1079: United Shapes
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Title text: That eggplant is in something of a flaccid state.
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Click on the image above to see the large version, which makes every state perfectly clear. Additionally, Randall provides a closeup of the Colorado article.  (It is obviously a fake Wikipedia article.) In the large version, all of the items inside the States make sense once you get your head oriented the correct direction.
Very few of the shapes used are stereotypes of the state. They are merely objects that look like the state.
The following references are made in the Colorado article:
- The pronunciation is not that for Colorado, but for Eyjafjallajökull, a volcano in Iceland that erupted in April 2010.
- The way it has a demilitarized zone towards Wyoming resembles North Korea and South Korea. As the two US states are both almost square and borders each other in a way similar to Korea this makes sense. Although here it is the southern part (Colorado) that sound like North Korea.
- Eleven dimensions refers to string theory.
- A wormhole is a theoretical relative of the black hole. This is a reference to the television series Stargate SG-1 where a device capable of creating wormholes is located in the Cheyenne Mountain nuclear bunker in Colorado.
- A Horcrux is a type of magical object in the world of Harry Potter.
- The radiation zones around Longmont are caused by radioactive contamination from the Rocky Flats Plant.
Humorously, Randall decides to fill Georgia with a drawing of Missouri and vice versa, likely due to their incredibly similar outlines.
The title text makes fun of Florida which is sometimes called “The penis of America”. Obviously, this penis is somewhat flaccid (not erected). The use of the word “state” is a pun, as it means some particular condition (flaccid state) as well as a political entity (The State of Florida).
- The United Shapes
- A map of things states are shaped like
- [Each state has some item wedged to stay inside its borders]
- Alabama: A moai head facing east.
- Alaska: Winne the Pooh with a jetpack and a ray gun.
- Arizona: A refrigerated shelf containing milk, bread, and pastries.
- Arkansas: A measuring cup.
- California: A vacuum.
- Colorado: The wiki article on Colorado.
- Connecticut: A train conductor's hat.
- Delaware: A meerkat.
- Florida: An eggplant.
- Georgia: Missouri.
- Hawaii: A snowball.
- Idaho: A garden gnome, sitting down.
- Illinois: A gangster with a guitar case, upside down.
- Indiana: The brush of a paintbrush.
- Iowa: A tomato, lettuce, cold cut and cheese sandwich.
- Kansas: A stand-up piano.
- Kentucky: A cloud.
- Louisiana: A boot with some gum stuck to the bottom of it.
- Maine: A Vulcan salute.
- Maryland: A howling wolf, upside down.
- Massachusetts: An elephant, being ridden by a man, carrying tea.
- Michigan: A mitten for the lower portion, an eagle for the UP.
- Minnesota: $160 in $20 USD bills.
- Mississippi: A moai head facing west.
- Missouri: Georgia.
- Montana: One half of a muffin.
- Nebraska: A blue VW type 2 with mattresses sticking out the back.
- Nevada: A clothes iron.
- New Hampshire: A tall brick factory building.
- New Jersey: A bent-over old person.
- New Mexico: A liquid container labeled for something of unusual and silly danger.
- New York: A hybrid transmission with standard manual-style gears and a torque converter sliced in half.
- North Carolina: A bouquet of flowers.
- North Dakota: The top half of an amp.
- Ohio: Underwear (Briefs).
- Oklahoma: A covered pot, dripping with boilover.
- Oregon: A locomotive.
- Pennsylvania: A very thick book with a bookmark.
- Rhode Island: The bow half of a boat's hull.
- South Carolina: A slice of pizza.
- South Dakota: The bottom half of an amp.
- Tennessee: A number of childrens' books, placed in a slightly askew pile.
- Texas: A dog sitting in a bowl.
- Utah: An oven.
- Vermont: A microscope, upside down.
- Virgina: A frog.
- Washington: A whale.
- West Virginia: A stegosaurid.
- Wisconsin: A skull.
- Wyoming: An envelope.