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 month 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 month 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
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1 month 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
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1 month 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
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1 month 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 month 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
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1 month ago

Much better :)

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#8

Cheese Map Of Europe

Cheese Map Of Europe

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Holly D
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1 month 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
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1 month 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 month 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
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1 month 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
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1 month 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
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1 month 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 month 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 month 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
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1 month 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 month 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
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1 month 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
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1 month 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
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1 month ago

Imagine having the whole country to yourself. 🤣

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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
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1 month ago

That's sad...

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#22

Worlds CO Emissions

Worlds CO Emissions

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Francisco Scaramanga
Community Member
1 month ago

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

That Hockey kid
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1 month ago

Coltan mining likely

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Ole Mortensen
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1 month ago

This seems to be taken from windy.com. First this map is not CO but CO2. Secondly it's not emissions but concentration. Thirdly when it's night in the US it's day in China and something in between in Europe, so time of day makes a big difference. For example this map shows Europe has much bigger emissions than the US when in fact it's the other way around.

Bob Belcher
Community Member
1 month ago

I was thinking the same thing! I know America has way more pollution that this. We have plenty of factories too. We have extensive highway systems with low public transportation. Heck! Houston and Beaumont have the largest oil refineries but you don't see anything over them.

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kjorn
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1 month ago

are you surprised that China are the biggest problem in pollution? and they don't give a sh!t

Ian Smith
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1 month ago

They keep signing and breaking the multinational agreements and no one holds them accountable.

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Keith Dewey
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1 month ago

This map doesn't seem to make sense. The U.S. produces 25% of the global CO2.

Robin Huff
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1 month ago

I wondered about that, also...

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Jarrod McDonald
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1 month ago

https://www.windy.com/-CO-concentration-cosc?cosc,2020-10-21 this is the source as of 20th October 2020. CO concentration is very seasonal especially in agricultural countries and those prone to forest fires. Please don't sleep happy at night celebrating the USA leaving the Paris Accord - USA is still 2nd biggest producer of CO2 the leading contributor to climate change. http://www.globalcarbonatlas.org/en/CO2-emissions

Christel Nellemann
Community Member
1 month ago

We need to stop using breakable useless plastic crap , that goes straigh to garbage. Upcycle or build lasting things and collect alle plastics. We can bring this down and be happier too.

Darwinist
Community Member
1 month ago

Southeast asia is burning through that stuff

Perpetual Peripheral Persons
Community Member
1 month ago

If it really means CO- there's a bigger problem than we thought!

Jennifer Gould
Community Member
1 month ago

I would love to see this map pre-covid and during. I kept reading about how our being quarantined cleaned things up!

Rainbow Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

This map is giving me spooky vibes. 💀

Francisco Scaramanga
Community Member
1 month ago

Oceans?

Ole Mortensen
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

The map is from windy.com. It shows concentrations, not emissions. CO2 emitted from land blows over the oceans. On windy.com the map is animated so you can clearly see the wind carrying the air from the hotspots.

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Iapetos
Community Member
1 month ago

Don't buy stupid s**t from China that you don't need.

Prism Dawn
Community Member
1 month ago

I’m truly shocked that Texas isn’t darker. I drove through Houston one time and could barely see the road ahead of me. And the emission laws there are about as lax as it gets.

Zophra
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm thoroughly surprised USA isn't worse.

Cheryl Lohr
Community Member
1 month ago

It's a perception that the States and Canada are worse than they really are. It's an agenda to push the Greenhouse theory. We need to get Asia to do something first to really make a difference.

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Lydia Coy
Community Member
1 month ago

Sad

Clever Dog
Community Member
1 month ago

you will probably look at this and think "oh that`s bad what`s the next fun map" but this should make you truly angry.

Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago

Wonder if it's same during coronavirus

H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

CO2 (edited, oops) emissions did reduce this year, but not by nearly enough to make any real difference. Also it was only temporary.

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Harry Adam
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1 month ago

Carbon monoxide?

Sachikazu Minakawa
Community Member
1 month ago

Is this really accurate? With fossil fuels still being in use in the US, and consumption rates off the roof, how is it possible that their carbon footprint is so low? Sounds like another US propaganda map to me.

海量 蒋
Community Member
1 month ago

I do not believe US has so little emission

Marcia Cash
Community Member
1 month ago

those fires!

Ole Mortensen
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1 month ago

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Csaba Jozsa
Community Member
1 month ago

I hope it is meaningo say CO2, not CO

Bonny Saxon
Community Member
2 weeks ago

I expected the US to be worse, quite frankly.

Scott Burns
Community Member
3 weeks ago

we're doing good

Roberta Jacobowski
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Don’t you mean CO 2 (carbon dioxide)?

ferris209
Community Member
4 weeks ago

And idiots in the Dem party think they can fix this.

Robert Robi Z
Community Member
4 weeks ago

This looks so dirty

David Blass
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Wow. And I thought the US was bad

David Blass
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Wow. And I thought the US was bad.

