Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
There are two kinds of people.
The ones that want to think and feel the same as many other people.
And the ones who prefer to have their own favorites.
So when it comes to fast food, do you want your beloved chain to be America's favorite?
Or would you rather Americans all went off and ate somewhere else, so that you can enjoy your secret?
I'm moved to such depths after perusing data that purports to declare which fast-food chains are America's most popular, state by state.
It seems that America is an almost homogenous place, where only one sort of fast food brings its adherents to rapture.
Or, who knows, perhaps even The Rapture.
No, it's not McDonald's. It's not even Wendy's.
In a state by state analysis published by Business Insider, Chick-fil-A dominates large swathes of the United States of Eating Quickly.
Almost every state east and north of Texas seems to conclude that this celestial chicken does it for them like no other fast food.
One outlier is Washington D.C.
Being a deeply conservative place, it plumps for McDonald's.
And then there's Vermont, which embraces Wendy's.
There are some odd results.
California's favorite is apparently Raising Cane's.
I had to look that up and I live in California. It's apparently a chicken fingers restaurant out of Louisiana.
Kansas is another holdout. Its beloved fast food is Culver's. Nevada allegedly favors White Castle, while Oklahoma cannot get enough of Taco Bueno.
Perhaps the most surprising renegade is Texas. It's in love with In-N-Out Burger.
A word of caution before you rail to the fast-food gods.
This data comes from Foursquare, which apparently looked at "which chains received the most visits on average per location in every state based on the total number of visits to each chain divided by the number of locations in that state."
Ah, so some of these states might not have many of these restaurants, but people just love them a lot.
Of course, many fast-food chains are currently under pressure as competitors that offer radical concepts such as fresh ingredients begin to maraud their way across the map.
In a few years' time, will Texas be in love with Tofu Tom's? Will California turn to Quail-N-Kale?
One thing is sure. Washington D.C. will still love McDonald's.