From Snoopy to Shark Bait: The Top Slang Word in Each State

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There’s a minute, and then there’s a hot minute. Defined as “a longish amount of time,” this unit of time is familiar to Alabamians but may stir up confusion beyond the state’s borders.

It’s Louisianans, though, who feel the “most misunderstood,” according to the results of a survey regarding regional slang by PlayNJ. Of the Louisiana residents surveyed, 72 percent said their fellow Americans from other states—even neighboring ones—have a hard time grasping their lingo. Some learned the hard way that ordering a burger “dressed” (with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo) isn’t universally understood, nor is the phrase “to pass a good time” (instead of “to have” a good time).

After surveying 2000 people (with proportional numbers from each state), PlayNJ created a map showing the top slang word in each state. Many are words that are unlikely to be understood beyond state lines, but others—like California’s bomb (something you really like) and New York’s deadass (to be completely serious)—have spread well beyond their respective borders thanks to memes and internet culture.

Hawaiians are also known for their distinctive slang words, with 71 percent reporting that words like shaka (hello) and poho (waste of time) are frequently misunderstood. Shark bait, one of the state’s more colorful terms, refers to tourists who are so pale that they attract sharks.

Check out the full list below and test your knowledge of regional slang words with PlayNJ’s online quiz.

A chart showing the top slang words in each state
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The Most Talked-About Cat and Dog Breeds in Each State

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Every pet parent thinks their fur baby’s breed is the brightest and cutest—and in a way, they’re all right. But some breeds are more popular on social media than others, and we’re not talking about the number of followers your munchkin cat or blue-eyed husky has on Instagram.

As Veterinarian’s Money Digest reports, TrustedHousesitters—a website that matches travel-loving pet parents with trusted pet sitters—analyzed more than 3.5 million social media posts (on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook) across the country to determine the most widely discussed cat and dog breeds by state. As it turns out, the most talked-about feline and canine breeds are Persians and bulldogs, respectively. Persians are the top talked-about kitty in 31 states, and bulldogs are social media stars in 13 states (although the findings didn't distinguish between English and French bulldogs).

More than half of all social media mentions of pet breeds came from Californians, who apparently love to discuss their animals online. Some of the findings are unsurprising—like the fact that the husky is most popular in Alaska, or that the Maine coon is most popular in Maine—while others are harder to explain. (Take, for instance, South Dakota’s affinity for short-haired Abyssinian cats.)

The analysis also took smaller pets into consideration. Lizards are discussed more frequently than any particular cat or dog in Las Vegas, and micro pigs are surprisingly popular in Arizona. For the adorable evidence, just look at the Instagram hashtag #AZMicroMiniPigs.

Check out the interactive map below to see where your kitty or pooch’s breed is most popular.

[h/t Veterinarian’s Money Digest]

The Most Popular Jelly Bean Flavor in Each State

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Buttered popcorn and black licorice are perhaps the most divisive jelly bean flavors ever created. But there’s a reason why the Jelly Belly factory keeps churning them out year after year: In 13 states across the U.S., people are sifting through their bags of candy beans specifically to get to the black or yellow-speckled beans, according to CandyStore.com’s interactive map of the most popular jelly beans by state.

Buttered popcorn is the top choice in the largest number of states, having been identified as the favorite flavor in California, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan, and Connecticut. “Our fans are vehement about buttered popcorn,” Rob Swaigen, vice president of marketing for the Jelly Belly Candy Company, said in 2014 on the occasion of the popcorn jelly bean's 25th anniversary. “They either love it and can’t live without it, or they don’t care for it and want it to go away.”

If this map is any indication, buttered popcorn isn’t going anywhere. Neither is black licorice—the third most-popular jelly bean in America, right after cinnamon. CandyStore.com’s map is based on 11 years of sales data, as well as the results of a survey taken by more than 12,000 candy lovers. The website also recently released a ranking of the 10 worst Easter candies and, lo and behold, generic jelly beans are the sixth most-hated confection among survey takers. “Those off-brand, dried out looking jelly beans are always either cracked or look like they’re ready to crack,” one survey respondent commented.

As it turns out, people are pretty particular about their favorite flavor and brand of jelly bean. So is your state rooting for cherry, juicy pear, or root beer? Find out in the map below.

Source: CandyStore.com.

The Most Popular Jelly Bean Flavors by CandyStore.comSource: CandyStore.com

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