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Why has Maine become a national punchline?

An image from &quotMaine Justice," which premiered on &quotSaturday Night Live" on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.
An image from "Maine Justice," which premiered on "Saturday Night Live" on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.
Posted March 20, 2013, at 12:21 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2013, at 2:10 p.m.

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Jimmy Kimmel’s take on Maine State Lottery’s recent rebranding blunder is just the latest in a series of recent quips made at Maine’s expense. Has Maine become the butt of the nation’s jokes? What follows is a list of videos that gained national exposure in the last couple years, in chronological order. If your memory is better than ours, email web@bangordailynews.com or comment below with a link to national press the state has received, and we’ll update the list continuously throughout the day. To get the ball rolling:

• Wednesday, April 7, 2010: “The Colbert Report” featured a segment on Houlton’s reaction to Fentimans Victorian Lemonade, which contains .5 percent alcohol by volume.

• Monday, Jan. 17, 2011: Stephen Colbert opened “The Colbert Report” with a segment about Gov. Paul LePage declining the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s invitation to attend Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremonies.

• Thursday, March 24, 2011: LePage was singled out by Jon Stewart in a segment on Republican governors.

Monday, March 28, 2011: Colbert commented on LePage’s controversial decision to remove a mural from the Maine Department of Labor.

• Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012: “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” had a five-minute produced segment on “The Redneck Blank,” formerly The Redneck Olympics, in Oxford.

• Monday, Oct. 8, 2012: “The Colbert Report” featured Maine Sen. Colleen Lachowicz, D-Waterville, at the time a candidate also known for playing a level-85 orc rogue in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game “World of Warcraft.”

• Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012: “Saturday Night Live”, in its “Weekend Update” segment, featured a sketch about two gay lobstermen from Maine.

• Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012: “Saturday Night Live” debuted “Maine Justice,” a sketch featuring a Southern courtroom transplanted to Bangor.

• Monday, March 4, 2013: “The Colbert Report” tackled the caper of the missing scallop guts.

• Saturday, March 9, 2013: “Saturday Night Live” again brought its audience to a Bangor courtroom for a second installment of “Maine Justice.”

• Tuesday, March 19, 2013: Jimmy Kimmel took aim at the Maine State Lottery for attempting to name instant-win scratch tickets “Kwikies.”

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