For many of us, cartography day in geography or history class meant a quick nap. With our eyes open, we’d dream of all the delicious stuff we were gonna eat after school, of music we’d play on the Walkman, of a message we received the other day from that cutie…

To bring back our long-lost excitement for hard pieces of data, aka maps, plans, and geographic drawings, we're gonna need to start from the very best of them. Luckily, there’s a whole online community on Reddit dedicated to the most unusual charts of geographic areas that took maps to a whole new level.

From mapping "October" in European languages to mapping an eagle’s track over a period of twenty years, these incredible examples will surely put the world into a completely new perspective.

Who knows, you may well unleash your inner cartographer and become among 1.1 million like-minded members of the maps subreddit. In that case, you may need some more cartographical goodness with 41 maps that portray lesser-known facts about America.

#1

An Image Of GPS Tracking Of Multiple Wolves In Six Different Packs Around Voyageurs National Park Shows How Much The Wolf Packs Avoid Each Other's Range

An Image Of GPS Tracking Of Multiple Wolves In Six Different Packs Around Voyageurs National Park Shows How Much The Wolf Packs Avoid Each Other's Range

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year ago

Wow! You learn new things every time you come to Bored Panda. 🐺

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#2

To Increase Local Tourism, Lithuania Has Made A Map With Magnets That You Can Only Find In Corresponding Cities

To Increase Local Tourism, Lithuania Has Made A Map With Magnets That You Can Only Find In Corresponding Cities

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Gillbella
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1 year ago

That is a great idea!

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#3

Occupied Bald Eagle Nests In Wisconsin. 1974 vs. 2019. Growth Credited To The Clean Water Act

Occupied Bald Eagle Nests In Wisconsin. 1974 vs. 2019. Growth Credited To The Clean Water Act

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

Go eagles! 🦅

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To find out more about this amusing Reddit community by the name r/MapP**n, Bored Panda reached out to its creator Patrick McGranaghan, who started the subreddit in 2011 while living in Taiwan.

Patrick said he has always been a map geek: “I wanted people to share those maps so that they are easy to find and discuss.”

It turns out, he works as a land surveyor in Colorado and is a devoted member of several map societies across the nation, including the North American Cartographic Information Society, Charles Close Society for the Study of Ordnance Survey Maps, and Rocky Mountain Map Society, to name just a few.

#4

Tracking Of An Eagle Over A 20 Year Period

Tracking Of An Eagle Over A 20 Year Period

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Tiffany Marie
Community Member
1 year ago

That Eagle's gone places.

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#5

When A Band Announces A World Tour

When A Band Announces A World Tour

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tilly kate
Community Member
1 year ago

this is my favourite!!

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#6

Japan, How Big It Is In Reality?

Japan, How Big It Is In Reality?

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Theodore Theodora
Community Member
1 year ago

Okay, mind blown; it's literally twice as big as I'd imagined given typical maps. Thank you, person who made it!

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The creator said that the title r/MapP**n followed the trend on Reddit at the time when “there were a lot of subreddits with a *-porn suffix.” He explained further: “This refers to pictures of innocuous things like nature, architecture, or engineering marvels in a beautiful way. It was not meant to be sexual. The internet at the time was a lot more relaxed and using that term was funny.”

“In the years since the culture on the internet has taken a much more puritan bias and some people don't like that name,” Patrick said.

However, he assured us that “the goal of the brand has not changed, though: it's a place to share and discuss beautiful maps.”

#7

The Earth Being Centered On Great Britain Is Arbitrary, So Here's A Map Centered On New Zealand

The Earth Being Centered On Great Britain Is Arbitrary, So Here's A Map Centered On New Zealand

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Gillbella
Community Member
1 year ago

Much better :)

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#8

Cheese Map Of Europe

Cheese Map Of Europe

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Holly D
Community Member
1 year ago

This is a new travel guide for when the world is open again!!

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#9

The United States Of America: Alaskan Perspective

The United States Of America: Alaskan Perspective

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Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, well, well, How the turntables...

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When it comes to submissions, they come in every form and style. “From historical maps showing ancient borders, to funny memes and transit maps. People also post imaginary maps of places that they create in their minds.”

In fact, every kind of map imaginable has been posted to this subreddit. Patrick said that linguistic maps are popular, as well as maps that re-imagine state and national borders. There are also maps of asteroids and maps of routes of famous explorers.

