World Map Of People Who Google 'Zombies'

September 27, 2011


Note: Larger version HERE in case you're convinced somebody in Uganda actually gives a shit about Googling "zombies". SPOILER: No. In Kenya, absolutely.

This is a map created by plotting the prevalence of Google interweb searches for the word "zombie" on Google Maps. Unsurprisingly, countries that don't speak English don't have a lot. Same goes for Googling "taytays the size of my head" and "dino love dolls". *whistling*

Using a keyword search for "zombies", the following map visualizes the absolute concentrations of references within the Google Maps database. The map reveals two important spatial patterns. First, much of the world lacks any content mentioning "zombies" whatsoever. Second, and related, the highest concentrations of zombies in the Geoweb are located in the Anglophone world, especially in large cities. The results either provide a rough proxy for the amount of English-language content indexed over our planet, or offer an early warning into the geographies of the impending zombie apocalypse.

Hey, I'm just happy to see they didn't go off the deep end and try to infer the majority of the world doesn't care about the undead, despite the fact the word "zombie" is just a funny sound to them. And speaking of funny sounds: my freshman roommate used to snore every night but they sounded like farts. Plus stunk. "You know GW, sometimes the simplest answer is best." I regret sharing a bed with him, I'll tell you that.

The Zombie map of the world [guardian]

Thanks to Cristian, who doesn't Google anything because he's patiently waiting for AskJeeves to make a comeback. Jeeves! That guy couldn't find a f***ing coat on a coat rack!

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