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A New Way to Learn States and Capitals

Enjoying History and Geography

My son, Matthew, comes up with some interesting things he sources on the Internet. Below are some notes he wrote (I asked him to introduce a clip he shared with me) and a short video that introduces the capital city of each of the states in the USA. Notice Wakko’s quasi-Yorkshire accent… we find that amusing, too!

Matthew Writes. . .

Animaniacs was a show that aired between 1993-1998 that was produced by Steven Spielberg (E.T., Indiana Jones films,etc.) and his company Amblin Entertainment’s television division. It was structured like a variety show, with different characters appearing in different segments. The main characters, however, were the Warner Brothers’ (Yakko, Wakko) and their sister Dot (unidentified as species, but they look like cats to me.)

The show was generally intended as a parody of Warner Bros’ Looney Tunes shorts (1930-1969) mixed with comic educational segments to soften the violence. This is one of the education segments listing all the states and their capitals. For those reading this article and watching this clip who do not understand the beginning, it is intended as a parody of Jeopardy, a popular game show here in the U.S. where the contestants have to answer the questions in the form of a question (e.g., Who is Road Runner?, What is the Bible?, etc.) I hope you enjoy this clip.

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