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Most schoolchildren become familiar with the state of Mississippi at an early age; its difficult spelling is used as an example by elementary school teachers from Dallas to Duluth.
It may be a bit of a challenge to spell, but Mississippi is certainly an easy place to live and attend college. This Southern state joined the union in 1817, and has Jackson as its capital city. Mississippi's state flower is that quintessential Southern bloomer, the magnolia, which happens to do double duty as the state's official tree, as well.
And the state even has its own state shell, the oyster shell. The official bird is the cheerful mockingbird, which can be found in all regions of Mississippi. The state song is the boisterous, "Go, Mississippi," with a chorus that chants, "Go, Mississippi, keep rolling along, Go, Mississippi, you cannot go wrong, Go, Mississippi, we're singing your song, M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I."