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Plutonic Panda
12-11-2013, 10:07 PM
Population density is hard to understand without a point of reference. This map makes it easier by representing populations of other places using areas we're much more familiar with.
http://i1.likes-media.com/uimg/4f55eacdde14b15d182de43875c5aff8.600x

This is a map of the highest paid public employees by state. If you're not already a football coach, you're making way less money than you could be.
http://i2.likes-media.com/uimg/f10b3040a371e69156f220c36bc89e35.600x

The red represents the countries with McDonald's. McDonald's may have gotten farther than the British. One things for sure, wherever you go, a packet of golden fries is never very far away.
http://i2.likes-media.com/uimg/39e4a77a274b2a6dcfcc96762a3f991e.600x

This is a map of every place in the world that the British have invaded, in pink. Only 22 countries were left out. That's impressive considering Great Britain itself is nearly too small to see on this map!
http://i2.likes-media.com/uimg/d6f4f64af2434a1e83a2cdf0cb6db405.600x

What countries give mothers time off to bond with their babies? Nearly every country in the world. The United States is nearly the only holdout, along with Suriname, Liberia and Papua New Guinea.
http://i4.likes-media.com/uimg/b94a7b641bd2a0a9957e043a5dff2343.600x

Chinese is a language full of colorful dialects. This map of Europe shows the literal translation of Chinese names for those countries. West Classtooth sounds like a bizarre place to visit.
http://i3.likes-media.com/uimg/3e763b7ffcfcc055d8bf6ef4c8871886.600x

The red regions are countries that are not on the metric system. Seriously, the metric system makes so much sense, why can't we just suck it up and switch over?
http://i4.likes-media.com/uimg/7ecd8eac6c0dcd74b588a9c4a552f23c.600x

This map shows common pirate routes around the world so you know where to steer clear on your next fantastic voyage. The pink areas are the most dangerous; the West African coast and Indonesian waters are pirate-central!
http://i2.likes-media.com/uimg/ca150030e6a94c628cabe01aa1e4ec7a.600x

As it turns out, the likelihood that you'll get struck by lightning depends a lot on where you live. The yellow areas see the most lightning strikes per square kilometer, white sees the least. For some reason, those bolts really seem to like central Africa.
http://i2.likes-media.com/uimg/4f80daa808b9dfa22dc3e2950f46e245.600x

Have you ever wondered how much space the United States would take up if it were on the moon? No? Well, it's still pretty cool to see it on a map.
http://i1.likes-media.com/uimg/c9dcf9fd74194922eff32c11fa0c211d.600x

The orientation of the modern map is completely arbitrary. It all depends on where you're standing when you make the map. This is what the world map would look like if the orientation was reversed. And just like that Australia is in the center of the world!
http://i3.likes-media.com/uimg/a6de27f0392198ef34625b8b996ed546.600x

The world has roughly 7 billion people, and each color on this map represents a part of the world where 1 billion people reside. Red and orange, which contain China and India, are pretty tightly packed!
http://i2.likes-media.com/uimg/389c2929637f19d140a8d8cfa53add65.600x

This map tracks the movement of economic centers in the world since 1 AD. Follow the arrows to see where the wealth is flowing. It's funny how cyclical things are. First money left the East and now it looks like it's headed back.
http://i2.likes-media.com/uimg/a63ef8af0619eab2371ec2142aa6c47a.600x

Not everyone is obsessed with coffee. This is a map of annual coffee consumption per capita around the world; the darker colors drink more coffee. It's surprising that people in Africa, where a lot of coffee beans are grown, drinks almost no coffee. What we want to know is how people in Greenland stay awake.
http://i2.likes-media.com/uimg/378fd48efd793d3a36b7aeca76a0ca55.600x

The Mississippi river is much bigger than you think. In red are the 7,000+ rivers that feed into that big body of water.
http://i1.likes-media.com/uimg/e087b5f479a39f221d5bb40481afb734.600x

Not all oil comes from the middle east. This map highlights the movements of oil exports and imports from country to country. The Americas are actually a big exporter of oil!
http://i4.likes-media.com/uimg/2f29490561ff280ec3ac92d2673b9847.600x

Where does most of the world's research take place? This dark purple regions have the highest Number of Researchers per Million Inhabitants
Around the World. North America and Europe are the nerds of the world!
http://i2.likes-media.com/uimg/c1480041b3b08669d3575fe42362d0d1.600x

Sexual norms vary all over the globe. This interesting map charts the average age that people around the world got their v-card stamped for the first time. Green is youngest age and red is oldest. Looks like East Asia is really into holding out.
http://i1.likes-media.com/uimg/bc744f6bebe00c7f9837c884dfb0c438.600x

