As a life-long resident of Iowa, except for a few months in Oklahoma (let me tell you, warm weather is overrated), I've had more than a few people confuse the Hawkeye State with the Gem State (Idaho) many times. I actually had no idea Idaho had gems, I just knew about the potatoes. Anyway, it's an all too common mistake that people make outside the borders of our two states. Our good friends in Idaho have attempted to clear up the confusion once and for all: