Sunday, November 14, 2004

Soda-Pop vs. Coke == Blue vs. Red?

A couple of days ago I was looking at the Daypop Top 40, and I saw this post entitled Free States vs. Slave States, which compares a map of the 2004 US Presidential election results and a map of the pre-Civil War free vs. slave states. The post goes on to say:

... on the Pre-Civil War Map, the red areas were slave states and the brown areas were territories open to slavery, while the green areas were free states and territories. These distinctions eerily correspond to the red states vs. blue states on the 2004 Election Map ...

If you want to see an even more striking similarity, compare that same Pre-Civil War Free vs. Slave States map to the Soft Drink Names by County map, available from The Great Pop vs. Soda Controversy website.

In case you're not familiar with "The Great Pop vs. Soda Controversy", the map is showing the generic name that people in a given area generally use for "carbonated beverage". Where I grew up, in the Toronto area, we called such drinks "pop". In the SF Bay area, where I now live, people call these drinks "soda". In the red areas of that map, most people call them "coke". (this is any carbonated beverage, not just cola)

So what's going on? A conspiracy? More likely there are simply cultural differences that, for whatever reason, have persisted since the civil war. The claim that these differences are a result of a latent desire to reinstate slavery is revealed to be more than a bit silly when you start talking about what people call soft drinks, rather than who they voted for.

posted Sunday, November 14, 2004
yes i agree, that s strange data..  
  Anonymous Anonymous on November 15, 2007
The more correct reason for the civil war was state rights vs a stronger federal government. Which shows how this notion persists in red states vs blue states.  
  Anonymous Anonymous on February 21, 2011
Anonymous: I don't think I ever stated a "reason" for the civil war, so I'm not sure what you're referring to. That said, I'm not American, so I never took American history.  
  Blogger Laurence on February 25, 2011