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A cartoonist and a two developers joined forces to map out the most common Google search requests for every state in the country, with queries ranging from practical to existential, and sometimes downright petty.

When enough people search for the same thing in Google’s search engine, the company turns it into an auto-complete suggestion for other users whose searches start with the same words.

After taking the time to research what comes up for the three phrases, ‘why is,’ ‘when will,’ and ‘can,’ for every single state, cartoonist Dorothy Gambrell and developers Jinnan Zhang and John Nelson laid it all out for the rest of the world to see.

The project, dubbed ‘the United States of Wonder,’ is hosted on GitHub and available now to satisfy everyone’s ‘stately curiosity.’ 

Cartoonist Dorothy Gambrell and developers Jinnan Zhang and John Nelson have cataloged the most popular Google searches about each state in an interactive map (pictured( for everyone's enjoyment

Cartoonist Dorothy Gambrell and developers Jinnan Zhang and John Nelson have cataloged the most popular Google searches about each state in an interactive map (pictured( for everyone's enjoyment

Cartoonist Dorothy Gambrell and developers Jinnan Zhang and John Nelson have cataloged the most popular Google searches about each state in an interactive map (pictured( for everyone’s enjoyment

From New York to California, the questions people are asking the internet about the United States of America will leave you searching your soul, scratching your head and sometimes rolling your eyes. 

Popular questions across the board included wondering whether felons can vote in that state, how the local college team is doing and if it’s possible for a given state to cecede from the Union.

‘Thank you teeming hordes of Google searches for your amazing autocomplete,’ the site reads, below its creators’ names.  

In New York, intrepid internet users wanted to know, 'Why is New York important?' and also, 'Why is New York so dirty?'

In New York, intrepid internet users wanted to know, 'Why is New York important?' and also, 'Why is New York so dirty?'

In New York, intrepid internet users wanted to know, ‘Why is New York important?’ and also, ‘Why is New York so dirty?’

In New York, intrepid internet users wanted to know, ‘Why is New York important?’ and also, ‘Why is New York so dirty?’

Perhaps it has something to do with the fourth ranking state in terms of population, according to 2015 US Census data. If only we could get those 20 million within its borders to clean up after themselves.

It’s not clear exactly when the results were last updated for the Empire State, but they seem pretty current elsewhere, so for some reason people may still be asking, ‘When will New York be decorated for Christmas 2017?’

It's not clear exactly when the results were last updated for the Empire State, but they seem pretty current elsewhere, so for some reason people may still be asking, 'When will New York be decorated for Christmas 2017?' The lit up tree in Rockefeller Plaza is shown on December 26, 2017

It's not clear exactly when the results were last updated for the Empire State, but they seem pretty current elsewhere, so for some reason people may still be asking, 'When will New York be decorated for Christmas 2017?' The lit up tree in Rockefeller Plaza is shown on December 26, 2017

It’s not clear exactly when the results were last updated for the Empire State, but they seem pretty current elsewhere, so for some reason people may still be asking, ‘When will New York be decorated for Christmas 2017?’ The lit up tree in Rockefeller Plaza is shown on December 26, 2017

In Georgia, people understandably wanted to know, 'Why is Georgia called the Goober State?'

In Georgia, people understandably wanted to know, 'Why is Georgia called the Goober State?'

In Georgia, people understandably wanted to know, ‘Why is Georgia called the Goober State?’

In Georgia, people understandably wanted to know, ‘Why is Georgia called the Goober State?’

As it turns out, peanuts used to be called goobers back in the day, and have long been a major crop for the area.

Former President Jimmy Carter, 94, used to farm the crop in his home state, before  turning to a life of politics. 

As it turns out, peanuts used to be called goobers back in the day, and have long been a major crop for the area, and former President Jimmy Carter, 94, used to farm them in his home state, before turning to a life of politics. Carter is shown prior to the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30 in Atlanta

As it turns out, peanuts used to be called goobers back in the day, and have long been a major crop for the area, and former President Jimmy Carter, 94, used to farm them in his home state, before turning to a life of politics. Carter is shown prior to the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30 in Atlanta

As it turns out, peanuts used to be called goobers back in the day, and have long been a major crop for the area, and former President Jimmy Carter, 94, used to farm them in his home state, before turning to a life of politics. Carter is shown prior to the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30 in Atlanta

Further south in Florida, people asked, 'Why is Florida Man a thing?'

