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View Poll Results: (For the third time)--Can you draw a freehand map of the USA?
Yes, no problem, pretty accurate 25 53.19%
States in the right relationship to each other 9 19.15%
Most of the states right, a few adjacencies wrong 13 27.66%
Can't even name all the states on an outline map 0 0%
No way, I'd get many/most of then wrong 0 0%
Voters: 47. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-09-2012, 12:24 AM
Location: not Chicagoland
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I could, but like many of the posters here it would look atrocious because my artistic abilities are near zero.
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:23 AM
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I could probably do okay, but it certainly wouldn't be even close to perfect. I know where each state goes, and I know the capitols, but there's no way I'd get all the shapes right. I do illustrations part-time, but that wouldn't help me to get the shapes right!
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:38 AM
Location: Oxford, England
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I could do it reasonably accurately but my hand is not the steadiest so you might end up with even rockier coastlines !

We had to do "blind" mapping of continents, countries, main rivers, capitals etc... at school but as Cpg mentioned since the breakway ex Soviet Republics I might need a refresher course on exact new boundaries... Also I have always had an issue for some reason with Alaskan boundaries , to me they sort of blur in with the Yukon and NorthWest Territories and my mapping would be way off I think.
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:34 AM
Location: The South
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I probably couldn't draw it, but I have driven to all, except that island way out west and I have flown there.
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:35 PM
Location: Austin, TX
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This question reminds me of this classic TV moment.

Miss Teen USA 2007 - South Carolina answers a question - YouTube

To answer the OP question, I could do it fairly close to accurate. Minor details would be off but proportion would be pretty close, boundaries correct.
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:49 PM
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I can draw it almost exactly, but I always mess up on west virginia, since I usually end up drawing it last for some reason.

I find it amusing when I meet people that think Omaha is a state, or people that live in St. Paul and think Minneapolis is the state capitol.
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