A special series by Frank Jacobs.
Frank has been writing about strange maps since 2006, published a book on the subject in 2009 and joined Big Think in 2010. Readers send in new material daily, and he keeps bumping in to cartography that is delightfully obscure, amazingly beautiful, shockingly partisan, and more. "Each map tells a story, but the stories told by your standard atlas for school or reference are limited and literal: they show only the most practical side of the world, its geography and its political divisions. Strange Maps aims to collect and comment on maps that do everything but that - maps that show the world from a different angle."
For the first time in nearly 1500 years, fewer than half the people in England and Wales consider themselves Christian.
A vertical map might better represent a world dominated by China and determined by shipping routes across the iceless Arctic.
All roads may not lead to Rome, but many of them lead to wealth and prosperity — even 1,500 years after the fall of the Roman Empire.
A 19th-century surveying mistake kept lumberjacks away from what is now Minnesota's largest patch of old-growth trees.
These ten maps provide a fascinating insight into the impact that soccer (sorry, football) has had worldwide.
Its apples taste bad, but institutions all over the world want a descendant or clone of the tree, anyway.
True north, magnetic north, and grid north have aligned. There's also a connection to James Bond.
Environmental activists want us to feel "flight shame" if we can take a train, instead. But this isn't entirely realistic, even in Europe.
One possible vision of the distant future.
All American and European eels originate in the same place.
Humanity is poised to pass the 8 billion milestone mid-November, but population growth is actually slowing down.
When the great American tradition of the road trip meets the great Jewish tradition of the deli, we get the Great American Deli Schlep.
You might think it's impossible to run out of wind, but Europe's "wind drought" proves otherwise. And it's only going to get worse.
Scallop shells have accompanied pilgrims to and from Santiago de Compostela for centuries, for more than one reason
On New Year's Eve 1899, the captain of this Pacific steamliner sailed into history. Or did he?
If you want to escape the negativity, head to Kazakhstan.
There are nearly 100 towns named "Troy."
Total annihilation is a permanent threat.
Thanks to genetics and improving nutrition, denizens of the Western Balkans have surpassed the Dutch in height.
"When you see me, weep." When rivers dry up in Central Europe, "hunger stones" with ominous inscribed warnings from centuries past reappear.
Break into London Zoo? Illegal, but it would improve the London Circle Walk
EV charging stations are the most widespread alternative to gas and diesel pumps. Each alternative has its own hotspots and "deserts."
An interactive “globe of notability” shows the curious correspondences and the strange landscape of global fame.
A new bridge joins a divided Croatia, but it cuts Bosnia out of Europe — literally and figuratively. A bridge meant to unite also divides.
Sweet, bitter, salty, sour. These are the four basic tastes we were taught in grade school. But there is a fifth: umami. And it's everywhere.
"Politics is weird. It’s the only business in the world in which you take a really, really important position, and you give it to someone with no qualifications." —Tony Blair
Genetic analysis reveals that a specimen collected in 2019 is the same subspecies as one caught more than a century earlier.
Here's why mega-eruptions like the ones that covered North America in ash are the least of your worries.
If you find yourself on one of these roads, it might be a while before you see another fellow traveler.
This world map shows how the rest of the world LOLs. In France, you MDR; in China, you 23333.