- Mashable asked people to draw their home states, and then they drew their home states
- Mashable thinks the peoples’ attempts were embarrassing, and titled the post “Spoiler: Americans Can’t Draw Their Home States
- I disagree, and think they were pretty solid
- In 1861, while states were choosing sides in the Civil War and the Union was strategizing to win, Abraham Lincoln — emphasizing the importance of Kentucky — said, “I hope to have God on my side, but I must have Kentucky.” He got Kentucky, and they won.
I think this title is misleading. Very misleading. They asked people to draw their home states from memory and here’s what the people came up with:
Pretty close. If I just saw that shape with no context I would say, “Texas.”
3) New Jersey
Got the general idea. Not perfect, but nailed the main features.
Yep. Pretty simple. Got the pan handle.
5) New York (a)
Wtf is wrong with that? Excellent.
6) New York (b)
Alright. Not phenomenal. Mashable calls it “New York as a T-bone steak.” There are some extracurricular lines involved here, but the overall gist isn’t bad.
7) New York (c)
Terrible. Mashable: “The Candy Corn New York.”
8) New York (d)
Eh, not great.
9) North Carolina
Solid. It’s generally all there.
10) Ohio (a)
Again, generally all there. Nothing big missing. I don’t have a problem with this.
11) Ohio (b)
Eh, kinda have the general shape but missing some key ingredients.
Now, I wouldn’t say “Americans Can’t Draw Their Home States.” I would say, “Americans don’t draw their home states perfectly, but overall they get the general shape and main features, except for a couple people, maybe 20-30%.” That’s not a juicy headline, nor is it particularly concise. But I think Mashable isn’t giving the American public the credit they deserve here. These are pretty good. I dig these.
Suck it, Mashable… MERICA!