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Here's a fun little geography riddle I thought up while driving home this evening: Which two U.S. states are nearest to each other without actually sharing a border?
My first thought is MA and ME, which seems like a pretty solid guess, but I haven't really thought it through.
(That's special invisible type there, in case you want to guess on your own. Just select the paragraph when you're ready to read the spoilers.)
Later: Some other ideas: AR-KS or AR-KY are geographically interesting, but I don't think they win. The states are just bigger out west. VA-PA and NY-NH also seem promising. Ooh, wait, I just thought of MD-NJ. That's the only one I think might actually beat my original guess. I'm not sure how one goes about measuring if it's close.
Still later: Oh, duh. The correct answer must surely be NJ and CT. It seems so obvious in retrospect. Not just obvious, but boring, too. So I guess my little riddle isn't such an interesting one after all. Oh well.
Still later again: One could make an argument for NY and RI. Careful examination suggests that they're closest of all, but the same examination calls into question what counts as sharing a border. Look at the map and you'll see what I mean.