An Emoji For Each State

March 28, 2013

What if an emoji could be assigned to each state? Some emoji are obviously associated with certain states: 🗽 (Statue of Liberty) for New York, and 🌉 (Golden Gate Bridge) for California.

Several other states don’t have such iconic emoji, but it was easy enough associating them with an unique emoji: 🚘 (car) for Michigan, and 🎰 (slot machine) for Nevada.

(I know, some of these emoji won’t be viewable on PCs and many non-Apple mobile devices. Allow me a moment to be smug.)

(Ok, smug moment over,)

Back to emoji.

(Yes, emoji is plural for emoji.)


I was able to add a few more states to the list after doing some research: where is the Football Hall of Fame? (Answer: Ohio, which gets the 🏈 emoji.) What about Thomas Alva Edison’s lab? (New Jersey, which is hereby awarded the 💡 emoji.) My Twitter followers also helpfully supplied me with a few more ideas.

I still have a few states not yet associated with their own emoji. That’s where I need your help: can you think up the “perfect emoji” for these missing states? Can you think of better emoji for those states already awarded with (ahem, weak) emoji?

Here’s the list of states with emoji I have thus far (with some alternatives as well). I’m starting to forget why some states have the emoji they do, so I’ve helpfully supplied answers at the bottom of this post.

❄ AK
🚌 AL
🌵 AZ
🌉 CA
🏂 CO (🗻)
📃 CT (✂)
🐼 DC
1⃣ DE
🚀 FL (🍊)
🍑 GA
🌋 HI
💎 ID
💨 IL
🏁 IN
🚜 KS
🏇 KY
🎭 LA
💪 MA (🔮)
♋ MD (🐢)
🌲 ME
🚘 MI
♈ MO
🌟 MN
💰 MT
✈ NC
🌽 NE
💡 NJ
🐍 NH
👽 NM
🎰 NV
🗽 NY
🏈 OH
🔜 OK
🌹 OR
🔔 PA
🌊 RI
🌴 SC
🗿 SD
🎸 TN
⛽ TX (🗼)
🐝 UT
🚬 VA
🍁 VT
☔ WA
🍺 WI
🗻 WV
🐎 WY (😈)

(Credit to @stevenhaddox for AZ, UT, and WY. And to awesome @katiecupcake for CT, ID, ME, MN, MT, RI, SD, VT, and WV. Thank you @shannoncooley for NC and SC. @Graystorm thought of the clever emoji for MA. Wish I could remember those who also contributed earlier.)

I still need emoji for these states. Any ideas?


One thing: when I list state abbreviations in alphabetical order, do I still list MA before MD even though, alphabetically, Massachusetts follows Maryland? Hmf.

Another thing: I know DC isn’t a state. Humor me, please.

Lastly, a shout out to Lisa Bonchek Adams. She blogs about her experiences “living with metastatic breast cancer, grief & loss, life, and family.” I’ve shed tears reading her searingly honest and courageous posts, and in fact I haven’t finished (and couldn’t finish) reading one of them: The Hardest Conversation. My favorite of her posts so far is the stupid things people say to those with cancer and their families.

In spite of (or perhaps because) of living with cancer, she finds the time and energy to be a mother, wife, AND social media rock star. I follow her on Twitter (she’s @adamslisa) and love how she engages with her followers.

She blogs several times a week. I haven’t blogged in a year or more. WTF, Proud Geek!? Hence this post, hopefully the first of many more.

Thank you, Lisa, for being an inspiration to me.

