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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

Wow, that's actually impressive

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Shelp
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4 months ago

I love it!

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Aaron W
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4 months ago

I guarantee no regular Fox viewer noticed that mistake.

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Kesam
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4 months ago

USA: "Yes! Me!"

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Vic
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4 months ago

You are forgetting Ursa major and Ursa minor..

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Christophe Beunens
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4 months ago

I don't understand why Iceland is not green, but Spitsbergen is

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Ralph
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4 months ago

Woohoo! Finally a map as it should be!

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Katrin P.
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4 months ago

This map is so accurate. And I feel quite ashamed about this fact.

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Kesam
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4 months ago

I'm an immigrant in "aesthetically tasteless" country and I totally agree! :D

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Kesam
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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

If this is true, its awesome

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Ryukei Panda
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4 months ago

Haha I initially read hotdogs :D

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karla Meixnerová
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4 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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4 months ago

That "typo" in Aren'tgentina just makes it funnier :)

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Ivo H
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4 months ago

The line is the prefect part - Fries with ketchup Europe

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Vic
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4 months ago

Me: Country roads.. take me Rome.. CR: Which one?

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Rabbit Carrot
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4 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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4 months 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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4 months ago

OK whoever did that was just being a dick.

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SanchaTheSeeker
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4 months ago

Or maybe they only visit Melbourne, Sydney, Perth

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Shelp
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4 months ago

How is that a terrible map??

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Shelp
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4 months ago

That's not terrible, but really interesting!

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Ben Smith
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4 months ago

Gold, silver, copper for those wondering

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Jayne Kyra
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4 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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4 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.

Vrigu Mohanty
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4 months ago

People have straight up pointed towards the ocean and you are surprised about Africa?

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Shelp
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4 months ago

This isn't even the complete map. Some of them pointed the US territory

Caffeinated Hedgehog
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4 months ago

Also, some of them pointed at bodies of water.

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Kim
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4 months ago

Then again, I'm European and would do HORRIBLY at identifying the different states in America.

Kesam
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4 months ago

This is about a country, not individual states. I don't think I could identify any Iranian provinces on a map but I could as sure as hell find Iran. :)

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Bama Belle
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4 months ago

Yeah, sure. I remember a poll that once made the news. It was something about how over 60% of Americans believed they'd been abducted by aliens. I decided to do a little research. The Americans polled? They were 300 college students.

Steve Barnett
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4 months ago

Some pointed into water. Wow.

Johnny
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4 months ago

How could they mess that up? It says "Iran" right on the country.

Dave P
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4 months ago

So we are relying on unverifiable internet surveys now?

sarahthinksshesfunny
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4 months ago

hoping this isn't true...

Rabbit Carrot
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4 months ago

The us education system is broken.

Miss Cris
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3 months ago

On the sea????

Collette W
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4 months ago

there's always going to be that one person that points to Scotland...always.

Astrid Nineor
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4 months ago

Well, if Moscow is in Scotland then surely Iran is too :p

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Tabitha L
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4 months ago

I'm surprised about the dots in India. It is a really big, recognizable country. (With great food!)

Daria B
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4 months ago

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Jen Cook
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6 days ago

I wish the map showed Canada, you just know there is that one guy.

Randy Klefbeck
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3 months ago

I saw a map with essentially a challenge to place all the countries that end in 'stan.'

SaraFromHell
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3 months ago

Yeah we're stupit!😔

Bunny
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3 months ago

The best are the ones who pointed to the ocean. Lolll!

Jennifer Brown
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3 months ago

Was this like a game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey??? I mean seriously?? I'm a travel agent, so I know my geography, but SERIOUSLY!!! Iran is NOT is the Mediterranean Sea!! OR Europe!! Or Russia for fuck's sake! This is why our education is on par with 3rd world countries!

Em B
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3 months ago

Wow.

Lyone Fein
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3 months ago

Education, people!!

