Updates on the state puzzle?

Unfortunately I can’t remember the original thread title nor find it via the search engine. But I’m talking about the puzzle where the states were being listed one by one and everyone was supposed to guess what the order was based on. There were dozens of theories but as far as I recall nobody had the right answer. It’s been months, so has anyone heard the solution?

The Google Answers one?

Previous threads. No real answer here, sorry.

From 2002.


From February 2004.
http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=242285&highlight=straightdope%2Bstate%2Bpuzzle

Has anyone taken the time to disprove all the theories already given? Just browsing through the thread, there seem to be a lot of random guesses thrown in which were more or less ignored, but could actually be correct. So perhaps we already have the answer and don’t know it. Just a thought.