Re: Remind us how we used to be.

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Wow, that map is both hilarious and sad. Also just like basically every other infographic-map you can pick out the South basically immediately can't you.


Posted by: MHPH | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 7:26 AM
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Once again, Vox provides news poorly sourced infographics you can use.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 7:29 AM
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Massachusetts is "the ocean", by the way, and Rhode Island/Maine both about the beach. I don't want to make it any smaller.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 7:30 AM
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2: Well, not poorly sourced.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 7:31 AM
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Oh, it's actually a map of "most distinctive" thanks-object for each state, not most popular. That's too bad. I kind of thought it was a bit too good to be true.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 7:32 AM
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On the FB post, they break it down by age as well, and the most striking thing is that FB definitely does not skew young, (not that it supposedly did anymore.) Or at least, grateful FB users are not young.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 7:34 AM
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Oh, and they're using data from a bunch of those 30-day gratitude challenges and that sort of thing - not just Thanksgiving day itself.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 7:36 AM
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More interestingly, Facebook also looked at the most unique thanks given in each state. This isn't the most frequent subject of grateful status updates, but rather the ones that turn up at a disproportionately high rate.

Just to clarify -- I'm sure that friends and family are most common in every state.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 7:37 AM
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8: I would have been first but I was daydreaming about the laughter of children.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 7:38 AM
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Why does Alaska like children slaughter?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 7:40 AM
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Is there a link where I can zoom in? I'm having a hard time reading the text for the New England states.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 7:44 AM
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California has a drought because it never left enough thanks for rain on Facebook.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 7:44 AM
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Reminds them howt he yused to be.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 7:45 AM
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California's pretty funny. Also is there anything behind the country music thing in several states, or do they just really like country music?


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 7:45 AM
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13 to 10.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 7:45 AM
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11: yes.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 7:45 AM
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I wonder what's with Louisiana and rainbows? Hawaii I understand, but I never associated them with Louisiana particularly.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 7:51 AM
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Yeah, this kind of thing has to look for most distinctive rather than most popular, otherwise instead of cute graphicable results you get relative homogeneity - we are, after all, one country.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 8:01 AM
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This is the original post about the data. Surely the strangest of them all is Illinois?


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 8:15 AM
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I'm currently inspecting Illinois. Looks normal but for all the moving walkways.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 8:23 AM
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Please look down.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 8:26 AM
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17: Spilled petroleum?


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 8:27 AM
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20: Yes, something very odd is apparently going on in Illinois.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 8:33 AM
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All I have to say about Vox is that Yggles is picking up the tab if he ever deigns to attend another meetup with us mere mortals.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 8:38 AM
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When we look at the topics most unanimously talked about by women, we also see the significant others get a lot of love -- as well as babies and "fur babies" (pets).

Fur babies? WTF.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 8:38 AM
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17: Louisiana does have a lot of rainbows. The weather patterns down there seem to do a lot of the "raining in sunshine" thing, which lends itself to rainbows.


Posted by: Trumwill | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 9:01 AM
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Fur babies? WTF.

Not to be confused with fur burgers.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 9:19 AM
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I just don't even get how/why "country music": would be something to be thankful for. I can imagine being thankful for a particular artist, but a really broad and ill-defined genre?


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 9:19 AM
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What does Vox have that makes it worth more than Slate or Salon or, for that matter, the Washington Post?


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 9:23 AM
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29: Just guessing, but their demographic may be younger.


Posted by: real ffeJ annaH | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 9:28 AM
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I think for a number of people country music knits the raveled sleeve of care.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 9:36 AM
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I just don't even get how/why "country music": would be something to be thankful for. I can imagine being thankful for a particular artist, but a really broad and ill-defined genre?

Hip Hop you the love of my life


Posted by: Common | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 9:45 AM
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Kentuckians like their "work family" more than their real family?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 9:48 AM
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Hope you are not calling the beach superficial


Posted by: Sous les pav├ęs, la plage! | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 9:51 AM
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What does Vox have that makes it worth more than Slate or Salon or, for that matter, the Washington Post?

Advertiser friendly content (sports, tech, lots of video). Rapid reader growth. "Cool" design. A supposedly very powerful/flexible CMS. Is it worth that much money, though? No idea. Depends how profitable it is. Overheads have to be a lot lower than the WaPo, but then so will advertising revenues.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 9:53 AM
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35: It makes sense that video would be more advertiser-friendly. They're making it hard to skip through the ads.

