Wednesday, August 28

The Trivial Eye: State Capitols

by Jason Toon

Most state capitol buildings look like they were built with the same Neoclassical LEGO set as the U.S. Capitol. A white dome, some white columns, a flag on top, maybe some local flora on the lawn... ho-hum. But a select few take their own idiosyncratic path, from jazzing up the dome to departing from the whole pseudo-Acropolis trip altogether. Can you tell where these eight unusual state capitol buildings stand?

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Wednesday, January 04

The Trivial Eye: State Quarters

by Jason Toon

As befits such a diverse nation, the designs on the 50 State Quarters varied wildly in quality. Some states commissioned graceful, meaningful images from talented artists. Some just popped in a royalty-free clip art CD, got bored after half an hour at Illustrator, and called it done. Aw, but ain't that America?

Below you'll find details from eight quarters, depicting history and industry, heritage and livestock. Can you name the states they represent?

Answers can be found by clicking here. Please post your answers, or arguments, below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

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