Further south in Florida, people asked, 'Why is Florida Man a thing?'

Further south in Florida, people asked, ‘Why is Florida Man a thing?’

Further south in Florida, people asked, ‘Why is Florida Man a thing?’

‘Florida Man’ is an internet meme that first started in 2013, and interprets the description, ‘Florida Man’ in news articles to be the name of one terrible person who continuously commits crimes all over the state, rather than a general term for multiple people who live in the state and happen to be men.

The Twitter and Instagram accounts behind the sensation include the description, ‘Real-life stories of the world’s worst super hero #floridaman.’ 

The Twitter and Instagram accounts behind the sensation include the description, 'Real-life stories of the world’s worst super hero #floridaman.' 

The Twitter and Instagram accounts behind the sensation include the description, 'Real-life stories of the world’s worst super hero #floridaman.' 

The Twitter and Instagram accounts behind the sensation include the description, ‘Real-life stories of the world’s worst super hero #floridaman.’ 

Moving to the middle of the country, The Ohio State University dominated Google searches in the Buckeye State, with 17 out of 30 questions involving the school, and all but one of those about its football program

Moving to the middle of the country, The Ohio State University dominated Google searches in the Buckeye State, with 17 out of 30 questions involving the school, and all but one of those about its football program

Moving to the middle of the country, The Ohio State University dominated Google searches in the Buckeye State, with 17 out of 30 questions involving the school, and all but one of those about its football program

Moving to the middle of the country, The Ohio State University dominated Google searches in the Buckeye State, with 17 out of 30 questions involving the school, and all but one of those about its football program.

People mostly wanted to know, ‘Can Ohio State beat [fill in the blank]?’ and why the team was ranked either ‘so low’ or ‘so high.’

People also asked, ‘Why is Ohio State coach suspended?’ which is likely a reference to the recent domestic violence allegations that rocked the school, involving an assistant football coach under the watch of current head coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer announced on Tuesday that he’ll be retiring from the position at OSU at the end of this season. 

People asked, 'Why is Ohio State coach suspended?' which is likely a reference to the recent domestic violence allegations that rocked the school, involving an assistant football coach under the watch of current head coach Urban Meyer. Meyer is shown while announcing on Tuesday that he'll be resigning at the end of this season

People asked, 'Why is Ohio State coach suspended?' which is likely a reference to the recent domestic violence allegations that rocked the school, involving an assistant football coach under the watch of current head coach Urban Meyer. Meyer is shown while announcing on Tuesday that he'll be resigning at the end of this season

People asked, ‘Why is Ohio State coach suspended?’ which is likely a reference to the recent domestic violence allegations that rocked the school, involving an assistant football coach under the watch of current head coach Urban Meyer. Meyer is shown while announcing on Tuesday that he’ll be resigning at the end of this season

In Texas, people curiously wanted to know about a theory from 2009 involving the state either leaving the Union or breaking apart, asking 'Can Texas become 5 states?' and it turns out the answer in yes

In Texas, people curiously wanted to know about a theory from 2009 involving the state either leaving the Union or breaking apart, asking 'Can Texas become 5 states?' and it turns out the answer in yes

In Texas, people curiously wanted to know about a theory from 2009 involving the state either leaving the Union or breaking apart, asking ‘Can Texas become 5 states?’ and it turns out the answer in yes

In Texas, people curiously wanted to know about a theory from 2009 involving the state either leaving the Union or breaking apart.

People asked, ‘Can Texas become 5 states?’ and it turns out the answer in yes.

This option was a special privilege granted to the Lone Star State with its annexation to the Union in 1845, according to Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, which provided a handy breakdown in 2009 of just what that might look like.

This option was a special privilege granted to the Lone Star State with its annexation to the Union in 1845, according to Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight , which provided a handy breakdown in 2009 of just what that might look like

This option was a special privilege granted to the Lone Star State with its annexation to the Union in 1845, according to Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight , which provided a handy breakdown in 2009 of just what that might look like

This option was a special privilege granted to the Lone Star State with its annexation to the Union in 1845, according to Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight , which provided a handy breakdown in 2009 of just what that might look like

On a serious note, and sadly not to be unexpected, popular questions in California included, 'Why is California always on fire?' and 'When will California smoke clear?'

