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The Viral Video That Best Represents Each Of America’s 50 States, Part 2: The Middle

By 01.10.14

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America. Home to a diverse set of cultures, traditions, histories, and local phenomena. This leads to regional stereotypes, many of which are easy to make fun of. So that’s exactly what we’re doing.

The UPROXX staff set out to find the popular Internet video that best represents each of our 50 states. Yesterday we covered the 13 westernmost states. Today we’ll sweep to the east and tackle another 13 (in alphabetical order): Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Know of a video that works better for any of these states? Leave it in the comments.

Arkansas: The Hillbilly Slide And One Mad Coon

Thanks to its many lakes, rivers, natural wildlife, and hot springs, Arkansas is known as “The Natural State.” Yet, despite a plethora of cultural, economic, and recreational opportunities, Arkansas is often stereotyped as a “poor, banjo-picking hillbilly” state. I wouldn’t know why. Here’s a hillbilly dancing with a raccoon. Do you hear any banjo? I rest my case. – Dustin Rowles

Illinois: Wrigley Field Bleacher Bum

When you think of Illinois, you think of Chicago. When you think of Chicago, you think of the Cubs. When you think of the Cubs, you either think of the most miserable sports fans on the planet or the drunkest fans in baseball. But this guy singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in the bleachers at Wrigley is the good-chaotic kind of fan, as he’s just enjoying a good, old day at the ballpark. That’s how we all like to think of Chicago Cubs fans in general, as the happy-go-lucky lovable losers of baseball. Keep singing, big fella. – Ashley Burns

Iowa: How To Eat Corn In 10 Seconds

When people think of Iowa, they undoubtedly think of corn. And for good reason. It ranks first among the 50 states in corn (as well as beef, pork, soybean and grain) production. So here’s a guy eating an entire ear of corn in 10 seconds with the help of a power drill. – Ryan Perry

Kansas: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

It’s tragic, really, that a great state like Kansas is, culturally speaking, best known for a movie quote about NOT being in Kansas anymore. Eventually Dorothy learns to love where she’s from, blah blah blah, but not before denouncing the black-and-white blandness of her home state’s farms. This most famous of geography-bashing lines has been referenced in dozens of TV shows and movies, including Captain Planet and the Planeteers, obviously. Meanwhile, Toto’s not in Kansas anymore: he’s moved to Africa. — Josh Kurp

Louisiana: Cajun Sexy Cooking

If there’s anything people from Louisiana love, it’s sexy ladies and cooking good food. This video combines both of those things. – The Cajun Boy

Minnesota: Minnesota State Fair Monster Truck Rally

This is a highlight video posted by a family that attended the monster truck show at the 2006 Minnesota state fair. There is nothing particularly remarkable about it, yet it has over 3 million views on YouTube. That’s because it shows up as a “related video” next to many Idiocracy clips. Minnesota’s tourism board should not rush to add this connection to its marketing materials. – Ryan Perry

Missouri: St. Louis Cardinals Fans Drunk Driving PSA

What’s Missouri except for the hollow shell that surrounds St. Louis, the baseball capital of the world? When you think of St. Louis, you always think of the Cardinals and their fans, because if you mention St. Louis, someone will pop up out of nowhere – a trash can, a closet, from under your desk – and remind you that the Cardinals have the smartest and most intelligent fans in baseball. Need an example? How about this anti-drunk driving commercial in which Cardinals fans not only remind us how bubbly and annoying they are (trust me, I’m a Cardinals fan), but they actually manage to include the fact that they’re the best fans. – Ashley Burns


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