Downer soil to be named N.J.’s favorite dirt


We thought the official state dirt of New Jersey was asphalt. Turns out they actually prefer something called Downer soil. “The [state] Assembly on Monday is slated to vote on legislation that would make Downer soil the official state soil, hoping to bestow upon the grayish brown and sandy dirt the same status given other state symbols, such as the eastern goldfinch, red oak and honey bee,” according to the Associated Press.

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