The dark red countries have the most reported cases of bribery. The United States takes a hard stand against bribery, but looks like Russia and China have to deal with a lot of corruption!
http://i4.likes-media.com/uimg/7338bf53f674ba291c4ce608fac3b57c.600x

Maps don't always have to contain useful information. This beauty tracks the journey of 29,000 rubber duckies that fell off of a ship while it was crossing the pacific ocean.
http://i4.likes-media.com/uimg/b590ed1b2afcdc43e85b36e960fc9fd3.600x

Harboring a healthy fear of earthquakes? This is a great map for deciding where not to move. Anywhere well away from that giant frightening ring in the middle should be fine.
http://i2.likes-media.com/uimg/5cf4861b7fb4fc461d87866e7c706ebe.600x

How many rivers are there in the United States? Nearly too many to count. Each blue vein represents a river. It's enough to make you want to go out and buy a kayak.
http://i4.likes-media.com/uimg/6469d39a57193d300dbe6116feeb2843.600x

Who's drinking what? Purple is beer, olive is wine, yellow is spirits, blue is other, and grey is unavailable. We never would have thought beer was so popular!
http://i1.likes-media.com/uimg/1b85a0224afa68a3e1792cd3e2e60310.600x

Looking for some drinking buddies during your backpacking trip? The dark purple countries drink the most and green countries drink the least. Russia may be too much of a party, but Australia could be a lot of fun.
http://i1.likes-media.com/uimg/5aae6f7635a87c1d9dd7d977111cd340.600x

Both India and China have exceeded one billion people. That means there are more people there than anyone else in the world. Just try to wrap your mind around that.
http://i2.likes-media.com/uimg/10e3d9234412dfdad04afa7f14ecf209.600x

Global travel is a lot less common than you'd think. This is a map of the most common routes taken in 2012. The world may be a big place but most of us prefer to stay local. 7 out of 10 are within Asia!
http://i3.likes-media.com/uimg/652627c83af675ad4d44f8b746b257bb.600x

Have you been itching to catch a glimpse of yourself on Google Street View? This map shows in blue where the automated cars travel around the world.
http://i1.likes-media.com/uimg/5226c7b495e166acf34afa41772e47e8.600x

This is a map of global internet usage. The yellow wave represents day, the black represents night. The redder the area, the more internet they're using.
http://i3.likes-media.com/uimg/4023313c7dc3a64de8e0d8fcac66fc42.600x

There's a lot of overlap between people who are into maps and people who are into travelling. This guy blended the two in an awesome map tattoo with the countries he's visited colored in.
http://i2.likes-media.com/uimg/340a84fe8e9b8932e25f127ccf4d7e5e.600x

Pangea is the giant land mass that existed before the continents separated. Most of us learned about it in school. But this representation includes modern country lines for a better idea of what it was like.
http://i1.likes-media.com/uimg/fb199aea53029cf7b949e31ec04c6d80.600x

Here is the link with the sources for each map: http://likes.com/misc/30-maps-that-will-blow-your-mind?page=30&v=eyJjbGlja19pZCI6IDI1MDc4NDAzNTUsICJwb3N0X2lkIjog MjkyNDEwMDEsICJtIjogMCwgInQiOiAxMzg2ODIzNjYyfQ

Prunepicker
12-11-2013, 11:03 PM
Too funny! Thanks for the laughs.

Zuplar
12-12-2013, 10:04 AM
I'm a big fan of maps, so I really enjoyed this. Thanks.

KayneMo
12-23-2013, 03:57 PM
I love these kinds of maps!

Here's one I made trying to put into perspective how densely populated India and China are.
In red is India and green is China.
In darker red are the Indian states Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and a combined population of 304 million (US pop. is ~317 million) crammed into an area just slightly bigger than New Mexico, or about twice as big as Oklahoma.
In darker green are the Chinese provinces Shandong, Henan, Hebei, and the Chinese municipalities Beijing and Tianjin. Their combined population is 296 million in an area about the size of Colorado and Wyoming combined.
http://www.okctalk.com/attachments/current-events-open-topic/5571d1387838696-30-maps-will-blow-your-mind-us-india-china-compare.jpg

It absolutely blows my mind that there are areas in the world that can fit the population of the US into an area of a couple of our states!

