In Indiana, counties are assigned a number according to alphabetical order. i.e. Adams County is 1. Whitley County is 92.
If you give me a number between 1 and 92, I can most likely name the county assigned to that number or at least be very, very close (within one or two counties).
I amazed a coworker the other day while sitting in a staff meeting. We were reviewing a project that had the counties listed by number and she would throw a number out and I would tell her the county. (Our staff meetings can get a little long and it's better to do that than start spinning in my chair which I've been known to do on occasion.)
Now this ability is not so much a gift. It's more like it was a way to pass time while I'm in the car.
You see, our license plates USED to prominently display the county number as the first two numbers on the plate. See...
41 is Johnson County! See, I'm good.
Looking at license plates and figuring out the county is something I remember doing with my family while in the car as a child. It's something that I still do to this day.
As I've said in the past, I have a 50-mile one way commute to work each day and much of it's on the Interstate. So as I'm driving along, I like to see where my fellow drivers are from. If they are from counties farther away than my county, I like to think that they have a longer commute than I do and I give a little giggle. It's mean, I know, but it sustains me some mornings.
So, you can imagine my disappointment when the state changed the style of license plates a couple of years ago. Now they look like this...
Note that the county name and number are displayed in small letters at the very top of the plate. Now, this is very hard to read as you are driving down the Interstate at high rates of speed. Unless you are tailgating. I don't suggest tailgating...the cop won't accept the answer "I was just trying to see what county the car in front of me is from." Trust me, I've tried!