North Carolina was determined to be the worst state for education based on a number of factors such as education spending, student-to-teacher ratio, and percentage of dumb kids.
Geography isn't really helping North Dakota out, since it's isolated from a lot of the country. But it's not like South Dakota is somehow geographically sexier. The big difference: North Dakota doesn't have a huge tourist attraction like Mt. Rushmore. You know, unless you consider the National Buffalo Museum a must-see.
Ohio came in dead last in a study of water cleanliness by the Natural Resources Defense Council. "There's something in the water" might actually explain why Ohio's professional sports teams never win anything.
While Oklahoma's fast food titan, Sonic, offers 398,929 different drink combinations and sells roughly 3 billion Tater Tots a year, it doesn't appear as if too many fruits and vegetables are making their way into those meals.