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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

Wow, that's actually impressive

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Shelp
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2 months ago

I love it!

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Aaron W
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2 months ago

I guarantee no regular Fox viewer noticed that mistake.

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Kesam
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2 months ago

USA: "Yes! Me!"

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Vic
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2 months ago

You are forgetting Ursa major and Ursa minor..

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Christophe Beunens
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2 months ago

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

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Ralph
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2 months ago

Woohoo! Finally a map as it should be!

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Katrin P.
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2 months ago

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

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Kesam
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2 months ago

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

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Kesam
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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

If this is true, its awesome

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Ryukei Panda
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2 months ago

Haha I initially read hotdogs :D

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karla Meixnerová
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2 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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2 months ago

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

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Ivo H
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2 months ago

The line is the prefect part - Fries with ketchup Europe

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Vic
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2 months ago

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

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Rabbit Carrot
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2 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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2 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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2 months ago

OK whoever did that was just being a dick.

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SanchaTheSeeker
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2 months ago

Or maybe they only visit Melbourne, Sydney, Perth

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Shelp
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2 months ago

How is that a terrible map??

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Shelp
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2 months ago

That's not terrible, but really interesting!

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Ben Smith
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2 months ago

Gold, silver, copper for those wondering

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Jayne Kyra
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2 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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2 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.

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Juririn
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2 months ago

Um, where's Japan ?

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Stephen Lyford
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2 months ago

How this isn't #1 amazes me.

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Rabbit Carrot
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2 months ago

Sadly the U.K. after Brexit is now the direct to video sequel staring the likes of Tara Reed that nobody wants.

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Rabbit Carrot
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2 months ago

Condimental shift. Clever.

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Laugh or not
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2 months ago

I knew about Australia and the emu war, but not about China. I need to find the story.

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Andrew Gibb
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2 months ago

Kevin Costner doesn't agree

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Aaron W
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2 months ago

Bosnia: I can swim now? Croatia: sigh

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Purple light
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2 months ago

In Dutch coma is spelled with a c instead of a k, so I don't really trust de rest of this map...

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BusLady
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2 months ago

Cat food. I cracked up.

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Martti Laurson
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2 months ago

That has changed after Baltic states also got Euro as our currency. But these are funny and still around

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Tiny Dynamine
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2 months ago

Weird. It's as if the person is jealous of us having so many historical buildings and interesting places.

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Martti Laurson
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2 months ago

And the length is?

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Pamela24
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2 months ago

I used to represent Togo in the student's model of the UN and had heard this joke about ten times every day. Still funny, though.

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Idaaoyama
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2 months ago

Poland: herbata

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Troux
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2 months ago

If you're traveling with someone, you can invite them to see Hamilton, too!

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Tabitha L
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2 months ago

Aesthetically pleasing? Yes. Sexy? No.

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Andrew Gibb
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2 months ago

Not sure that the Welsh would want to stay with England

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Collin Edward
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2 months ago

It is a map of a parallel dimension that we haven't yet discovered.

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David Kohn
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2 months ago

i new it allie was playing with australia

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Martti Laurson
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2 months ago

Took me a second but funny

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BusLady
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2 months ago

I fall for these every time.

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Kesam
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2 months ago

France is also the country with the most time zones in the world, even though the main part is all in one time zone.

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Jayne Kyra
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2 months ago

My cat loves belly rubs and paw massages.

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Tiny Dynamine
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2 months ago

If this map doesn't help you to find the nearest one, just walk down the street and there it is.

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chi-wei shen
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2 months ago

In 60 million years it would be recognizable, but in 200 million years it's going to look really stupid.

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Fred and George Weasley
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2 months ago

i get the joke. so, if yall need it explaining: sin/cos=tan (sin cos and tan are on most scientific calculators but idk what they do)

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Aaron W
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2 months ago

Croatia: Shall we go to the beach? Bosnia: F*** YOU

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DE Ray
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2 months ago

And the subtle genius of this? Mosquitoes are more attracted to people wearing darker clothing - most of the South (ignore Florida, we try to) has light colored jeans.

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SoozeeQ
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2 months ago

Well, it didn't turn out to be an April Fool's joke, that's for sure.

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Dave P
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2 months ago

At can also be the green is Liberal, the red is mixed, and the Yellow is GOP parts of Cali

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Shelp
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2 months ago

No, because every country still exists, they just re-drew them with silly borders. Europeans, while conquering Africa, actually suppressed a lot of former states and protostates.

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Miss Cris
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2 months ago

Is ir a panda bear?

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Steve Barnett
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2 months ago

Think it's drawing attention to that sliver of Namibian land?

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Shelp
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2 months ago

No, haha, definitely no

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Kesam
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2 months ago

HAHA, I love this one! :D And well done, Equatorial Guinea, for providing some data for a change! ;)

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