The Most Popular Classic Horror Movie Villain in Each State

Frontier Communications
Frontier Communications

Norman Bates is America’s favorite psycho, according to an analysis by Frontier Communications. The hotelier-turned-killer from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho is the most popular classic horror villain in 13 states, beating out runners-up Chucky (the preferred choice in 11 states), Frankenstein’s Monster (in 6 states), and Alien (in 5 states).

Frontier, a telecommunications company, pre-selected 15 popular horror villains from movies made before the year 2000. They then used Google Trends to determine which ones were the most searched-for in certain states over the last 12 months.

Frankenstein, released in 1931, appears to be a timeless classic. It’s especially popular in the Northeast, as well as in Idaho. The Shining’s Jack Torrance—played by none other than Jack Nicholson—came in swinging and claimed the No. 4 spot, winning over residents of Colorado, Oregon, Vermont, and Virginia.

There are also a few surprises on the list. Classic slashers like Freddie Krueger, Michael Myers, and Jason Voorhees were the top choice in only one state each, while David Kessler (from ‘80s cult classic An American Werewolf in London) was the top choice in Maine. And West Virginia seems to like horror movies so much so that it couldn’t make up its mind: There was a seven-way tie with Pinhead, Michael Myers, Count Dracula, Hannibal Lecter, Freddie Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Pennywise.

Keep scrolling for the full list, courtesy of Frontier.

Alabama: Chucky
Alaska: Alien
Arizona: Chucky / Norman Bates
Arkansas: Hannibal Lecter / Norman Bates
California: Chucky
Colorado: Jack Torrance
Connecticut: Frankenstein’s Monster
Delaware: Norman Bates
Florida: Norman Bates
Georgia: Ghostface
Hawaii: Alien
Idaho: Frankenstein’s Monster
Illinois: Chucky
Indiana: Pinhead
Iowa: Pennywise
Kansas: Count Dracula
Kentucky: Leatherface
Louisiana: Chucky
Maine: David Kessler
Maryland: Norman Bates
Massachusetts: Frankenstein’s Monster
Michigan: Norman Bates
Minnesota: Alien
Mississippi: Chucky
Missouri: Hannibal Lecter
Montana: Norman Bates
Nebraska: Pennywise
Nevada: Chucky
New Hampshire: Norman Bates
New Jersey: Frankenstein’s Monster
New Mexico: Alien
New York: Frankenstein’s Monster
North Carolina: Chucky
North Dakota: Norman Bates
Ohio: Norman Bates
Oklahoma: Norman Bates
Oregon: Jack Torrance
Pennsylvania: Norman Bates
Rhode Island: Norman Bates / Frankenstein’s Monster
South Carolina: Chucky
South Dakota: Pinhead
Tennessee: Chucky
Texas: Chucky
Utah: Count Dracula
Vermont: Hannibal Lecter
Virginia: Jack Torrance
Washington: Alien
West Virginia: Pinhead, Michael Myers, Count Dracula, Hannibal Lecter, Freddie Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Pennywise
Wisconsin: Norman Bates
Wyoming: Count Dracula

Why settle for just one villain when you can enjoy them all, though? Check out Mental Floss’s guides to the 20 best horror movies and 25 highest-grossing horror movies of all time.

Save Up to 80 Percent on Furniture, Home Decor, and Appliances During Wayfair's Way Day 2020 Sale

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Wayfair

From September 23 to September 24, customers can get as much as 80 percent off home decor, furniture, WFH essentials, kitchen appliances, and more during the Wayfair's Way Day 2020 sale. Additionally, when you buy a select Samsung appliance during the sale, you'll also get a $200 Wayfair gift card once the product ships. Make sure to see all that the Way Day 2020 sale has to offer. These prices won’t last long, so we've also compiled a list of the best deals for your home below.

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The Strange Things Each State Is Googling Right Now

If the owner of this computer is from Arkansas, they're about to Google "Little Debbie cakes."
If the owner of this computer is from Arkansas, they're about to Google "Little Debbie cakes."
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Career resources company Zippia recently mined Google Trends data from April 2020 to August 2020 in an attempt to discover what offbeat topics are ruling people’s search bars in different states. The results are in, and the map below is a rather eclectic portrait of a nation in quarantine.

The most consistent theme throughout the country seems to be alcohol, though there’s a total lack of consensus when it comes to what kind. Mississippi and South Carolina have beaten the heat with frosty treats—vodka pops and frosé, a portmanteau of frozen rosé, respectively—and Minnesota has kept it classy with boxed wine. New Mexico has taken up day drinking, while their neighbors to the north in Colorado are asking Google “how to stop drinking” altogether.

Virginia is for lovers of grilled cheese.Zippia

States have various ways of coping with the absence of dine-in restaurants, too. Rhode Island is getting lots of Chinese takeout, but Alaska favors pizza delivery. Residents of Washington state, on the other hand, are learning “how to roll sushi.” And although Nevada is experiencing an influx of people “going vegan,” plenty of other Americans are really leaning into meat: “hot wings,” “BBQ,” “Chick-fil-A,” “chicken nuggets,” and “McDonald’s value menu,” are all on the map.

Other states are keeping busy in the kitchen. Hawaiians are baking banana bread, Vermontians are tending to sourdough starters, and Michiganders are figuring out how to turn cannabis into spreadable “cannabutter.”

People in Missouri are apparently searching for meth recipes, which we’re assuming just means that Breaking Bad binge-watchers are curious about the science behind the show. And if you see someone snoozing on the job in Florida, don’t be surprised—Floridians are picking up tips on “how to sleep at work.”

See Zippia’s full breakdown here.