosaur

Yeah, fossils... I wonder if they armwrestled over who got to claim the T-Rex.

2:12 AM  
Blogger boabhan sith said...


State Flower: Mistletoe

State Song: Oklahoma

Bird: Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Tree: Red Bud

Sponcered thing: Rodio's (sp?) and Pow-wows (sp?)

...that's it off of the top of my head.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Merry Stitcher said...

I miss those Oklahoma Redbud trees! They can be beautiful!

11:59 PM  
Blogger FJ said...


National Emblem

Golden Wattle
Acacia pycnantha

State Emblems

Aust. Capital Territory
Floral: Royal Bluebell
Faunal: Gang-Gang Cockatoo

New South Wales
Floral: Waratah
Faunal: Kookaburra

Northern Territory
Floral: Sturt's Desert Rose
Faunal: Wedge-Tailed Eagle

Floral: Cooktown Orchid
Faunal: Brolga

South Australia
Floral: Sturt's Desert Pea
Faunal: Piping Shrike (Unofficial)

Floral: Tasmanian Blue Gum
Faunal: No Official Emblem

Floral: Common Heath
Faunal: Helmeted Honeyeater

Western Australia
Floral: Red and Green Kangaroo Paw
Faunal: Black Swan

7:41 AM  
Blogger Danilo da Silva said...

California's flower is poppy? Is it really? Now, is it the same poppy that I know?! I thought its too hilarious...

3:53 PM  

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