This morning, Donald Trump tweeted something peculiar.
I know, big surprise, right?
But this time, I'm not annoyed in a political way, just in a factual way. Wisconsin does not border Canada.
Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We will not stand for this. Watch!â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2017
I checked, just to make sure, and then I remembered a blog post I wrote from 2011, when I started wondering just how much of Wisconsin I've seen over the course of my life. I downloaded a map and started drawing on it, and really, nothing has changed in the last six years. At no point did I touch Canada without leaving the state.
Anyway, the results â€“ to the best of my recollection â€“ are illustrated by the red lines. While it's possible I traveled outside these lines as a child and don't remember it, I think this is a pretty comprehensive list.
What's interesting (or not so interesting, depending on your perspective) is how relatively little of Wisconsin I've seen. I mean, I feel like I've seen almost as much as I care to see, and while there's much more that's blank than is red, I surely can say I've covered more of Wisconsin than anywhere I've lived or visited ... unless you count those five years I spent in Rhode Island, which you really can't.
Obviously, I've hit all of the major cities and towns and many of the smaller ones, too. But there are huge swaths in the central and northern part of the state that I have completely missed, too.
What else am I missing? Lots? Nothing?
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