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THERE’S SO MUCH MORE to the world than we can usually glean from a map of a place.

Sure, you’ve got the political and topographical maps we’re all familiar with, and from those we can see the boundaries we’ve created and those that were naturally imposed…but what about burning questions like, “How does my country rate on the global attractiveness scale,” or “Where are all the redheads of the world hiding?”

Thanks to the wealth of data floating around for free use on the internet, with these maps we visual learners can finally get a better sense of the global scheme of things, and perhaps find answers to several questions we never even thought of asking.

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Alex Scola

Alex is a recent graduate from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Though originally from Las Vegas, he continues to live in Portland where he produces and plays electronic music, and works odd-jobs (occasionally as a personal trainer). In his free-time, he is currently working on finishing a full-length album, and touching every continent.

  • Coleen Monroe

    The IQ scores map might have a little bit of a problem. IQ is not known to be a particularly reliable predictor of ‘intelligence’ and the implications of a gradient map should be apparent. I’d remove that one.

    • That guy

      Spare me. You sound like a Nazi bookburner.

  • G Kann

    Here’s a coincidence: Hungary is the only dark green country in Europe on the penis-size map, and from the most popular surnames map we see “Nagy” for Hungary. Which means “great” or “big.”

  • Chase

    Cool stuff, but the math on #13 is way off. It would take 96 days to complete, not 20 years.

    • Jake D

      Even if you only travel 7.5 knots a day it’s only 6.3ish years. I wonder how anyone got 20 years.

      • arek

        > 7.5 knots a day
        It does not make sense as knot means ‘nautical mile per hour’.
        You cannot say: 7.5 mile per hour a day.

  • Emma J

    This was really interesting! It’s cool to see how many different ways that we can view the world, instead of just the boring map version that we think of. I’d like to say that the first stereotypical map of how Americans view the rest of the world was rude and wrong, but speaking to a lot of people during the day, I’d have to say that it’s pretty accurate. I also think Map #49 might be wrong, considering I don’t really know many people that use Internet Explorer anymore, so I definitely don’t think that’s true.

  • Daniel Malanga

    some of these maps are like completely wrong …thailand for instance has never been invaded by the british

    • Richard Marshall

      Didn’t they invade Siam?

    • Ren

      Thailand was never colonized by the British. Invaded is a different story. The King of Siam made more than a few compromises to retain independence. Border disputes from both British and French colonization efforts are still being argued.

  • 1fever

    Most of these maps have some scientific backing but I don’t get why it’s necessary to throw in a couple of U.S bashing maps. Is that just the cool thing to do anymore?

    • Trevor Sandlin

      Yeah, it was out of taste.

      • samucael

        I liked those…

        • dude

          and your a dick oh

          • samucael

            Oh… poor guy… so touchy

    • melons

      no, the cool thing to do now is to call any sort of objectivity “hating” or “bashing”

  • Kangaroo Rider

    Football is more popular than cricket here in Australia

  • BBakeca

    Amazing list!

  • David

    Wyoming’s most acclaimed singer is Chris Ledoux. I can’t even tell what that is on the map.

  • Peter Bamuhigire

    Yeah, Number 57 has really challenged what I thought I knew about the World !

  • Dan

    How did someone come up with 20 years for map #13? Approximately 97 days to sail at 7.5 knots. Magellan’s fleet only took 3 years to circumnavigate the world and they stopped many times and travelled more miles.

  • Rhonda Albom

    Fantastic. These maps are super interesting, well most of them are. A few are bizarre. Thanks for pulling this together.

  • David

    Who did the math on # 13?
    If the distance is 20000miles with a speed of 7,5 knots (8,63mph), it would take 96,6 days.. In 20 years you would be able to sail around the world over 60 times with that speed! (in a straight line that is)

  • Diane Kemper-Bixler

    You really like to bash America.

  • BaldBird

    I like cake.

  • Ruth

    #6 Map is off. These ages at first intercourse must apply to males, not females. India, for example, is an early-marrying country for females; there are still many arranged marriages, and first intercourse is most likely to occur within marriage for females. See data from Demographic Health Surveys in Ruth Dixon-Mueller, 2008 “How young is ‘too young’? Comparative perspectives on adolescent sexual, marital and reproductive transitions,” Studies in Family Planning 39(4):247-262–among other sources.

  • Ren

    #19… Zaire? One would think an article on maps would be aware of significant name changes, especially one that has been in place for most of the author’s life.

  • Konig Ludwig

    what a crazy maps ;D coooooooooool

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