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Sunday, March 5

LostUP: Fantanas fail geography 

Lost on the U.P., Part III -- With all due respect to Stephen Colbert, I was just kidding when I said I was pulling the plug on my ongoing expose about people excluding the U.P. on their maps. As a matter of fact, I'm starting to doubt that there _is_ a Mustard County in Michigan.

I'll be slapping more examples on my site as we go forward. I might even build that standalone page one of these days.

Remember that Fanta commercial a while back featuring the "Fantanas"? The commercial asked "Where are the Fantanas going to turn up next?" Apparently, it won't be the Upper Peninsula based on the map they flashed on the screen.

Fanta screenshot of U.S. map missing the U.P.

This is a classic example of where the U.P. is present, but it's not included as part of the United States. I can only guess what the the illustrator thought the U.P. was when assembling this ad.

For the sake of full disclosure, I can't find the "Fantana Island" where the Fantanas are purported to come from.

I'm totally laughing at that. It is so true. They leave the UP out of so many maps. I remember in high school we got brand new economics books. And upon turning to a page that included a map, the UP was part of the lake. Where the heck did they think they sent those books, eh? Apparently the UP is the new Atlantis.

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