Some select answers (after all, I don’t want to make this TOO easy for you!):

🚌 AL – Rosa Parks in Selma, AL
📃 CT – Constitution State. Or, Cut (✂)
🐼 DC – Pandas are the main exhibit at the National Zoo
🍑 GA – The Peach State
💎 ID – The Gem State
♋ MD – Horoscope sign for Cancer, which also means crabs. And MD is for Crab lovers.
🌲 ME – The Pine Tree State
🌟 MN – The North Star State
♈ MO – Saint Louis Rams football team.
🌽 NE – The Cornhusker State
💡 NJ – Thomas Edison (inventor of the light bulb)’s lab in NJ
🐍 NH – Don’t Tread on Me snake flag
👽 NM – Roswell aliens. Enough said?
🔜 OK – The Sooner State
🌹 OR – Portland Rose Garden / Festival
🌊 RI – Ocean State
🌴 SC – Palmetto State (and a palm tree on its flag)
🗿 SD – Hoping this looks enough like Mt. Rushmore to persuade you
💰 MT – The Treasure State
🐝 UT – The Beehive State
🗻 WV – The Mountain State
😈 WY – Devils Tower (featured in the Close Encounters of the Third Kind)


Guess what? An inexpensive child-proof electrical plug outlet cover makes for a perfect iPhone stand.

iOS 5 Tip: Enable Emojis

October 24, 2011

All iDevices have their own Emojis – you know, not only the smiley faces but also dozens of other mini-icons / emoticons of dancing women, food dishes, cars and trucks, and much more.

What many people don’t realize is that it’s now relatively easy to enable Emojis without having to download an app.

Here’s how.

First, on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad, go to Settings / General / Keyboard and then tap on “International Keyboards.”

Next, tap on “Add New Keyboards …”

You’ll see a list of keyboards of different languages. Scroll down to “Emoji” and select it. (I know, I know, Emoji isn’t a language. Humor me here, please.)


You’ll be taken back to the Keyboards screen, where you should see the Emoji keyboard listed.


Now go to any app that involves typing – say, Mail or Messages. When you see the keyboard, you’ll see a world icon between the numbers key and the space bar (or mic, if you’re lucky enough to have an iPhone 4S).


Tapping the world icon key will switch keyboards – and if you only have two keyboards enabled then it’d switch directly to the Emoji keyboard.


You’ll notice that the Emoji keyboard has several tabs. Each tab has several pages – you only need to swipe the Emojis to see the next or previous page. The first tab lists the Emojis you most recently used, and the second tab is actually the “default” with the typical smiley faces and a great deal more. The rest of the tabs are for household / office stuff, nature, transportation, and other stuff.

Go swipe and have fun! :)

UPDATE: These Emoji can only be viewed on iDevices like iPads, iTouches, and iPhones. They show up as gibberish on other devices and on the computer. In addition, they might not be accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. Heck, they’re hard for me to see — I’m too close to being middle-aged for my own comfort … So, keep these in mind when using Emojis with friends, family, your audience, or your enemies.

Another little-known new iOS 5 feature: the Weather app that comes with the iPhone now can give you an hourly view of the weather.

Just tap on a day and the following day will drop down, revealing the hourly info for the day.

Nice, easy, neat, quick, and so Apple.

Wish they’d add a radar view, tho.



A very cool, mostly overlooked feature introduced by iOS 5 is the ability to quickly see your photo roll within the camera app by just swiping right on top of the camera view.

That’s right. Take a picture then swipe right. You’ll them see your most recent photo. Swipe right again to view progressively older photos, or swipe left at the last photo to return to camera view.

I know, the photo roll icon is right there – but c’mon, this is cooler. Seems to work only within the camera app itself and not when other apps use the camera.

(And yes, I’m blatantly using the screenshots to show off my Halloween decor.)




iOS 5’s iMessage feature allows you to see whether the other person using an i-device (also with iOS 5) has received or even read your message. Heck, it even shows you whether the other person is typing!

However, the read / typing feature is turned off as default, and you’d only be able to see if your message was delivered.

To turn this feature on, simply go to Setting / Messages and turn on the “Send Read Receipts” option.


It’s lonely having the only iOS 5-equipped iPhone at the moment. My “Find My Friends” screen is spartan, empty, lonely.


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