The world is filled with stereotypes. Whether the glaring generalizations hit close to home or bear no
resemblance to reality, widely held beliefs about people, places and
things can be heard 'round the globe. We laugh at them, wrongly
perpetuate them and rightly take offense at them. But they'll likely
never, ever go away.
So one artist has taken it upon himself to document all of these mischievous conventions -- or, at least, 1800 of them. Martin Vargic
created an entire world map recording stereotypes on every continent
and in every sea. The result is a flurry of words populating each corner
of the world, revealing the strange and hackneyed cliches from Russia
to India to Mexico and back again.
According to The Independent, it took Vargic three months to finish his massive illustration,
based on publicly available geographic data and a slew of bizarre
labels, some of which you might find familiar, others not so much.
Vargic places the word "Ginger" in Ireland, "Gun Nuts" in the United
States and "Bratwurst" in Germany. And then there are the more absurd:
"Pubes" in France, "Feral Monks" in China and "Meh" in Latvia.
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