Why is Utah so weird and New York so expensive?

By David Radd

Posted December 17, 2012

In politics, perception often trumps reality. Put another way: What people think they know about a politician, an issue or anything else goes a long way to determining how they feel about it — whether or not their initial perception is based in reality or not.

An awesome map reveals what we think about certain states. Married to Google’s autocomplete function for “Why is [fill in the blank state] so…”, the map tracks the most common words typed after “so”, and maps the top four auto-completes for each state.

Check out this amazing map.



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