It has divided America into Red States and Blue States. It has bubbled quietly, inexorably. We have become slaves to our own traditions and refuse to acknowledge that other people in other places might see it differently. Can't we all just get along?
What's that? ... politics? .... NO! The whole "soda" vs. "pop" vs. "Coke" debate! Americans can't seem to agree on what we call fizzy soft-drinks! Really, people, you might find this difficult to comprehend, but this is a far more important schism than whether Saddam Hussein prefers boxer or briefs!
Now East Central Oklahoma University's Department of Cartography and Geography has studied this phenomenon with more than 120,000 respondents. Matthew Campbell of the Spatial Graphics and Analysis Lab created a roll-over map of every U.S. county and its tendencies to call it "soda" (or "sodey" in some places), "pop," "Coke," or something entirely different (although, check out Southern California's preferences.)
Go to the web site and check out your county's preferred term ... and please, let's try to avoid a civil war.