As an Alaskan living in Texas (for grad school), I just have to get a little rant off my chest:
Alaska: 571,951 square miles
Texas: 262,127 square miles
Those who can do simple math will note that Texas is approximately .45 the size of Alaska. Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas. Yet I can’t tell you how many times people in Texas, having learned I’m Alaskan, comment that I must be thrilled to have moved to a larger (or the largest) state. WTF? Did they learn nothing in school? (Disclaimer: I’ve found various figures for acreage of both Alaska and Texas. I’m guessing that has to do with whether water area is included. I’m sticking with low-end figures.)
A typical case goes like this:
Cashier at grocery store (who was checking my ID): “Oh, Alaska! You had to come to Texas to see how we do things BIG!”
Me: blank stare
Is it important that Alaska is larger? No, not at all. (And yes, I realize that just because Alaska is large doesn’t mean that Texas isn’t also large.) Is it irritating that people make inane comments about misunderstood geography? Call me a bore, but yes, it gets old fast.