The Sweet Tea Mason-Dixon Line

The Sweet Tea Mason-Dixon Line

The original Mason-Dixon line, we learned from James Taylor and Mark Knopfler, was surveyed in the 1760s by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon to resolve a border dispute, and has since marked the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania.

The line became symbolic of the cultural boundary between the North and Southm and the division between the “free states” and “slave states” from the Missouri Compromise in 1860, with West Virginia joining the northern states.

But based on whether sweet tea is offered at the always ubiquitous McDonalds, this other map shows even another version of the Mason-Dixon line:

An interesting phenomenon exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The northern and urban areas of the state do not generally offer sweet tea in restaurants, whereas it is a staple beverage in the southern part of the state. Many clear present-day distinctions exist between the cultures of the north and south, but could the availability of Sweet Tea be a quantitative example?

This map was showcased last year at the Worlds Fair, and now at Strange Maps.

But all good things must come to an end. It seems the map is fake!