THIS map of the United States, from pleated-jeans.com, was making the rounds yesterday:
Clever, and interesting. Some of the shame points are a little arbitrary (really, they couldn’t find anything more damning for Florida than its rate of identity theft?) and others are perplexing (there’s no state dumber than Maine? I can think of a couple contenders). But in other cases the simple caption points to issues that no doubt deserve more attention. Why is South Dakota, for example, the state with the highest rate of rape? Does that have something do with the share of the population living on Indian reservations? Perhaps with difficulties of rural law enforcement?
It would also be illuminating, though not especially funny, to do a similar map showing what states are best at. For example, New Mexico may be the most anti-social state (not hard to believe, with all the artists and llama farmers out there), but its harm-reduction programmes targeting intravenous drug users are considered the best in the country. That would highlight some productive experiments from our laboratories of democracies. In the meantime, commenters—tell us what your state is worst at, and feel free to trash-talk the other states while you’re at it.