Even in this era of globalization, social media, and 24-hour news, there's still so much we don't know about how other human beings live. It's endlessly fascinating to see how people in different countries eat, study, speak, dress, and go about their day-to-day.
With that in mind, I started a little experiment to find out what non-Americans associate with each of our 50 United States. I asked the BuzzFeed Community to give me a word, a phrase, or a quick thought on as many US states as they could. We all walk around with assumptions built from a combination of news, pop culture, and assorted gossip — I thought this exercise would give an interesting window into how the rest of the world perceives our huge, diverse, wild, weird country.
Here's what they had to say:
Thanks to all those who submitted comments. I find it endlessly fascinating to unpick the assumptions we all have about each other from afar. Feel free to add more to the conversation in the comments of this post!