Scandinavia and the World
Scandinavia and the World

Comments #9778409:

That'll have to do 14 7, 8:33am

A joke that works both in comparing Europe to the US, and (in this case Eastern US to Western US)...

In the East, 100 miles is a long distance. In the West 100 years is a long time.

Also bear in mind that when the eastern states were established, transportation was limited to feet, horses, and sail. For much of the western states, railroads and steamships, plus telegraph. Speed of transportation and communication has a lot to do with are of control.