Friday, May 20, 2005

I remember seeing an early version of this once upon a time, but this county-by-county map detailing which generic term Americans call their soft drinks is fascinating. I'm particularly struck by the sharp dividing line between the 'pop' drinkers in Western New York (where I grew up) and the 'soda' drinkers in the rest of the state (where I live now.) I guess I-81 is the line of demarcation.

For what it's worth, the map also vaguely mirrors the 'red state/blue state' presidential election maps. So... what we call our soft drinks is yet another aspect of the great cultural divide? Probably not. But be wary of dating a ginger ale-flavored 'coke' drinker.

(Via Not That)