“One of my favorite interactions is when a map is posted of an obscure place and someone in the comments says they live there or has a story about that place.”

#10

50 Percent Of Canadians Live South Of The Red Line

50 Percent Of Canadians Live South Of The Red Line

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earringnut
Community Member
1 year ago

Completely off topic: Where are the great lakes?

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#11

Each Section Has 10% Of The World's Population

Each Section Has 10% Of The World's Population

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

This map is very cool. 😮

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#12

List Of Countries Mentioned Or Referred In The Bible

List Of Countries Mentioned Or Referred In The Bible

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Nicola Roberts
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, I never knew this. Unlikely Jesus was fair skinned, blond and blue eyed....

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Patrick concluded that “Maps are a way to visualize the world in a way that is easy to grasp. They are an aid in learning about new lands and faraway places. They help us find our way when we are lost.”

Especially in a time like now, “when the pandemic prevents us from traveling, maps are a way that we can travel without leaving our home,” the map enthusiast said.

#13

The Longest Possible Train Travel In The World

The Longest Possible Train Travel In The World

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Theodore Theodora
Community Member
1 year ago

Wait! Tell us more!

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#14

Where Penguins Are Found Naturally In The World

Where Penguins Are Found Naturally In The World

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

Waddle waddle. 🐧

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#15

Size Comparison Between Australia And The United States

Size Comparison Between Australia And The United States

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, we’re not just an island. 🙃

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#16

3D Render Topographic Map Of Europe

3D Render Topographic Map Of Europe

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Linus Nilsson
Community Member
1 year ago

I didn't know there was an ice-wall between Finland and Russia!?! (Do I need to write 'Sarkasm'?)

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#17

North America Animal Migration Routes

North America Animal Migration Routes

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ML
Community Member
1 year ago

Surreal. I would put this on my wall just for the colours.

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#18

A Europe–U.S. Superhighway Proposed By The Former President Of Russian Railways

A Europe–U.S. Superhighway Proposed By The Former President Of Russian Railways

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Nicola Roberts
Community Member
1 year ago

That would have been so cool.

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#19

The Surface Of Mars: If, Like Earth, 71% Of Its Surface Area Was Covered With Water

The Surface Of Mars: If, Like Earth, 71% Of Its Surface Area Was Covered With Water

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

Woahhhhhhh. 🤯

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#20

World's Smallest Country vs. Largest Building

World's Smallest Country vs. Largest Building

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

Imagine having the whole country to yourself. 🤣

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
1 year ago

Imagine having all those flowers!

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Sill Marien
Community Member
1 year ago

and we definitely need more flowers than priests so it's good :D

Margaret Kuehner
Community Member
10 months ago

Well... no

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Karin Jansen
Community Member
1 year ago

Wait.. The flower auction is the largest building in the world? Yes!! Finally, we've got the biggest something =P

Kyle Bartz
Community Member
10 months ago

Largest in footprint, not total volume.

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Emilingo
Community Member
1 year ago

Vatican City! I’ve always wanted to go.

Tobiasz Blaszczynski
Community Member
3 months ago

me too

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Maeve Raffaele
Community Member
1 year ago

"Yes and what I get is smaller than what you get, you get the world's biggest building!" *Handshake* MWAHAHA I own a country now

Azziza
Community Member
1 year ago

Just seems like Vatican City isn't a real country. They don't have families and stuff living there, it's more like church stuff. They just wanted to wall the church stuff off from Italy for some reason. IDK.

L.j. Bus
Community Member
6 months ago

Plus it’s Vatican CITY. Not fair to make it a country 😂

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Deja Dyer
Community Member
5 months ago

This is the biggest country iv'e seen

AnInrovert
Community Member
1 year ago

:O

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

At first, I thought that was a Walmart Supercenter.

Peter Bear
Community Member
1 year ago

Depends on your definition of 'country'. If you include micronations (and if you include Vatican City, you really should), then Sealand is the smallest country.

Tabitha L
Community Member
1 year ago

Mind blown.

Tobiasz Blaszczynski
Community Member
3 months ago

Just become pope

Redwood Rebelgirl
Community Member
3 months ago

Whoa! 😮

Rattle Battlesnake
Community Member
4 months ago

Imagine living in a country who has virtually no women, and 0 (recorded) births

Shaun Coleman
Community Member
4 months ago

A flower auction building is the world's largest building???

