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

Hurrem Haseki
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1 month ago

.... Spain shouldnt be there.... Even for an italian, that's not accurate at all. There's some really tasty food in Spain.

Ana Arena
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1 month ago

Its accurate cause we overcook the pasta

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Martha Meyer
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1 month ago

Can agree on worsw food the farther north you go. But I feel Spain and Portugal are being unfairly badmouthed here.

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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1 month ago

I know the map is very tongue-in-cheek, but Spain and Portugal do have some amazing food. Lugo in Galicia, Spain was named one of the top culinary destinations in the entire world!

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chi-wei shen
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1 month ago (edited)

When talking about toxic food in Scandinavia the creator of this map surely thought about Surströmming, the Swedish sour herring.

Demongrrrrl
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1 month ago

Don't forget Lutefisk!

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Juririn
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1 month ago (edited)

Come on, the Middle East and Turkey have THE best food (both real and aesthetically pleasing)!

Doggo Georgia
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1 month ago

Well, this map is according to Italy

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Carlos Ferreira
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1 month ago

Portugal and Spain have amazing food, and much more divers than Italian cuisine.

Ana Arena
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1 month ago

As an spaniard I can confirm: we overcook pasta. I have an italian taste in pasta and my fellow spanish pasta its just... Puré.

Ms Phit
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1 month ago

Married to a Florentine Italian here... for 25 years I have heard over and over about the superiority of Italian food. While I agree, the produce is far beyond what we now get in Arizona (where we currently live) I am so sick of the food snobbery. It's not like I'm arguing otherwise! Lol this quarantine is driving me crazy

Peter Bear
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1 month ago

And yet... were it not for China and ya boi Marco Polo, y'all would have NO pasta at all! Remember that.

Francesco Nicoletti
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1 month ago

And yet China now sells noodles in foam cartons

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

Fake pasta. Fake pizza. Lol. Still yummy. And all pizza is good! Not you pineapple, you go away!

cassiushumanmother
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1 month ago

Free the pizza from pineapple!

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IwiLLsTeaLyOuRsoUl
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1 month ago

um, china does not have fake pasta, italy has fake noodles xD remember guys, all y'all noodley foods originated in china.

Raphael Biock
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1 month ago

I live in 'caution is advised' germany, and even i agree to the map.

Elisabeth Chai
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1 month ago

True fact

Linda HS
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1 month ago

Fake pizza...bwahaha

Vicki Perizzolo
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1 month ago

I'm Italian so that goes without saying....lmao

Emily Ray Howson
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1 month ago

I’m “real food” thank to my mum and step mum and dad

John Braines
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1 month ago

I live in 'literally tasteless' where it seems every other restaurant is Italian. I'm just saying....

BusLady
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1 month ago

Do they have frozen pizza in Italy?

Victor Kollaps
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1 month ago

yes we have. We buy them when we are desperate :)

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Catherine Brady
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1 month ago

Funny!

Ben Raines
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1 month ago

Isn't pizza invented in America?

Noez 🇸🇪
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1 month ago

Well, when you put olive oil on everything of course it's tasty!!

Rosmarie Epaminondas
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1 month ago

:)

Chewie Baron
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1 month ago

Funny how China is labelled 'Fake Pasta' when pasta comes from noodles used throughout Asia. They were brought back by Marco Polo.

Kelly
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1 month ago

According only to this Yanko Tsekov. Wrong title and fake news.

columbokateUK
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1 month ago

😄 I like this one

André Tiago Almeida
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1 month ago

Portuguese cuisine is actually very similar to italian in many ways ("mediterranean diet"), so aesthetically and literally tasteless is an undeserved title :p

Water Bottle
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1 month ago

I don’t care if it’s fake it still tastes good.

Gipsy Kings fan
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1 month ago

Very funny! But, check out this short travel video about the African nation of Eritrea, a former Italian colony. A young Italian couple are touring the country; the woman said the spaghetti and pizza are the best she'd ever had outside of Italy! 0:20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svezgqe5fOA

regi stra
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1 month ago

outside.. :)

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 month ago

I lived 5 years in the UK and if it weren't for the Indian, Fish &Chip, and Chinese restaurants it would have been so bland. I mean beans on toast as an actual meal. Fish sticks! Never again!

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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1 month ago

Oof, right on the culinary despair line...

Yvonne Blau
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1 month ago

I like the Supersized Coffee parallel, and I'm glad I live above it :D

Aahzmandus Pervect
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1 month ago

Fake pasta from China, the home of pasta. :)

cassiushumanmother
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1 month ago

Sorry for the islamophobic people but dry pasta we know were invented by arabic people and then spread around their influence area, a lot of pasta we know were invented even before islam in Persia. And the first trace of pasta is from 1700 before Christ in middle east (Mesopotamia).

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Martti Laurson
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1 month ago

I live in Aesthetically tasteless region. But I am not sure if it is tasteless since I have never tasted Italian food in my region.

Jane W.
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1 month ago

Hey, an American INVENTED pizza! We have the really good stuff here, too.

Kieran Markham Mccarty
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1 month ago

No, pizza was invented in Napoli

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Lily Mae Kitty
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1 month ago

this is the perspective of someone who grew up in an Italian restaurant.(me)

J. M. Montes
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1 month ago

It's actually pretty accurate.

Pittsburgh rare
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1 month ago

Spain, Portugal and Greece want to have a word with you.

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Maryam Siddiqui
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1 month ago

WHAT what pizza we have in america is fake!!??, welp i need to try italian pizza to confirm that.

bryguy
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1 month ago

Most countries have flatbread which tastes amazing and has olive oil, tomatoes, prosciutto, different cheeses like ricotta and fontina, etc. In north america we cranked up the bread levels and slapped a bunch of random meats on to call it our own. Even Australian pizza looks better

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Sijing J
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1 month ago

From the perspective of the Chinese, pastas are fake noodles.

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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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