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Thu., April 25, 2013, 3:19 p.m.

This is the state we’re in

At least one website manager apparently believes most Americans are like Sam Cooke when he sang, "Don't know much about geography."

A colleague was dealing with a journalism site's user registration page. He had come to the alphabetical drop-down in which you click on your state.

So he scrolled down and found not "WA" or "Wash." or even "Washington."

No, it was "Washington ST."

I guess that was so people wouldn't assume the District of Columbia was stuck in there with West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Either that or you're supposed to say "Go Cougs!" at that point.

Oh, I know a contrarian might argue, "Well, OK, but someone could think it might be Washington, D.C."

I would have to remind any such benighted individual that the "Washington" in "Washington, D.C." is not now nor has it ever been a state.

Have you encountered this nonsense in drop-downs you have used?

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