The United States of Shame

Jeff Wysaski of Pleated Jeans wrote "Whether it’s a fat population, high rate of STDs or excessive tax rate, it turns out that every state ranks dead last in at least one unsavory category." So he compiled a most unusual "worst of" list, featuring your favorite home state (Oh, poor, poor North Dakotans!)

Hailing from California, the state with the worst *cough* air pollution, I give you The United States of Shame: Link - via metafilter


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Maine only ranks as "dumbest" because we're the only state that actually puts all the students through the SAT, instead of just the ones who want to go on to college.
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Actually, the statistic cited claiming Maine as the "dumbest state" is based off of SAT scores. But if the author had looked a little closer, Maine also had the highest participation rate by far, at 92%. Most off the top 10 have less than 10%, likely the college bound and smartest, where as Maine's average encompasses a greater majority of the population.
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