Real estate website Estately put together this map based on Google data for the past 11 years. (Scroll down for mobile-friendly images.)
The 50 American states are very different, but there's one thing that unites them all: a closet full of skeletons. Knowing that, the map nuts at Estately's real estate blog made this map of the most shameful Google search each state makes more than any other.
They combed through search data from the past 11 years, isolating terms that each state searches more than any other. From those, they picked one for each state that they deemed particularly embarrassing. Some of their choices might be controversial (What's wrong with Alaska searching for Nicolas Cage? National Treasure is awesome), but they're all enlightening.
Some of the results fit uncomfortably well into established stereotypes, like "Scabies" for Kentucky. Others come totally out of left field, like "Furries" for Wyoming. In a way, this map is inspiring. Seeing every state's dirty secret makes you realize that they're all pretty much the same. None of them has more reason to be ashamed than any other. Except Illinois. They really don't know that WWE is fake?
Here's the map chopped up for you phone jockeys:
Incidentally, if you're interested to see what every state Googles more than any other with no consideration for embarrassment, Estately covered that too. In the last few years, they've produced a lot of fascinating maps of the country like this one. Here are a few of our favorites:
- What every state Googles more than any other.
- The most popular cocktail in every state.
- What every state has more of per capita than any other.
- The most famous Kevin from every state.
- The top couch potato states.
Keep it up, Estately! We won't get tired of these maps until we've lost our last shred of respect for every state in the union.