One really unique thing about BJU is that we have students from every state and from dozens of foreign countries. As I reflected on the diverse backgrounds of my students, I thought of something in my files - a list a state mottos that were all rejected for one reason or another. As you look at the list, it will be obvious why these mottos were not adopted....
Rejected State Mottos
Yes, We Have Electricity
11,623 Eskimos Can't Be Wrong!
But It's a Dry Heat!
Lituracy Ain't Everythang!
Se Hable Ingles
If You Don't Ski, Don't Bother
Like Massachusetts, Only Smaller, But WAY Too Close to New York!
We Really Do Like The Chemicals In Our Water
Ask Us About Our Grandkids
And Our Voting Skills
Stop Here on Your Way to Florida
Haka Tiki Mou Sha'ami Leeki Toru
(Death To Mainland Scum, But Leave Your Money!)
More Than Just Potatoes.... Well, Okay, We're Not, But The Potatoes Sure Are Real Good
Please, Don't Pronounce the "S"
Tidal Wave Free
We Do Amazing Things With Corn
First Of The Rectangle States
Five Million People; Fifteen Last Names
Ignrint - and Proud of It!
We're Really Cold, But We Have Cheap Lobster
If You Can Dream It, We Can Tax It
Our Taxes Are Lower Than Sweden's (For Most Tax Brackets)
Where Cars Used to Come From
Land of 7,000 Lakes, 3,000 Man-made Ponds, and
Why Would You Want to Come Here?- Elvis Was Born Here, and Even He Left!
Gateway to Kansas
Land Of The Big Sky, The Unabomber, Extremist Wackos, and Honest Elections!
Ask About Our State Motto Contest
Come Feel Better About Your Own State!
Go Away And Leave Us Alone
The Garbage State - Waste Not ... Send It Here Instead!
Lizards Make Excellent Pets
You Have The Right To Remain Silent,
You Have The Right To An Attorney..
And No Right To Self Defense!
Tobacco IS a Vegetable
We Really Are One Of The 50 States!
Don't Judge Us by Cleveland
Just Like The Musical, But No Singing
Spotted Owl ... It's What's For Dinner
Cook With Coal
We're Not REALLY an Island
Remember The War of Northern Aggression? Well, We Haven't Actually Surrendered Yet
Closer Than North Dakota
Home of the Al Gore Invention Museum
Don't Mess with Texas - We're Armed!
Too Liberal for Even the Kennedys
Who Says Government Stiffs And Slackjaw Yokels Don't Mix?
If We'd Meant DC, We'd Have Said DC, You Imbecile!
Seattle is NOT our capital, WE are the CAPITAL!
Wanna Be Mayor?
One Big Happy Family ... Really!
Come Cut Cheese!
And You Thought Ohio Was Flat!
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither." - C.S. Lewis
Could it be that so many deer get hit on the interstates because they're simply obeying the posted deer crossing signs?
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