How people like Klein and Yggles fit into that isn't clear to me.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 10:04 AM
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Klein and Yggles are a pretty small part of Vox Media. SB Nation and The Verge are much, much bigger.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 10:09 AM
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37: Yes. That part makes perfect sense. It doesn't exactly make sense to me why Vox would think that Klein was worth a lot to the brand.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 10:12 AM
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The last time my former advisor and I met, before Rascal was born, he got a call from his brother and asked if I minded stepping outside for a bit.

Now I'm listening to the recording of our meeting and realizing I didn't stop recording, or take the ipad, when I stepped outside. Oops.

(I'm actually not curious whatsoever. I'm pretty sure it's half medical and half who cares. I just think it's funny that I stealth-recorded him.)

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Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 10:17 AM
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Probably a felony.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 10:54 AM
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Back to the OP -- is "Heavenly Father" a phrase used a lot by Mormons? Does that explain Utah and Idaho?


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 11:16 AM
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Must be.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 11:21 AM
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I think so, based on Mormon bloggers.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 11:52 AM
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And Big Love.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 11:52 AM
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Mormon Wiki on "Heavenly Father." From some searches, I agree with a comment someone made that what seems to be the Mormon use of just "Heavenly Father" rather than "Our Heavenly Father" sounds odd to my mainstream Protestant-raised ears.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 12:58 PM
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Yes. The little Mormons I babysat when I was a teenager used to stop playing periodically and say "Let's give thanks to Heavenly Father!" and so I'd say, "Okay, do we say 'Thank you, Heavenly Father, for letting us play tigers and have this good time together until [kids' parents] get home soon?'" and that seemed to be good enough, but it was always more unsettling than if they'd just said "God."


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 1:05 PM
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Four Midwestern states say thunderstorms. I actually understand that, but it still surprises me. There must be a backstory.

No evident explanation here:


https://www.google.com/search?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=thank+god+for+thunderstorms&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=%22thank+god+for+thunderstorms%22&safe=off&channel=fs&start=0


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 1:08 PM
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It's like you people don't pay attention to musicals at all.


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in." (9) | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 1:10 PM
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47: I assumed it was because the only rain you get during the summer is from a thunderstorm.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 1:22 PM
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You do get rain without thunder in the Midwest, though. One theory is that thunderstorms relieve the endemic boredom. A second theory is that thunderstorms cool off oppressive weather.

I don't think that Altenberg's suggetsion applies in the Midwest:

Siehe, Fraue, auch du brauchst Gewitterregen!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTXx0onOfng


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 2:05 PM
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And a thunderstorm on the Great Plains is a thing of Awesome Grandeur.

The feeling, although not the full experience has been a challenge for artists and filmmakers. Terence Malick's Badlands has a beautiful thunderstorm in it, probably the best I can remember. There's a bit of an homage to it in Capote, where the camera backs far away from some children walking by the house, and the storm clouds overhead fill the screen.


Posted by: idp | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 2:19 PM
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You do get rain without thunder

But not vice versa.


Posted by: Stevie Nicks | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 2:25 PM
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I definitely love them, and especially when I was a kid, when we would put on swimming trunks and run around outside. I just didn't know it was a trend.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 2:47 PM
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I think it's a combination of all both: thunderstorms break the heat during summer, and are really great in broad flat plains-y areas where you can see them coming from a ways off and they just cover the sky when they get there.


Posted by: MHPH | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 2:57 PM
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Looking at some actual search results, rain is often mentioned, but there are some like this one: Today I am thankful for thunderstorms that rumble the earth and remind me of how big God is.

Also this pinterest tease: See more about rain, gwyneth paltrow and thunderstorms


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 3:05 PM
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... and other dangerous things.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 3:05 PM
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The little Mormons I babysat when I was a teenager used to stop playing periodically and say "Let's give thanks to Heavenly Father!" and so I'd say, "Okay, do we say 'Thank you, Heavenly Father, for letting us play tigers and have this good time together until [kids' parents] get home soon?'" and that seemed to be good enough, but it was always more unsettling than if they'd just said "God."

Were they called Rod and Todd?


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 4:28 PM
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Why does Alaska like children slaughter?

DON'T JUDGE US.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 12- 1-14 11:30 PM
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Back to the OP -- is "Heavenly Father" a phrase used a lot by Mormons? Does that explain Utah and Idaho?

Totally.


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 12- 2-14 12:07 AM
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11: Just type ctrl+, BG. Works on videos too.


Posted by: David the Unfogged Commenter | Link to this comment | 12- 2-14 3:41 AM
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