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40 Maps They Didn’t Teach You In School

By the time we graduate high school, we learn that they never taught us the most interesting things in there. Sure, you might be able to name the European countries or point New York on the map, but does that give a you real understanding of how the world functions? To fill this gap, we have gathered a great and informative selection of infographical maps that they should’ve shown us at school: every single one of these maps reveals different fun and interesting facts, which can actually help you draw some pretty interesting conclusions.

What makes infographical maps so engaging is how easy it becomes to conceive graphically presented information. The best part, there are brilliant services like Target Map that “allow everyone (from individuals to large organizations) to represent their data on maps of any country in the world and to share their knowledge with the whole Internet Community.” Just choose a country and a way to create your map by color, type values or by uploading your excel files (you can even use your zip / postal code column to get the best and most accurate maps.

Without further ado, we invite you to learn things like most popular sports in different countries, who has the largest breasts, red hair map of Europe, world’s most consumed alcoholic beverages, or which brands dominate in different states of the USA.

Trust us, these are way better than the ones they taught you at school!

The Most Famous Brand From Each State In The US

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Red Hair Map of Europe

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Most Popular Sports in the World

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Breast Sizes Relating to Countries

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Political World Map as Pangea 200-300 Million Years Ago

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The World According to Americans

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Most Used Web Browser World Map (2012)

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Map of Countries Officially Not Using the Metric System

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The Penis Size Worldwide

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Map of the Most Common Surnames in Europe

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Map of Countries Most and Least Welcoming to Foreigners

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World Map of National IQ Scores

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Beer Names in Different European Languages

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Freedom of Press

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Most Consumed Alcoholic Beverage by Country

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A World Map that Inverts Land and Sea

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Worldwide Driving Orientation

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Prevalence of Obesity

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Map Of Most Attractive Citizens in Europe

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European Citizens Who Drink the Most

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United States According to Autocomplete

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Every Country England Has Ever Invaded (all but 22 countries in the world)

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7 Deadly Sins Map

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World Map of Social Networks 2009 vs 2012

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Total Fertility Rate Map

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Map of the World in Proportion to Population

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Different Alphabets Around the World

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World’s Population Concentrated in One City

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Countries with McDonald’s

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Map of the Most Popular Surnames in the United States

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Lightning Intensity Map

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Map of the Earth With Mercator Projection Using a Different Centerpoint

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Time Zones in Antarctica

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If US Cities Had Kept Their Original Names

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  • #birdsonwire

    We fixed one of your maps a little bit:

    • Enders_Shadow

      LOL… the reality is that driving, or rather ride on the left was normal in the medieval period because that meant that your sword arm would be towards your potential opponent. However with the French revolution it became fashionable to do as the peasant did – go on the right – so that you could see your lord and master ahead of you. With the spread of revolutionary principles it became generally accepted to go with this – so the countries that still drive on the left are the ones that never had a revolution (especially England and its colonies, but also Japan and Thailand).

  • ali

    What???? They are using IE in the whole US. and Canada????? Can’t believe that!!

  • B

    How do you title a map national when it shows global lands?
    How about that IQ

  • B

    How do you title a map national when it shows global lands?
    How about that IQ

  • Patrick

    Of course England wouldn’t fuck with Mongolia….

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Maximus4587 Paranoid Pyro

    Ireland, Forever alone in the world of Gaelic Football…

  • Haley Ser-lassie

    Dear ” The Struggle continues”: When will you stop your online useless political preaching and start your walk from Cape Town to Cairo? Quit trying to be a guilt trigger and pay back the people you owe, and who have been nothing but good to you!

  • Dixon – Michigan, USA

    I think this was just supposed to be funny. I was born in the USA and I love my country. But I too think that the IQ quiz is biased, not racists (or at least not intentionally). I do not think the USA should have ranked as high as it did. All you ever hear our politicians talking about is our education system and how poor it is compared to other countries. We aren’t number one in any kind of academic test. I think the only reason we scored so high is because we are able to take the test properly. My job is accepting calls from people. Nine hours a day, five days a week, from people with all backgrounds, religions, socioeconomic, and geographical locations. I can verify that the people of our nation are quite stupid. Like I said, all for a good laugh. Some of the maps are pretty darn accurate though.

  • Karrie

    Am I the only one who laughed when I saw that the “penis size” map was in metric? Considering the previous map was of U.S. not using the metric system I am unable to read the results of the penis size!!

  • Ashley James

    very interesting indeed

  • chik_fresa

    Very interesting!

  • Korinthenkacker

    The IQ map can’t be right. IQ tests are designed to have a gaussian distribution with a mean value of 100 for large populations.
    The map shows only a few countries that may be slightly higher than 100 (in the range of 99-108) but large populations with average values way below.
    So at least it is not correctly calibrated.

    • Enders_Shadow

      Given the VAST number of Chinese, I don’t think this is unreasonable if they are a lot more above the average than those below it are below…

  • ….

    well;
    thank you but,this maps are not reliable at all…
    these are all wrong about my country!!!

  • importantwhiteman

    I just came here to say that boombox you are an idiot. I’m months late, but you are an idiot. People display to you solid reason and you try to sound right. Here’s a question for everyone, if the blacks are so smart than how did the white man have the ability to so easily conquer and enslave you just like herd animals

  • JFKToo

    Amazing how many people around the world are taking these maps serious. The anti-American comments are the best. That’s why we are happier than you. Besides that, we have Larger penis, larger breast, higher IQ’s and MUCH better sense of humors. People, life really isn’t that serious, relax!

  • Victor

    Kick boxing should belong to Thailand, not Cambodia or Laos.

  • Rich Aten

    How on earth is South Korea less welcoming than North Korea?

  • Rich Aten

    And Allsups the most famous brand from NM? I would hazard a guess that most people who haven’t been in New Mexico wouldn’t know what that is. Hatch Chiles or K-Bob’s Steakhouses, however, have much more recognition outside the state.

  • dove

    U.S is ok in everything. and Iran is the worth in everything!!!!1

  • pete the greek

    How exactly did the find the penis sizes?

  • Tamara

    The iq map is just ridiculous I believe that Iranians are really smart it is said that about 40% of NASA workers are Iranian…

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