KayneMo
12-23-2013, 04:03 PM
Here's Manhattan overlayed onto Oklahoma City. Manhattan has a population of a little over 1.6 million in 23 square miles.
OKC has an urban population (not including Norman but including Edmond) of about 865,000 in 411 square miles.
http://www.okctalk.com/attachments/current-events-open-topic/5572d1387839792-30-maps-will-blow-your-mind-manhattan-over-okc.jpg

Nick
12-23-2013, 04:23 PM
Here's Manhattan overlayed onto Oklahoma City. Manhattan has a population of a little over 1.6 million in 23 square miles.
OKC has an urban population (not including Norman but including Edmond) of about 865,000 in 411 square miles.
http://www.okctalk.com/attachments/current-events-open-topic/5572d1387839792-30-maps-will-blow-your-mind-manhattan-over-okc.jpg

This is pretty interesting to see. OKC really should never have built highway loops and condensed considerably. Too late now.

Pete
12-23-2013, 06:21 PM
There's a lot of overlap between people who are into maps and people who are into travelling. This guy blended the two in an awesome map tattoo with the countries he's visited colored in.

If I was him, I'd avoid Russia and Greenland, as those are going to hurt! :)


That map about the metric system is pretty appalling. I remember Jim Carter making a big push when I was in school but he didn't try hard enough.

In fairness, it's hard to find anything in this country without a corresponding metric measurement.

KayneMo
12-27-2013, 04:04 PM
World population cartogram:
http://www.esri.com/news/arcuser/0110/graphics/cartogram_2-lg.jpg

venture
12-28-2013, 12:46 AM
Love the maps. Definitely some pretty interesting stuff there that is nothing to laugh at.

Plutonic Panda
01-27-2014, 10:35 PM
http://qzprod.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/liquor-map21.png

ljbab728
01-27-2014, 10:44 PM
That's obviously a bogus map because I like scotch and only my opinion counts.

Just the facts
01-28-2014, 11:25 AM
That map about the metric system is pretty appalling. I remember Jim Carter making a big push when I was in school but he didn't try hard enough.


I'm not sure it is accurate either (or at a minimum they should define 'using'). The UK uses metric for temperature but distance is measured in miles/yards and speed in mph. Meanwhile, in my garage right now are metric sockets and wrenches that fit bolts and nuts I use. I-19 in Arizona has most signs in metric.

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 12:58 AM
http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-31.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 12:59 AM
http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-2.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 12:59 AM
Most popular sports in the world

http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-1.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:00 AM
http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-12.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:02 AM
I am going to just download this an put into thumbnail because it does contain strong profanity, but is very funny. It is different countries and regions supposedly stereotyped by Americans

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there is more specific one in this list of maps I found here: A list of maps they don't teach you in school because its too mind opening | iLyke (http://u1506p849.ilyke.net/a-list-of-maps-they-don-t-teach-you-in-school-because-its-too-mind-opening/46902/?pid=5)
just use the arrows to navigate

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:03 AM
http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-33.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:04 AM
http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-38.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:05 AM
Ever wondered about average size of the male.... uh, foot ;)

http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-19.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:06 AM
most common surnames in Europe

http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-8.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:06 AM
http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-3.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:07 AM
http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-44.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:07 AM
Beer names in different European languages

http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-10.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:07 AM
Freedom of the Press!

http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-11.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:08 AM
Land and Sea Inverted

http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-13.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:08 AM
Driving orientation

http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-28.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:09 AM
http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-23.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:09 AM
http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-20.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:10 AM
http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-21.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:10 AM
This one is good lol

http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-37.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:10 AM
Every country England has invaded

http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-35.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:11 AM
Greed

http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-40.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:12 AM
http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-30.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:12 AM
Fertility Rate

http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-34.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:13 AM
http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-9.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:13 AM
http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-6.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:14 AM
Every country with a McDonalds

http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-43.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:14 AM
this is kind of hard to read....

http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-14.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:15 AM
Lightning intensity map

http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-22.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:15 AM
Earth With Mercator Projection Using a Different Centerpoint

http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-39.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:16 AM
Antarctic Time Zones!

http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-36.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:16 AM
http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-16.jpg

Plutonic Panda
02-15-2014, 01:17 AM
http://static.ilyke.net/uploads/2014/02/13/sub/46902-ilyke.net-large-fun-maps-41.jpg

Prunepicker
02-17-2014, 10:49 PM
There's a Three Stooges skit that includes the country Givadam.

ljbab728
02-17-2014, 11:11 PM
There's a Three Stooges skit that includes the country Givadam.

Yes it's mentioned here when they show the map at 3:40 minutes into the video.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNDi7UmbUzw

Zuplar
05-13-2014, 02:01 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/05/12/upshot/12-upshot-nba-basketball.html?ref=sports&_r=1

Since I like maps, and the Thunder.

