July 15, 2012
On my vest, there is a patch of the United States (and a bit of Canada). Up until our trip to Indiana, I have only been able to color in 5 states; Maine, NH, MA, Vermont and NY. The patch almost looked like it was bare.
I'll bite. How do you fill in the colors?
Posted by: Cop Car at Jul 16, 2012 10:03:36 AM
Indelible markers (they also make markers for fabric). Either way, you have to be careful and not put the color on too thickly or it will bleed to other states.
Posted by: bogie at Jul 17, 2012 4:07:44 AM
Four colours are enough, as CC can tell you.
Seven if the patch covers a teapot ;-)
Posted by: Ole Phat Stu at Jul 17, 2012 5:24:02 AM
Stu--Thanks for the vote of confidence; but, Bogie would have come up with the answer faster than I would have. Without looking, I don't know what state adjoins the largest number of other states! (That's a piece of trivia not tracked within my cranium.)
Posted by: Cop Car at Jul 17, 2012 8:16:46 PM
Stu--Oh, phooey. I just figured out that you were going with the theorem that doesn't count corners. (Do I have time to list my four excuses for not having thought of that? It's been a long day.)
Posted by: Cop Car at Jul 17, 2012 8:19:50 PM
One color is enough - but I don't have a color shortage here.
Posted by: bogie at Jul 18, 2012 4:06:32 AM
FWIW, remember that Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia are not states, they are commonwealths ;-)
Posted by: Ole Phat Stu at Jul 18, 2012 3:43:59 PM
I feel sorry for you Stu.
Posted by: bogie at Jul 19, 2012 3:48:14 AM
Other folks tell me that commonwealths are quite difficult to work with on disaster response operations. Personally, I've only worked disasters in states, so they've not been a problem for me. I did work (professionally) in Pennsylvania for several months back in 1988 - in collaboration with Westin Controls (a Schlumberger company, at the time - may still be) of Archbald PA and an Israeli organization (whose name escapes me). That program aged me about 15 years! (Nothing to do with the state or the people of Pennsylvania, who were wonderful to me.)
Posted by: Cop Car at Jul 19, 2012 5:50:40 AM
Well, darn! you were close to me.....kinda. Of course, you might have crossed Indiana a lot further down the map than where it touches Illinois. Next time you plan a trip send me a note, and we'll see if we can't provide a place to stay along the way.
Posted by: buffy at Aug 4, 2012 6:07:20 PM
Hmm...a number of states touch five other states, but Idaho, South Dakota and Nebraska touch six, I think. I need a bigger map, because it looks like Pennsylvania touches more.
Posted by: buffy at Aug 4, 2012 6:13:36 PM
And Wyoming and Arkansas.....(6)
Posted by: buffy at Aug 4, 2012 6:15:15 PM
Buffy - I believe the theory is that you only need 4 colors to color in all states, while never using a color next to itself.
If we make it out as far as Illinois, I'll let you know. Guessing with me not working, we won't be doing a whole lot of traveling though.
Posted by: bogie at Aug 11, 2012 4:29:09 PM