Slightly unfair, but funny

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Today's xkcd:

Mouseover title: "The top search for every state is PORN, except Florida, where it's SEX PORN."

And the lesson doesn't just apply to maps, of course…


  1. Andreas Johansson said,

    June 2, 2017 @ 7:42 am

    What bugs me is that it doesn't say what the colours represent.

  2. Prim said,

    June 2, 2017 @ 8:15 am

    The colours represent half-remembered lessons in topology, perhaps? A well-known theorem states that no more than four colours are needed to ensure that every state in a map can be coloured differently from its neighbours. Randal's map also employs four colours but, alas, fails to illustrate the theorem.

  3. Tobie Langel said,

    June 2, 2017 @ 8:38 am

    Prim: look again.

  4. Draconaes said,

    June 2, 2017 @ 8:39 am

    I assume the colors are simply to make reading the words in the correct order easier. If there's some deeper meaning to them, it eludes me.

  5. AnneB said,

    June 2, 2017 @ 9:14 am

    Finite clauses? Almost at least.

  6. Thorin said,

    June 2, 2017 @ 9:20 am

    This is the first time I've ever found the mouseover text for an xkcd comic funny

  7. Jonathon Owen said,

    June 2, 2017 @ 10:29 am

    This actually got me for half a second. I thought, "Wait—shouldn't every state's top word be 'the'?"

  8. Lai Ka Yau said,

    June 3, 2017 @ 12:00 am

    @AnneB: 'by adjusting the methodology' isn't finite though… I think they're just lines.

  9. ella said,

    June 3, 2017 @ 3:46 am

    I have strong doubts of whatever algorithm gave 'normalization' as Alaska's most used word.

  10. Adam Roberts said,

    June 3, 2017 @ 4:20 am

    ella: … but look how polyvalent Canada's most used words are!

  11. Frank said,

    June 3, 2017 @ 6:46 am

    Florida, the we state*

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