Why is the official bird of Arkansas the Northern Mockingbird?
March 2, 2014 3:44 PM Subscribe
Why do states have official things?
posted by pdb to Grab Bag (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Pretty much every state now has a long list of official things
- official bird, official tree, official gem, official almost anything you can think of. What I don't understand is, why? Is there an actual purpose behind it, like a way to enhance cultural knowledge of the state, or is it just a way for a state to say "yay us because we have this cool thing"?