The heat map at right shows where U.S. visitors came from in the month of October: the darker the green, the more visitors sent by that state. Predictably, the list is topped by Texas, California, and Tennessee, but I’m more interested in the states at the bottom end.
Here’s a list of the lowest-charting states, along with a snide remark about each which will hopefully bring proud citizens over in droves, saving these underachieving states from a similarly poor showing in November. Note that I haven’t actually visited any of these places, so my commentary will be typically uninformed. Which is half the fun, really.
Citizens of this state call themselves Wyomingites. Sounds like a flesh-eating organism.
Basically the same thing as Russia.
Remember that three-part Brady Bunch episode about Don Ho and the tiki curse? Still scares me. Especially the Don Ho part.
“The Last Best Place,” huh? No argument there. On the list of best places, Montana is last.
- Rhode Island
Rhode Island’s official nickname is “The Ocean State.” If only! The U.S. government’s multiple attempts at drowning it have so far proven unsuccessful.
Remember that kid who always gloated about being first in line? Wouldn’t it be weird if he were still doing it centuries later? Delaware’s state slogan is “It’s Good Being First,” a reference to the fact that it was the first to ratify the Constitution… 222 years ago. Might be time to get over it, guys.
- North Dakota
I’m sure there must be something to say about North Dakota, but I can’t think of it.
Wikipedia reports that this hub of diversity has the “49th highest proportion of Hispanics” in the U.S. Yeah, pretty sure that means you’re almost dead last. Worse still, Vermont is showy about its whiteness: it chose milk as its state beverage and apple as its state pie. Geez, okay, we get it. You’re white.
- South Dakota
Somehow even less interesting than North Dakota.
According to Wikipedia, home to the world’s largest train yard and the nation’s largest population of domesticated llamas. When those are your big selling points, you know you’re in trouble.
Well, I hope that will take care of things for now. Better numbers this month, troops!
Note to international readers: My international presence is a little too spotty to do a ranking of countries, but much of the Middle East and all of Africa should consider itself on notice.
Okay, now removing tongue from cheek and thanking everyone for visiting. As always, it’s appreciated.