In this roundup, we're looking at some of America's dumbest and shocking screw-ups and scandals. After reading this list, you'll be left wondering how this nation is able to function at all.\nEditor's Choice: 32 Popular Canadian Snacks That You Can't Buy In The United States\nWithout further ado, here are 50 not so flattering facts and faux-pas for each state. Buckle up, kids — this is going to be a tough one to get through.\nI believe in you.\nAlabama\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Richard Campbell (@throughthelensmedia)\nWhile breathtakingly beautiful, Alabama is one of the dumbest states in the U.S., according to the Washington Post, which based it on measures like IQ and SAT scores. Not exactly the most flattering claim to fame.\nAlaska\nPeople love to make fun of Sarah Palin. Her most well-known quote is actually one she never uttered. Tina Fey's impersonation on SNL quotes her as saying, "I can see Russia from my house."\nThe real quote is actually, "You can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska." Still, it doesn't help that the original question being asked of her was how being closer to Russia was supposed to help her understand the country better.\nArizona\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Necklines Bolo Ties (@necklinesboloties)\nWe're not sure who decided on this fashion faux-pas, but the official state neckwear in Arizona is the bolo-tie. Side note: Why the hell is there such a thing as an "official state neckwear?"\nArkansas\nNot sure how this one slipped through the cracks, but for a few months between 2007 and 2008, it was legal for toddlers to get married in Arkansas. Lawmakers had to revise a law they wrote that said marriage was fine for any age so long as parental consent was given. Nice save, Arkansas. You're really steppin' up in the world.\nCalifornia\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by FNXTV🎥 First Nation Experience (@fnxtv)\nCalexit is California’s movement to break from the U.S. Now in its second attempt, the state originally tried to separate in 2017 following the 2016 presidential election. However, that attempt failed when the leader was discovered to be living in Russia. Not really the look you were going for there, Cali? Didn't think that'd go over too well?\nColorado\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by No-Till Bob (@organic_colorado_bob)\nColorado was the first state to legalize marijuana. Because of that, they've developed a certain stigma. After multiple thefts, the Department of Transportation had to replace the 420-mile marker in Colorado with 419.99.\nConnecticut\nConnecticut's secrets lie in some of their hilarious laws. For example, in Devon you're not allowed to walk backwards after sunset.\nDelaware\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Purina Feed Greatness (@purinafeedgreatness)\nThere are 200 times more chickens in Delaware than people. One of the smallest states in the U.S., it sort of makes you wonder how they could possibly fit them all in there. Especially since there are just under 1 million people living in the state. That's a hell of a lot of chickens.\nFlorida\nThere's a reason the Florida Man memes exist: The Sunshine State is basically the drunk uncle of the U.S. One of Florida's horrible claims to fame is that it has the highest rate of public masturbation in the country. Come on, guys — control yourselves!\nGeorgia\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by The Westin Peachtree Atlanta (@westinpeachtreeplaza)\nSomeone seriously wasn't thinking when picking the street names in the Peach State's capital. There are 71 streets in Atlanta all named "Peachtree." Good luck explaining that one to visitors, Georgia: Oh you're lost? Just hang a left on Peachtree and head up to Peachtree and take a right.\nHawaii\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Danielle Britton (@mrs.daniellle)\nListen, nothing bad has ever come from Hawaii. We may be splitting hairs to find fault in this island paradise, but in the Aloha State, it's illegal to own a ferrit or a gerbil. This might seem strangely specific, but it actually has some sound reasoning behind it. If either of these animals got loose, they could wreak havoc on the island's ecosystem. Hard to believe something so tiny could do so much damage.\nIdaho\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by @zaiguu\nApparently, the ball drop in New York on New Year's Eve isn't good enough for the Gem State. Idaho drops a giant potato instead of a ball on NYE.\nIllinois\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Ken Dancy (@kendancyphotography)\nRemember the Great Chicago Fire we all learned about in elementary school? Turns out, Illinois is totally fine with turning that tragedy into the inspiration behind the White Castle logo. The White Castle logo is based on one of the only buildings to survive the fire.\nIndiana\nIf you're wondering which state was crowned the meth capital of the United States, the answer is Indiana. In 2013, the state earned this title after making 1,800 meth busts that year. These number have gone down considerably since then, but it's still a major issue in the Hoosier State. Good job, guys.\nIowa\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by National Hobo Museum (@hobomuseum)\nInstead of putting any energy towards, oh I don't know, finding these people actual homes??? Iowa thinks a "hobo convention" is a better solution. After all, everyone knows the real root of the homelessness problem is a lack of community. The Convention says they celebrate those who "worked to travel and traveled to work" and are "homeless by choice" but it still feels off-base. Somehow the National Hobo Convention manages to stay alive and well. Though I really couldn't tell you why.