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Just saw this on Reddit. This is apparently how the United States looks like from a European perspective.
As you can see, it attaches a popular stereotype to a certain group of states. For example, California’s large liberal population = hippies.
Here are my attempted explanations for some of the labels:
- Coffee = Pacific northwest. Reason: unclear.
- Hippies = California. Reason: large liberal population with “extremist” views.
- Hollywood = Southern California. Reason: self-explanatory.
- Mexicans = Southwestern US. Reason: large immigrant population.
- Surfers = Hawaii. Reason: Tropical climate, beautiful beaches, many surfers.
- Palin = Alaska. Reason: Sarah Palin, former VP candidate.
- ??? = northern western states. Reason: no popular stereotype?
- Mormons = Utah. Reason: Utah is the “home” of the Mormon population in America.
- Cowboys = Texas. Reason: Movies depicting Texans on horseback in old Wild West movies.
- Oil = Texas. Reason: Texas used to have large oil deposits.
- Rust = Rust belt states surrounding the Great Lakes. Reason: Popular for producing much of America’s raw metals and used to produce many cars.
- Wheat = Midwest states. Reason: Agriculture is a large sector in some of those states.
- Bible bashers = eastern Southern states. Reason: Part of the “Bible Belt”.
- Mardi Gras = Louisiana. Reason: self-explanatory.
- New Yoik = Northeast states. Reason: Common urban culture.
- Disney & gators = Florida. Reason: Depictions of Florida from popular culture. Also home to a Disney amusement park.
If I got some of them, let me know. I’m not an American so my knowledge of this is obviously imperfect.