In another thread, there is mention of someone at Texas A&M who didn’t know New Mexico is part of the US. The story is put down as an Urban Legend.
However, I myself remember some Washington Post article detailing some poor New Mexicans’ dealing with bureaucrats who didn’t know. But I can’t remember when the article was published, so my recollection sounds UL-ish.
Does anyone have certifiable stories (preferably funny or incredible) of people in the 49 other states having such bad geography-sense that they though NM was part of Mexico?