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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Gabriel Gamas Giuntini
Community Member
1 month ago

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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1 month ago

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

Jon S.
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1 month ago

Same as Naan Bread

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Rado
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1 month ago

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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1 month ago

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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1 month ago

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

Ania Barrett
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1 month ago (edited)

herbaTA ("herbal tea")

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Francisco Scaramanga
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1 month ago

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

Mune Wu
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1 month ago

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

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Ani Archeron
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1 month ago

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

NMN
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1 month ago (edited)

Cos they learned about it by sea with a "cha" place, Japan to be more specific

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Rainbow Panda
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1 month ago

🍵

Greg Pienkowski
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1 month ago

and then there are Polish with herbata :P

Anna Linkowska
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1 month ago

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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1 month ago

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??

João Guimarães
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1 month ago

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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1 month ago

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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El Dee
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1 month ago

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

Remi Flynne
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1 month ago

Cha and a wad... 😋😋

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Peter Dongan
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1 month ago

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

Bartek Dulęba
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1 month ago

Poland. Herbata. 😋

Maria
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1 month ago

You rebels

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Danielle Wigger
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5 days ago

i <3 chai tea!

Vicious Insect
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2 weeks ago

Coffee...!

Siddy Das
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Chai tea is different tho

Paudżers
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3 weeks ago

I do not agree : in Poland is herbata.

BusLady
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3 weeks ago

"Actual size of North and South America." Lol

Aleksander Gruchot
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4 weeks ago

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 :-)

Grzegorz Lewandowski
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4 weeks ago

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Pamela Blue
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4 weeks ago

Many people in England refer to tea as a "cup o' cha". I remember my father using the term many times when I was growing up.

Živilė Šmitaitė
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4 weeks ago

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

ohdeer
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1 month ago

s p i l l s c h a (mandarin speaker)

Mittens Wiggum
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1 month ago

in England it can be called 'A cup of cha' also... due to the colonies - we use 'Tea' as its from the French 'Thé'

IrishGirl
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1 month ago

Kinda fascinating! ☕️🐲💚

Retorter A
Community Member
1 month ago

This is coooool

Jana Zeumerová
Community Member
1 month ago

I Can confirm it, in my language (Slovak) we call tea "čaj" - chat...😉and according this map we were part if Silk Road...🍵

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
1 month ago

Not correct, tea was also called chaa in Britain mid 20thC.

Chris CG
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1 month ago

I'm Congolese and my parents call it " Chaï "

Damian Skrzyniarz
Community Member
1 month ago

Poland - herbata, no "tea" relation.

Aneta B
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1 month ago

Lol in Poland, we call it "herbata" - a bit of a stretch from "tea" IMO

Vito Kiliano
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1 month ago

"Chai" is in countries where it was imported on the land by "Silk road" and "Tea" is for overseas importing

Anne Falck
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1 month ago

Missing Sweden

Viv Hart
Community Member
1 month ago

Brazil drinks maté tea

Dominika Kuc
Community Member
1 month ago

What about polish "herbata"?

B-b-bird
Community Member
1 month ago

khmm khmm... lithuanian: arbata... polish: herbata... where this comes from

Maria Lange
Community Member
1 month ago

Poland - herbata. Not cha/tea.

Mala Qiu
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

In Taiwan, it's also cha for the Mandarin speakers.

Ania Simbari
Community Member
1 month ago

LOL! In Polish - "herbata" (facepalm!)

shemeowsalot
Community Member
1 month ago

chai is life

Joanna Spanna
Community Member
1 month ago

Sometimes called a cup of 'char' in UK also

Eglė Bukauskaitė
Community Member
1 month ago

insert lithuanian "Arbata" (ok, it does contain a "Ta" withinin the word

May Day
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Swedish: Te. Norwegian: Te. Finnish: Teetä. Danish: Te. Icelandic: Te. What do you call it?

Rob Williams
Community Member
1 month ago

It is also known as a cup of char in the UK.

Daniel Clarke
Community Member
1 month ago

I think Australia and New Zealand didn't due much tea trading at the height of the silk road, and instead inherited their word from mother England.

heystobit1231
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1 month ago

Where are my fellow chai enthusiasts at?

Khaled Shal
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1 month ago

In North African countries (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya), the word actually used is "tey" derived from the French word "thé"

Clandestine
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1 month ago

Taiwan speaks chinese and calls it 茶 (cha)

Tomáš Pruner
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1 month ago

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Joeshar
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1 month ago

Chai and Tea from China or Chai from China but Tea from India/Ceylon?

R L
Community Member
1 month ago

They should have swapped the labels around.

Tadas Mockus
Community Member
1 month ago

Why is Lithuania Green? Its called Arbata here. Thats nothing like Tea :D

Michał Ślusarski
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1 month ago

It is the same as Polish herbata - the name comes from "herba thea" (Latin for "leaves of tea"), so the map is correct.

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1 month ago

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Bobert Robertson
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1 month ago

So China ships itself tea via the sea?

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#25

Passenger Railway Network 2020

Passenger Railway Network 2020

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Pseudo Puppy
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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
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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
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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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