Top Ten State Economies According to MSN Money -- and Colorado's Big Finish

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Plenty of folks in these parts continue to complain about the rough economy -- but according to MSN Money, such gripes have reached their expiration date. The site has just ranked the fifty state economies from worst to first, and Colorado is solidly ensconced in the top ten. But where did it finish? Count down the meme-illustrated list below, complete with excerpts from MSN Money text -- and to see the original post, which features even more facts and figures, click here.

See also: Top Ten States With the Most and least People Who'd Leave If They Could: Suck It, New Jersey

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Photos: 20 Weirdest Things for Sale at Auction of DIA Lost and Found Items and More

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People take plenty of weird things with them when they travel -- and now you can own some of it. Beginning this morning at 8 a.m., City Surplus Warehouse, at 671 South Jason Street, registration begins for an auction of DIA lost and found items, plus unclaimed, lost or stolen stuff that wound up in police custody -- and a lot of it is plenty strange.

Continue to count down our picks for the weirdest or most memorable items available, supplemented by photos of selected merchandise. That's followed by complete auction details. Check it out below.

See also: Colorado Will Hold Its First Vanity-Plate Auction

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Forbes' Top 13 Colorado Colleges and Their (Mostly Unimpressive) National Rankings

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Forbes has just released its list of the top colleges in America -- a roster that includes 650 institutions. And while thirteen Colorado colleges are included, none of them made the top ten...or the top twenty...or the top thirty.

Below, see our photo-illustrated countdown of the Colorado finishers, complete with tuition info, student population figures and their national ranking -- which, for many, isn't especially impressive. Count them down below, and to check out the full methodology, click here.

See also: Photos: Ten best Colorado high schools according to U.S. News & World Report

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Photos: Ten Fastest-Growing Colorado Cities According to NerdWallet

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Colorado hasn't been immune from the economic challenges of recent years -- but what communities are doing the best when it comes to shaking off the doldrums? "Cities on the Rise in Colorado," a post on the website NerdWallet, attempts to answer that question -- and many of the communities on its list will come as a surprise. Count down the photo-illustrated top ten below, complete with excerpts from NerdWallet text and stats, as well as the methodology used to determine the rankings.

See also: Photos: Ten best places to see the wild beauty of Colorado

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Photos: Our Favorite "You Can Be Sure You Live in Colorado When..." Punchlines, Part One

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What's the difference between "You know you're from Colorado when..." jokes and those that start "You can be sure you live in Colorado when"? Not a whole heckuva lot -- but we just stumbled upon this list using the latter variation and were surprised that many of the gags hadn't shown up in our previous collections. There were so many of them, in fact, that it'll take us multiple posts to share all our favorites.

Here's the kickoff piece. Count down our first photo-illustrated "You can be sure you live in Colorado when..." punchline assortment below.

See also: Photos: Top ten "You know you're from Colorado when..." punchlines

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Ten Weird Movie References to Denver

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If you're like us, you immediately perk up when you're watching a movie and you hear a reference to Denver -- something that's happening more and more often these days. So, in the tradition of not one but two 2012 roundups of weird movie references to Colorado, we present ten mentions of the Mile High City cited on the indispensable IMDB website, featuring posters from flicks that include some of Hollywood's biggest smashes (like Old School), with a handful of obscurities thrown in. Count down our top ten below.

See also: Ten Weird Movie References to Colorado

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Twenty Memes to Make Broncos Fans Hate the Seahawks Even More Than They Already Do

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At 7 p.m. tonight, the Broncos kick off their preseason schedule at home with a game against the Seattle Seahawks -- the very team that crushed the D-towners in this year's Super Bowl. And as if that's not bad enough, yet another rematch is slated for the regular season, on September 21. In Seattle....

Plenty of Seahawks -- not to mention their fans -- have spent the past six-months-plus gloating about the drubbing, as is clear from the slew of Broncos-ridiculing posts on the Seahawks Memes Facebook page. If these twenty memes from the site won't give you a taste for revenge, nothing will. Check them out below.

See also: See Photos of the Plays Seattle Used to Spoil Denver's Super Bowl Dreams

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Movoto's Ten Happiest Mid-Sized U.S. Cities -- and the Colorado City That's Not Boulder on It

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On numerous occasions, Boulder has been named the happiest city in America. So naturally we assumed Boulder would top Movoto's list of happiest mid-sized cities -- a category for which Boulder qualifies. But no: While one Colorado place made the cut, it's not called Boulder.

Which community from this fair state finished near the top? Count down the top ten below, complete with photos and excerpts from Movoto text, followed by an explanation about methodology.

See also: Photos: Top Ten U.S. Cities for Douchebags -- Including Two in Colorado

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Our Ten Favorite Colorado Pride Items on Etsy, Summer 2014 Edition

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Each time we've visited Etsy in recent years, we've been astonished by the number of Colorado pride items available -- and our most recent stop was no exception. In fact, the variety and creativity of the Colorado-centric entrepreneurs seems to be higher than ever.

Below, we've featured ten cool and/or unusual Colorado items that caught our eye, complete with original photos, text and links in case you want to add any of them to your collection. Continue to check them out.

See also: Colorado Pride: Our Ten Favorite Home State Items on Etsy

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Funny or Not? Judge Twenty Recent Colorado Jokes on Jokeblogger.com

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Jokeblogger.com is a crowd-sourced humor site that categorizes jokes by topic. No surprise, then, that we were able to find literally hundreds of jokes about Colorado, with topics including marijuana, the Broncos' Super Bowl loss and...well, there were a few exceptions, but that's mainly it.

Are they funny? We'll leave that for you to decide. Continue to count down twenty of the more recent Colorado jokes.

See also: Photos: Ten mean CU-Boulder jokes

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