Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Name the City by a Map of its Starbucks Locations

Sometimes, especially here in Los Angeles, it seems that there is a Starbucks on every block.  Figuring out by the topographical contours and the areas of dense and sparse population, can you guess which cities these are by a map of Starbucks locations in the city limits?  New York, Vegas and Chicago are the easy ones, and from there it gets harder. (Frankly, I think they cheated on LA by not considering all the areas of the Valley and Harbor that are still part of Los Angeles proper and would have clearly drawn a recognizable city map...)

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
Slate

Link to article:
Excerpt: "First World problem: There are four Starbucks locations around my house, and I never know which one to go to because the coffee-deprived slog to each is the same half-mile length. If you get the sense, like I do, that Starbucks is everywhere, it’s because there are 13,279 of them in the U.S. alone, and they’re so crammed into highly trafficked areas that sometimes, as Lewis Black famously bemoaned, there’s a Starbucks directly across the street from a Starbucks. You can recognize a city by its streets or population patterns. Can you recognize it by its Starbucks locations?


Let’s find out. The above quiz shows all of the Starbucks locations within the city boundaries of 20 domestic or foreign cities, and for each you must name the city depicted from four choices. Note the number of locations and the shape of their pattern; watch for peripheral clusters that may indicate airports; and if you haven’t had your caffeine yet, get it now—this will tease your brain more than the Slate Friday News Quiz. At last, all you world travelers will have more to show for it than your city-specific Starbucks mugs."

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