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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

Wow, that's actually impressive

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Shelp
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1 month ago

I love it!

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Aaron W
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1 month ago

I guarantee no regular Fox viewer noticed that mistake.

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Kesam
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1 month ago

USA: "Yes! Me!"

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Vic
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1 month ago

You are forgetting Ursa major and Ursa minor..

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Christophe Beunens
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1 month ago

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

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Ralph
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1 month ago

Woohoo! Finally a map as it should be!

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Katrin P.
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1 month ago

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

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Kesam
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1 month ago

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

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Kesam
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1 month ago

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

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Shelp
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1 month 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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1 month ago

If this is true, its awesome

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Ryukei Panda
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1 month ago

Haha I initially read hotdogs :D

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karla Meixnerová
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1 month 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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1 month ago

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

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Ivo H
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1 month ago

The line is the prefect part - Fries with ketchup Europe

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Vic
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1 month ago

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

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

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

Bowtechie
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1 month ago

Soooo.... Texas

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Martha Meyer
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1 month ago

No, no you forgot Florida! We know about that too!

Nora H.
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1 month ago

That's right! The tales of Florida Man are widely spread.

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Miklós Nagy
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1 month ago

Isn't it how american media sees the US?

Tabitha L
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1 month ago

Right now, there is a lot of talk about the swing states in the election. So states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Virginia are getting a fair amount of attention in their own right.

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chi-wei shen
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1 month ago

As an European I would like to protest.

Martti Laurson
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1 month ago

Europeans are not so dumb in geography. They actually know one or two things about other countries.

Just JoLynn
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1 month ago

Most people in the US don't think it's the only country ffs. Just because idiocracy runs rampant on the internet doesn't mean it's an accurate representation of any group of people. Get off your high horse and find the humor in these which is what they're meant for.

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Miklós Nagy
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1 month ago

And there is something called Florida! I saw it on that crime series!

Jace
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1 month ago

That’s where Florida Man and Florida Woman live.

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Tim Streisel
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1 month ago

pretty much America as seen by a Texan, too

Pol Macqueron
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1 month ago

America as Americans think Europeans see America

Tom Soesman
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1 month ago

Also as seen by Texans

Tabitha L
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1 month ago

Please don't make us all Texans. Please.

Kelly
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1 month ago

The terrible map did it, not Europeans.

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Sancho Cruz
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1 month ago

Lol bout' right.. I was in California and folks were like "oh cool Kansas! You guys are still riding horses and fighting Indians?" For a minute I thought it was a joke thinking they were getting giggles at my expense" then one asked if all of towns had electricity and plumbing.. they were young and quite serious. Some people are really that ignorant. I want to say stupid but it wouldn't be correct in terms that they still have no idea how the world actually works .

Kieran Markham Mccarty
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1 month ago

They must not have heard that song, “Everything’s Up To Date In Kansas City”

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The Hufflepuff Bookworm
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1 month ago

I, being British, see Florida as Disneyland and California as Hollywood

The Hufflepuff Bookworm
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1 month ago

I know this isnt true but generally, that is how we think of it as

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AntiMatter
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1 month ago

Florida men be like: Am I a joke to you?

BusLady
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1 month ago

That's a lot of cowboy hats and cowboy boots.

Sandra
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1 month ago

I would like to protest as well. Thats not corect as most people do know at least a couple of states ( or more)

Gary Townshend
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1 month ago

America as seen by Texans, if you count California and New York as foreign states, as in different countries.

Kris Vandenberghe
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1 month ago

Nope. Europeans are smarter than what US-Americans believe.

meepmeep
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1 month ago

I don't think the map is a joke on Europeans, I think it's a joke on America that our craziness just meshes altogether into a giant "Texas"

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Pablo Rosenthal-almirall
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1 month ago

In fact, as seen by Texans!!

Annette Cerreta
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1 month ago

I hate to say it, but after living in California for the past five years, we might have to lump it in with the red states now.

John Baker
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1 month ago (edited)

California has always leaned heavily red in small towns and rural areas, to the point where it was considered newsworthy when Orange County went blue in the midterms. Face it, no honest to God blue state would have ever elected Ronald Reagan governor.

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Lesley Hipkiss
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1 month ago

Nah that’s wrong. We know where Florida is 😉

Hedwig Thuilot
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1 month ago

Exactly! "Flipper"was my favorite show in the sixties!

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Freya_is_bored
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1 month ago

I mean we know there are others places. I had to do a test on US states in year 8!

Eglė Bukauskaitė
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1 month ago

can confirm this 👍

Sill Marien
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1 month ago

I'm fairly certain I would name more states than most muricans could name countries ;p

Two Silly Pups
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1 month ago

You forgot Florida!

