Every state has an official motto. And for every inspiring, lofty state motto there's the slogan it should have instead! Thanks to several Web sites that specialize in making fun of state mottos, here are the mottos for all 50 states--the (funny) ones that they should have and the real (boring) ones. Remember, laugh all you want at the other states, but do be a good sport when you read your own state's mottos!
It Should Be: At Least We're Not Mississippi
It Is: We Dare Defend Our Rights
It Should Be: 11,623 Eskimos Can't Be Wrong!
It Is: North to the Future
It Should Be: Dehyd-rific!
It Is: God Enriches
It Should Be: Litterasy Ain't Everthing
It Is: The People Rule
It Should Be: By 30, Our Women Have More Plastic Than Your Honda
It Is: Eureka...I Have Found It
It Should Be: Too Wimpy to Cross the Mountains So We Stopped Here
It Is: Nothing Without Providence
It Should Be: Like Massachusetts, Only the Kennedy's Don't Own It Yet
It Is: He Who Transplanted Still Sustains
It Should Be: We Really Do Like the Chemicals In Our Water
It Is: Liberty and Independence
It Should Be: Senior Citizen Discounts Available
It Is: In God We Trust
It Should Be: Confederate Money Welcome
It Is: Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation
It Should Be: Come, Get Lai-ed
It Is: The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness
It Should Be: We Don't Care If You Spell Potato With an "E"
It Is: It Is Forever
It Should Be: Please Don't Pronounce the "S"
It Is: State Sovereignty, National Union
It Should Be: 2 Billion Years Tidal Wave Free
It Is: The Crossroads of America
It Should Be: We Do Amazing Things With Corn
It Is: Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain
It Should Be: Don't Blame Us, We Voted For Dole
It Is: To the Stars Through Difficulties
It Should Be: Five Million People; Fifteen Last Names
It Is: United We stand, Divided We Fall
It Should Be: We're Not ALL Drunk Cajun Wackos, But That's Our Tourism Campaign
It Is: Union, Justice, and Confidence
It Should Be: We're Really Cold, But We Have Cheap Lobster
It Is: I Direct
It Should Be: If You Can Dream It, We Can Tax It
It Is: Manly Deeds, Womanly Words
It Should Be: Our Taxes Are Lower Than Sweden's
It Is: By the Sword We Seek Peace, but Peace Only Under Liberty
It Should Be: Land of the Free, Home of the Buick
It Is: If You Seek a Pleasant Peninsula, Look About You
It Should Be: 10,000 Lakes...and 10,000,000,000,000 Mosquitoes
It Is: The Star of the North
It Should Be: Come and Feel Better About Your Own State
It Is: By Valor and Arms
It Should Be: Your Federal Flood Relief Tax Dollars Hard at Work
It Is: The Welfare of the People Shall Be the Supreme Law
It Should Be: It's Where You're Wanted
It Is: Gold and Silver
It Should Be: More Corn Than Kansas
It Is: Equality Before the Law
It Should Be: Hookers and Poker!
It Is: All For Our Country
It Should Be: Go Away and Leave Us Alone
It Is: Live Free or Die
It Should Be: You Want a ##$%##! Motto? I Got Yer ##$%##! Motto Right Here!
It Is: Liberty and Prosperity
It Should Be: We Really Are One of the 50 States!
It Is: It Grows as It Goes
It Should Be: You Have the Right to Remain Silent, You Have the Right to an Attorney...
It Is: Excelsior
It Should Be: Tobacco Is a Vegetable
It Is: To Be, Rather Than to Seem
It Should Be: Um, We've Got, Um...Dinosaur Bones? Yeah, Dinosaur Bones!
It Is: Liberty and Union Now and Forever, One and Inseparable
It Should Be: Home of Lake Erie and the Mistake by the Lake
It Is: With God, All Things are Possible
It Should Be: We're OK, You're NOT
It Is: Labor Conquers All Things
It Should Be: Spotted Owl...It's What's For Dinner
It Is: She Flies With Her Own Wings
It Should Be: Cook With Coal
It Is: Virtue, Liberty, and Independence
It Should Be: We're Not REALLY an Island
It Is: Hope
It Should Be: Remember The Civil War? We Didn't Actually Surrender
It Is: Prepared In Mind and Resources/While I Breathe, I Hope
It Should Be: Closer Than North Dakota
It Is: Under God the People Rule
It Should Be: The Edjucashun State
It Is: Agriculture and Commerce
It Should Be: Si Hablo Ingles
It Is: Friendship
It Should Be: Our Jesus Is Better Than Your Jesus
It Is: Industry
It Should Be: Yep
It Is: Freedom and Unity
It Should Be: Who Says Government Stiffs and Slackjaw Yokels Don't Mix?
It Is: Thus Always to Tyrants
It Should Be: Help! We're Overrun By Nerds and Slackers!
It Is: Bye and Bye
It Should Be: One Big Happy Family...Really!
It Is: Mountaineers Are Always Free
It Should Be: Say "Cheeeese"
It Is: Forward
It Should Be: Why Are You Here?
It Is: Equal Rights
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