The Least-Remembered Countries in the World


Today's map uses data from Sporcle's popular "Name the Countries of the World" quiz, which has been taken almost 8 million times. According to Alexa, about 60% of Sporcle's traffic comes from the United States, so this is heavily weighted to what countries Americans do and don't remember. Americans who choose to take world geography quizzes online for fun. 

With those caveats, here are the countries named by fewer than 50% of people (not all of these show up on the map): Equatorial Guinea, Tonga, Kyrgyzstan, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Grenada, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Solomon Islands, Brunei, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Burkina Faso, St. Vincent-Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Timor-Leste, Comoros, Palau, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Sao Tome and Principe, Kiribati, Nauru.

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Map: All 50 States Reimagined as Food Puns

Pun enthusiasts will recall that we've covered Chris Durso's Foodnited States of America before. Now the project, which was inspired by Durso's young son, is available in map form in the Foodiggity store.

If you can't figure all of these out on the map above, here's the complete list and a larger image of each state's selection.

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.

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