Today marks baseball’s official Opening Day, and to celebrate, Facebook used some of its user data to map MLB fandom across the country. Specifically, Facebook went to MLB team pages and mapped the likes on each page county by county.
Unsurprisingly, the Yankees appear — based purely off data — to be not only America’s favorite team, but Louisiana’s favorite team, Virginia’s favorite team, Hawaii’s favorite team, Alaska’s favorite team, and New Mexico’s favorite team. If you’re a Yankees fan, this is probably a point of pride. For everyone else, the wide dispersement of Yankee fandom no doubt looks like the spread of some vile plague, a nasty pinstriped virus moving swiftly across the nation.
A few more interesting results:
- The CIA has officially—but very quietly—admitted that some allegations about its torture program were true.
- The U.S. government is suing Ferguson, Missouri, after the city tried to change a negotiated police reform settlement.
- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has dropped out of the 2016 Republican presidential race after poor results in New Hampshire 🇺🇸