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World According to Americans (Map)

About right:

Via Stephen Green, who titles it “Close Enough for Jazz.” It’s apparently been around a while, since the site referenced in the bottom corner has been “on hiatus” since August 2008.

UPDATE:  It’s worth noting that variations of this idea have been around forever.  There was one years ago called  “The World According to Ronald Reagan.”

There are dozens of these out there; I haven’t the foggiest who originated the meme.

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  1. Paul L. says:

    The world according to San Francisco

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  2. Michael says:

    Hmmm, I wonder if that’s the inspiration for, or blatant rip off of http://xkcd.com/850/

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  3. wr says:

    I think they all spring from that famous New Yorker cover that showed the country the way a New Yorker would…

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  4. Neil Hudelson says:


    “Inspiration for” is the correct answer. The XKCD comic was written in response to those maps that have been floating around for about 8 years.

    And as always, XKCD does it the best.

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