Plutonic Panda
05-16-2014, 05:13 AM
Awesome GIF that shows the spread of WW1

http://static6.businessinsider.com/image/537512016bb3f76252360e24/4b1rrxf.gif

This GIF Shows The Scope Of World War One - Business Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/this-gif-shows-the-scope-of-world-war-one-2014-5)

Plutonic Panda
05-19-2014, 08:34 PM
The world 14,000 years ago

https://scontent-b-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t31.0-8/10293661_690199014374479_2388029033701279267_o.jpg


Graphic designer Martin Vargic has created this map of our world as it looked during the peak of the last glaciation in the late Pleistocene, using the best available geological knowledge.

Ice sheets cover large chunks of the Boreal regions, and spread outwards from the globe's tall mountain ranges. Alpine glaciers and the Patagonian, Greenland and Antarctic ice caps are some of the pitiful remnants of a once mighty cryosphere. Since the ice left, many of these lands have been steadily rising inch by inch over the millennia as the mantle adjusts to the removal of their vast weight.

The map also shows the expanded coastlines due to the roughly lower sea level, and the land bridges that united North America and Asia, the British Isles to the mainland of Europe. Our current oceans are around 120 metres higher than 14,000 years ago, and roughly another 60-80m resides in the remaining land bound ice.

Geologists contributed data on the location of now vanished lakes, sea levels and the size of the ice sheets in the last couple of millennia before the large scale meltdown kicked in. Other related maps cover the two polar regions and more detailed regional comparison charts with the present. Current political borders have been included, along with major cities so that people can assess how much their home area has changed.

- read more here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=690199014374479&set=a.352867368107647.80532.352857924775258&type=1

Plutonic Panda
05-19-2014, 08:37 PM
Elevates Sea Levels

http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/theworldclimate.jpg

Here is a much larger version Artist's Sea Level Rise Map Envisions A World Of New Seas And Coastlines (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/20/sea-level-rise-map_n_4824483.html)

Plutonic Panda
05-19-2014, 08:38 PM
Here are tons of more cool maps

JaySimons's deviantART Gallery (http://jaysimons.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=0)

zookeeper
05-20-2014, 12:30 AM
I think you need a blog. With all the threads you start here with this kind of thing, you could create your own Buzzfeed.

Plutonic Panda
05-29-2014, 12:53 PM
How Americans Feel About Each State (http://puunjtun05.greatpix.me/how-americans-feel-about-each-state)

Be warned though, that list is kind of fishy...

Plutonic Panda
05-30-2014, 04:30 PM
Each States most Distinctive Industry

http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/53878e39ecad04083029a00d-1200-750/industry%20employment%20location%20quotients%20sta te%20map.png

State Industry Location Quotient Map - Business Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/state-industry-location-quotient-map-2014-5)

Plutonic Panda
05-30-2014, 04:33 PM
Here is the most popular job in every state

http://static1.businessinsider.com/image/533c35e7eab8ea404c0a1abb-1200-750/overrepresented%20jobs%20state%20map.png

Most Popular Job By State [MAP] - Business Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/most-popular-job-by-state-map-2014-4)

Plutonic Panda
05-30-2014, 04:34 PM
Latest Census estimates

http://static6.businessinsider.com/image/5335ebe4ecad04f61f5f17e8-800-/net%20population%20change%20county%20census%20map% 202013.png

Census Population Change County Maps - Business Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/census-population-change-county-maps-2014-3)

Plutonic Panda
06-10-2014, 04:52 PM
http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/538ef05f69beddf434b5dd7f-918-571/blatt_death_1.jpg.crop.original-original.jpg

Most Common Causes Of Death In Each State - Business Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/most-common-causes-of-death-in-each-state-2014-6)

Plutonic Panda
07-03-2014, 09:50 AM
Map/Chart of the cultures

http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/53ac32e5eab8eab633c21c28-800-/inglehart_values_map2.svg.png

http://www.businessinsider.com/inglehart-welzel-culture-map-2014-7

Plutonic Panda
07-03-2014, 09:51 AM
Most patriotic states

http://cdn.twentytwowords.com/wp-content/uploads/Patriotic-States-1b-685x487.jpg?76d27a

http://cdn.twentytwowords.com/wp-content/uploads/Patriotic-States-2-685x1489.png?76d27a

Can you guess which U.S. states are the most patriotic? What about the least patriotic? | 22 Words (http://twentytwowords.com/can-you-guess-which-u-s-states-are-the-most-patriotic-what-about-the-least-patriotic/)

Dubya61
07-03-2014, 05:09 PM
Map/Chart of the cultures

http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/53ac32e5eab8eab633c21c28-800-/inglehart_values_map2.svg.png

Inglehart-Welzel Culture Map - Business Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/inglehart-welzel-culture-map-2014-7)

Did I miss it? or did they (should they?) totally overlook the Jewish / Israeli culture?