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.

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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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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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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#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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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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#5

When A Band Announces A World Tour

When A Band Announces A World Tour

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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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.”

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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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#8

Cheese Map Of Europe

Cheese Map Of Europe

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Holly D
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#14

Where Penguins Are Found Naturally In The World

Where Penguins Are Found Naturally In The World

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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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#16

3D Render Topographic Map Of Europe

3D Render Topographic Map Of Europe

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Linus Nilsson
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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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#20

World's Smallest Country vs. Largest Building

World's Smallest Country vs. Largest Building

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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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#22

Worlds CO Emissions

Worlds CO Emissions

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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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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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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Portugal. Please explain.

Gabriel Gamas Giuntini
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Portugal was the first European contact. The Portuguese kin drink more tea when compared with the British people. The origin of tea in England happened because of a Portuguese Princess that became England’s Queen, she LOVED tea, because in Portugal EVERYBODY used to drink it. So, when the Queen started drinking tea, all British aristocracy started drinking also. And then some philologists say that the origin of the word tea is that in the boxes where Portugal use to transport Tea Herbs, in the boxes used to be written “Transporte de Ervas Aromáticas” (Aromatic’s herbs transports) and the initials that were on the box were “TEA”, so that is why the name, it’s the Portuguese influence in the world!! If you wanna read more, just look in this BBC report http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170823-the-true-story-behind-englands-tea-obsession

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Katy McMouse
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So, calling it "chai tea" is redundent? HA! Knew it.

Rado
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't know who and how created this map but I see it as oversimplified. It's not taking into account the English language influence during the colonial times. For example - it's hard to believe that in Myanmar they use 'tea' because of the sea trade routes while this country has quite a long border with China. The only explanation is the it's a former English colony. Plus there are lot's of tribes there so it's hard to believe they all use 'tea'. In Malaysia the Malays say 'teh' the Chinese "cha' and people with Indian origin 'chai'. And Portugal as a country with a land trade route to China? What a crap. They were first to discover the sea route to India (after the Arab merchants of course) so probably 'chá' in Portuguese is because of early contacts with India rather than with China. And we could go on like this...

NMN
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, oversimplified and sometimes just wrong. But... as ast I checked was Japan dunno if Goa would be the point of learning.

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Kamila Anna
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sorry, but in Poland tea is actually "herbata", so from "herbs", so completely out of these sources XDD

Francisco Scaramanga
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Somehow Polish "herbata" does not fit in here ...

Mune Wu
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Actually it does. It is a blend of Latin words HERBA (herbs) and THEA.

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Ani Archeron
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

how did Portugal trade by land, if separated completely by countries who traded by sea ......

onivdsrapowijap
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They got it by sea, just not from Min Nan where most countries that traded it by sea did.

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Paudżers
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I do not agree : in Poland is herbata.

Aleksander Gruchot
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In Poland we use the word "HERBATA" coming rather from Latin "herbum" than from any type of chai or te. However we use the word "czajnik" for teapot and you can find this "chai" component there :-)

Živilė Šmitaitė
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In Lithuanian it's arbata. Other languages- herbata - derives from herb, latin herba - herbal brew :)

João Guimarães
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Portugal was one of the main traders of tea. In fact, the English tradition of the 5 o clock tea was started by a Portuguese queen, Catarina de Bragança, married to the English king. It was a habit of the Portuguese aristocracy. Check it out. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_of_Braganza

Jette Wang Wahnon
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Tea was in England at least a year and a half before she arrived at Portsmouth on the 14th of May 1662 Read the entry of Samuel Pepys on the 25 of September 1660 (Samuel Pepys´s Diaries)

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Arith Härger
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Doesn't add up in relation to Portugal, which very much went by sea, being the first Europeans to contact with Japan and the first Europeans to reach Australia almost 100 years before Captain Cook (as evidenced by archaeological findings of a Portuguese ship and coins). It is certainly called "cha" but the trading was very much done by sea.

Greg Pienkowski
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

and then there are Polish with herbata :P

Anna Linkowska
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But if You would think that "zioło" is herb in latin and then add Tea you will get Herba Tea - herbata :)

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NMN
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wrong. Not all cha are by land. Portugal was by sea in trade with Japan in the 1500s. Also it says Brazil is the only country in the Western hemisphere that uses cha... well Portugal? Some African countries?? Last I checked those are western. Also, why some Portuguese speaking African countries are not yellow??

El Dee
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I still hear the expression 'cup o' cha' used for tea..

Peter Dongan
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cha is slang for tea in Ireland. I wonder if it's not a coincidence.

Maria Persson
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1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fascinating! Cha cha cha!

Alicia Rivera
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ooh haha I wasn't the only one to mention Polish herbata :D

Alicia Rivera
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And in the meantime, the Polish word for tea is "herbata".

Fiona Raghnaill
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In Irish the word for tea is also tea but pronounced 'chah'!!!

Kuningatar Keitto
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In Polish, tea is called "herbata", the root of the word being herbs, or rather its Latin aequivalent.

laura lee
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This, I did not know. Cool panda thx

Rob Hall
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Myanmar too: it borders on China, grows its own tea and its not called a variation of either cha or tea…

JPinto
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What about Cantonese.

Tài Trần
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, in Viet Nam, the North use the word "chè", which is probably from "tea". The South use the word "trà", which is probably from "chai".

Łukasz Wróbel
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Poland has neither Chai, nor tea. We have herbata! :)

Kai Melling
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sounds great until you realize that in Poland, tea is called "herbata".