Kaj Nordström
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3 months ago

I believe we even got a dot in Sweden

Aimee Simmons
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3 months ago

honestly, the way the propaganda machines known as American collages teach nothing now but social justice, it's not a surprise that most of us don't know anything useful.

Leisa K
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3 months ago

The wonders of the American Educational system. Gawd, are we ever stupid. :-(

Nothanks L. Walk
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3 months ago

Okay this is clearly misrepresenting the facts. I demand to know how many of them pointed inside US states. xD

Pablo Rosenthal-almirall
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3 months ago

Any surprise???? All these countri and the world knows how ignorant are USA citizens!! AMERICA is a continent, NOT the USA!!!!

Lisa Chambers
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3 months ago

Only because 28% have actually been in these regions. And once you fly close to the Iranian border, you know because they start making all kinds of preps and giving out warnings of the plane may experience "turbulence". When you have been there, you know.

Rosmarie Epaminondas
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3 months ago

Not surprised.

Vicki Perizzolo
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3 months ago

Our education system sux rox and Devos is NOT helping the problem.

Ed Martin
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3 months ago

I saw a video on TV of a reporter stopping kids 21 & younger to show him on the map he had where England was, it looked like this. We are done for!

Christine Ladyman
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3 months ago

I fear for these people, but it explains the problem of getting on top of covid .😥

Barbara Cochrane
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3 months ago

This is too sad. Geography was my favorite class when I was a kid, 1000 years ago. I still know the main export of Bolivia was tin. Now it is probably oil. Our book had great photos, too! Teachers in the US are really stupid, it seems. Always wondered about some of them.

Mumof1
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3 months ago

This is because Americans are among the least travelled people on the planet. They can't see beyond their own borders, and some have never even seen the sea! Same in Canada.

pinkytoes
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3 months ago

I have no idea why my comment posted like 15 times

Toea Muresan Iulia
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4 months ago

no, no and NO!

Sue Hazlewood
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4 months ago

Doesn't surprise me in the least frankly.

Grumble O'Pug
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4 months ago

Frankly I am surprised they got this many correct.

Raphael Biock
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4 months ago

Funny fact. The map was labeled, too 😁

Emily Ray Howson
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4 months ago

Ah yes it’s in the water. HAHA why tf did they put it in water

Tom Hardeveld
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4 months ago

Hey! Why didn't the Netherlands get to be Iran? Booo

Rob H
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4 months ago

And 36% of Americans thought the United Kingdom was in the Middle East !!!

Just another bot
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4 months ago

There are no bounds to human folly, and sadly not just in the USA. We're just too comfortable in our ignorance to trouble ourselves to learn something new, it's easier to watch tv

Sara Diogo
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4 months ago

I'm concerned about these people who think Iran is water

Sasha Kuleshov
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4 months ago

And we wonder why we need better public education :/

WilvanderHeijden
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4 months ago

At least they knew that the Netherlands isn't Iran.

Kisses4Katie
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4 months ago

Some people selected seas..

Jace
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4 months ago

And... landless ocean spots???

Jace
Community Member
4 months ago

How did ANYONE point at Italy???

kjorn
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4 months ago

egypte? france? and Italy? come on… that the first country we learn in school! that's the easiest one to find!

chi-wei shen
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4 months ago

Hooray! Nine out of some hundreds of Americans think I'm living in Iran. Nine million Austrians disagree.

Andrew Gibb
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4 months ago

If they had been asked to point to 'I' ran they would have fared better

François Carré
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4 months ago

One of them was president and planning to send a bomb there. That's why they preferred telling him to shut the f*ck up.

Linda HS
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4 months ago

Are you serious right now?🤦‍♀️

Tiggy Darling
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4 months ago

You get the same results if you only ask American bomber pilots.

Kinga Złotkowska
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4 months ago

SRSLY

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Juririn
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4 months ago

Um, where's Japan ?

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