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Ready to have your mind blown? Colorado has 697 sides, not four

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Posted at 9:45 AM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 11:45:55-04

The maps that your geography teacher gave you in school showed Colorado as one of three states with only straight borders, therefore making Colorado a rectangular state.

Your geography teacher and his precious maps lied.

Colorado is actually a hexahectaenneacontakaiheptagon, meaning it has 697 sides, according to a 2018 article and Kutztown University’s math whizzes who create names for polygons.

The state’s true shape gained attention Wednesday morning when Gov. Jared Polis posted on his Facebook page the year-old article that says the state looks more like an isosceles trapezoid than an actual rectangle.

Read the full story on The Denver Post's website here.