Since the last time we wrote about Terrible Maps, a project that is dedicated to sharing maps no one asked for or needs, they've kept themselves rather busy. So it's only natural we created a follow-up article about the cartographers who are so bad, they're actually good. After all, what is the Internet for if not to poke fun at politics and our geographical illiteracy?

From hilarious guides on how to find the state of Kentucky to showing how many Switzerlands fit in Brazil, continue scrolling and check out these gems and tell us which one would you hang on your office wall!

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Martha Meyer
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7 months ago

Everyone needs this one printed to show to racist Trumpsters whenever needed.

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OK. We can clearly see these are bad maps. But how to know you're looking at a good one? Brant Scheidecker, a sales engineer at Cartegraph, highlighted some of the main essentials for accurate and easily interpretable map use.

"Every map should have a title. It allows the user to assess the purpose of the map quickly; allowing them to determine if it meets their needs," Scheidecker wrote.

Next, origin. A fancy name for a compass or the North arrow. "This allows the user to determine the maps reference to the earth. While most maps these days have North being straight up, occasionally you will encounter a map that has a skewed orientation, perhaps to better fit it on the physical medium it's presented on (i.e. paper), or simply because it’s easier to interact with the map in that orientation."

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Shelp
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7 months ago

Actually that's brilliant

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When it comes to the source, it's a two-fold element. "It allows the map maker to provide the map viewer an idea where the data the map is representing is from; a necessity in determining the accuracy of a map. It also allows the map maker a way to cite the source of their data, avoiding all those pesky cries of plagiarism and the ensuing lawsuits," Scheidecker explained. "You have better uses for your time, like ensuring the rest of the T.O.S.S.L.A.D. elements are on your maps."

Let's not forget the legend (the area where a user can determine what a particular color or symbol represents on the map). "Without a legend, a user cannot successfully interpret what your map is trying to represent, 'Does the red skull and crossbones over my favorite restaurant mean what I think it means?'"

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SoozeeQ
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7 months ago

Love the caption!

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You should also know when was the map that you're analyzing made. If it was created in 1962 and shows commuter levels in Chicago—it might not be such a valid source for the traffic data you are looking for today, unless you are feeling nostalgic, Scheidecker joked.

There you have it. You may now have become a cartographic genius, but you should be able to tell if you're looking at a terrible map or not!

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Shelp
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7 months ago

Wow, that's actually impressive

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Shelp
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7 months ago

I love it!

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Aaron W
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7 months ago

I guarantee no regular Fox viewer noticed that mistake.

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Kesam
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7 months ago

USA: "Yes! Me!"

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Vic
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7 months ago

You are forgetting Ursa major and Ursa minor..

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Andrew Gibb
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7 months ago

The American dream is also a Covid-19 dream

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Ralph
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7 months ago

Woohoo! Finally a map as it should be!

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Oathbraker
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7 months ago

I feel bad about this, but I always forget about the islands between Australia and Japan. I know they are huge and millions of people live there, but still...

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Maryam Siddiqui
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7 months ago

WHAT what pizza we have in america is fake!!??, welp i need to try italian pizza to confirm that.

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Vic
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7 months ago

What the duck!!

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Andrew Gibb
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7 months ago

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like a wart on the tip of a penis

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Cat Nip Gal
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7 months ago

If this is true, its awesome

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Ryukei Panda
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7 months ago

Haha I initially read hotdogs :D

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karla Meixnerová
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7 months ago

No surprise, if the person with this opinion is a believer, that the Earth is flat...

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Electric Ed
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7 months ago

That "typo" in Aren'tgentina just makes it funnier :)

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Ivo H
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7 months ago

The line is the prefect part - Fries with ketchup Europe

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Vic
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7 months ago

Me: Country roads.. take me Rome.. CR: Which one?

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Rabbit Carrot
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7 months ago

Nah. We see a giant ass bible for most of those middle states. Oh and guns. Lots and lots of guns.

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Sansa Blacktyde
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7 months ago

Can't believe they didn't mention Twatt! It's in Scotland!

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Csaba Hegedűs
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7 months ago

I'm Hungarian and I just now learn there is a county named after a famous Hungarian statesman O.o

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SanchaTheSeeker
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7 months ago

Or maybe they only visit Melbourne, Sydney, Perth

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Shelp
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7 months ago

How is that a terrible map??

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Shelp
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7 months ago

That's not terrible, but really interesting!

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Mangoes'nRum
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7 months ago

Heh heh Hestralia.

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Electric Ed
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7 months ago

Wait - no answer. I need to count them myself? Turns out I don't care.

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Andrew Gibb
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7 months ago

If they had been asked to point to 'I' ran they would have fared better

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Juririn
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7 months ago

Um, where's Japan ?

Martha Meyer
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7 months ago

Hiding from embarrassment.

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Rabbit Carrot
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7 months ago

Looks more like a World map on a bad printer lol.

Doggo Georgia
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7 months ago

Or one one low on ink. Lol.

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Tom Hardeveld
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7 months ago

I think Japan's flag makes a good point but the Switserland flag is also a big plus...

Kesam
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7 months ago

China disagrees

Kinga Złotkowska
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7 months ago

That's interesting. And Japan is in half way those colors.

Lea Springstead
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7 months ago

It's a color spectrum? That's amazing.

Denise Stanley
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7 months ago

Nz cut off agaaaaaain!

Ellen Frank
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7 months ago

What does "average flag color" mean??

John Shannon
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7 months ago

Japan would be light pink and wouldn't skew it too much.

Mumof1
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7 months ago

What's the point?

HigherthantheSky
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7 months ago

Looks like the printer ran out of ink or jammed

Grace Marsden
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7 months ago

I don't get it?

Marcin Bulus-Trando
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7 months ago

So is it Terrible Maps, or Amazing Maps? Pick one! xD

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