\nKansas\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by A. Santry (@scatteredlodgephotography)\nYou see that picture? That's Kansas. That's Kansas when you first enter the state and that's Kansas when you're waving goodbye in the rearview. That being said, lawmakers still found it necessary to author a law making it illegal to hunt whales.\nKentucky\nIn a study to see what each state's most awkward search terms were on Google, Kentucky’s were definitely among the strangest to surface. The state's top Google searches are “scabies,” “Creed,” and “Billy Ray Cyrus.” I have so many questions, I don't even know where to start.\nLouisiana\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by JE̶F̶F̶H̶O̶ (@yojeffho)\nIn the rest of the U.S., it’s completely illegal to carry an open container of alcohol, let alone head to the drive-thru to pick one up. In Louisiana, that’s sadly not the case. At Daiquiris & Creams, you can order a daiquiri to-go. And then drive off with it. And drink it? Am I saying this right? Where are the adults?\nMaine\nAt one point, the Pine Tree State was know as the Toothpick Capital of the World. The tiny town of Strong produced 95% of the country's wooden toothpicks. Sadly, the mill closed in 2003 but - not a screw up per se but definitely an odd human to toothpick ratio in that 1,000 person town.\nMaryland\nThis states' anthem harks back to the Civil War and calls upon the listener to fight back against the Union. It refers to Lincoln as a "despot" and a "tyrant" and even calls Northerners "scum." Recently, there's been discussion of changing it to something without racist connotations, but currently, it's still the official song of the Old Line State. Yikes.\nMassachusetts\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Ally • Travel • Adventure 🏔 (@allyspassport)\nThe workday is over and you're ready to hit the bar with your coworkers for some much-needed downtime after a long day. You can go lookin' all you want for those happy hour deals in Massachusetts, but you won't find them. This state was the first to officially ban happy hour. Thanks for literally sucking the happiness out of the workday, guys.\nMichigan\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by GCCLP (@gcclp)\nMichigan has been the center of a heated debate in the U.S. about environmental safety issues. One of the biggest screwups in American history came out of this state when the townspeople of Flint, Michigan were poisoned by their water supply.\nMinnesota\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by wanderingmn (@wanderingmn)\nMinnesota hates vegetables so much they don't even put them in their salads. That's right: When someone asks for a salad here, they mean Jell-O salad. If there's anything remotely vegetable-related in there, you better have a good explanation for your madness. Get that hippy food out of here. This is 'Murica.\nMississippi\nSpeaking of states that hate their veggies, Mississippi is seriously lacking in the health department. With over 40% of the population reporting a Body Mass Index of 30 or higher, the state has the highest obesity rate in the nation.\nMissouri\nMissouri ranked seventh out of the ten top places in the WORLD to avoid altogether for 2018 by Fodor's after multiple acts of violence against the LGBTQ2+ and BIPOC community. It's also the only U.S. location included on this list. Not a great lool...\nMontana\nThe 1980s were a weird time: neon leg warmers, Madonna's metal bra, religious cults falsely predicting nuclear warfare to followers. The Church Universal and Triumphant was a cult that told their followers there was going to be a nuclear fallout. Panicked and none-the-wiser, they started preparing for the destruction while the leaders used the fake news as a distraction to purchase illegal firearms. After the nukes never showed, followers caught on pretty quickly to what was really going on and left.\nNebraska\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Adrian Olivera (@oliveraadrian)\nNebraska is basically one giant cornfield. Why, then, was it necessary for a law to be made cautioning drivers on mountains to drive near the right-hand edge of the highway for better safety? There are no mountains here, guys. Mounds of corn husks don't count.\nNevada\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by John Wayne “The Duke” Fans (@john.wayne.fans)\nNevada gave cancer to John Wayne and 91 other people during the shooting of The Conqueror because of their dumb nuclear testing and the world will never forgive them for it. It's believed that the actor and others working on the movie were right upwind from A-bomb testing nearby, which was likely the cause of their illness. Not cool, Nevada. Not cool.\nNew Hampshire\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Vermin Supreme (@verminsupremeofficial)\nIf you've ever wished there were a politician to represent you whose preferred headware is a boot, you should probably move to New Hampshire ASAP. In 2012 a man named Vermin Supreme finished in sixth place with 833 votes for New Hampshire’s Democratic Primary ballot for president. The heart of his campaign was the promise of "free ponies and mandatory tooth brushing." With all the craziness of American politics right now, many are calling for him to run again.\nNew Jersey\nNew Jersey is nicknamed the "Armpit of America," which you'll understand the minute you cross over the border between NJ and NY. The area smells like ass due to all the refineries and factories that surround it. You'll have to travel a good hour until that nausea-inducing smell fades from your nostrils.\nNew Mexico\nIf you hated high school English, you weren't the only one. New Mexico's vendetta extended a bit further than most when officials ordered the removal of around 400 words from Romeo & Juliet due to their "explicit nature."\nNew York\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Justina Valentine ❣ (@justinavalentine)\nMost people don't actually know this, but six out of the nine cast members on The Jersey Shore are actually from New York.