It’s incredible how much information you can convey with a single map, and the internet age has given us the ability to create maps to convey all sorts of information on them. For example, never before could you so starkly illustrate the fact that 15 countries in Africa offer the pill for free to their citizens, while only 2 in North America (and those two aren’t the United States or Canada). Never before could you look at a map of the entire universe.
Or, to use a slightly less consequential example, never before could you see how many countries have red in their flags versus how many countries have blue in their flags. Regardless of the information they convey, you can learn a lot from maps. Here are 24 maps that will make you look at the world in different ways — or, possibly, will just amuse you a little bit.