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The Greatest Sports Figure From Each State

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In December 1999, Sports Illustrated ranked the 50 all-time greatest sports figures from every state. Today's map highlights each state's best. In the 15 years since the lists were published, has anyone been knocked off his or her perch? 

You can see each state's top 50 via the SI Vault (just click "View This Issue" above the cover). 

Here they are in big list form:

Alabama
Hank Aaron

Alaska
Trajan Langdon

Arizona
Jim Palmer

Arkansas
Bear Bryant

California
Joe DiMaggio

Colorado
Jack Dempsey

Connecticut
Bruce Jenner

Delaware
Randy White

Florida
Deion Sanders

Georgia
Ty Cobb

Hawaii
Duke Kahanamoku

Idaho
Harmon Killebrew

Illinois
Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Indiana
John Wooden

Iowa
Dan Gable

Kansas
Barry Sanders

Kentucky
Muhammad Ali

Louisiana
Karl Malone

Maine
Joan Benoit Samuelson

Maryland
Babe Ruth

Massachusetts
Rocky Marciano

Michigan
Joe Louis

Minnesota
Bronko Nagurski

Mississippi
Walter Payton

Missouri
Yogi Berra

Montana
Dave McNally

Nebraska
Bob Gibson

Nevada
Greg Maddux

New Hampshire
Carlton Fisk

New Jersey
Carl Lewis

New Mexico
Ralph Kiner

New York
Jim Brown

North Carolina
Michael Jordan

North Dakota
Roger Maris

Ohio
Jesse Owens

Oklahoma
Jim Thorpe

Oregon
Danny Ainge

Pennsylvania
Wilt Chamberlain

Rhode Island
Nap Lajoie

South Carolina
Joe Frazier

South Dakota
Billy Mills

Tennessee
Wilma Rudolph

Texas
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Utah
Merlin Olsen

Vermont
Andrea Mead Lawrence

Virginia
Arthur Ashe

Washington
John Stockton

West Virginia
Jerry West

Wisconsin
Eric Heiden

Wyoming
Boyd Dowler

The Afternoon Map is a semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. In the afternoon. Semi-regularly. Thanks to the SI Vault for making this one possible.

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Mapping the Most Popular Holiday Movie in Each State
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The holiday season is all about unity, but few topics are more divisive than which Christmas movie is the ultimate seasonal film. For every Home Alone fan, there’s an Elf enthusiast. To settle the score, the folks at online TV service provider CableTV.com have collected the top-rated yuletide films as rated over at AMC, and cross-referenced them with Google Trends state data from the past 10 years. They crunched the data, and compiled it into a map of each state’s favorite holiday flick.

Residents of Connecticut, Illinois, New York, and Vermont liked films set in their home states: Christmas in Connecticut, Home Alone (filmed in Winnetka, Illinois), It’s a Wonderful Life (set in the fictional city of Bedford Falls, New York), and White Christmas (set in the fictional town of Pine Tree, Vermont) all came out on top in those states, respectively.

As for Southern residents, they preferred Christmas cartoons and comedies, like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In New England, movie fans kept it cozy with the classics, including White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street. Pockets of the Midwest appreciated National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and residents of the Atlantic Seaboard and the Great Lakes region liked Home Alone and Elf. And out West, the Nightmare Before Christmas reigned supreme.

Check out the full results in the map above.

The Afternoon Map is a semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. In the afternoon. Semi-regularly.

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Each Country's Tourism Slogan, Mapped
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Countries are not products, so it's weird to think of having to "sell" them, but that's exactly what tourist bureaus exist to do. In order to entice potential travelers, many countries have taken a cue from the corporate world and adopted their very own slogans.

FamilyBreakFinder decided to compile a list of all the known tourist slogans and throw them onto one big map. Each of the grey countries shown have an official slogan, while the purple countries do not. Some are vague (like the United States's "All within your reach"), some are enthusiastic (like Brazil's "Brasil—sensational!"), and some are confident (like Uganda's "You're welcome").

If you know of a slogan that's not on the map, let us know in the comments. 

[h/t Digg]

The Afternoon Map is a semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. In the afternoon. Semi-regularly.

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