Test your geography skills with "Place the State"

Posted on October 06, 2005 at 01:46 AM

Being the geography buff that I am, I couldn't resist testing my skills with the Place the State game. The concept is simple, you are randomly given a U.S. state which you must place in it's exact location on the map. Your score is calculated by the percentage of states correctly placed. In the event you misplace a state, the average distance you are off will be displayed on the screen. The game ends when all 50 states have been correctly placed.

From the onset, one would take this to be an easy task. Ahh, but that's where you would be wrong. With no visual aids to guide you at the beginning, that randomly chosen mid-western state becomes an instant bombshell with regards to your score. I only gave it three tries before I realized that if I didn't quit I'd end up spending all day trying to get 100%.

A helpful hint for those of you not real familiar with the location of Rhode Island: an easy way to remember it's location is that it is in the armpit of Massachusetts (physically and literally I might add).

I've posted my best round so you can compare your results with mine.

Bonus points go out to any of you who end up wasting half your day trying to get 100%. You're a better man/woman than me. Feel free to leave your scores in the comments.

Thanks to Alisha for the link.

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Had it going great till the phone rang and my finger slipped off the roller ball of the mouse--
94% & 7 miles on the first try. Colorado/Kansas would be a hard ones to start with.

Posted by: Your Dad | October 6, 2005 11:31 AM

My best is 90% and that was on my 5th try.
My first try was 86%.
I guess I should not be the map reader.
that is fun.
Thanks Hoov.

Posted by: Mom | October 6, 2005 11:49 AM

98% -- 1 mile -- 309 sec -- OK messed me up again.

Posted by: Dad | October 8, 2005 06:35 AM

Despite being a Photoshop master, I certify the authenticity of this screenshot

Posted by: kadavy | October 8, 2005 01:12 PM

I scored an 82% with an average error of 47 miles. I had trouble with the tiny Northeastern states. I only took the test once.

Posted by: Rachel | October 11, 2005 02:13 PM

Don't mess with a geography major! I have a feeling too much time will be spent trying to better my best (98%-3 miles-194 sec.)

Posted by: Jen Olson | October 27, 2005 12:54 PM

Best Score, no lies. 87 seconds, no errors.

Posted by: Will | May 13, 2008 06:31 PM

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