Bonnie Davis
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1 month ago

😂😂😂😂 💀💀

Nikos Papakonstandinou
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1 month ago

No, you see many of us know where Florida is and also that "Florida man" is considered a sort of insult, so you need to add that too.

Meami
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1 month ago

I'm pretty sure most Europeans are smarter than that...

Bunny
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1 month ago

Sadly, this pretty much spot-on.

Analyn Lahr
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1 month ago

Did...did a Texan draw this?

Jane W.
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1 month ago

Within the US, we think our own state covers half the country, with some vague "other places" out there.

Rosmarie Epaminondas
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1 month ago

Hahahaha, yes and bibles and guns, oh, and John Wayne.

Mumof1
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1 month ago

No we don't see it like this at all. In fact we try NOT to see it

Marcia Cash
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1 month ago

In the past, if being an American wasn't cool, we could always say we were Texans. But no more.

Panda Lurker
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1 month ago

And Americans just see Europe as a big European blob

Johnny
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1 month ago

And Europeans see the USA as a much smaller country, I worked at a car rental agency on the east coast, and rented a car for a week to some European Tourists, and they planned to go visit California. When I said it would take them a week just to drive there, then they said "Well Florida is on this coast and is much closer, right? We'll just go there", and were astounded when I told them it would take them nearly 20 hours of driving. They were used to crossing several country borders in a half day's drive.

Kelly
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1 month ago

Europe is a Continent. It's more correct to compare America, not only the USA, with Europe.

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Em Wal
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1 month ago

Add in Florida and you have the entirety of my Austrian students' US Geography knowledge

Raphael Biock
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1 month ago

No, were not that silly. We know that florida exists, too and together it is four states. Easy to know.

Marek Yanchurak
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1 month ago

lawl

Gibberint Dark
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1 month ago

Nope... Americans try to brag to Europeans that the size California, Texas and New York are that big...!!

Just another bot
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1 month ago (edited)

If the said Europeans never went to school....or studied geography, or read any American-based literature, or watched any movies set in USA... maybe?

Red Hair Blue Soul
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1 month ago

Oh, don't be fooled. The guns are almost everywhere here. I'm ashamed of my country.

Collin Edward
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1 month ago

What about AK???

Katherine Heasley
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1 month ago

Oh, California wishes! (Texas, too, for that matter. NY doesn't see anything wrong with their part of the map.)

Laugh or not
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1 month ago

Excuse me? My generation had to learn about US geography, as one of the leading countries in the world (along with geography of the EU countries and Soviet Union/Russia). I guess now it has changed to China.

meepmeep
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1 month ago

I'm sorry you had to learn US geography. In the US, we were barely taught US geography, let alone the geography of any other country

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Lisa Chambers
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1 month ago

Texas really has no need to project.

Gianni Sermon
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1 month ago

Please,live Florida out of Texas

Peet
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1 month ago

This one is not accurate

Kelly
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1 month ago

Europe is a continent, therefore this map is fake and only terrible. Ignorance has no limits.

Julie BT 120
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1 month ago

How the world really sees a map of America: cowboys(Texas and other texas), alligators(Florida), corn(the middle), cheese(the other middle), Hollywood (left side), NY Yankees (the right side)

Mark
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1 month ago

Most Americas cant even point to the USA on a globe!

Pusfarm
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1 month ago

I'm sure - or at least hope - that's sarcasm.

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Rissie
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1 month ago

We know Disneyworld is in Gatorland.

Tiny Dynamine
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1 month ago

Considering we never stop hearing about everything that goes on there, this is far from true.

Nothanks L. Walk
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1 month ago

Naaaaaaah new york's not that big. Plus there's queertown with that breakout-proof prison three people broke out of sometime after your unsinkable ship sank.

Nicole Jones Singh
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1 month ago

As an ESL teacher, this is very true.

Stimpy
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1 month ago

That's quite accurate

JuJu
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1 month ago

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Yee-haw with guns, unsweetet tea drinking bible thumpers, what the heck is even there, VIPs without knickers, human zoo, Steven King's landing.

Pusfarm
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1 month ago

I'd suggest expanding your knowledge just a wee bit.

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Sadie Shapiro
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1 month 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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1 month ago

OK whoever did that was just being a dick.

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SanchaTheSeeker
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1 month ago

Or maybe they only visit Melbourne, Sydney, Perth

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Shelp
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1 month ago

How is that a terrible map??

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Shelp
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1 month ago

That's not terrible, but really interesting!

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Ben Smith
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1 month ago

Gold, silver, copper for those wondering

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Jayne Kyra
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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

Um, where's Japan ?

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