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...

Fish Boden
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1 month ago

And planes can't fly over land...

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chi-wei shen
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1 month ago

I wonder whether the year 1931 is part of the joke or an actual mistake.

BusLady
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1 month ago

It took them a decade to swim that far.

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Sawdust
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1 month ago

This is why it's sometimes worth it to cut Asia in half. :-)

Nia Loves Art
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1 month ago

“1931”

Ivo H
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1 month ago

And on the top of that, it seems their planes cannot fly over the land

bryguy
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1 month ago

Is it just me that cringes when someone says "retards" to describe someone? Like is that necessary...

Catlady6000
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1 month ago

It's not like there are other words you can use to describe willfully ignorants idiots. Wait.....

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Martti Laurson
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1 month ago

That is funny. Some are not the sharpest pencils in the box, but this one is not even in the box.

Yugan Talovich
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1 month ago

Hello, didn't you know they had aircraft carriers? Duh..... (You have to speak their language)

MrTree1779
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1 month ago

"Was it over when the...Germans bombed Pearl Harbor??" - Bluto, "Animal House" (1978)

Evil Little Thing
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1 month ago

Omg I love this

Wendy
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1 month ago

It nice to see that someone else "gets it"

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Ken K
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1 month ago

Winner of the Betsy DeVos Award for Historical Insight from Trump University.

Weishaar Jamie
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1 month ago

This should be much higher

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Christopher Lee
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1 month ago

This has to be a joke, right? Also, terrifyingly, some of the comments here don't seem to understand fully what the problem is.

Susan Mercurio
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1 month ago

No, they don't. Sad

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Jace
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1 month ago

Oh please let this be satire.

Russian Otaku
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1 month ago

I had to reread this three times to get the stupid point being made since I had to process the stupid

Mumof1
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1 month ago (edited)

Flat Earther idiot - can't even get the date right. Wasn't it 1941?

Warren Hall
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1 month ago

As taught in today's classrooms...

Rosmarie Epaminondas
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1 month ago

Joke.

Thomas Ewing
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1 month ago

They went through the Panama Canal!

Pompilius
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1 month ago

That's 100% accurate, due to the fact that the Earth is flat and rectangular. Yep. 👍🍻

Chris DiFonso
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1 month ago

And it doesn't do any good to wear a mask or social distance

Susan Mercurio
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1 month ago

🤣🤣🤣

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Peet
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1 month ago

Epic Facepalm

ImaDerp
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1 month ago

The plane could’ve just flown in the other direction people 🤣 the earth is not flat

Bob Belcher
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1 month ago

He knows Pealr Harbor happens in 1941 right?

Susan Mercurio
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1 month ago

Probably not

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Johnny
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1 month ago

While this is true, it doesn't really matter how you draw the line between Japan and Hawaii, no fighters or bombers of that era could have made the flight from Japan to Hawaii -- it's ~4000 miles, and while the Zeros had a 1600 mile range, the heavily laden bombers only had a 600 mile range. So it's theoretically possible that the Japanese aircraft carriers could have taken the marked route. (though I'm not sure they had the range to do so without refueling, even if the carriers had the range, probably a lot of the smaller support ships did not)

Susan Mercurio
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1 month ago

He didn't know that they had aircraft carriers - that's what makes it so funny.

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Raphael Biock
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1 month ago

The japanese had planes, so why should they suround earth the water way as matked in the map? The could easy fly to their ally germany. Refuel and continue to hawaii. Proplem solved.

Cat Nip
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1 month ago

but actually they could because japan had meth and would give it to their pilots

Lucas Everett
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1 month ago

have you heard of limited fuel supply they were light bombers so you also have to factor that in because they have weight and they are stored on the outside, therefore, increasing the drag and making the planes having to use more fuel to maintain an airspeed fast enough to stay in the air.

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Randy Klefbeck
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1 month ago

He clearly has never read a history book in his life. Not to mention taken any geography coursed. Nor has he ever considered the fact that aircraft carrier ships exist.

Jozef Becker
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1 month ago

What is frightening is that the person who made this map and theory is allowed to drive a car. Think about that.

Two Silly Pups
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1 month ago

BAHAHAHA!

Bonnie Davis
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1 month ago

I assume this person has never heard of layovers.

Slave of Kitti
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1 month ago

Sad thing is, some people will believe it

SandraG
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1 month ago

What if they went the other way around the world? 😏

Jane Alexander
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1 month ago

How 'bout 1941 when that actually happened? So, you're saying that the Japanese did not attact Pearl Harbor ten years before they attacted Pearl Harbor. Alrighty then.

SaraFromHell
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1 month ago

Haha! Musta been American!

Mireia Dos
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1 month ago (edited)

This is a joke. I know this not because there aren't people stupid enough to think the world is like in the map but because even those idiots would have made a straight line East to West from Japan to Pearl Harbor.

