guess the state, guess the decade

OK, tonight I’m going to roll out a new feature here at It’s called “Guess the State, Guess the Decade.” Here’s how it works. I post a newspaper headline from somewhere in the United States and you guess the state it came from and the decade in which it was published. This first one comes by way of my friend Kerri.

“Ex-Homecoming Queen Beats Sister With Fake Leg In Trailer”

Any guesses?

And don’t google it. If you google it, and I find out, I’ll make you get one of these.

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  1. mark
    Posted February 19, 2008 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    After you make your guess, you can find the answer here.

    I haven’t looked yet… I’m guessing 1950’s Minnesota.

  2. elviscostello
    Posted February 19, 2008 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    This has to be from the land of my ancestors, the beautiful state of Alabama!
    Speaking of the same, I visited family there about 6 years ago, after having not seen them in about 25 years. The educated side, living near U of A, Tuscaloosa, offered to show me the campus. As i drove, I was asked if I wanted to see where George Wallace tried to keep out the black students. The more uneducated side asked if I wanted to see a Klan meeting…Man, am I glad my family came north for the auto jobs!

  3. egpenet
    Posted February 19, 2008 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Texas … 1970’s.

  4. Mark H.
    Posted February 19, 2008 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Oklahoma, 1960s.

  5. mark
    Posted February 19, 2008 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    This is turning out to be more fun than I’d anticipated.

  6. Paw
    Posted February 20, 2008 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Pennsylvania. 2000.

    I already have a cat’s ass tattoo on my stomach.

  7. Tony
    Posted February 20, 2008 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    I know Paw and he does not have a cat anus tattoo around his belly button. What he has is much more subtle. You can see it here:

  8. UBU
    Posted February 20, 2008 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    No contest, darling, just old news. This item was in my blog soon after it happened in Pittsburgh. I look forward to seeing today’s Crime Beat entry Guest Attacked With a Chopstick in this space sometime next week.

  9. Posted February 20, 2008 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    My guess is that this happens everyday somewhere in Ohio.

  10. Posted February 21, 2008 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    Damn. I was gonna guess Utah in the ’90s.

    (Now that would be a Jeopardy category).

  11. egpenet
    Posted February 21, 2008 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Funny how us middle americans picked some goofy southern state for such a stupid happening … and we’re the ones who ridicule Desperate Housewives, while making Jack Bauer our hero.

    “Trust me, I’ve been trained to do this.”

    Miss you, Jack.

  12. John on Forest
    Posted February 22, 2008 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Such a thing wouldn’t happen in America. You made up that headline, Mark.

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