Everybody’s the Worst at Something

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Jeff Wysaski, maker of “funny things” for the Internet, has come up with a map that will either make you feel terrible or kind of proud, and he calls it “The United States of Shame.”

As you can probably tell from the image above, Wysaski has parsed various stats and studies to determine what makes each state awful. “Whether it’s a fat population, high rate of STDs or excessive tax rate, it turns out that every state ranks dead last in at least one unsavory category,” he writes. The original map was made back in 2011, but the Washington Post revived it again this week. At first, I thought that the Post might’ve been fond of the map because the District isn’t included in the list of worsts — but, as Wysaski notes in the comments, that’s merely because DC is the worst at so many things it was difficult to pick just one.

Maryland’s cause for shame? We’ve got the highest per capita AIDS rate in the country: 27.6 cases per 100,000 people. And yes, that’s depressing. But look at all these other things that we’re not the worst at, from car accidents to cancer deaths to bankruptcy. Makes things seem a little rosier, doesn’t it?

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  1. Do we have such a high rate of AIDS because we have such good health care in Md? Just trying to be positive

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