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..

SoozeeQ
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1 month ago

I see what you did there!

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 month ago

This puts it all into perspective. I'm moving to Neptune.

Lea Springstead
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1 month ago

Space bear is real!

Marilyn Slater
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1 month ago

This is a very handy map. Thank you.

John-Paul Bitler
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1 month ago

Lmao

Imma Letchoofinish
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1 month ago

This map is incredibly accurate.

Catlady6000
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1 month ago

Personally, I think bear attacks are just a conspiracy.

Angela Botticelli
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1 month ago

I mean... we don't know for certain...

Jace
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1 month ago

Seems like something xkcd would do.

Lula Gage
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1 month ago

You didn't slip in a Uranus joke? So disappointing...

Bonnie Davis
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1 month ago

😂😂

Linda Kvamme Cirocco
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1 month ago

We are in real trouble now. I knew we were stupid, but this map is badddddd.

JimSadPA
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1 month ago

Uranus is always at risk of a bear attack

June Degarmo
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1 month ago

lol

Vicki Perizzolo
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1 month ago

hahaha talk about perspective!

Carole Hamilton
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1 month ago

lol

Christine Ladyman
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1 month ago

😁

Johanne Trudeau
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1 month ago

Hahaha!!! Very accurate...

Pompilius
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1 month ago

Thank you *SO* very mutch for this kindly, *extremely* useful information.

HigherthantheSky
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1 month ago

Damn, I knew not to get full coverage on Mars!

May Day
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1 month ago

LOL

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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.

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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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