Which 'Bad' Movie Does Your State Love the Most?

Warner Home Video
Warner Home Video

We hate to break it to you, but if you love Troll 2 or Battlefield Earth, you're in a camp of people who love campy movies—and that's putting it nicely.

Using film rating data and Google Trends, CenturyLinkQuote created a map of the most popular "bad" movie in each state. Fourteen movies on the list have received the dubious honor of a Golden Raspberry "Razzie" Award, which recognizes the worst of the worst in film. Jack and Jill, a 2011 rom-com starring Adam Sandler that was called "totally mediocre" by TimeOut London, won every category at the 2012 Razzies. It's still apparently a beloved motion picture in Colorado, though.

Of course, whether or not you like a movie is subjective, but the map is based on data from Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, and the Razzie Awards pertaining to the lowest-scoring (but still somehow popular) movies. After creating a shortlist, CenturyLinkQuote researched each movie on Google Trends to determine the states that are shamelessly watching them the most.

Among the most popular cringe-worthy movies are The Emoji Movie (2017)—a favorite in nine states, plus the District of Columbia—and Batman & Robin (1997), which IMDb ranks as George Clooney's worst role, despite the film remaining a hit in Delaware, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Utah more than two decades after it was released. A number of lackluster sequels also make the cut, as do a few cheesy family comedies.

Check out the map below to see your state's favorite guilty pleasure.

A map of the U.S. with icons representing different movies
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The Most Popular Viral Video in Each State

GetCenturyLink
GetCenturyLink

Viral videos have been around long enough for some to be considered classics. For the map below, the internet service provider GetCenturyLink rounded up the most iconic YouTube videos from the platform's 13-year history and broke them down by state.

After making a list of the most popular viral videos from the classic YouTube era through today, analysts looked at Google Trends’s YouTube search data to see which videos were being watched the most in which parts of the country. The "Wedding Entrance Dance" video is the viral content with the most widespread appeal, dominating searches in 11 states. "Charlie Bit My Finger", the video on the map with the most overall views at 860 million, topped the list of favorite bits in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina, and Texas. Meanwhile "Potter Puppet Pals" is the most beloved viral video in Utah, the state with highest percentage of Harry Potter fans based on how many residents like the Harry Potter Facebook page.

Many of the videos on this map were uploaded prior to 2010, but that doesn't mean the viral video is a fading art form. The YouTube landscape just looks slightly different than it did a decade ago, with ASMR and unboxing videos often topping the trending lists.

Before embarking on a nostalgia-field YouTube binge, check out the map below to find your state's favorite video.

Map of viral videos.
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Key for map of viral videos.
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Here's How Daylight Saving Time Affects Your Part of the Country

Andy Woodruff
Andy Woodruff

Daylight saving time was created to benefit Americans, but not every part of the country is affected equally. Within the Eastern time zone, for instance, the sun rises a whole 40 minutes earlier in New York City than it does in Detroit. To illustrate how daylight saving time impacts sunrise and sunset times around the county, cartographer Andy Woodruff published a series of helpful maps on his website.

Below, the map on the left depicts how many days of reasonable sunrise time—defined as 7 a.m. or earlier—each part of the country is getting. The regions in the yellow sections have the most days with early sunrises and the darker parts have the fewest. On the right, the second map shows how many sunsets past 5 p.m. we’re getting each year, which appear to be a lot more abundant

Next, he visualized what these sunrise and sunset times would look like if daylight saving were abolished completely, something many people have been pushing for years. While our sunset times remain pretty much the same, the mornings start to look a lot sunnier for people all over the country, especially in places like West Texas.

And for those of you who were curious, here’s what America would look like if daylight saving time were in effect year-round. While mornings would look miserable pretty much everywhere, there’d at least be plenty of sunshine to enjoy once we got off work.

You can tinker with an interactive version of the daylight saving map on Woodruff’s blog.

All images courtesy of Andy Woodruff.

This article originally ran in 2015.

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