United States Death Trip

Wisconsin Death TripWisconsin Death Trip has been a cult book favorite since the 1970s, with its juxtaposition of great black-and-white photography with tales of woe and destruction in the distant forests of central Wisconsin. Wifey and I have both fallen in love with the film adaptation, too. Despite accusations of historical infidelity, the book remains haunting, but the title doesn’t really jive for me. It has a very psychadelic 70s sound to it, which doesn’t hurt its purpose, but I couldn’t figure out what it meant. So, I went online looking for anything to explain it, and if any other states have death trips of their own. Everything I found seemed to point back to this book as the source of the term, and a few states have a pretty solid following for their own localized version of the term. Math geeks, here’s some chart porn for you, below the fold:

“(State) Death Trip”, according to the number of Google results.

Wisconsin (1,010,000) / (lots) /
Illinois (8,830)
Texas (7,930)
California (5,960)
Kansas (5,930)
New York (3,740)
Michigan (2,730)
Colorado (2,470)
Iowa (862)
Pennsylvania (557)
Massachusetts (382)
Indiana (286)
Arizona (150)
Minnesota (125)
Tennessee (92)
Connecticut (39)
Oklahoma (9)
Wyoming (9)
Alaska (8)
Louisiana (8)
Montana (7)
Washington (7)
Idaho (6)
Nevada (6)
Florida (5)
Virginia (5)
Kentucky (4)
Nebraska (4)
New Jersey (4)
Oregon (4)
Ohio (3)
West Virginia (3)
Alabama (2)
Georgia (2)
New Mexico (2)
Maine (1)
Mississippi (1)
Missouri (1)
North Carolina (1)
Utah (1)
Vermont (1)
Arkansas (0)
Delaware (0)
Hawaii (0)
Maryland (0)
New Hampshire (0)
North Dakota (0)
Rhode Island (0)
South Carolina (0)
South Dakota (0)

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