You’re looking at a map of the contiguous United States visualized by distance to the nearest McDonald’s.
I guess it’s some consolation that being on the East Coast, I don’t need to ever worry about finding one. Maybe I should worry that I can name three within ten minutes of my house.
The map was created by Steven Von Worley, who was inspired by the appearance of a McDonald’s literally in the middle of nowhere, in the Los Angelos basin. Both the map, a larger wallpaper size version, and the explanation for how it was created are here.
Won Worley warned me when I emailed him that the map isn’t perfect, however.
“In the interest of full disclosure, please note that the McFarthest Spot is
measured as the crow flies, at 107 miles. Also ~145 miles by car, but it’s
entirely possible that there’s another location that’s closer as the crow flies,
but farther travelling on the roads. Indeed, regarding the latter, there’s
places in the lower 48 that you can’t even drive to/from with a car – that is,
by auto, infinitely distant from MickyDee’s.”
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a sudden craving for French fries.