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The Official Terms For Each State's Residents Have Caught Lots Of People Off Guard

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We have names for everything. It's a great way to categorize our world.

The little plastic bit at the end of your shoelace? That's an aglet.

The smell of rain after a dry spell? That's petrichor.

And when you're the resident of a state in the U.S. of A., you also have a name.

Whether you know it or not, whether you agree with it or not, there is an official term for residents of your state. It's so official, the U.S. Government Publishing Office has it listed in a style guide.

How did we come across this information?

Someone wanted to win an argument, of course.

I'm not going to lie, depending on your state, this is either going to feel like a no-brainer or a life revelation. As someone born and raised in Arizona, I rarely hear anything other than Arizonan, though some try to make Arizonian a thing.

On the other hand, what in the name of the creator is a Wyomingite? This one feels so weird to think about or even to say, but now that I think about it, I'm not sure what else they would have been called.


It's possible you have a different preference than what is listed here, or maybe you think one of the listings sounds wrong.

Which is totally fine and valid.

On the other hand, some people may have never heard of these names.

In particular there's Massachusettsan.

Like, what is that? What even is that?

Has anyone from Massachusetts ever used that term? I'm sure if you ask them, they'll tell you they're called a Bay Stater or a Masshole.

And I'm not sure how old this government document is, but it we know it's at least slightly outdated.

Back in 2017, the State of Michigan passed a bill that revised and modernized historical markers. As part of it, they defined residents as Michiganders instead of Michiganians.

It's enough to make you mad!

Maybe you aren't mad. I mean, it's just an official government document. Who even cares?

We do. We cares.

Look, some of these are great names. The fact Indiana gets to be Hoosiers in an officially capacity is genuinely impressive. And New Mexican is what I want everyone to call me.

On the other hand, this just helps people reinforce their favorite names.

While Connecticuters and Massachusettsan look like fake names, and in fact, my spell check is telling me I misspelled them, they are as real as Arizonan and New Yorker.

But they say knowledge is power, and now you know what to call someone from another state.

The book The 50 States: Fun Facts: Celebrate the people, places and food of the U.S.A! is available here to learn more.

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The wizarding world is now a reality.

Sort of.

A Canadian company has created a real life invisibility cloak, and it's mind-blowing to see in action.

The company, HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp., calls its creation "Quantum Stealth."

See it in action here:

'Invisibility cloak' that could hide tanks and troops looks closer to reality www.youtube.com

Describing themselves on their website as "Leaders in Camouflage, Concealment, and Deception", HyperStealth has patents pending on their magical invention.

The "invisibility shield" is made of an inexpensive, paper thin material that bends light to make objects appear to be invisible. The company boasts that it would be able to hide people, vehicles, and even buildings.

Humans hidden by Quantum Stealth would also be undetectable to heat-sensing cameras.

Meet the Canadian who created a real-life invisibility shield youtu.be

Guy Cramer, the CEO of HyperStealth and the shield's inventor explained to CTV News:

"This is the same material that you see in 3D books and DVD covers and movie posters where by moving side to side you get a 3D image. We're using the same material and we've removed the picture from behind it to get that effect."

The material was never meant to for public use, but Cramer hopes that his invention will be helpful to Canada's military allies, including the United States.

Since releasing video demonstrations of the "invisibility cloak", military personnel have become interested in learning more about it.

Reception to the prototype, initially demonstrated to militaries in 2011, was lukewarm. But HyperStealth's recent promotional materials have since caught the attention of higher ups.

Cramer has expressed surprise about the public's interest in "Quantum Stealth" on Twitter.

Cramer admitted to CTV that he has reservations about how the material can be used:

"The intention was to keep it out of the public and to allow the military to use it sparingly or bury it. My concern is the criminal element using this at some point in the future and non-allied countries using it against our soldiers out there."

Fans of the Harry Potter series are comparing "Quantum Stealth" to Harry's Invisibility Cloak.

Featured in both the book and movies, Harry's Invisibility Cloak is a made from a magical fabric that he and his friends wear to appear invisible, usually to hide from Hogwarts' staff.


Twitter is in awe of the invention's unbelievable capabilities.

Though some people share Cramer's worries about it falling into the wrong hands and its use in warfare.

Despite the public's excitement and concerns, Cramer doubts that it will ever be available for civilian use.

When addressing "Quantum Stealth's availability to the general public, he wrote on the HyperStealth website:

"Not in the near future unless the Military decided to release the technology and I don't anticipate that will happen anytime soon."

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