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How the Mercator Projection Distorts the True Sizes of Countries on Maps

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Data scientist Neil Kaye made this map to show how much the popular Mercator projection distorts the sizes of many countries, particularly those in the Northern Hemisphere.

Mercator Adjusted

The distortion in the animated version is even clearer. Key takeaway: Africa is *enormous*.

See also the true size of things on world maps.

True Size Map

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Low information students forgot that map distortion was taught in school.
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Rock Wall

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I don't trust mantle/core geologists because I suspect that, if they ever get a chance to peel away the Earth's crust, they'll do it in a heartbeat.
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I don't trust mantle/core geologists because I suspect that, if they ever get a chance to peel away the Earth's crust, they'll do it in a heartbeat.
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I don't trust mantle/core geologists because I suspect that, if they ever get a chance to peel away the Earth's crust, they'll do it in a heartbeat.

Omnimappus Europeus

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A map of every European city - every city in Europe has a river, cathedral, ugly block housing and bars bars bars



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...so I can afford a room inside the city limits!


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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Rise of the Machines

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Take THAT, airport security bot.


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Well we doubled our goal on day one! That means a lot of nifty stretch goals are opening up. So, please give our new kickstarter a look!

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well by that logic they'd just smallpox us
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I wonder if that friendly lady ever fixed the problem she was having with her headset.
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Real life, again.
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Hey! I am that one friend!
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I wonder if that friendly lady ever fixed the problem she was having with her headset.
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I wonder if that friendly lady ever fixed the problem she was having with her headset.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Death

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Is the surprise chocolate? Chocolate is a nice surprise.


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"Baking bread basically involves creating a rich and warm environment for a species to thrive and then initiating a mass extinction event." - skullvhat

https://www.reddit.com/r/Showerthoughts/comments/9ha2fo/baking_bread_basically_involves_creating_a_rich/

(The username is SKULLvhat! Coincidence? ... yes, of course it is)
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