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I may have been born & raised in New England, but I'm consistently appalled by many New Englanders' mental map of the US: There's New England, the part of the West Coast that touches the ocean, the touristy parts of Florida, NYC, Philly, Chicago, Austin. Those fancying themselves as advanced level New Englanders may also include Colorado. The rest of the map is labelled "Here Be Dragons." It's appalling.

@rusty when i went to the west coast for an internship, people would ask where i was from and i'd almost inevitably have to start by explaining where missouri is

@lm I can see this haha. "Oh wow, so it's a huge piece of land too. Are you sure it's a real place? I thought Mark Twain just made it up for his novels."

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