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!"

John Bourne
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1 month ago

Greatest country in the world.

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Bobert Robertson
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1 month ago (edited)

Us Canadians are like “no not really, but unfortunately we get sucked into all of the BS from the south”

Jace
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1 month ago

Every American sci-fi movie showing Earth from space has North America front and center. I’m assuming this is how other nations do it too (centering the Earth on their own country, if I recall classic Doctor Who’s “Earthshock”, just before Adric smashed into the Earth).

Laura Campos
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1 month ago

Of course, every country does this to show their children where other countries are in relation to their own. Hence the New Zealand centered map above...

Jewels737
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1 month ago

Every country does this when showing a map of the world. Their country is in the center. My husband is british-he's used to seeing the world map with Europe in the center. I watch anime...Japan is in the center.

Shelp
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1 month ago

Yes, but at least, no continent is cut in half

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Mister Señor
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1 month ago

USA teacher here. Maps in the USA schools generally show the USA on the far left. Look at some of the other maps in this series and you'll see what I mean.

Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

The USA is on the far right with Trump at the helm

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Barbara Skolly
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1 month ago

Canada is not centre on Canadian maps. Many American maps also make America look much bigger than it is

C.S.
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1 month ago

This map doesn't work for a flat earther.

Miss Cris
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1 month ago

Not sure....

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Frank Brooks
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1 month ago

If you want to be the center, make your own map.

Jane W.
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1 month ago

But..but.but----you mean we're NOT the center of the universe????

Evoline Coppedge
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1 month ago

Definitely a US map!

TheTootsieTickler 900
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1 month ago

The school I studied abroad at in Costa Rica actually had this map painted on a wall in the chapel, lol.

Gonzalo Terán
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1 month ago

´Murica..!

Dorothy Cloud
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1 month ago

It would be more understandable & interesting if the words were not on there!

Darren Long
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1 month ago

If you've seen a map coming from Asia, then North & South America are the ones cut...

Linda Kvamme Cirocco
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1 month ago

😂🤣Asia who??

Lalo Vidals
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1 month ago

Now Mexico is the center of the world, not the us. Lol.

Aimee Simmons
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1 month ago

Don't be an ass. There are already enough of them running around farting their opinion on everyone. Every country has a world map centered on their own country because when you are trying to find something close to home, you don't look at a map where your home is way off in a corner, unless you can't afford to have a map that put's your home city/state/country in the middle where you can find it. Whiney skywalkers!

Jewels Vern
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1 month ago

What's wrong with that?

Rosmarie Epaminondas
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1 month ago

I am sure there's a next page where it's together.

Vicki Perizzolo
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1 month ago

yup- saw that every year in grammar school

François Carré
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1 month ago

This is so ridiculous. It has always made me mad.

Phunny Philosopher
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1 month ago

Oh sheesh. It's correct.

Ojberretta Berretta
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1 month ago

its not like all the other maps have europe as center...and besides that the northern parts are not accurate at all...but lets just bash america for being americacentric and ignore europe...am i right....

Shelp
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1 month ago

Maps who have Europe as center don't cut any continent in half

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ruthenium the ruther
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1 month ago

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There are some serious Americans looking for the spotlight here...

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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.

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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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