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The Most Commonly Used Emoji In Each State And What They Really Mean To Their Residents

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British tech company Swiftkey recently published the above map of the most popular emojis in each state.

The company has a report that offers some explanations for why these specific emojis are so popular in their respective states, but I don’t think it gives us the full story. Here are what I assume are the reasons why these states use their respective emojis so often.

(Side note: our publishing tool’s emojis are slightly different than Apple’s, but I am a nice boy and thought I’d help you out by including them anyways so you don’t have to keep scrolling back and forth)

  • Alabama🐘– Alabamans cannot spell “Crimson Tide” and are forced to use the emoji to get their point across.
  • Alaska🐛– Alaskans have never seen a caterpillar before and are texting this emoji to all 11 people in their phone book in an attempt to find out what this strange insect is.
  • Arizona🌵– Arizona is so barren that the cactus is the only emoji any Arizonans recognize.
  • Arkansas🎆– Bill Clinton is back in Arkansas texting chicks about the loads he’s gonna shoot onto them.
  • California🚕– Californians are always texting about being stuck in traffic while they’re stuck in traffic.
  • Colorado📖– Books are made out of paper, which Coloradans need to roll their doobs.
  • Connecticut🐨– Koala bears can survive off a diet of only a half pound of eucalyptus leaves per day. This puts their eating habits on par with that of Shabazz Napier and other underfed UConn athletes.
  • Delaware🏈– The whole state is all-in on the University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens football team.
  • Florida🎺– A trumpet plays “Taps” as yet another octogenarian bites the dust at the retirement community.
  • Georgia🌜– Georgians love their moonshine.
  • Hawai’i🏄– This one’s got me stumped. I wonder why Hawaiians use the surfer emoji so much???
  • Idaho🌻– There isn’t a potato emoji, so Idahoans had to improvise.
  • Illinois⛽️– The gas pump is used by people filling up their tank so they can get the hell out of Illinois.
  • Indiana🎮– Fucking nerds.
  • Iowa🌽– Zach Johnson loves corn.

  • Kansas📷– Kansans are so behind on the times that they still use non-phone cameras. What philistines.
  • Kentucky💈– A barber’s pole emoji in Kentucky serves as a warning to other Kentuckians that they need to avoid a specific location – It’s a sign that there are cleaning products nearby.
  • Louisiana💀– A skull symbolizes the shell of a human that you become after a weekend in N’awlins.
  • Maine🌋– Maine actually has volcanoes. Seriously, look it up. The more you know. *Bum bum, bum bummm*
  • Maryland👖– Marylanders frequently have watery crab shits, in the same fashion as George Brett’s legendary dump, and thus need to ask friends and family to bring them a fresh pair of pants pretty frequently.
  • Massachusetts🐣– The hatching chick symbolizes Tom Brady, whom Bay Staters believe should be freed.
  • Michigan🍓– Strawberries are covered in seeds, just like most Michiganders’ mothers’ faces.
  • Minnesota🍑– Minnesota’s got big. Booty. Bitches.
  • Mississippi💯– Mississippians are proud of the number 100, as it is the highest IQ test score that anybody from Mississippi has ever received.
  • Missouri⚾️– It may look like a baseball, but people from the Show Me State use it to symbolize adult diapers, a staple garment for your standard obese and incontinent Missourian.
  • Montana🎣– There is literally nothing to do in Montana but fish.
  • Nebraska🐌– Time never moves slower than when you are passing through Nebraska.
  • Nevada🍆– That right there is a dong for Vegas, you guys.
  • New Hampshire🍃– Every fall, Granite Staters have to prepare for the arrival of “leafers” who travel to the state to watch the leaves change. They hate them a lot, for some reason.
  • New Jersey🔊– Picture that 4-toned rap air horn sound. This is that sound in emoji form for the Jersey Shore d-bags.
  • New Mexico🎭– Apparently New Mexicans are really into theater?
  • New York🗽– This one might be even more obvious than the Hawai’i one.
  • North Carolina🐹– Grayson Allen is a little rat-looking bitch (I might be a little biased on this one).
  • North Dakota👗– North Dakota doesn’t exist, so I’m not exactly sure where this data is coming from.
  • Ohio🍨– LeBron James requested ice cream after his tonsil surgery, then waved it off once they brought it to him.
  • Oklahoma👻– The ghosts of the Dust Bowl haunt Oklahomans to this very day. Either that or they’re big on Snapchat titties.
  • Oregon🔯– Some deformed Star of David looking thing? Portland is just fucking weird, man.
  • Pennsylvania🍒– Philadelphians can’t say the word “cherry” correctly so they need it in picture form so us normals can understand them.
  • Rhode Island👡– Rhode Island is big on shoes because you can literally walk around the entire goddamn state in one day.
  • South Carolina⚓️– Hilton Head is FaF. Deserves the franchor (frat anchor).
  • South Dakota👨– This emoji is of South Dakota’s mascot, the male pedophile.
  • Tennessee🐎– Tennesseeans are so stupid they think the Kentucky Derby is in Tennessee.
  • Texas🍇– Dorn texts people about grapes a lot. Nobody knows why.
  • Utah🍭– The swirliness of the lollipop symbolizes the hypnotic nature of mormonism.
  • Vermont🔱– Not sure, but I assume this is something meth-related.
  • Virginia🐸– Apparently they’re big on frogs in Virginia?
  • Washington🎧– Smelly Seattle hipsters have to let all their friends know when they’re listening to the latest Bon Iver single.
  • Washington, D.C.⛄️– Clearly a coke reference.
  • West Virginia🍂– Dead leaves are the closest intellectual match to a West Virginian.
  • Wisconsin⛪️– Don’t be fooled: Wisconsinites aren’t using this for church; they’re using it for the church’s Friday fish fry.
  • Wyoming🐺– Wolves outnumber people in Wyoming. I made that up, but it could legitimately be true.

[via Swiftkey]

Image via Swiftkey

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Jared Borislow

Jared Borislow (né The DeVry Guy) is a writer and content manager for Grandex Inc and a 2015 graduate of the University of Wisconsin. He has been called the "Patron Saint of Butt Stuff" despite never having engaged in sexual activity of any nature until he turned 21, which he is still convinced is the minimum age at which you can legally have sex.

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