Driftless Area

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Drift·less Area

An eroded, unglaciated region of the northern Midwest including most of western Wisconsin and parts of Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota.
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The "high percentage of misfits, fools, [and] various mediocrities" who remain account for the high per capita incidence of ineptitude, shabby grandiosity, and "enlarged capacity for botching ill-conceived projects." The Driftless Zone is a test case for this theory.