Maine Voted “State Most Likely To Be Cold” In Online Poll

Maine ColdIn the midst of a brutal Summer heat wave that has melted candy and gingerbread houses in Bangor, an online poll has named Maine “The State Most Likely To Be Cold”.

Conducted by AAA (The American Automobile Association, not Angry Alocoholics Anonymous…I can only imagine the confusion when the member of one group accidentally calls the toll free line number of the other!), the survey had over 250,000 participants, and Maine was the landslide winner in this category.

“We were surprised,” said a spokesperson from the Maine Tourism Board, who spoke to this Modern Philosopher under the condition of anonymity.  “Alaska has won that one every year since the award’s inception.  It’s not that we’re not excited about winning, but we would prefer that Maine be associated with a more tourism friendly honor.”

That made sense, so I asked my source at AAA how Maine fared in other areas of voting.  “Maine didn’t finish in the top three of any other categories,” she told me after skimming through her records.  “We did have a word association question for every state, though, and I could let you know what the top three answers were for Maine.”

Snow DeerThat sounded perfect, so I told her I would love to hear the top three replies.  “Please tell us the first word that comes to mind when you think of Maine,” she read the question aloud for me.  “The number one answer was lobster, number two was lighthouses, and number three was a tie between white, frostbite, and blizzard.”

Whoa!  White?  I wondered if that was a racist answer, or just another comment about all the snow.  Either way, I knew it would not please my source at the Maine Tourism Board (even if it was the truth!).   I thanked the AAA lady and decided to not push my luck with any other questions.

AwardIt’s always interesting to find out what other people think about my home state.  It had been my hope that writing this blog would help get out the word that Maine is a magical and wonderful place that people would be clamoring to visit.

Apparently, I’m not doing a good enough job of getting my message out there.  Guess I’m just going to have to work harder.

What about you, Modern Philosophers?  If you had to give Maine an award, which one would you choose?  What word first comes to mind when you think of Maine?  Could you please tell your friends Maine is a nice place?


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Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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43 Responses to Maine Voted “State Most Likely To Be Cold” In Online Poll

  1. navery101 says:

    I believe Vermont will give Maine a “run for their money” on this award…

  2. genext13 says:

    ‘Pennywise’ is the word that comes to mind for me when I think of Maine. A second word that comes to mind is Canadian. Isn’t Maine still a southern providence or something? Or did you guys secede from Canada?

    • genext13 says:

      and I think Alaska might have something to say about the whole ‘cold’ thing.

      • Austin says:

        I think people didn’t vote for Alaska this year because of some sort of Sarah Palin hatred. That’s the rumor I’m hearing any way…

      • genext13 says:

        I actually think ‘frozen’ and ‘redneck’ when I think of Alaska now, particularly after watching all those shows on TLC.

      • Austin says:

        Did you participate in AAA’s poll because I think those were in Alaska’s top 3. Eskimos and Igloos tied for #1…

      • genext13 says:

        No but I voted in our pool here. I settled on ‘inferno’ and ‘racism’ as the words for Arizona. They denied my first choices of ‘the surface of Mercury’ and ‘a place that makes Hell feel like Alaska.’

    • Austin says:

      I’m going to have to have Stephen King deal with you! Maine is not a part of Canada, although we have considered invading them and then forcing our prisoners of war to shovel our snow… 🙂

  3. Storm Navarro says:

    Lobster definitely comes to mind. Great blog! Keep it up. 🙂

  4. Kate Lester says:

    Maine is a beautiful state. Yeah, it might get cold in the winter, but they know how to plow the roads (are you listening, Ohio??) and they have plenty of trees to provide firewood for cozy fires in the winter.They have outdoor activities year round. Plus, (and this is a biggie) they actually know how to drive (are you listening, Massachusetts????? Oh yeah, there’s the seacoast, sailing, and LOBSTER.

  5. I found Maine to be stunningly beautiful and friendly, I will be going back to visit it again! Although I don’t think it will be in the dead of winter, brrrr! (=

  6. michaelmulholland says:

    Lol, you think?

  7. Puck says:

    Hockey!… followed by great food.

  8. I won’t be able to vouch for a state, until I visit it. So, I’ll have to withhold an answer until I get to see it for myself. 🙂

  9. floridaborne says:

    Maine is cold, but not the coldest state. Look at and you’ll see that Caribou, Maine ranks #5.
    #4 is Jackson, Wyoming
    #3 is Gunnison, Colorado
    #2 is International Falls, Minnesota (where the average annual temperature is 37.8F
    #1 is Barrow, Alaska, located at the topmost point of that state, with an average annual temp of 11.7 degrees. with 160 sub-zero days each year.

  10. Um….




    So basically moose covered in plaid fleece comes to my mind immediately.

    I have a Maine-iacal Stephen King themed post coming up this Wednesday all about our lovely state. Don’t miss it, Austin.

  11. Kelly Grace says:

    Lobster, Bar Harbor, and Lobster in Bar Harbor.
    Thanks for the like on my Doris Day post.
    We have 5 kids that graduated from college. We attended each graduation and the graduation of 3 of their spouses. That’s a lot of Commencement Speeches. The best by far was from a Hollywood Screenwriter. He was articulate, funny, and got a huge round of applause when having likened the lives of the graduates to a play—warned them about moving back in with the folks in Act II.
    Your trailers look great. I’ll watch for the films to debut.
    Why don’t you buy the film rights to West with the Night by Beryl Markham and cast Emily Blunt as the lead. Ernest Hemingway said he was ashamed to call himself a writer after reading her “bloody wonderful book”.
    Great blog. You’re an inspiration to me. I want to be a writer when I grow up.

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