Countries That Look Like Pop Culture References

You'll never look at a map the same way again.

Cory Dudakby Cory Dudak

Italy is shaped like a boot. There’s virtually no denying something that you’ve heard over and over since grade school, but just in case you aren’t convinced, I outlined it on the map below.

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Of course, not all country shapes are as black and white. For example, someone recently pointed out that Australia looks suspiciously like Scooby-Doo, but the reception was a mixed bag at best.

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Whether you find that to be spot-on or a huge stretch, you can’t deny that, at the very least, the general outline is there. That got me thinking, “What pop culture references do other countries look like with a little creativity and tinkering outside the lines?” Here’s what I found:

Countries That Look Like Pop Culture References

Greece looks like the Grinch and his dog, Max.

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Sticking with the cartoon character theme, I decided to start things off on a festive note. Say what you will about the quality of my artwork, but don’t tell me I’m not at least onto something here.

Democratic Republic of the Congo looks like Eugene from The Walking Dead.

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Knowing that no matter what the first example was, you wouldn’t buy it, I saved the best for second. As you can see, there is simply no denying the similarity here.

Libya looks like the train scene from Back to the Future Part III.

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This one’s so obvious that I bet everyone is already saying, “Tell me something I don’t know.” Still, I had to toss it in the mix just in case you somehow never noticed it before.

Colombia looks like Genie Jafar from the end of Aladdin.

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Not sure if this counts as cheating, but I had to turn a map of Colombia on its side to make this work. Regardless, you will never be able to see the country any other way now.

Mongolia looks like Professor Gremlin from Gremlins 2: The New Batch.

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It didn’t have to be Professor Gremlin. It could have been any of them, really. Hell, I could have made Mongolia into a Mogwai if I wanted to. How great would that be for the name of a sports team? The Mongolia Mogwai — it’s got a nice ring to it.

Myanmar (Burma) looks like Ace Ventura from his ’90s Saturday morning cartoon series.

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I never really watched the Ace Ventura: Pet Detective kid’s show, but I still somehow spotted this uncanny resemblance right away. And now you will, too. Forever.

South Africa looks like Homer’s Spirit Guide from The Simpsons.

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Relax, you didn’t just eat a Guatemalan Insanity Pepper. South Africa really does look like Homer’s Spirit Guide during his chili-induced acid trip. I mean, if you squint. Actually, it might help if you dropped some of those peppers.

Zambia looks like Superman flying toward the camera.

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It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s Zambia! And on that note, I’ll go ahead and wrap things up. Wouldn’t want these drawings to get absurd.

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