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

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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 '90s PBS Shows We're Still Talking About Online, Mapped

Were you a Barney kid or an Arthur kid? Or maybe you were obsessed with the Teletubbies instead? Or maybe you're still that kid inside, off making PBS memes as an adult. You're never too old to appreciate public television's kids programming, if the recent box office success of the Mister Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? is any indication.

Knowing that today's adults still have a soft spot in their hearts for the PBS shows of their childhoods, the telecom sales agent CenturyLinkQuote.com used Google Trends to figure out what kind of impact different kids' series had on each state. They created the map above, showing the most talked-about PBS Kids show in every state over the last 14 years.

According to this data, the Midwest is all about Reading Rainbow, Sesame Street is big in New Jersey and Delaware, and Wishbone reigns in the Southwest. Mister Rogers, despite his status as a TV icon, only dominates in Pennsylvania. The short-lived Canadian-American show Zoboomafoo makes a surprisingly strong showing, coming in as the favorite in four different states despite only having two seasons.

Did your favorite make the list?

How Much Money You Need to Earn in Each State to Rent a House, Mapped

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iStock

In many places across the U.S., the rent is simply too damn high. Average housing prices are rising twice as fast as wages are, and as a result, more and more people are renting. And that's not cheap either—as of 2015, 38 percent of American households were "rent-burdened," meaning spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing.

What does this mean for you? This map from the cost information site How Much, spotted by Thrillist, can tell you. It details what kind of monthly income you need to make in order to rent the average home in each state without spending more than 30 percent of your salary.

The map may confirm what you already suspected: Places like California, New York, Massachusetts, D.C., and Hawaii are very expensive to live in. You might be surprised to learn just how expensive, though. While a renter in Iowa only needs to earn $3500 or so a month to comfortably pay for housing, someone living in Washington, D.C. needs to make almost $8500 a month, or almost $102,000 a year.

A pink and red map of monthly wages needed to afford housing in each state
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Here's what you need to make each month to live in the top 10 most expensive states in the U.S.:

1. Washington D.C.: $8487
2. California: $8313
3. Hawaii: $7806
4. New York: $7223
5. Massachusetts: $7193
6. New Jersey: $6717
7. Colorado: $6197
8. Washington: $5993
9. Maryland: $5863
10. Connecticut: $5590

And here are the 10 cheapest:

1. West Virginia: $2960
2. Oklahoma: $3117
3. Arkansas: $3157
4. Alabama: $3313
5. Missouri: $3367
6 Kansas: $3437
7. Iowa: $3473
8. Mississippi: $3493
9. Kentucky: $3570
10. Ohio: $3613

But before you pack up and move to West Virginia or Mississippi, be aware that those states also have some of the lowest median wages in the U.S., meaning that in reality, housing isn't all that affordable there, either.

There are, to be sure, some weaknesses with this particular data. The map doesn't take into account what kind of home you'd be renting—it just looks at the median price for a rental in each state—nor does it distinguish between locations within states. (The rent in Syracuse, New York is a lot different than the rent in Manhattan, just like the rent in San Francisco is a lot different than the rent in Fresno, California.) But it's still a useful snapshot of our current housing situation.

Take a look at the rest of the data over on HowMuch.net.

[h/t Thrillist]

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