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McDonald’s Visualization of Contiguous United States Reveals McFarthest Spot


Stephen Von Worley is a visual photographer who doubles as a clever blogger.

If you haven’t yet, you should check out his blog, Weather Sealed.

But if you don’t have the time [balogna, everyone has more time than they can use], or the energy for that extra mouse click [completely understandable], I’ll go ahead and whet your appetite.

With the help of Aggdata and software engineering gymnastics, Stephen von Worley created a map worthy of hanging on your wall and being called Pop Art.


distribution of mcdonalds in USA

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What you’re feasting on is The Contiguous United States Visualized by distance to the nearest McDonald’s. 13,000 points [roughly], each representing what is arguably the most unhealthy eatery in the world. From this map, Stephen was not only able to illustrate and coin the phenomenon that has come to be known as McSparseness, which lies

westward, towards the deepest, darkest holes in our map: the barren deserts of central Nevada, the arid hills of southeastern Oregon, the rugged wilderness of Idaho’s Salmon River Mountains, and the conspicuous well of blackness on the high plains of northwestern South Dakota.

But, more interestingly, he was able to precisely locate and coin the term McFarthest Spot, which lies “between the tiny Dakotan hamlets of Meadow and Glad Valley.”

The McFarthest Spot in the contiguous United States, as of September 2009, is no less than “107 miles from the nearest McDonald’s, as the crow flies, and 145 miles by car!”


November 29, 2009 2:34 pm

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