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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

Wow, that's actually impressive

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Shelp
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3 months ago

I love it!

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Aaron W
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3 months ago

I guarantee no regular Fox viewer noticed that mistake.

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Kesam
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3 months ago

USA: "Yes! Me!"

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Vic
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3 months ago

You are forgetting Ursa major and Ursa minor..

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Christophe Beunens
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3 months ago

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

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Ralph
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3 months ago

Woohoo! Finally a map as it should be!

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Katrin P.
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3 months ago

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

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Kesam
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3 months ago

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

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Kesam
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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

If this is true, its awesome

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Ryukei Panda
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3 months ago

Haha I initially read hotdogs :D

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karla Meixnerová
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3 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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3 months ago

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

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Ivo H
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3 months ago

The line is the prefect part - Fries with ketchup Europe

cassiushumanmother
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3 months ago

i will stay in the yellow part, fries with mayonnaise!

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NMN
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3 months ago

I'd just say that Portugal has both, cant picture a Portuguese dish without some potatoes, like Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá

Smittvaro
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3 months ago

I guess gnocchi and (Spanish) tortillas aren't a thing.

Kelly
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2 months ago

Gnocchi... I must upvote

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Kenny Kulbiski
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3 months ago

Potato Europe seems more staid and uptight than tomato Europe. Coincidence?

AJu
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2 months ago

Or more thorough, organised and practical... one might contradict

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Kelly
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2 months ago

It's not true, only terrible.

Francesco Nicoletti
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2 months ago

I’m fairly sure that border is a gradient. My mother was from the Venito. Gnocchi was our home cooking. Potato dumplings in tomato sauce.

Edwin Lesperance
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2 months ago

Tomato, potato, eggplant, nightshade, belladonna. All related.

Bonnie North
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2 months ago

Interesting world view...

Jozef Becker
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2 months ago

Since tomatoes originated from the Americas, think of European and Asian food before the tomato became such a staple.

Noez 🇸🇪
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2 months ago (edited)

MORE VODKA FOR US!! 😃

Toea Muresan Iulia
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3 months ago

pff, Romania it's the corn Europe :D

Grumble O'Pug
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3 months ago

And y'all can than North and South America. You are welcome.

Raphael Biock
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3 months ago (edited)

Heard there should be a restaurant in south france that serves both. Blamage!!!

Gibberint Dark
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3 months ago

Thing is... Both the potato and the tomato along with bell and chilli pepers are members of the Deadly Nightshade family of plants...!!

Kines Tezja
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3 months ago

Poland should be in both.

K.Kobayashi
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3 months ago

And both came from America.

Noez 🇸🇪
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2 months ago

Lol, what? 😂

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Gianni Sermon
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2 months ago

last I checked Turkey was in Asia

The lion tamer
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3 months ago

Turkey is not Europe.

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Vic
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3 months ago

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

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Rabbit Carrot
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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

OK whoever did that was just being a dick.

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SanchaTheSeeker
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3 months ago

Or maybe they only visit Melbourne, Sydney, Perth

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Shelp
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3 months ago

How is that a terrible map??

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Shelp
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3 months ago

That's not terrible, but really interesting!

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Ben Smith
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3 months ago

Gold, silver, copper for those wondering

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Jayne Kyra
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3 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!

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Oathbraker
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3 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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3 months ago

Um, where's Japan ?

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