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.

T
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2 months ago

I know... Wig Wig is very difficult to say.

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Sansa Blacktyde
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2 months ago

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

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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2 months ago

I still giggle like a little kid when I hear Twatt, Orkney. Orkney and Shetland are home to some wonderful place names. Other personal favourite place names from Orkney include: Mount Misery, Weethick Head, Queenamoan, Frogafiddle, and Ladies Hole. Those Vikings and Celts sure had some fun...

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Tiny Dynamine
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2 months ago

Down here near Bristol is a village called Butcombe. It gives its name to a large brewery and is pronounced "Butt cum". I used to never want to order their beer at the bar by that name. Asking for a pint of butt cum just felt wrong.

SoozeeQ
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2 months ago

Now I can't unsee that!

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Katherine Heasley
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2 months ago

Fun fact: the city of Dull is a sister city of Boring, OR in the US.

Sansa Blacktyde
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2 months ago

I used to live somewhere inbetween Pity Me (which is just North of Durham) and Wide Open (just North of Chester-le-Street). There's also Quaking Houses near there as well.

James Curtis-Smith
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1 month ago

And you missed - No Place - which is quite close to Beamish...

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Caffeinated Hedgehog
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2 months ago

Imagine having a name so long, you need to start reading it from another country

The ManicWeasel
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2 months ago

I went there many years ago as part of a Contiki tour. They would stamp your passport at the train station if you wanted. It has a short version that's pronounced like Lan-Far-Go-Go-Go.

EA
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2 months ago

Where’s Pratt’s Bottom on this list? Love that one

Savannah
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2 months ago

Llanfair PG

Ryukei Panda
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2 months ago

This should be higher up :D

Liz the Wanderer
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2 months ago

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Caffeinated Hedgehog
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2 months ago

THANK THE GODS FOR BESSES O'TH' BARN!

Bonnie Davis
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1 month ago

I know right!!! 😂😂 I hope that you have a wonderful and blessed day my friend and please stay safe!!! 🙂🙂

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Isabel Care
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2 months ago

What about Splot, Piddletrenthide and all the really rude ones

John Braines
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2 months ago

Just down the road from Great snoring is Little Snoring, which is actually bigger than great snoring! Odd place names are actually quite common in the UK. Pratt's Bottom is in Kent and is really quite nice!

Jay Spencer
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2 months ago

I see Matching Tye, but where's Handkerchyffe?

John Bell
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2 months ago

Loose Bottom is at the bottom. Lol

D L C
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2 months ago

Don't forget Thorngumbald.

Frankie
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2 months ago

There's an interview/talk show thing with David Tennant where he pronounces that!!

Marek Yanchurak
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2 months ago

I want to live in Loose Bottom

Stuart Miller
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2 months ago

They missed Fingringhoe in Essex (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fingringhoe)

les
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2 months ago

you missed out twatt

Rare Wubbox
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2 months ago

Ah. The classic.

Emily Ray Howson
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2 months ago

OML that is so fucking rude! I’m from that country and been to England too! Fattie head is Glasgow and the bunch of letters are Ireland . Sorry for the bad language lil’ kids c:

Molly Cule
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2 months ago

I'm surprised Cockshutt isn't on there.

Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
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2 months ago

This looks like taking random words from the Harry Potter series, and to the left is what you hear when Professor Trelawney opens her mouth.

alwaysMispelled
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2 months ago

I want to live in Catbrain, Donkey Town, or Giggleswick!!

Kisses4Katie
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2 months ago

The weatherman NAILS that Welch name. Check it out!

JessG
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2 months ago

Seriously, that long one, why?

Jace
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2 months ago

Because Welsh.

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Danger Noodle
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2 months ago

This sounds like it belongs in the Sims...

Brian Coady
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3 weeks ago

The weatherman nailed the name of that welsh town which begins with L, ends in h and has an absurd number of letters in between. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/09/10/meteorologist-nails-this-ridiculously-long-welsh-towns-name-like-a-boss/

Avery Jones
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1 month ago

Welp, somebody was drunk

Cactuar Jon
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1 month ago

this is the most british map I've ever seen lol

Bonnie North
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1 month ago

I think I would choose to live in "Rest and Be Thankful" as some of the other names are borderline porn!

Shirley Heyn
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1 month ago

No really, are these names of Barn Dances?

Lucy Hill
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1 month ago

They missed out Cockermouth

Meami
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1 month ago

My favs: Wetwang, Brokenwind, and Nether Wallop.

Jennifer Brown
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1 month ago

I love that they had to get that one long one from Wales one there!!

Lynn Morello
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1 month ago

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwilliantyogogogoch. We called it Llanfair. Wales.

Ram Lastname
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1 month ago

The cartographer forgot Shittering.

Luann Udell
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1 month ago

The longest one is known, colloquially as "Llanfair PG".

Vicki Perizzolo
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1 month ago

I need a PO Box in Strangewilly for sure!

Sharon Vaughn
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1 month ago

Now do the same in the US. My favorites in NC are Tick Bite, Lizard Lick, and Whynot.

James Curtis-Smith
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1 month ago

There are so many that are missing from this list - Fingeringhoe, the Piddles,

Martin Roy
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1 month ago

Wetwang and Brown Willy should twin.

analpaca
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1 month ago

They missed out Shitterton in Dorset.

Mumof1
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1 month ago

There are many more than that!

José Sanders
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1 month ago

I’ve always been partial to Wookey Hole.

pinkytoes
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1 month ago

Ive been to Mumbles

Mikal Du Preez
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1 month ago

I need confirmation.

Jeny Kennedy
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2 months ago

I see that Wales has always had a regional hatred for vowels. Frankly, I'm not surprised.

The Hufflepuff Bookworm
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2 months ago

There is also Pratt's bottom in Kent

Sarah Stewart
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2 months ago

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K.Kobayashi
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2 months ago (edited)

That Welsh town was actually renamed in the 19th century as a publicity stunt. It originally had a much shorter name (Llanfair y Pwllgwyngyll).

François Carré
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2 months ago

I like the way "Loose Bottom" is at the bottom of the map. With French coast just below.

Howard Ling
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2 months ago

Hi I come from Loose Bottom

Fred and George Weasley
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2 months ago

how could you forget penistone in yorkshire XD

Ray Heap
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2 months ago (edited)

You forgot Penistone in Yorkshire,

Hilary Mol
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2 months ago

I can't believe "Thornton-le-Beans" didn't make this map/list!

Julie BT 120
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2 months ago

In Canada there is Dilldo,Newfoundland. Its true. Look it up :-)

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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!

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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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