Special Report

Weirdest Tradition in Each State

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11. Hawaii
> Tradition: Eating Spam
> When: Any time

Spam, the canned cooked meat, has been ridiculed since its inception. But don’t make fun of it in Hawaii, where it is eaten all over the islands. Spam, short for spiced ham, was introduced to the islands during World War II when it was served to American soldiers. The meat did not need to be refrigerated and has a long shelf life. Spam can be found on McDonald’s and Burger King menus in Hawaii.

Source: Terrance Welch / Idaho Potato Drop

12. Idaho
> Tradition: Potato drop
> When: New Year’s

At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, Idahoans lower a glowing potato replica from a crane in front of the capitol building in Boise. The tradition is less than 10 years old, but it has grown in popularity, with around 35,000 people attending festivities in 2017.

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13. Illinois
> Tradition: No Pants Subway Ride
> When: Once a year

The merry pranksters at art troupe Improv Everywhere organize an annual no-pants subway ride on Chicago’s subway cars. Participants have to be hearty folks, because this year’s event is held in January. The ride took place on the city’s Red Line this year.

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14. Indiana
> Tradition: Tractor pull
> When: Any time

Indiana, a haven for high school basketball, loves other sports. Those include tractor pulling, in which tractors pull a metal sled stuffed with weights over a designated course. The tractor that pulls the weight the farthest wins.

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15. Iowa
> Tradition: Viewing a cow made of butter
> When: Aug. 9-19

The Iowa State Fair is a very big deal. And for a lot of people, one of the highlights is seeing a cow made entirely of butter. There have been five people who have sculpted the cow out of butter since the first one was sculpted in 1911. Sarah Pratt became the fifth sculptor in 2006. Butter cows weigh about 600 pounds, just a few hundred pounds shy of the real ones, which tilt the scale at 1,000 pounds.

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