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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4 months 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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4 months 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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Florian Tauber
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4 months ago

And Trump is dismanteling it, that idiot

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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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4 months 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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4 months 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
4 months ago

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

H Edwards
Community Member
4 months ago

Visit thetruesize.com and you can do this with any country, it's really fun.

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
4 months ago

The bottom right most red dot of an island, still part of Tokyo.

Brian Strickfaden
Community Member
4 months ago

When I was a young rocket engineer, I got the chance to work in Japan for several years on the Japanese space program to launch weather and communication satellites. We had a great class taught by a professor from the University of California Sacramento about Japan. He said that the islands of Japan were physically about the same size as the state of California. In 1977 the population of America was about 200 million people and the population of Japan was about 100 million people. He said that Japan had about 40% usable land - there's a large part that's swamp land or the Aleutian island chain. California by comparison has about 60% usable land. The Sierra Nevada mountains and the dessert occupy the remainder. I always remember his final statement: Take half the entire population of the United States and move them all to California. Now take away 1/2 the usable land. That's how crowded Japan is.

Mary Rose Kent
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4 months ago

That’s a really interesting perspective...especially since I’m a Californian!

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Jo Berry
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4 months ago

Had no idea how close it was to South Carolina

ArhomR
Community Member
4 months ago

It’s crowding Miami, too.

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Useless Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

Different map projections screw up sizes a lot, the standard Mercator projection for example makes Greenland look like the size of Africa while it's actually much smaller. Consequences of try to fit a round Earth onto a flat map.

Yeah, you heard
Community Member
4 months ago

This is only helpful if I know how big the US "really" is, which I don't, unless it's next to a map of Europe.

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
4 months ago

That U.S. is roughly 3000 miles/5000 km east to west and 1000 miles/1600 km north to south.

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Community Member
4 months ago

Big in Japan

Marky Mark
Community Member
4 months ago

"Reality" only exists when put into American perspective?

k1ddkanuck
Community Member
4 months ago

As a Canadian, it seems like it sometimes.

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Serenity Kinney
Community Member
1 week ago

one tiny dot: yas i be da china

Kinslee Hager
Community Member
2 months ago

Its smaller than I thought this map is cool

Jeff Diamond
Community Member
4 months ago

Landmass is roughly the size of California. Farmland and liveable land is about 2/3 that.

Jim Ellington
Community Member
4 months ago

Somewhat similar shapes. Must be a fractal thing.

Johnny
Community Member
4 months ago

The amazing thing is that they have around 40% of the USA's population, but land area of just one of our coasts. It explains the high density of Japanese cities.

Leandro Fernandes
Community Member
4 months ago

by "reality" understands "compared to the US"

Shane Peebles
Community Member
4 months ago

still smaller than Ontario with more people in it than all of Canada

Rainbow Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

Niceeeee! 🇯🇵

Ayia Grace
Community Member
6 days ago

There's a lore what I know/barely remember is where a sword was dipped in the water and the dripping water formed the land. :)

Fara Giganti
Community Member
2 weeks ago

mind blown

Bob
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Maps also do this with Alaska

Bored Dog
Community Member
1 month ago

i'm half japanese... I go every summer. Idk if it's relevant but I thought I might share.

Jesper Sloth Andersen
Community Member
4 months ago

126 million people in Japan, compared to 326 in all of the US. They are not wasting any space

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
4 months ago

Hee, hee... That's reality? Ye gads! I thought they were on the other side of the world!!

jevais
Community Member
4 months ago

Very impressing.

Charlie Hyduk
Community Member
4 months ago

Yay miami- why yall speaking Japanese? S**t.

Bobby Sammons
Community Member
4 months ago

For more of this kind of thing check out http://mapfrappe.blogspot.com/p/mapfrappe-index.html

Viv Hart
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow!

Anne Hanna
Community Member
4 months ago

not very!!

Liz Sahlin
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

And they are quite a bunch of Daredevils too! All cities are all on the Pacific side 😳.

Young Sheldon
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes thank you

Tacocat
Community Member
4 months ago

Did anyone else just notice Japan is basically in the shape of a J???

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
4 months ago

The Japanese call their country Nippon

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Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

That's about twice as big as I thought.

Larry Wetzel
Community Member
4 months ago

This gives a new perspective.

Azure Adams
Community Member
4 months ago

F**k yeah Japan!!!

Katherine Shurlds
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow.

Peter Bear
Community Member
4 months ago

A good way for Americans (in our general geographic ignorance) is to think of it as about the size of California.

Nina Marks
Community Member
4 months ago

California is larger - 163,696 mi². Japan: 145,914 mi².

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pansexualandproud
Community Member
4 months ago

big....

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
4 months ago

Is the latitude correct, also?

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
4 months ago

Japan seems to be slightly southerly, but I’m looking at a not-great map.

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Masha Kolomeitz
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4 months ago

very confusing placing Japan right next to USA for comparing the size....

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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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Jyri Hakola
Community Member
4 months ago

To be honest, only the Centering of 0-meridian to britain is arbitary.. location of 0 latitude at the ecquator is quite natural selection.

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#8

Cheese Map Of Europe

Cheese Map Of Europe

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Wouter Berg
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4 months ago

Except for the fact that Gouda does not have a red crust.

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#9

The United States Of America: Alaskan Perspective

The United States Of America: Alaskan Perspective

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Adam C
Community Member
4 months ago

haha

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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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Francisco Scaramanga
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4 months ago

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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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4 months 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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4 months 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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4 months 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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Gerrit
Community Member
4 months ago

The map is not quite correct. On Antarctica, penguins also live only in the coastal region and not as far inland.

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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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ML
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Turn Australia around and you would get a better comparison.

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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
4 months 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
4 months 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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4 months 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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4 months 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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Sill Marien
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4 months ago

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

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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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4 months ago

That's sad...

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#22

Worlds CO Emissions

Worlds CO Emissions

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Sara Rodrigues
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4 months ago

This map should be on the top!

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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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4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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.

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#26

What Pedestrians Look Like Across Europe

What Pedestrians Look Like Across Europe

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Techniker
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4 months ago

East Germany has these: Ampelmann_...26_rot.jpg Ampelmann_grC3BCn_26_rot.jpg

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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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4 months 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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4 months 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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Holly D
Community Member
4 months ago

look like veins

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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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4 months ago

A powerful and moving depiction. :(

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