The Mercator Projection and two alternate Mercator Projections. These are all equally distorted, although in #2 most of the worst distortion hits the oceans.
In Russia, the country is “Germania” but the people are “niemtsy.”
I took the Dialect Similarity Quiz and, uh, yeah.
I wonder how much of that red spot in Northern California would be there if I’d taken the test four/eight/ten years ago. I know that over the years I’ve abandoned some of the words and pronunciations I grew up with, even if I’m not sure when. (“Grosh-ry store” became “gross-ry store,” “pop” became “soda,” and somehow “tractor-trailer” became “semi.” But “crayon” still rhymes with “man.”)
Map of the river Tigris.
From the Egyptian 11th century manuscript Kitāb Gharāʾib al-funūn wa-mulaḥ al-ʿuyūn (The Book of Curiosities of the Sciences and Marvels for the Eyes).
Found at BibliOdyssey.
"Bubble diagram" of London by Arthur Ling and D.K. Johnson, 1943.
This along with other maps and diagrams formed part of the County of London Plan. The somewhat psychedelic diagram shown is a brilliant synthesis of mapping London’s interrelated system of communities, and details of local town amenities.
Somewhat incomplete 1659 map of Australia (New Holland) by the Dutch cartographer Joan Blaeu. (via myimaginarybrooklyn)
Related: someone found a way to make me interested in the NFL. Interesting how the fans track state lines so closely in some cases but not others. (The distribution of Raiders fans is surprising to me, not that I know anything about this.)
Fascinating map of heritage languages in America other than English. The picture is even more interesting with Spanish removed:
This would be more interesting if we had a higher-res image. You can see that the third most common language in Santa Clara County is Vietnamese, though, which I wasn’t aware of before moving here.
(Source: , via sb-cd)
Eric Fischer’s map of race and ethnicity in the South Bay, based on 2010 census data. Fischer has also created similar maps for about 100 other metropolitan areas.
Red = non-Hispanic white, yellow = Hispanic, light green = Asian, blue = African-American. Each dot is 25 residents.