Statistics Saturday: How Much States Are Messing With You by When They Observe Arbor Day

State Observance Messing With You Level
Ohio Last Friday in April Not at all
Kentucky First Friday in April Not much
Nevada Last Friday in April Considerably, as Nevada has only 16 palm trees, and they’re all on a golf course that consumes two-thirds the volume of the Colorado River to maintain
South Dakota Last Friday in April Messing with North Dakota, not you
North Dakota First Friday in April Messing with South Dakota, not you
Washington Second Friday in April Only a little
Georgia Third Friday in February What
New Hampshire Last Friday in April Not particularly
Vermont First Friday in May Just picking a fight with New Hampshire
Nebraska Last Friday in April Thank you for getting things back in order
Maryland First Wednesday in April Just checking if you’re paying attention
Maine Third full week in May Up to moderate mischief here
California 7th – 14th of March Up to even more mischief here
Alabama Last full week of February Now cut that out
Wyoming Last Monday in April Adorable attempt to pretend there’s trees in Wyoming
Oregon First full week of April This is refugee Californians messing things up, right?
Colorado Third Friday in April Why not
Pennsylvania Last Friday in April Not at all
North Carolina First Friday following March 15 Ugh, this again?
Texas First Friday in November What the heck?

Reference: Stan And Ollie: The Roots Of Comedy: The Double Life Of Laurel And Hardy, Simon Louvish. With special thanks to my love without whom I’d never have realized Arbor Day isn’t the same day in every state and that some of them put a whole week to Arbor Day.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

3 thoughts on “Statistics Saturday: How Much States Are Messing With You by When They Observe Arbor Day”

  1. I’m surprised you didn’t use “It’s Arbor Day , Charlie Brown!” The Director’s Cut as your research material with that iconic shot of CB on his pitcher’s mound with the tree.

    By the way, any success yet with your attempts at finding a use for bleem, the number George Carlin suggested be between 6 and 7?


    1. You know, I had wanted to get some things from It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown, but I haven’t seen it since the 90s and my experience watching other specials from the 70s teaches me to maybe be careful about referencing them because … uh … you know, a lot of them are … not really … all … that … best-thing-humanity-ever-made like I distinctly remember them having been. I mean, It’s The Easter Beagle Charlie Brown is surprisingly dire.

      And no, I’ve never found a use for bleem, but I am very excited by the possibility of building an advertising campaign around it. It might not be what George Carlin would do with it, but surely Stan Freberg would, and I think Carlin would respect that.


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