Emiko Kiyomi
Community Member
1 year ago

The president of that country's was elected by two penguins and a baby

Logan Clermont
Community Member
1 year ago

oh.

KYRA ROBIN
Community Member
1 year ago

I wanna know what building and what country lmao

Tye Dye Llama
Community Member
1 year ago

Cross country in Vatican City would be just that.

Siddy Das
Community Member
1 year ago

Population, please?

Idk Katniss Potter
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow lol

ZACHARY HARROD
Community Member
1 year ago

wow i shall rename that country midget contry

Layla Corman
Community Member
1 year ago

Isnt Vatican City the richest country as well?? 🤔🤔

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

I would imagine so

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Andreas Gravdahl
Community Member
1 year ago

That's the most stereotypical thing I've ever seen. The Netherlands has a flower store the size of the Vaticans.

Andrea Delden
Community Member
1 year ago

Very cool!

sabocat
Community Member
1 year ago

Aalsmeer Flower Auction Building is the fourth largest building by footprint...

R L
Community Member
1 year ago

Would love to visit both.

Gavin Johnson
Community Member
4 months ago

And the Vatican Bank has assets approaching $6billion and the Vatican itself commands $10-15billion. Next time the church asks for donations, feel free to send your money to a local charity rather than an incredibly rich, tax-dodging church.

Bitemabum
Community Member
5 months ago

One bomb wipeout.lol

Pobin Rice
Community Member
1 year ago

Vatican City is not a country the principality its a f*****g bullshit it’s not country stop calling it currently is not a country

C Pryce
Community Member
1 year ago

The Pope deserves it :) he's so cool 🙂

Gin
Community Member
1 year ago

The church is smaller than the market. Makes sense.

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#21

The Decline Of Our Native Tongue Over The Last 2 Centuries, I Find The Maps Rather Than The Reciting Of Statistics, Gives A Far Better Impression On The Overall Erosion Of One Of The Biggest Aspects Of Our Culture, Irish Itself

The Decline Of Our Native Tongue Over The Last 2 Centuries, I Find The Maps Rather Than The Reciting Of Statistics, Gives A Far Better Impression On The Overall Erosion Of One Of The Biggest Aspects Of Our Culture, Irish Itself

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago

That's sad...

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#22

Worlds CO Emissions

Worlds CO Emissions

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Francisco Scaramanga
Community Member
1 year ago

Congo, Angola - I did not expect this...

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#23

Locations Johnny Cash Claims To Have Been In "Ive Been Everywhere"

Locations Johnny Cash Claims To Have Been In "Ive Been Everywhere"

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s not everywhere. 😂

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#24

The Countries That Got Tea Via China Through The Silk Road (Land) Referred To It In Various Forms Of The Word "Cha". On The Other Hand, The Countries That Traded With China Via Sea - Through The Min Tan Port Called It In Different Forms Of "Te"

The Countries That Got Tea Via China Through The Silk Road (Land) Referred To It In Various Forms Of The Word "Cha". On The Other Hand, The Countries That Traded With China Via Sea - Through The Min Tan Port Called It In Different Forms Of "Te"

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Wouter Berg
Community Member
1 year ago

Portugal. Please explain.

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#25

Passenger Railway Network 2020

Passenger Railway Network 2020

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
1 year ago

In the "australia" map.... that little pink line above the "L", is actually New Zealand - a totally separate country to "Australia" (although the Aussies & Kiwis do consider themselves like "siblings" ie we are staunch rivals within sports, but stick together in defense of eachother).

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#26

What Pedestrians Look Like Across Europe

What Pedestrians Look Like Across Europe

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Holly D
Community Member
1 year ago

Everybody trying to get away from Poland.. did Poland just fart?

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#27

The Topologist's Map Of The World - A Map Showing International Borders, And Nothing Else

The Topologist's Map Of The World - A Map Showing International Borders, And Nothing Else

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TIffany Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

I’m sorry what?

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#28

These Two Areas Of Africa Have Roughly Equal Populations

These Two Areas Of Africa Have Roughly Equal Populations

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s veryyyyyy spread out. 😧

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#29

Roads Either Side Of The Border: Finland vs. Russia

Roads Either Side Of The Border: Finland vs. Russia

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ML
Community Member
1 year ago

A lot of dead end roads

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#30

Syria Before And After Civil War

Syria Before And After Civil War

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Theodore Theodora
Community Member
1 year ago

A powerful and moving depiction. :(

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