Map of the day

Source – Cornell University

Nicknames of the States

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This map was created in 1884 by H.W. Hill & Co.

Each state is shown with a nickname and a hog illustration related to the nickname. The California “Gold Hunter” hog, for example, wields a pick and shovel. A well-dressed pig at the lower left carries the tools of Hill’s trade, while the pig at the lower right is dressed as a clown. Some of the nicknames are familiar to sports fans today: Jayhawker, Gopher, Badger, Wolverine, Hoosier, Buckeye, Tarheel. But others are a modern puzzle: Texas Beef Head? Nebraska Puke? Illinois Sucker? Alabama Lizard? South Carolina Weasel? Florida Fly Up the Creek?

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