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The Most Popular Fictional Character in Each State

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Today's map tries to pin down the most popular fictional character from each state. It's designed specifically for you guys to dive into the comments and argue for a different choice. Have at it!

The Afternoon Map is a semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. In the afternoon. Semi-regularly. Thanks to Matt Shirley and Sean Noyce of Playboy for designing this one.

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The Most Popular Christmas Candy in Each State, Mapped
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For those who didn’t get their full candy fix last Halloween, the holiday season provides plenty of opportunities to indulge. From candy canes to chocolate Santas, there’s something for everyone—but before splurging on sweet stocking stuffers, check out the interactive map below. Created by bulk candy retailer CandyStore.com, it breaks down the top three favorite candies in each state.

To determine which Christmas treats were the most popular, the team at CandyStore.com surveyed over 50,000 customers and spoke with major candy manufacturers and distributors. Not surprisingly, candy canes were a hit in numerous states, including Washington, Delaware, Vermont, Georgia, Maine, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. California, Nevada, West Virginia, and Kansas residents, however, got into the seasonal spirit with peppermint bark. North Dakota residents preferred chocolate Santas. And Alabama, Michigan, and Utah liked Jelly Belly’s Reindeer Corn.

Christmas candy sales in America are projected to rake in nearly $2 billion for confectioners, according to an estimate provided by the National Confectionary Association. Spend your holiday bonus wisely on treats everyone will appreciate by checking out CandyStore.com’s full results below.

Source: CandyStore.com

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The Most Common "Why Do" Questions People Are Asking In Your State, According to Google

Among its many uses, Google serves as a virtual therapist, animal behaviorist, and armchair physician, according to a new map created by the team over at AT&T All Home Connections. The group mined Google Trends to look up each state's most asked "Why do" questions, and broke down their findings into a single map.

Luckily for internet users across America, Mental Floss has answers for some of these pressing questions. For example, residents of Oregon, Iowa, Kansas, and Kentucky wondered why cats like to knead, or "make biscuits." This puzzling behavior could be chalked up to cats trying to mark humans as "territory" using the scent glands in their paws. Or, it could be a "neotenic behavior," or a kittenish trait that cats retain as adults.

As for Floridians, many want an explanation for why they "feel so alone." Meanwhile, Utah and Louisiana residents wanted to know why we yawn. (Short answer? We don't know, although there are many theories.) Hawaiians were curious about the history of Halloween. (Its origins are rooted in an ancient Celtic holiday known as Samhain.) And South Carolinians and Washington, D.C. locals who googled "Why do I sweat so much?" will likely be relieved to learn that their perspiration levels are probably average.

Check out the full results in the map below.

"The Most-Googled 'Why Do You' Question In Your State" map, created by ATTSavings
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