Chandler's Thanksgiving Challenge

Published on Thursday, November 27, 2008 in , ,

How many US states can you name in 10 minutes?To those of you in the US, Happy Thanksgiving!

Growing up in the age of television, I naturally look forward to Thanksgiving TV episodes and specials. If you regularly watch them as much as I do, you'll probably have no trouble identifying these 11 sitcoms by the description of their classic Thanksgiving episodes.

One of the sitcoms mentioned in that quiz is Friends, but the plot mentioned in the quiz isn't my favorite Thanksgiving episode. Instead, I like the one aired in 2000, called The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs, presented below with limited commercial interruption courtesy of Fancast.

Almost as soon as the episode begins, you can see why I like it. Chandler is challenging everyone to name as many of the 50 US states as they can in 6 minutes, a challenge that I've tried to help people meet in my The States and The States Mis-Stated posts.

How well do you think you could do at such a challenge? Find out at Sporcle's US States quiz, which generously gives you 10 minutes, instead of the 6 minutes that Chandler gave his friends. Let me know how you did in the comments!

For those who lean more towards Phoebe's vegetable-themed challenge, how about naming as many types of squash as you can in 7 minutes?

Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner tonight. Because it's a holiday, I'll conclude with a bonus: WKRP's classic Thanksgiving Turkeys Away episode!

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2:18 PM

Here's an alphabetical method for states:


Is Thanksgiving to do with the Mayflower?

11:58 PM

Yes, it does. Thanksgiving is a national holiday that's basically a harvest festival. It commemorates the saving of Mayflower pilgrims by native American Indians after a brutal winter.

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Thanks for that great state article, Mike! If you haven't checked it out already, do so! It covers not just the 50 states, but all the U.S. territories, too!