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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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...

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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).

Marieke Buytene
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1 month ago

The continent Australia.

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

Europe has so many! 🚊

Sanne H.
Community Member
1 month ago

And still, it is either complicated or very expensive to book a ticket from west to east, since most railway companies only focus on national travels or travels to the neighbouring countries only. When I travelled from Amsterdam to Stockholm, I had to book separate tickets at the Dutch, the German and the Swedish railway company, and crossed my fingers that all of them would be in time, so that I would not miss one. And it wasn’t even fast: the trip took 24 hours. A trip from Amsterdam to Kyiv would even take 3 days. From an environmental perspective I prefer the train over flying, but with these circumstances the train will never win from flying with most people.

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David K
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1 month ago

I am so surprised about the US network...thought it would be way bigger.

Stephan Weinberger
Community Member
1 month ago

Note that this is only the passenger network. In the US, rail is predominantly used for freight.

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Pseudo Puppy
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1 month ago

Keep in mind that something like 80% of Australia's land is dessert, with 80% of the population on the east coast. The horizontal line joins Perth (capital of Western Australia), to the rest of the country. The vertical line joins Darwin (capital of the Norther Territory) with the rest of the country. Yes, there are smaller towns in the centre - but they are very rare.

JuJu
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait, you have no North-South railways in the US?

Tabitha L
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

California does. East coast does. And, of course, the train they call the city of New Orleans. My cousin used to take it home from college in Illinois. (Note: the highest lines in North America are in Canada.)

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Fixin'Ta
Community Member
1 month ago

Call it "Oceania" instead of "Australia" and you'll be right, mate.

fainasKeturatis
Community Member
1 month ago

Japan and China?

Jack Candy
Community Member
1 month ago

So the british colonization of India left at least one good thing.

Perpetual Peripheral Persons
Community Member
1 month ago

I thought the US would have so many rails across the desert- how do you get around if you can't drive?

Isa Car
Community Member
1 month ago

People apparently don't. (I mean, there seem to be some long distance buses called Greyhounds, but in general, poor people and other non-car-drivers are apparently expected to stay where they are. Even getting around in cities can be hard without a car from what I read. Next to no public transport, bicycles are seen as only nuisances and even a lack of sidewalks to just walk somehwere!)

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Dave P
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1 month ago

US Map is only national rail, not including local. Remember how big the US is to connect different regions. Local rail is very common and efficient, AMTRAK is ineffecient.

Jen
Community Member
1 week ago

And still scottish highlands are waaaay behind

AnInrovert
Community Member
1 week ago

One I first looked at Australia it kinda looked like a weird fist (?) still kinda see it!

Pobin Rice
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Man Australia really are pathetic everything out then

Peta Hurley-Hill
Community Member
3 weeks ago

That's not accurate for Australia.Victoria ,for one have an extensive country train network.(and New Zealand s not part of Australia :/

IrishGirl
Community Member
1 month ago

Wish the US would've gone more 'passenger rail' like Europe...the most fun ever had was exploring Europe by train with my littles! 🚞👩‍👧‍👧♥️

May Day
Community Member
1 month ago

A stunning picture. Aren't there any more railways in the USA?

Retorter A
Community Member
1 month ago

nope. The oil/car industry lobbied hard for that

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Little Wonder
Community Member
1 month ago

I've been on the one that goes up the middle of Australia, now I need to do the one that goes Perth to Sydney

Kelly Broomhall
Community Member
1 month ago

Why is New Zealand part of Australia on this stupid map??

Sarah Webster
Community Member
3 weeks ago

It's not! That's Tasmania...

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Clandestine
Community Member
1 month ago

Do taiwan!

Emi A.
Community Member
1 month ago

They missed Japan. It'd be all pitch black in Tokyo area.

Melia Janssen
Community Member
1 month ago

There is a fantastic show titled 'Rail Away' where they follow trains on various European networks. The trains usually run in less busy areas so you get to see a lot of the countrysides. They also have an Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/railawaytv/.

Toni
Community Member
1 month ago

the trains run in less busy areas, so that the normal people from the countryside can travel to their workplaces - not for the tourists....

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Olivia Agave
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1 month ago

Though difficult to see, I commend this picture on demonstrating corretly that there is no railway line connecting north and south Wales entirely in Wales - you have to go go via England no matter which route you take.

sagar kansal
Community Member
1 month ago

Why Japan is not on Map?

Peter Buckley
Community Member
1 month ago

Australia has urban rail networks that aren't shown here, why is that?

Bobby Stahr
Community Member
1 month ago

this graphic totally ignores Canada

Ani Archeron
Community Member
1 month ago

like 90% of us Aussie's live on the SE coast, but this is the coolest way I've ever seen it put to scale

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#26

What Pedestrians Look Like Across Europe

What Pedestrians Look Like Across Europe

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Holly D
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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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