The United States of autocomplete

What would America look like if it were just the stereotypes of autocomplete?

Keir Clarke made a map that shows just that. In his, he pulls in what Yahoo autocomplete suggests to complete the phrase: “[State or city name] is ______.” The suggestions from Yahoo autocomplete track commonly searched phrases and suggest them as users type in what they're searching for. The result is a hilarious map, full of stereotypes and insults about America's cities and states.


The Yahoo logo is shown at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, California in this April 16, 2013 file photo. . REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/Files

Here are ten of America’s cities, as characterized by Yahoo autocomplete:
1. Washington is hollywood for ugly people
2. Chicago is so two years ago
3. Des Moines is not boring
4. San Francisco is a lonely town
5. Dallas is back
6. New Orleans is below sea level.
7. Los Angeles is burning
8. New York is killing me.
9. Boston is a brotherhood.
10. Cincinnati is haunted.

To check out your city or state and explore the map further, click here.

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