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A fast food franchise, an airline, a ballot initiative, a couple newspapers, a porn actress, and a boatload of colleges and sports teams. These are some of the items that comprise the United States of Autocomplete -- a map labeled with the first results that pop up when entering state names into Google Search.



The map was compiled on December 3, between 5:45 pm and 6:10 pm -- so attempts to replicate the content may warrant different results. Case in point, Massachusetts would now be "Massachusetts RMV" rather than "Massachusetts Bay Colony."

But it does represent an interesting look at each state's most popular namesakes. North Carolina apparently has appealing furniture, many are enraptured by the Illinois state lottery, and Kansas can be associated with the Chiefs despite the team being from Missouri.

And the phenomena doesn't have to be limited to the States. Gizmodo commenter Dys gave a run through the alphabet using Google's autocomplete. Here are the results:

  • Amazon
  • Bank of America
  • Craigslist
  • Dictionary
  • eBay
  • Facebook
  • Gmail
  • Hotmail
  • Ikea
  • JC Penney
  • Kohls
  • Lowes
  • Mapquest
  • Netflix
  • Orbitz
  • Pandora
  • Quotes
  • Realtor
  • Skype
  • Target
  • USPS
  • Verizon
  • Weather
  • Xbox
  • Yahoo
  • Zappos

In the interest of symmetry, Dys also included the search terms from Yahoo's autocomplete -- with results accurately described as "depressing."

  • Airplanes
  • Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are
  • Calorie Counter
  • Dynamite Taio Cruz
  • Eminem
  • Funny Video
  • Glee
  • Hey Soul Sister
  • I love the way you lie
  • Justin Beiber (please gauge my eyes out)
  • Katy Perry
  • Love the way you lie
  • Michael Jackson
  • Nicki Minaj
  • OMG usher
  • Paramore
  • Queen
  • Rihanna
  • Shakira
  • Teenage Dream Katy Perry
  • Usher
  • Vanessa Hudgens
  • Waka Waka
  • X Factor 2010
  • Your love Nicki Minaj
  • Zombie

Guess we've finally discovered what Yahoo is: a test to see if you could understand or even stomach modern youth culture.
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