Monday, September 10, 2007

Three out of four ain't bad?

In the Joplin, Missouri phone book, there are thirty or so listings for businesses called “Tri-State _______”.

“Tri-State” means, of course, “representing three states”.

The thing is, Joplin is part of a four-state area—Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas:


So, either these businesses were established way back before Oklahoma became a U.S. state in 1907, or I think someone’s getting a bad deal here.

1 Talked Back:

At October 31, 2007 at 2:52:00 AM CDT, Blogger Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

I'm afraid it must be choice B, my friend. If they were established prior to OK statehood, then it would be "Tri-State and One-Territory Whatever" or even better, "Tri-State and Indian Territory Whatever".

At last check, our signature Whatever–"Husky or Maltese Whatever"-still exists too. So life is beautiful.

 

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