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US State, not Straight

Trivia brain teasers have some element of trivia in them, but they are not just pure trivia questions.


Puzzle ID:#13739
Fun:*** (2.77)
Difficulty:* (1.09)
Submitted By:electronjohn*us****
Corrected By:cnmne




There is only one U.S. state that has no straight-line borders. Can you determine which one it is?

A border which is formed by a line of longitude or latitude qualifies as "straight", even though it is slightly curved.


Hawaii. Since its borders are naturally formed by the ocean they have no straight lines as do all the other US States.

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Jul 28, 2003

I loved this and it was hard but I like them that way
Jul 28, 2003

I like it! I never really thought about that, but I bevlieve it.
Aug 12, 2003

Pretty Easy if ya ask me

Oct 03, 2003

what about south carolina
Oct 03, 2003

what about south carolina
Oct 03, 2003

South Carolina, the Palmetto State, is a great state. It has a little over 4 million people in it, about 25% of them under 18 years old, and it was the birth place of Andrew Jackson (the USA's 7th president), .Vanna White (Wheel of Fortune letter turner) and the legendary baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson. But, alas, it has three straight lines along it's North Carolina border disqualifying it from this teaser.
Jan 29, 2004

I am stupid because I don't get it.
Jul 29, 2004

lol very intresting
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Jul 29, 2004

I have no knowledge of the geography of US, but didn't think "out of the box" enough to get the answer. Nice puzzle
Jul 29, 2004

Nice teaser! One minor quibble - if a line of latitude or longitude isn't technically straight, what is? There's really no such thing as a straight line that would exist flush on a spherical object (the Earth), as any line is forced to curve with the curvature of the Earth. Hence, the closest a line could get to being straight would be a great circle line (longitude) or a small circle/rhumb line (latitude), and even then it would entirely depend upon the projection method used to display a three dimensional map on a two dimensional surface. I say all of this not to fault the teaser itself - obviously the teaser had no need of going into such depth - but more to point out a three dimensional way of thinking about what constitutes a 'straight' line.
Jul 31, 2004

yay!! i got this one, too! i'm on a role today! wow, airhead3, you're comment was very logical. too logical, that i didn't even read the whole thing, because it drove me nuts! i hate geography!
Jun 01, 2005

Oct 01, 2005

Good teaser.
Jan 05, 2006

Good One.
Jun 15, 2006

I'm not American, but I should have gotten that. Instead, I resigned myself to thinking that, as a Canadian, I couldn't. Then I saw the answer and slapped my forehead. Makes you think!
Oct 19, 2006

I totally forogt about Hawaii.
May 04, 2007

At first I thought it was Ohio but I got Hawaii after I thought about the hint.
Feb 09, 2008

West Virginia?
Feb 11, 2008

The border between WV and PA is a straight line. Nice try though.

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