Alaska and Alabama don't seem to have much in common. After all, the inhabitants of one state live in perpetually chilled conditions, while those in the other experience a nearly tropical environment by comparison. The two environs certainly lend themselves to vastly different kinds of daily life: It's hard to imagine the apocalyptic conditions that would have to take place for us to motor a snowmobile around Alabama swampland. Nor do we think we're in any real danger of running into alligators on the frozen tundra. Still, we've managed to uncover a few commonalities these disparate states have in common, beginning with the obvious, next.