\nNorth Carolina\nIt's too easy to poke fun at the backwards political landscape here, so we'll go for something a bit more pleasant. This North Carolina native messed up big time when he threw his victory by mispronouncing “flamenco,” instead, saying “flamingo" on Wheel of Fortune. It was literally spelled out for him. And yet...\nNorth Dakota\nA.J. Clemente had the most short-lived career in broadcast TV when he muttered the words “fucking shit” mere seconds into his first broadcast on his first day on the job. Obviously, he wasn't invited back to give any further colorful commentary on local news.\nOhio\nThe Cuyahoga River in the Northeastern part of the state used to be really, really gross. How gross? It's caught on fire at least a dozen times because of all the oil pollution. Spoiler: water should not be flammable.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Brennan Wurtz (@mr.wurtz)\nOklahoma\nIn this state, police falsely accused and imprisoned a man for eight months of a crime he did not commit. How do we know he didn't commit the crime? He was already in jail at the time it happened. But that didn't seem to matter to these cops. He could've teleported there! Yeah, that's it!\nOregon\nOregon flipped when they learned they had to start pumping their own gas in 2018. The internet lit up with ridiculous claims of nearly dying having pumped gas once in another state and being afraid of getting abducted while attempting to pump their own gas. Welcome to official statehood, Oregon. Now if only we can get New Jersey on board.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by ☼ Sarai Grace Smith ☼ (@thesunnysg)\nPennsylvania\nWhile this is definitely a screwup of epic proportions, some good actually came out of it in the end. In 1971, a group in Pennsylvania wanted to break into the FBI. The group strolled right in and got all the files they were after, including shocking evidence of illegal surveillance. The group was never caught and waited until the statute of limitations lifted the possibility of being convicted for their crimes to reveal their identities in a press conference. #Shook\nRhode Island\nIn an effort to drive tourism and refresh the state's brand, in 2016 Rhode Island created a new logo for the state with the slogan "Cooler and Warmer." It makes absolutely no sense, confused everyone, and was hastily removed by the Rhode Island Commerce Association. You saw nothing.\nSouth Carolina\nYou can't forget Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2007 and her incredibly ridiculous tangent about the U.S. education system. Or was it South Africa? South America? We'll just let the video speak for itself here.\nSouth Dakota\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Duchess Dogrose (@innuendous_quotes)\nSpeaking of horrible campaigns, South Dakota’s “Don’t Jerk and Drive” campaign in 2014 was hastily pulled (pun intended) as residents couldn't get their minds out of the gutter. But I mean come on. How can you not look at that and laugh? If anything, they're adding to the problem by making people crack up at the wheel like that.\nTennessee\nIt wasn't the proudest moment in Tennessee history when President Andrew Johnson became the first president to be impeached. Don't hold his terrible politics against the rest of Tennessee presidential hopefuls.\nTexas\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Woodensense (@woodensense)\nDon't worry, y'all: If you're in Austin, Texas and you see Bigfoot, it's completely legal to shoot and kill him. Just, you know, maybe give a holler first to make sure it's not someone who lost a bet in a costume.\nUtah\nTwo areas in Utah made it into the top 15 of GQs list of worst-dressed cities in the country. There's an overwhelming amount of plaid to be seen here and a strange t-shirt-under-your-sundress trend that resurfaces every spring we're thinking is responsible for this sad superlative.\nVermont\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by George W. Bush (@georgewbush)\nIn an attempt to make a stand against the Bush Administration in the early 2000s, Vermont issued a warrant for the arrest of Dick Cheney (then VP) and former president George W. Bush. Points for commitment but maybe a tad too far.\nVirginia\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Em (@blame_the_blurb)\nAmerica really loves finding problems with standard curriculum novels. A school board in Hanover, Virginia, banned To Kill A Mockingbird in 1966 for being “immoral.” In response, Harper Lee sent a donation to "be used to enroll the Hanover County School Board in any first grade of its choice." That one kind of backfired on ya, there, didn't it, Virginia?\nWashington\nIn really disturbing news, up until 2006, you could have all the sex you wanted with animals in Washington.\nWest Virginia\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Deb Burns (@deb2452)\nIn a secession battle not unlike the one between the U.S. and California, West Virginia parted from its mother state of basically the same name and earned its own statehood... maybe. Some argue that because Virginia never officially agreed to the secession, West Virginia isn't a legitimate state. That's a pretty huge clerical oversight, y'all.\nWisconsin\nIf you graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1988, chances are you have one of the 4,000 diplomas with the name "Wisconson" typed at the top. The best part about this proofreading error? No one even noticed it — not even the grads! It wasn't discovered until six months later. The class of '88 was clearly very bright.\nWyoming\nWyoming is the least populated state but also the 10th biggest by landmass. There's a whole lotta land and not a whole lot to do. Something feels very wrong with that people to space ratio if you ask me. Rhode Island could use a little bit of that breathing room.