Shelbie Ernst
Community Member
1 month ago

ha!!! ameriga is pretty good about it :) (i mean its still bad but not AS bad

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
1 month ago

Christ, East Asia..

fainasKeturatis
Community Member
1 month ago

co2 on the other hand... USA would be shamed.

Gretchen Abernathy
Community Member
1 month ago

China... damn

Sonja Berg
Community Member
1 month ago

There is where China burns up all the plastic "recyclables" and makes them into cheap toys that are sold back to US children and end up in our landfills anyway. The only way to stop all this is to find alternatives to plastics in our everyday lives. I like to ask myself, how did they do it before plastic? Then adopt that practice if I can. Like food, dry snacks, toast, sandwiches . . .wrapped in a cloth napkin. Tie it with a string our use a rubber band (yes it's a polymer, but much less than a plastic bag).

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
1 month ago

Dirty London !

Bobby Stahr
Community Member
1 month ago

feeling a bit smog, er smug here in the Canadian prairies LOL

Stuart Carney
Community Member
1 month ago

CO ? or CO2

Clive Hill
Community Member
1 month ago

N.B. This says CO rather than CO2. Important difference.

Jarrod McDonald
Community Member
1 month ago

It's not a typo - they mean CO not CO2. Angola = crop management fires, Brazil = forest fires. So don't go losing sleep USA is still 2nd largest producer of CO2 by country

May Day
Community Member
1 month ago

I would like to see the rest of the map.

Mark Kelly
Community Member
1 month ago

and western countries are the big problem.

Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 month ago

Coal and wood fires for cooking?

Alican Gürkan
Community Member
1 month ago

Don’t mistake Europe and USA has lower CO2 emission. Their companies’ manufacturing sites are all black and red on the map

William DeMarco
Community Member
1 month ago

Ha

Vit Chabera
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow, London is filthy!

Lori Mitzel
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks bogus. What is the source for this? And CO not CO2?

Jarrod McDonald
Community Member
1 month ago

yeah CO, windy.com

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Stuart Robertson
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1 month ago

I'm going to have to queery this being a map of carbon monoxide emissions.

ChrisZAUR
Community Member
1 month ago

man f**k China

Freya Fluharty
Community Member
1 month ago

Yet we, in the Western world, get the majority of the blame!

Suus Je
Community Member
1 month ago

That's because we let them produce a lot of our s**t. So china does not only pollute for them, they also pollute because of us. If we al stop buying s**t from china and start producing more our selves this map would look different. We also used to send a partition of our garbage to them. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/03/13/702501726/where-will-your-plastic-trash-go-now-that-china-doesnt-want-it?t=1603151545612

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Cindy Lu
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1 month ago

Yeah, so stop bitching @ USA & CANADA, you liars!

Jean-paul B.M.
Community Member
1 month ago

really, USA are pretty clean???

Ljdia
Community Member
1 month ago

A big portion of the USA and European factories are in Asia... cheaper labor, lower environmental standards... So, geographically we look alright, but in truth... we're responsible for a lot of pollution.

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Sara Rodrigues
Community Member
1 month ago

This map should be on the top!

BorPand8
Community Member
1 month ago

The map is kind of deceptive though. If it was at the top you'd have lots of people saying stuff like, "See, China creates most of the world's global warming!!! We shouldn't have to make any changes!!!" Well... outsourcing your manufacturing doesn't absolve you of the responsibility for it. Also, CO is carbon monoxide. Is this carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide?

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Karen Harling
Community Member
1 month ago

Thanks again China

Frances Meadows
Community Member
1 month ago

We are more clean than a lot of places!

Retorter A
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Only because we farm out all of our manufacturing now. Much of the pollution exists because of us.

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Johanna Mueller
Community Member
1 month ago

really expected America or maybe the area surrounding china to be the worst honestly, totally not surprised @ Australia though. ( I'm not good at geography so I may be wrong @ this lol)

Vincent Philippart
Community Member
1 month ago

I believe this to be mislabelled. Why would the south Atlantic produce as much CO2 as the US??

Scyth
Community Member
1 month ago

And people think the green new deal is a good idea...

y'all_won't_like_me
Community Member
1 month ago

yeah, seriously, haha- kill cows! save the planet!

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Juan Alcorta
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1 month ago

I´m not so sure about this one. According to this map, the amazon jungle is a big CO producer.

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

If you set the jungle on fire, like some enterprises do, it will produce a lot of CO.

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Kayhan Üresin
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1 month ago

China 😡👎🏻

Patrick Lamson
Community Member
1 month ago

We are not the problem

Ian Bartels
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1 month ago

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See!! It's not the US that is the cause of Climate Change, so why are we so set on climate change laws?

Robin Huff
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1 month ago

For one thing, we are supposed to be a World Leader. Second, this is a map of CO, not CO2 emissions. Third, EVERY Country has to work together to combat Climate change. It’s a worldwide issue demanding worldwide solutions.

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Gee, maybe the US leaving the Paris Accords wasn't a big deal.

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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
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1 month 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
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1 month 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 month 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 month 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
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1 month 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
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1 month 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 month 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
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1 month ago

A powerful and moving depiction. :(

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