Tag Archives: geography

your state is awesome; your state sucks

i’d see the graphic created by pleated jeans called ‘the united states of shame’ before. it reveals one thing that each of the 50 states is worst at. funny, and a little interesting.


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but i just discovered the optimist’s response: the united states of awesome (from political language). one thing each of the 50 states is best at. pretty funny mix — looks like they had to scrape the barrel on a few of ’em.

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re-drawn states w/ equal populations

i’ve had this sitting in my drafts folder for a long time, so let’s push it out.

i kinda like geography. so i was fascinated by this u.s. map with the states redrawn so that every state has an equal population (of just over 5 1/2 million, btw). you can click on the map to get a slightly larger view. pretty creative, and interesting. as i stared at it, i found myself speculating on what the implications would be of a reality like this, where the playing field is leveled.

This map is the creation of Neil Freeman, who noted that the current 50 states have populations ranging from a half million to 33 million.

(ht to neatorama)

test your middle east geography knowledge

americans are classically and stereotypically clueless about the world outside our borders. so i didn’t expect to kick butt on this geography test of northern africa and the middle east. at least i’d heard of all the countries (well, all but one: i’d not heard of “western sahara”). there’s no scoring on this — you either get the answer correct or not, and you can keep trying ’til you get it correct. but i think i actually knew (or could closely guess, and guessed right) just under half of them.

altered states quiz

ok, i consider myself a bit of an amature geography buff. nothing big-time — but i like maps. so, i was surprised by how poorly i did on this altered states quiz. 10 of the 50 u.s. states are shown, without orientation, and altered in their direction (but otherwise unaltered). i only got 70%, which kinda ticked me off. the ones i got wrong brought a total “duh! of course!” response when revealed.

here’s the quiz.