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New Mexico

Illustration of chili peppers

FOOD

Chili peppers can be hot, hot, hot... but many of them are not, not, not. Jalapeños and habaneros are very spicy, while Anaheim chilies can be sweet and mild. If you eat a too-hot chili, rinse your mouth with milk, or even ice cream. But not water: that will spread the heat around.

Illustration of an armadillo

ANIMAL

There are many different kinds of armadillo, but each has a hard shell to protect it. They are related to anteaters. Only one kind of armadillo - the three-banded armadillo - can roll into a ball. The others run or burrow to stay safe.

Flag of New Mexico

FLAG

The New Mexico state flag is yellow, with a red sun in the middle. This sun is a symbol of the Zia Pueblo Indians. The sun rays represent the four seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter), the four directions (north, south, east, west), the four times of day (sunrise, noon, evening, night), and the four times of life (childhood, youth, adulthood, and old age).

Shape of New Mexico

STATE SHAPE

The shape of New Mexico looks to me like the head of a square-headed alien. Interesting, since people thought they saw an alien crash landing in Roswell, New Mexico in the 1940s. Coincidence? I don't think so...