Rikke Hackner
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1 month ago

They may just have taken the back route

Lynn Morello
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1 month ago

Flat Earth Theorist.

John Smith
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1 month ago

Well, of course they could. They had a ten year head start, dumbass.

Teresa Zuiani
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1 month ago

That is probably the DUMBEST thing I've ever read! I honestly hope this person is being sarcastic...But, I doubt it!

Kaj Nordström
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1 month ago

It's wrong in so many levels.

June Degarmo
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1 month ago

lol

Frisinator
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1 month ago

Well they are right about that not being possible in 1931....so they got something right

Nothanks L. Walk
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1 month ago

I realise this is comedy but even so... the LONG way round? REALLY?

Jaqueline Gillespie
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1 month ago

Omg

Bill Uren
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1 month ago

...a Tucker Carlson lesson in logic...

Don Mackenzie
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1 month ago

This is without doubt one of the absolutely stupidest things I have ever seen, must have been created by someone with zero knowledge of the historical event!!!!!!!!

Jim Newman
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1 month ago

Many people do this same thing with statistics, too. The old saying is, "Figures don't lie, liars figure". This is as good a map as the one that cuts Asia in half because of where the paper map is folded. Whoever drew this map knew exactly what he or she was doing. And that's what we're seeing a lot of today in the news - and people fall for it, like so many of the comments. These maps really need a better name than "Terrible". They are TERRIFIC!!

Jim Newman
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1 month ago

Many people do this same thing with statistics, too. The old saying is, "Figures don't lie, liars figure". This is as good a map as the one that cuts Asia in half because of where the paper map is folded. Whoever drew this map knew exactly what he or she was doing. And that's what we're seeing a lot of today in the news - and people fall for it, like so many of the comments here. These maps really need a better name than "Terrible". They are terrific!

Sandra Marchant
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1 month ago

Did they do a trial run in 1931?

Vicki Perizzolo
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1 month ago

wow! THAT explains so much

Sharon Vaughn
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1 month ago

How dumb.

Ed Martin
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1 month ago

I could have sworn it was 1941 - oops my mistake!

Karen Merkel
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1 month ago

They went east young man and it was in 1941, one month before I was born. My mom must have been scared silly.

Gary Townshend
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1 month ago

LMAO!

Christine Ladyman
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1 month ago

I think the tinfoil hat is too tight on this one. The date, though!!

Martha Higgins
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1 month ago

Must have gone to the same school as IQ45 and had the same geography teacher.

Florence Hastings
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1 month ago

😂

Dale Overturf
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1 month ago

A QAnon theory for sure.

Barb Glick
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1 month ago

Never thought of it that way

François Carré
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1 month ago

Might be a fake, but if it's not, such a level of stupidity is quite fascinating.

Jace
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1 month ago

Terrifying.

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Toea Muresan Iulia
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1 month ago

oh, that's so stupid...

Sue Hazlewood
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1 month ago

They could have flown in a straight line across. Face palm

Allen Lavine
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1 month ago

OK I'm sorry I don't get it can someone explain it to me

Susan Mercurio
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1 month ago

This idiot: 1) Doesn't know that Japan sent their planes to Pearl Harbor on aircraft carriers; 2) Doesn't seem to know that Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1942, not 1931; 3) calls other people "retarded" for not going along with his cockeyed view of history and geography. And he's not joking.

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Emily Ray Howson
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1 month ago

WHAT THE STARSis he dumb, at least I’m the wise guy!

Jude Bennett
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1 month ago

omg first wasn't it 1941. Then so dumb lmfao

Sasha Kuleshov
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1 month ago

Is this for real??

meepmeep
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1 month ago

Since Japan took responsibility for the attack, then they were in on the "inside job". Then when we attacked Japan, they must have been in on that too. Maybe Hawaii, Nagasaki, and Hiroshima were dead weights that the US and Japan worked together to destroy. /s

Sancho Cruz
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1 month ago

My bad phone a jerk last comment pay no mind lol.. how about flying the other way around? Or I'm no pilot ticket scientist astronaut but possibly fly over land? I mean you know 30,000+ feet in air would be enough to surpass the giant skyscrapers lol

Sancho Cruz
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1 month ago

Flying the other way around? Or, just a thought-out M

Lesley Relph
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1 month ago

Interesting that they also apparently only flew over open ocean rather than dry land...

sploof
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1 month ago

japanese planes couldn't have flown that distance in 1931 to bomb pearl harbor because that's not when it happened

Aragorn II Elessar
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1 month ago

Also the Japanese aircraft flew from captured Pacific territories or aircraft carriers iirc

Linda HS
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1 month ago

Yeah, the Earth is flat, there is no climate change, nobody was in space, the vaccines are not good, covid is a conspiracy theory...why do we wonder?🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️Sad!

BusLady
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1 month ago

At least Asia wasn't cut in half on this map.

JKE
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1 month ago

Wrong by a decade too.

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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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