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State
    (March 15, 1820- )
    23rd state to join
    Probably visited by the Vikings around 1000 A.D
    Explored by John Cabot (1498)
    Separated from Massachusetts (1819)
    Nickname: Pine Tree State
    Capital: Augusta
    Size: 33,215 square miles (ranks 39th)
    Motto: I Direct
    Bird: Chickadee
    Flower: Pine Cone and Tassel
    Tree: White Pine
    Song: State of Maine Song
    That toothpick in your mouth probably came from Maine.
    Maine was part of Massachusetts for almost a century and a half.
    The British burned Portland, Maine (October 16, 1775).
    A boundary dispute between Maine & New Brunswick led to The Aronstock War (February 12, 1839).
    Its namesake, the USS Maine, was sunk at Havana Harbor, giving the charge 'Remember the Maine' for the Spanish-American War (February 15, 1898).
    Temperature ranges from -48ºF (January 19, 1925) to 105ºF (July 10, 1911).
    Settlers brought their own timber from Europe to build houses, but were struck when they saw the forests of Maine.
    The TV series 'Dark Shadows,' 'Murder She Wrote' and 'Struck by Lightning' were set in Maine.
    Stephen King, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Margaret Chase Smith, Linda Lavin and Buffy Sainte-Marie.
    It is famed for Poland Springs water.
    Georgeana (York) was the first incorporated American city (March 1, 1642).
    The first Catholic governor was elected in Maine, Edward Kavanagh (1843).
    Maine was the first to can sardines (1876), manufacture chewing gum (1848), patent earmuffs (1887) and legislate the first US alcohol prohibition law (June 2, 1851).
    Samantha Smith, 11, of Manchester began a goodwill tour with the leaders of the Soviet Union (1983).
    The only tangible proof that the vikings landed in North America was a coin found on a Maine farm.
    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 20 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 38 Votes: 55.26% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 26 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 4 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 62 Votes: 62.90% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 41 Votes: 60.98% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 49 Votes: 63.27% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 79 Votes: 56.96% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 27 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 184 Votes: 46.74% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 532 Votes: 40.60% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 58 Votes: 36.21% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 153 Votes: 45.10% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 157 Votes: 55.41% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 278 Votes: 47.84% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 428 Votes: 44.63% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 787 Votes: 42.82% Annoying
 
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