The other day I was killing a little time listening to Glen Beck, when he pointed out some of the fun things that you find when you type "(name the state) wants" into Google search and read the suggestions. So I thought I'd try it for a little fun.
First of all, there are two main answers you get, and consider only what the state wants (for example, I didn't count things like "Iowa woman wants to be 300 lbs."). 13 states (which equals 26%, as I'm sure you know), wanted nothing at all. The greatest concentration of want-nothings lie in a band from roughly Delaware to Massachusetts. I guess we can assume that life is pretty good for them.
The second is "to secede from the union". A full 19 states want that. Most of the old Confederacy ( except Alabama, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida) are among the rats off the sinking ship. A variation on this are the states that want to "split" into one or more new states. Michigan (Upper Peninsula as usual), Maine, and Colorado (whose case was all over the news last summer) want to split in two... California, proving why everyone else in the nations think they're the home of mixed nuts, wants to split into SIX...
.Two states have a definite plan in mind (though I didn't count them in the seceding as such)...Hawaii wants independence, and Vermont wants to join Canada. Missouri, though, didn't seem to get the memo: in addition to wanting to secede, they also wanted to BECOME a state. I guess planning ahead is a virtue...
Some states seek after grand causes. Washington wants to tax bicycles, Idaho, the "cloud". Wyoming wants an aircraft carrier, despite being one of ten states with no recognized amount of navigable waterways. Wisconsin has two grand goals: to be called the "Mitten State", and to bring One Direction to play there. Mississippi wants to ban interracial marriage (good luck with that one); Alabama wants to castrate sex offenders; Pennsylvania wants to change the Electoral College; North Carolina wants to "go big with alternatives". Michigan has a desire that could potentially solve a lot of problems- they WANT more immigrants. Show of hands, those who just said, "You can have ours!" Three states- Wyoming, Virginia, and South Carolina, want their own currency. How about Monopoly money? That's about what it would end up worth. In the mean time, Texas wants its gold back.
Several states are more concerned with sports: Texas wants Nick Saban; New Mexico, Mike Leach; and Arkansas, Les Miles. Minnesota wants basketball pro Pau Gasol. Oregon and Kansas want 'Bama, and 'Bama wants Oregon. They also want football back. Speaking of wants, on a sideline note, China apparently wants both Alaska and Idaho. Must be hungry for king crab and baked potatoes.
Louisiana and South Carolina both want to succeed, but I'm not sure if they really just can't spell "secede". Three states want to work; one of them is obviously not Kentucky, because they want ObamaCare. Nebraska wants the Keystone pipeline, so they can have Canadian oil; Georgia, more simply, just wants Tennessee water. Arkansas wants its fugitive back, who ever he/she may be; North Dakota wants to change its name- but what would that do to South Dakota? Especially since the name they want to change to is, "Dakota". Maryland wants to ban ammo, though apparently keeping their guns; California wants to serve a warning with fries (frankly, I'd prefer a burger); and North Carolina wants a state religion.
Finally, two states want ME. Yeah, yeah, I know that the one is talking about the song Indiana Wants Me... but how do you explain Arizona? HMMMM?
Stay tuned- I may try this with Europe someday soon.