May 16, 2013

The world’s most and least racially tolerant countries / ethnically diverse countries

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November 8, 2012
What the red-and-blue electoral map would look like if it accurately reflected both colors in every state

What the red-and-blue electoral map would look like if it accurately reflected both colors in every state

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April 24, 2012

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February 24, 2012

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September 20, 2011

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March 22, 2011
Manhattan as it might have looked in 1609, juxtaposed with the outline of Manhattan today.
The Welikia Project » Manahatta
Mapping Manahatta - The New Yorker

Manhattan as it might have looked in 1609, juxtaposed with the outline of Manhattan today.

The Welikia Project » Manahatta

Mapping Manahatta - The New Yorker

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February 5, 2011
Only 23 U.S. states are entirely south of Canada’s southernmost point, Middle Island in Lake Erie.
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Only 23 U.S. states are entirely south of Canada’s southernmost point, Middle Island in Lake Erie.

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February 3, 2011
Bir Tawil

On the border between Egypt and Sudan is a small trapezoid of landlocked desert, about 2,000 square kilometers.

Egypt says it belongs to Sudan. Sudan says it belongs to Egypt.*

That makes Bir Tawil the only land area in the world (outside of Antarctica) that’s not claimed by any state. 

*The reason seems to be this, but also that it is “mostly sand or dry mountains.” Here is more.

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January 20, 2011
“Plan Four is the much-discussed invasion by way of Gibraltar-Dakar-Natal-Trinidad, which President Roosevelt’s Good Neighbour policy has tried to defend against. It is based on combining the Jap, German, Italian and Vichy navies, freed by the capture of Gibraltar and Suez. They must fight the Allied fleets somewhere. Invasion pours up the Mississippi Valley.”
Nazis Up the Mississippi, And Other Axis Invasion Scenarios « Strange Maps

“Plan Four is the much-discussed invasion by way of Gibraltar-Dakar-Natal-Trinidad, which President Roosevelt’s Good Neighbour policy has tried to defend against. It is based on combining the Jap, German, Italian and Vichy navies, freed by the capture of Gibraltar and Suez. They must fight the Allied fleets somewhere. Invasion pours up the Mississippi Valley.”

Nazis Up the Mississippi, And Other Axis Invasion Scenarios « Strange Maps

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December 21, 2010
The United States of Autocomplete have been collated simply by typing in the name of each US state, then plotting the autocompleted results on an actual map of the US.

The blue states, mainly in the South, West and northern Midwest, refer to specific sports (e.g. Alabama football) or specific teams (like the Minnesota Vikings, or Utah Jazz). 
The green states all refer to important educational institutions in each of those states - quite often a State University (as is the case in both Dakotas, Florida, Iowa, Arizona and Pennsylvania). The green states are concentrated in the Southwest, the Mid-Atlantic states and northern Midwest.
Four states, in red, refer to semi-eponymous newspapers. Ironically, one of these newspapers is based on the opposite coast of the state that it autocompletes: the Washington Post’s offices are in DC, on the eastern seaboard, nowhere near the state of Washington, in the Pacific Northwest.

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The United States of Autocomplete have been collated simply by typing in the name of each US state, then plotting the autocompleted results on an actual map of the US.

The blue states, mainly in the South, West and northern Midwest, refer to specific sports (e.g. Alabama football) or specific teams (like the Minnesota Vikings, or Utah Jazz). 

The green states all refer to important educational institutions in each of those states - quite often a State University (as is the case in both Dakotas, Florida, Iowa, Arizona and Pennsylvania). The green states are concentrated in the Southwest, the Mid-Atlantic states and northern Midwest.

Four states, in red, refer to semi-eponymous newspapers. Ironically, one of these newspapers is based on the opposite coast of the state that it autocompletes: the Washington Post’s offices are in DC, on the eastern seaboard, nowhere near the state of Washington, in the Pacific Northwest.

(via Strange Maps)

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November 9, 2010
Nighttime Lights of the World: Europe

Nighttime Lights of the World: Europe

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November 9, 2010
Nighttime Lights of the World: North America

Nighttime Lights of the World: North America

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November 2, 2010
A Map of State Movies « Strange Maps

A Map of State Movies « Strange Maps

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September 22, 2010
Europe According to Gay Men  by alphadesigner

Europe According to Gay Men  by alphadesigner

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September 19, 2010

This rather sinister image is one of the biggest mysteries in the history of western cartography. Most often referred to simply as the Fool’s Cap Map of the World, it is unknown why, when, where and by whom it was made.
The only thing that can be said about it with some certainty is that it dates from ca. 1580-1590. But sources even differ as to the type of projection used, some referring to it as ptolemaic (i.e. equidistant conic), others claiming it owes more to the techniques of Mercator and/or Ortelius.

The Fool’s Cap Map of the World « Strange Maps

This rather sinister image is one of the biggest mysteries in the history of western cartography. Most often referred to simply as the Fool’s Cap Map of the World, it is unknown why, when, where and by whom it was made.

The only thing that can be said about it with some certainty is that it dates from ca. 1580-1590. But sources even differ as to the type of projection used, some referring to it as ptolemaic (i.e. equidistant conic), others claiming it owes more to the techniques of Mercator and/or Ortelius.

The Fool’s Cap Map of the World « Strange Maps

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