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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Kesam
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2 months ago

How is this map "terrible?" It's great!

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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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Aaron W
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2 months ago

Dammit, I'm going to see this every time I look at a US map now. Thanks, Bored Panda.

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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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2 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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2 months ago

Wow, that's actually impressive

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Shelp
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2 months ago

I love it!

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Aaron W
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2 months ago

I guarantee no regular Fox viewer noticed that mistake.

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Kesam
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2 months ago

USA: "Yes! Me!"

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Vic
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2 months ago

You are forgetting Ursa major and Ursa minor..

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Christophe Beunens
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2 months ago

I don't understand why Iceland is not green, but Spitsbergen is

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Ralph
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2 months ago

Woohoo! Finally a map as it should be!

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Katrin P.
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2 months ago

This map is so accurate. And I feel quite ashamed about this fact.

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Kesam
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2 months ago

I'm an immigrant in "aesthetically tasteless" country and I totally agree! :D

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Kesam
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2 months ago

I always knew Brazilians are brainy. (But wait, what does that make northwestern Canada??)

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Shelp
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2 months ago

Belgium imports a lot of electricity from France. I wouldn't be surprised if this particular power plant mainly produced electricity for the Belgian market

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Cat Nip Gal
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2 months ago

If this is true, its awesome

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Ryukei Panda
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2 months ago

Haha I initially read hotdogs :D

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karla Meixnerová
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2 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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2 months ago

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

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Ivo H
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2 months ago

The line is the prefect part - Fries with ketchup Europe

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Vic
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2 months ago

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

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Rabbit Carrot
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2 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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Sadie Shapiro
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2 months ago

i don't even want to try saying that one. you know which one I'm talking about.

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Aaron W
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2 months ago

OK whoever did that was just being a dick.

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SanchaTheSeeker
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2 months ago

Or maybe they only visit Melbourne, Sydney, Perth

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Shelp
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2 months ago

How is that a terrible map??

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Shelp
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2 months ago

That's not terrible, but really interesting!

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Ben Smith
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2 months ago

Gold, silver, copper for those wondering

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Jayne Kyra
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2 months ago (edited)

According to my dots in MS Paint over each: 132. Might be wrong, but I am not doing it again. EDIT: Did it again and Beto River is right, I missed 10 at some point. Thank you Beto!

Malin wirtanen
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2 months ago

Thank you! I tried counting with the cursor and gave up after 5 times.

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Caffeinated Hedgehog
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2 months ago

Looks like someone dropped giant gummy bears all over Brazil

Tabitha L
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2 months ago

This is the first time that I realized that Switzerland looks like a tardigrade.

kjorn
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2 months ago

looks like tardigrades :-)

Tabitha L
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2 months ago

Ahhhhhh. You beat me to it. I just wrote the same thing and then scrolled down and saw your post.

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Electric Ed
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2 months ago

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

Marcellus the Third
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2 months ago

With the little gaps you can construct another batch. Easier to go read the surface on wikipedia.

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 months ago

Brazil =8 514 877 km² . Switzerland = 41285 km² So Switzerland fits 206 .25 times in Brazil.

Per S
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2 months ago

Switzteen of them.

Marek Yanchurak
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2 months ago

Looks like am M C Escher work

Emily Ray Howson
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2 months ago

DINOSAUR :3 roar *HORSEY*

Martti Laurson
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2 months ago

But where would you find such a big copying machine to copy Switzerland?

Vic
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2 months ago

Looks like flowers sprinkled all over Brazil :)

Howard Ling
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2 months ago

to be hones this is kinda cute

Hilary Mol
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2 months ago

The new Tetris is wicked.

Doggo Georgia
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2 months ago

Lol

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Isabel Care
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2 months ago

How many if you iron out all the wrinkles of mountains and valleys?

Bunzilla
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2 months ago

At first I thought the Switzerlands were gummy bears

Fireflower
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2 months ago

For some reason all the switzerlands look like little badgers

Val Izhakevich
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2 months ago

Quite a lot - but think of Lux. Or Monaco...

Jane W.
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2 months ago

Looks like a lovely autumn in Brazil.

Rosmarie Epaminondas
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2 months ago

Well, we more or less knew that...

Pompilius
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2 months ago

Yeah, right... They fuckin' *WISH*!!!

Tanja J
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2 months ago

My country is half of Switzerland

brukernavn340
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2 months ago

But is it scaled to size?

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Oathbraker
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2 months ago

I understand mistaking it with Iraq or Afghanistan, but how the fuck did they go to Africa and the Balkans? A couple are even in the UK, for crying out loud.

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Juririn
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2 months ago

Um, where's Japan ?

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