The best Girl Scout cookies are Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, and Peanut Butter Patties. If you disagree, you’re wrong! If you’re confused because you recognize Thin Mints but not the others, you might be living in Little Brownie Bakers territory. Did you know that where you live determines the selection of Girl Scout Cookies to which you have access? Well, you do now! There are two bakeries that make Girl Scout Cookies, the other being ABC Bakers.
Okay, so more than the names of the cookies are different. The pictures above prove that. Now for the map! Map 77 shows which of the two bakeries service each part of the United States. It’s not as simple as East/West, North/South, or Indiana/Civilization.
Many states are serviced by both bakeries and it almost appears unplanned. Northern California, Los Angeles, and the extreme South of California are LBB but the rest of the state is ABC. Much of the Midwest, including Minnesota, belongs to ABC with the notable exceptions of Milwaukee, Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Orlando is the only ABC territory in Florida and Georgia. My favorite oddity of this map is the location of the bakeries themselves. Little Brownie Bakers is in Louisville, Kentucky (owned by Kellogg and making Girl Scout Cookies since 1974) while ABC Bakers is based in Richmond, Virginia (owned by Interbake Foods LLC and making Girl Scout Cookies since 1937). If you look closely, both bakeries are in LBB territory! Why? I have no clue. Why are the cookies different at each bakery in the first place? I still have nothing. There doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason to this cookie-baking structure but damn if they don’t have the American people constantly coming back for more! #CookieFan
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The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are 139 days away (but who’s counting? (okay, I’m counting but I’m not alone)). I love the Olympics (#OlympicsNerd) and naturally they came up at work this week. I can find any way to bring them up, of course, but it was truly natural. A coworker was talking about wanting to watch the NCAA Tournament at work and I mentioned a mutual feeling about the Olympics this Summer. I have been spoiled in the past in being able to watch a lot of coverage. I was stuck inside taking care of our family cat (that had a broken leg) when I was 12 during the 2000 games (Sydney). I watched a ton of coverage as a 16 year old without a car in 2004 (Athens). I was working at Valleyfair Amusement Park in 2008 (Beijing) and still managed to stay up as late as possible catching up on all the events I had missed during each day. I remember watching sailing at 11:30pm every night. It was on CNBC or something crazy like that and there wasn’t even commentary, just the sound of wind and water. By 2012 (London), I was managing my own Radio Shack (I was the best manager I could be considering it was the slowest friggin’ store in the world) and was able to watch multiple events simultaneously. I had two TVs on different channels as well as the NBC Olympics App on my iPad and phone. It was the best possible situation. I got paid to watch the Olympics and I controlled the work DVR too! I won’t give you the full run down of all the Winter Olympics I’ve experienced but in 2014 (Sochi) I did have to endure very limited daytime coverage while working at TPI. I think I got a total of three hours viewing during the two weeks and only because I had a bunch of documents to work on.
Enough about me, though, let us focus on the upcoming XXXI Olympiad! This map came to my attention as a result of looking up the Olympics at work following the aforementioned March Madness/Olympics conversation. Wikipedia knew that I not only wanted to see content about the Olympics, I also wanted to see maps! After all, this isn’t the first Olympics-themed map I’ve done. Map 78 shows the locations of each event that will be held during the Rio games this August.
There are four main zones in the Rio de Janeiro area where events will occur. Most host cities split the action into multiple areas and for three main reasons: geography, cost, and tourism. Geography is usually the most important. Rowing and sailing events, for example, need to be held near a large enough body of water, man-made or natural. During the Winter Olympics, alpine skiing and snowboarding must take place on one or more mountains. Cost is big as well. Host cities must either find appropriate existing structures or build new ones. Once the Olympics are over, any new (usually expensive) buildings must be sold/leased to local sports franchises, universities, or companies to offset some of the costs. That being said, the Olympics can easily cause significant debt for the host country (which has been a growing concern for the selection committee in the past decade as they attempt to ensure countries are financially capable of hosting). Tourism is the last reason to spread out events and venues. Traffic jams, packed public transportation, and sold out hotels are going to be a very real problem for most host cities much less the already densely populated Rio de Janeiro. Having venues in four different areas can help alleviate some of those concerns a bit. Businesses in all four areas can expect a lot of increased revenue that month.
I really like that you can see which events are held in each area on the map. “Deodoro” is home to BMX, mountain bike, field hockey, rugby, basketball, whitewater, shooting, equestrian, and pentathlon. Three of the seven venues in that area are pre-existing with the rest being brand new or temporary. “Maracanã” has fewer events and venues (all three pre-existing) but is home to soccer (two separate stadiums), volleyball, archery, and athletics/track. The third area, “Copacabana” (the beach, not the nightclub), hosts beach volleyball (go team Walsh-Jennings & May!), triathlon, road cycling, marathon swimming, canoe, rowing, and sailing. It’s this area that has faced the most speculation heading into the games because of water pollution. Two of the four Copacabana venues are temporary while the other two are pre-existing (and budget-friendly). “Barra” is the fourth and most active Olympic Zone in Rio. There are going to be so many events held there that this list is pretty extensive; golf, athletics/track, handball, road cycling, fencing, water polo, swimming, synchronized swimming, diving, synchronized diving, tennis, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline, track cycling, basketball, table tennis, badminton (a personal favorite), wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, judo, taekwondo, and boxing! Two of the four venues are new, one is temporary, and one is pre-existing. You can read more about each of the Olympic venues here. Enjoy!
Are you excited for the Olympics this Summer? Will you be saving a box of Girl Scout Cookies in your freezer to eat in the ridiculous August heat? Let me know in the comments below!