09 Nov '11, 7pm

Map shows how hard it is to escape McDonald’s

Map shows how hard it is to escape McDonald’s

Scientist and data visualization expert Stephen von Worley got curious how far it was possible to get from "our world of generic convenience." So he made up this map of the U.S., color-coded by distance to the nearest McDonald's. Conclusion: The fast food giant is basically breathing down your neck anywhere east of the Mississippi, plus most of the West Coast -- and don't think we don't see you there, Denver. To get genuinely out of McRange, you need to travel to the desert near the Nevada-Oregon border, where it is possible to be 110 miles from a McDonald's. Von Worley traveled out there to show the world the vast loneliness of being two hours from a Big Mac. Kinda makes you want to schedule a pilgrimage, doesn't it? Can we make this the new Mojave Phone Booth ?

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-11-09-map-shows-how-hard-i...

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