Illinois, similarly to Indiana, has a nick name. It is said to be derived from a certain sort of fish in Lake Michigan; that body of water which gently kisses (except on some winter days) the NW corner of the state.
For my own temporary sanity until one of you pervs gets studious and digs it up, and just to see which of you might be studious, I will not tell you the state's nick name.
As a kid I used to get fits of laughter over the Hoosier State until I found out what they call my home state, and then I just shut up.
Now, Jim, how could I, being as anal retentive as people say, not take the time to check it out? And imagine my confusion when, on checking out the first couple of sources, all I could find was the "Prairie State". Prairie? Fish? But aha! On the fourth try I was rewarded...and I will now share that bounty for the enjoyment of our BLUEPRIDE brothers and sisters.
Illinois The sucker fish once gave Illinois the nickname, The Sucker State (and also, incidentally, gave us the slang word "sucker", for someone who is easy prey). The state has actually had numerous nicknames over the years - Garden of the West, The Garden State and The Corn State being just three of them. Lincoln began his political career in Illinois, and in 1955 its slogan became Land of Lincoln (which now appears on its licence plates). However, these days it is often known as The Prairie State, a name which it has had since at least as early as 1842, before which it was a term applied to all the plain states.
Post by hoosiercop on Sept 15, 2007 6:58:47 GMT -5
Two men were driving through North Carolina when they got pulled over by a State Trooper. The cop walked up and tapped on the window with his nightstick. The driver rolled down the window and 'WHACK,' the cop smacked him in the head with his nightstick.
'What the hell was that for?' the driver asked. 'You're in North Carolina , son,' the trooper answered. 'When we pull you over in North Carolina , you better have your license ready by the time we get to your car.' 'I'm sorry, officer' the driver said, 'I'm from New York and didn't know your laws here.'
The trooper runs a check on the guy's license--he' s clean-- and gives the guy his license back.
The trooper then walks around to the passenger side and taps on the window. The passenger rolls down the window and 'WHACK,' the trooper smacks him on the head with the nightstick.
'What'd you do that for?' the passenger demands. 'Just making your wish come true,' replied the trooper.' 'Making WHAT wish come true?' the passenger asked. 'Because I know you New Yorkers,' the trooper says, 'two miles down the road you're gonna turn to your buddy and say, 'I wish that a**hole would've tried that sh*t with me!'
Post by 1dbigjim563 on Sept 17, 2007 13:06:17 GMT -5
Well, yes it has been a while since I've been on here, but congrats Burner, you got the right answer. Yeah, Illinois is also known as the Sucker state. And of course it was a Hoosier (not our Hoosier) who pointed that out to me many years ago.
No in latter days it has occured to me that having a state full of suckers, might not be such a bad thing.
Post by hoosiercop on Sept 21, 2007 0:37:21 GMT -5
Pulling Over Janet......
1st Officer: “Guess who I pulled over in a traffic stop the other day?” 2nd Officer: “Who?” 1st Officer: “Janet Jackson!” 2nd Officer: “What she do, was she speeding?” 1st Officer: “Nah, she had one headlight out.”
Post by bluepride on Sept 21, 2007 21:40:20 GMT -5
haha I think that dispatcher/kid/math clip is bogus!! I'd hope so anyway! If I was that dispatcher's boss and I heard him talking with that kid, doing the kid's homework, well that dispatcher would be minus a few vacation days after I'd get through with him.