A state representative is working to give Massachusetts an official state dinosaur.

Yea, you read that right. A state representative in Massachusetts, Jack Lewis, is planning on filing legislation on January 15th to give the state an official state dinosaur. Representative Lewis tweeted the plan on Monday and made mention of how great of a way this is to teach young children about the legislative process.

At first, this seemed very weird to me. However, I actually do think this is a cool way to get kids to learn about how the system works. Before they can go to legislation, Lewis is asking residents to pick between two dinosaurs. The choices are the Podokesaurus holyokensis ("swift-footed lizard of Holyoke") and the Anchisaurus polyzelus ("much sought after near lizard.")

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Here is where things get weirder. There are actually 12 states that already have an official state dinosaur! I had no idea that this was even a thing. Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as the District of Columbia, all have official dinosaurs. None of them are very impressive either. No t-rexs. No raptors. Not even that weird spitty thing that killed Newman.

Why doesn't Michigan have an official state dinosaur? I feel we need one. My vote is for the spitty thing that killed Newman. What do you think?

Also, can we all just take a minute and enjoy the fact that this is an article about a politics that isn't insanely annoying to read?!?! Happy Wednesday!


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