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...

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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.

Marcellus the Third
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1 month ago

Early Y2K problem: They had only two spaces on the form to number the counties. You don't want to live in county "00", do you? Hence, 99 tops...

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MrTree1779
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1 month ago

"I got 99 counties..."

Podunkus
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1 month ago (edited)

Iowa originally platted 100 counties as expected, but one of them (Bancroft County) was mostly glacial wetlands unsuitable for farming or habitation, so for jurisdictional practicality it got merged into its southern neighboring county (Kossuth County). Many squabbles, reversals and lawsuits later, by the late 1800’s Iowa settled down with the 99 counties it has today. Source: https://who13.com/news/what-ever-happened-to-iowas-100th-county/amp/

sploof
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1 month ago

just split it with a giant space knife

Jacob Roberts
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1 month ago

I've got 99 counties but Kossuth's just one

Bees Knees
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1 month ago

Anyone's OCD kicking in?

Rissie
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1 month ago

This should have been done neater. I give it a C-. Please draw straight lines next time.

Marshk
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1 month ago

Where's a wall of hogs when we need em?

Jace
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1 month ago

Great callback

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John Chapman
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1 month ago

They got 99 proportioned counties, but Kossuth ain't one of them.

Imelikoledvõi
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1 month ago

Serious question from foreigner here. Are all the counties square because there are no real natural features in Iowa? Or was it just drawn up by some civil servant who had never been there and lacked a map/imagination?

bryguy
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1 month ago

I've done a little research and it seems most states and their counties that have straight lines are because the region had been inhabited primarily by indigenous people and not much was known about the local landmarks by the white folks who were establishing the boundaries. Since the US didn't have much cash to pay the soldiers who had fought in the American Revolution, War of 1812, and Indian Wars of the early 19th century, the territory was divided up into land parcels by latitude and longitude lines to be given to the veterans. You can actually see if your ancestors inherited some of these land parcels at the Bureau of Land Management here -> http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx

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Laugh or not
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1 month ago

Was there a special tax for states that reach a hundred counties?

John Smith
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1 month ago

There may be consequences but... petition to halve kossuth?

Doggo Georgia
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1 month ago

Where do I sign?

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Katherine Boag
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1 month ago

Iowhat the fuck

Katja Aakre Isbrekken
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1 month ago

Honestly, you know its a "new" country when borders are oddly straight like that. Historically borders go with the terrain and are negotiated trough wars, with much back and forth. But of course, as we see on the Native American territories map, a natural seperation of borders looked much different. Frankly, this map angers me, and I'm appaled my own country was such a huge contribution to the systematic genocide. (1/3 of Norwegians emigrated to the American landmass when land was said to be "free"...)

JessG
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1 month ago

It's just division of *counties though, not countries

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Csaba Hegedűs
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1 month ago

I'm Hungarian and I just now learn there is a county named after a famous Hungarian statesman O.o

Milan
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1 month ago

Jó reggelt :D

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JK Rowling
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1 month ago

When Europeans talk about U.S. states being too boxy, just show them this pic. It's worse than you think

GirlFriday
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1 month ago

Go Kossuth, you greedy bastard

oddkiddo
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1 month ago

Same could be said about Pottawattamie.. Then it would be 101.

Kieran Markham Mccarty
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1 month ago

Pottawattamie obviously needs to be wider so they can fit the name in.

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Leodavinci
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1 month ago

Probably done to prevent the deadlock of a 50/50 split in politics. Even if it's only 1, there will always be a majority.

Linda HS
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1 month ago

Wow, just wow

Mireia Dos
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1 month ago

99 is two figures, 100 is 3 figures. I'm sure some form with limited space was responsible for this.

Zinti
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1 month ago

How uncouth, Kossuth!

Wordfloe-Acid-Test
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1 month ago

😝 *just thrilled any time Ioway is mentioned* 😝

MikeMaxis
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1 month ago

Lined up like farmers lots.

Jane W.
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1 month ago

Someone got paid off by Mr. Kossuth is my guess.

Lisa Chambers
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1 month ago

Well the other county lines are very neatly organized. Hat tip to whomever did that.

Vicki Perizzolo
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1 month ago

hahahahaha

Rachel Hamrick
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1 month ago

Someone got stingy!

Pompilius
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1 month ago

Yep. It's disgusting (not to mention outrageous).

Anthony Truax Jr.
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1 month ago

Probably because an even number could lead to a deadlock. Imagine if they were divided 50/50 on an issue.

Kieran Markham Mccarty
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1 month ago

You mean like the Senate?

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Roxanne Campion
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1 month ago

I suggest Konnuth be created

Lost☆Star
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1 month ago

Thanks, I hate Iowa's counties.

Olga Onal
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1 month ago

Who hogged two counties?

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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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