Tag Archives: Strange Maps

Wyoming’s Is Best

Via StrangeMaps, above are the mottos of all states, translated into English where necessary. Embiggen to read the small states or go to the link for a list. The two-and-a-half score state mottos display a wide variety, of quotations, languages and underlying messages. English is the favourite language, but not even by half: only 24 state mottos are originally in ...

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Via StrangeMaps

StrangeMaps tips us to this 1983 graphic from the Dallas Morning News which shows the relative size and populations of some major cities. Obviously, the populations have increased for some of these cities, but like the StrangeMaps dude, I’m more fascinated by their relative sizes and densities. What remains striking about this map, even though we’re talking about populations and ...

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The Blonde Map Of Europe

Go to StrangeMaps for some historical speculation on why blondes are where they are in such numbers.

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Hunan Is To France As Sichuan Is To….

Another fantastic entry from Strange Maps, this one showing the populations of China’s 34 provinces relative to countries of similar population. The top ten: Guangdong (113 million) Germany Henan (99 million) Mexico Shandong (92 million) Philippines Sichuan (87 million) Vietnam Jiangsu (75 million) Egypt Hebei (68 million) Iran Hunan (67 million) France Anhui (65 million) Thailand Hubei (60 million) U.K. ...

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The Pop Vs. Soda Map

Via Strange Maps, here’s a breakdown of how each county in America tends to refer to carbonated beverages. As the red portion testifies, in the South many people call all soft drinks “Coke.” From last week’s episode of Logo’s Sordid Lives, which I’m loving despite its flaws: Would you like a Coke?Sure!What kind?Dr. Pepper. Right out of my childhood in ...

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The Bulging Bible Belt

From Strange Maps: Mississippi is the fattest state in the Union, with 30.1% of Mississippians being obese. That’s almost one in every three inhabitants. Not that the Magnolia State (in red on this map) should be singled out for its massiveness. It is surrounded by four of the eight other fattest US states (in brown on this map): Tennessee (29.0%), ...

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There’s A Lot Of Ruin In Metropotamia

I was cruising around Strange Maps and found this February post about Thomas Jefferson’s rejected plan on dividing the Northwest Territory into ten states. Jefferson’s names were rejected as “too silly.” Some factoids about the never-were states: • Sylvania would have covered much of present-day Minnesota, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and some of northern Wisconsin.• Michigania would have incorporated most of ...

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