On a serious note, and sadly not to be unexpected, popular questions in California included, 'Why is California always on fire?' and 'When will California smoke clear?'

On a serious note, and sadly not to be unexpected, popular questions in California included, ‘Why is California always on fire?’ and ‘When will California smoke clear?’

On a serious note, and sadly not to be unexpected, popular questions in California included, ‘Why is California always on fire?’ and ‘When will California smoke clear?’

The 2018 wildfire season in the Golden State was the most destructive on record, with close to 100 people killed between June and and November, with at least 85 of those perishing in November’s horrific Camp Fire in Butte County. 

People looking up the Golden State also wanted to know , ‘Why is California so dry?’

The 2018 wildfire season in the Golden State was the most destructive on record, with close to 100 people killed between June and and November, with at least 85 of those perishing in November's horrific Camp Fire in Butte County. In this file photo taken on November 15, 2018 In this aerial photo, a burned neighborhood is seen in Paradise, California

The 2018 wildfire season in the Golden State was the most destructive on record, with close to 100 people killed between June and and November, with at least 85 of those perishing in November's horrific Camp Fire in Butte County. In this file photo taken on November 15, 2018 In this aerial photo, a burned neighborhood is seen in Paradise, California

The 2018 wildfire season in the Golden State was the most destructive on record, with close to 100 people killed between June and and November, with at least 85 of those perishing in November’s horrific Camp Fire in Butte County. In this file photo taken on November 15, 2018 In this aerial photo, a burned neighborhood is seen in Paradise, California

Further north, in Washington state, a question at a lot of people's fingertips was, 'Can Washington state employees smoke weed?'

Further north, in Washington state, a question at a lot of people's fingertips was, 'Can Washington state employees smoke weed?'

Further north, in Washington state, a question at a lot of people’s fingertips was, ‘Can Washington state employees smoke weed?’

Further north, in Washington state, a question at a lot of people’s fingertips was, ‘Can Washington state employees smoke weed?’

The Evergreen State was the first to decriminalize recreational marijuana use in November of 2012. 

The state’s ironic nickname comes from its abundant evergreen forests, and not from its early acceptance of cannabis, with medical marijuana having been legal there since 1998. 

The Evergreen State was the first to decriminalize recreational marijuana use in November of 2012, and made medical cannabis legal in 1998. People are shown in a popular cannabis store  on March 14, 2014 in Seattle, Washington

The Evergreen State was the first to decriminalize recreational marijuana use in November of 2012, and made medical cannabis legal in 1998. People are shown in a popular cannabis store  on March 14, 2014 in Seattle, Washington

The Evergreen State was the first to decriminalize recreational marijuana use in November of 2012, and made medical cannabis legal in 1998. People are shown in a popular cannabis store on March 14, 2014 in Seattle, Washington

Those wondering about Alaska were concerned with the price of travel, asking 'Why is Alaska Airlines so expensive?' and 'When will Alaska Airlines have a sale?'

Those wondering about Alaska were concerned with the price of travel, asking 'Why is Alaska Airlines so expensive?' and 'When will Alaska Airlines have a sale?'

Those wondering about Alaska were concerned with the price of travel, asking ‘Why is Alaska Airlines so expensive?’ and ‘When will Alaska Airlines have a sale?’

Those wondering about Alaska were concerned with the price of travel, asking ‘Why is Alaska Airlines so expensive?’ and ‘When will Alaska Airlines have a sale?’

For those considering making the trip, the best time to go seems to be between mid-May and mid-September, according to SmarterTravel.com, as far as weather is concerned.

During that time, average temperatures range from 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit (or above) and the sun stays out in places above the Arctic Circle for a full 24 hours.

To find out what else people what to know about our country, check out the interactive map in its entirety here. 

For those considering making the trip, the best time to go seems to be between mid-May and mid-September, according to SmarterTravel.com , as far as weather is concerned

For those considering making the trip, the best time to go seems to be between mid-May and mid-September, according to SmarterTravel.com , as far as weather is concerned

For those considering making the trip, the best time to go seems to be between mid-May and mid-September, according to SmarterTravel.com , as far as weather is concerned

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