After The Virginia State Seal Coverup, We Look At Other NSFW State Seals. : Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! The Attorney General of Virginia recently gave his staff a censored version of the state seal -- the original shows a bare breast. Turns out Virginia isn't alone with its NSFW emblem. Join the Wait Wait staff for an illustrated tour of other state seals in need of a little censorship.
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Do Not Look At These Dirty, Filthy State Seals

State Seal of Virginia
Virginia/Public Domain

I know what you're thinking: is this a titillating pic from Hustler's "Ladies of Tyranny" issue? Nope! This smut is in fact Virginia's State Seal. 

Last week the Commonwealth's Attorney General said, after 150 years of corrupting young minds, it was time that strumpet cover up. He gave his staff a version in which she donned a more modest armored breastplate, which he prefers you call a naughty-womanpart-plate

After some media fuss, he's relented, but we wish he'd continue his campaign to other NSFW emblems. It's not just Virginia -- or Iowa, either. Turns out State Seals are like the Sears Catalog Underwear Section of America.


State Seal of Kentucky
Kentucky/Public Domain



State Seal of Idaho
Idaho/Public Domain

This is actually an excellent example of tasteful censorship. Behind the shield, that deer is completely naked. Also, he's standing on his hind hooves. Which, while not exactly dirty, is certainly unsettling. 


State Seal of Michigan
Michigan/Public Domain

Props to Michigan for neutering the stags, but does anyone know what "circumspice" means? Is it something dirty, or is it something I want in my spaghetti sauce?


State Seal of California
California/Public Domain

That bear looks frisky. Also, there seems to be a man digging his own grave.

New Jersey

State Seal of New Jersey
New Jersey/Public Domain

It says "New Jersey" on it. Ewww!