Twister Sifter is carrying a great compilation of maps with some extra information on them. Several of them have been featured on this blog before, but not even close to all of them. I particularly like the map above, showing the most common surnames by country in Europe, and the one below, which shows where different writing systems are used around the world. For both, click to embiggen.
40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World [TwisterSifter]
This map, from a 1927 publication entitled “The Motion Picture Industry as a Basis for Bond Financing”, shows which parts of California can be used as a set for different parts of the world.
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I really like this map that shows beers from every nation in the world – even the ones where alcohol is illegal.
Scroll down the runway on this larger map to see the airplane in various stages of takeoff, as photographed by a satellite for Google Earth. The plane (a KC-135, from the looks of it) is taking off from Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
This chart shows the current consumption of coffee per capita around the world, according to the World Resources Institute.
Comic Book Cartography is a collection of maps and diagrams from comic books. Above is the Nick Fury Tunnel Cutaway, from Strange Tales #141 – Jack Kirby.
The Known Universe, assembled by the American Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium, zooms out from Earth to the limits of the known universe (and does so accurately). Definitely worth a watch.
Since 1998, the American Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium have engaged in the three-dimensional mapping of the Universe. This cosmic cartography brings a new perspective to our place in the Universe and will redefine your sense of home. The Digital Universe Atlas is distributed to you via packages that contain our data products, like the Milky Way Atlas and the Extragalactic Atlas, and requires free software allowing you to explore the atlas by flying through it on your computer.
A great infographic showing the locations as well as some other data on every nuclear explosion since 1942. (Click to embiggen).
A caricature map of Europe, 1914 by Keith Thompson. The explanation is as follows:
The Clanker Powers:
Germany is a massive military machine with weapons aimed outwards to all surrounding countries. It points threateningly at Britain, not so much as a sign of direct aggression, but more as an indicator that it was now Germany’s turn to start a grand global Empire to challenge the world’s current one.
Austria Hungary is an aggressive armoured giant, teetering on shoddy foundations. It is also the primary aggressor in a land grab against Serbia, with two bayonets piercing the border.
The Ottoman empire is a teetering automaton, collapsing under the weight of a paranoid and ungainly spying network that gazes at Europe through many lenses and spy glasses. Istanbul is labeled Constantinople following the period’s English naming conventions.
The Swiss watch ticks away the time, comfortable to wait it all out.
The Darwinist Powers:
Britain is an militaristic lion with a Roman Imperial italic-type helmet. It sits upon a mound of riches gathered from its Empire.
France’s elephant beast (wearing the French kepi they started the war with before adapting their firefighter helmets) is influenced by the Elephantine Collossus built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in Paris (later it ended up going to the Moulin Rouge.)
Russia is a huge imperialist bear, rotting and filled with maggots.
Serbia’s imagery is an indicator of the huge amounts of civilian deaths and suffering they’ll find themselves subject to.
Norway and Sweden are both Scandinavian trolls in the style of John Bauer, an inspirational illustrator from the era who produced a lot of phenomenal work during the war.
Portugal is a parrot for the Entente trying to goad a slumbering Spain into the war.
Ireland looks askance to Britain and brandishes a shillelagh. An indicator of their very rough relationship at the time, and of their upcoming involvement with the Central powers.
Italy is a clutch of snakes with intents on the Central powers despite existing agreements. A foreshadowing of their arrangements at the secret 1915 Treaty of London where they were promised land in exchange for involvement. It was heavily influenced by Italian Prime Minister, Antonio Salandra’s open policy of serving Italy’s “divine self-interest.”
A bigger version is here.
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