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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3 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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3 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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Rainbow Panda
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3 months 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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3 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
Community Member
3 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
3 months 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
Community Member
3 months ago

Much better :)

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#8

Cheese Map Of Europe

Cheese Map Of Europe

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Holly D
Community Member
3 months 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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3 months 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
3 months 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
Community Member
3 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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3 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
Community Member
3 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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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
3 months 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
3 months ago

Yeah, we’re not just an island. 🙃

tangy chip
Community Member
3 months ago

wait, but you are an island

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Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

But the US has Alaska. Our ace in the hole. Should say comparison between Australia and continental US.

Yvonne Blau
Community Member
3 months ago

Isn't Alaska also continental?

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ML
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Turn Australia around and you would get a better comparison.

Xiaoxi Lou
Community Member
3 months ago

Hey! Why isn't Melbourne on the Australian map!! ;) Just cos we're in lockdown....doesn't mean we're not there anymore!!! ;(

Gemma Winter
Community Member
3 months ago

They forgot us in Adelaide too 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Christopher Seaton
Community Member
3 months ago

Pity they didn't include the Australian state borders. You think Texas is big? Ha! Try Western Australia for size - draw a line from just to the left of where Regina is, straight south. Everything west of that line is the state of Western Australia.

Wendy Cayless
Community Member
3 months ago

If Western Australia was a country, it would be the ninth biggest in the world.

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Prism Dawn
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

The US and Europe are always grossly oversized in standard maps. It’s pretty messed up and really telling when it comes to matters of representation.

Bellatrix Lestrange
Community Member
3 months ago

That's because when you put a globe onto a flat map it messes up the sizes of things. If you use a globe you can get a accurate comparison.

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Some Cool Guy
Community Member
3 months ago

From Perth, Western Australia it is 1440 Km (895 miles) to the nearest state border by road.

Caroline Farquhar
Community Member
3 months ago

When I was a travel agent specializing in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, I used to use this example to show people how impossible it was to “take in Australia in a few days”. Kind of like explaining to an American why I didn’t drive to Vancouver for the Olympics when I lived in Toronto. 🙄

Peter Bear
Community Member
3 months ago

Flip one or the other upside-down and they'd fit together even better!

Megan Peniston-Bird
Community Member
3 months ago

Cairns is only a regional town. Where’s Melbourne? Australia’s second biggest city.

ArhomR
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Busy filming The Block.

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Ani Archeron
Community Member
3 months ago

And to think for camp I once took a bus from Sydney to Brisbane and back :D

Johanne Hodkinson
Community Member
3 months ago

No Melbourne

Jo Firth
Community Member
3 months ago

All that space and we have less than 10% of the US population...

Yeah, you heard
Community Member
3 months ago

Ah, so that's how big the USA is "in reality" 😂😂

Jean-paul
Community Member
3 weeks ago

they should have reverted Australia

marcos lv
Community Member
2 months ago

And the Sahara desert has the same size than the USA...

Peta Hurley-Hill
Community Member
2 months ago

They forgot Melbourne>a city with a population second only to Sydney.

Leslye Joseph
Community Member
2 months ago

😳

Robert Robi Z
Community Member
2 months ago

If you mirrored Australia horizontally, they would be quite similar shape, too!

Shelbie Ernst
Community Member
2 months ago

dang!!! i thought it was a lot smaller

1337
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow, I thought Australia was smaller / Swede

Queen E of ADHD
Community Member
3 months ago

👁👄👁

Frankie Guell
Community Member
3 months ago

Puerto Rico is an Island, Australia is considered a Continent for a reason

Katya Lyubivaya
Community Member
3 months ago

Mind. Blown.

Sherry Harvey
Community Member
3 months ago

And we also have Alaska and Hawaii, don’t forget.

Viv Hart
Community Member
3 months ago

Make Australia Great Again!

Peta Hurley-Hill
Community Member
2 months ago

we will be that as soon as with get rid of our conservative/right wing/pretend christian government at the next election and follow NZ's lead.

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Noel Bovae
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh wow, i always thought australia was a LOT bigger.

Joey Wuebben
Community Member
3 months ago

australia way bigger than i thought

Florence Watts
Community Member
3 months ago

So it’s about the size of Alaska? 😁

Carolyn M Perry
Community Member
3 months ago

Oooh Scary!

Zoe White
Community Member
3 months ago

Holy crap, I had no idea we were so big. Go us!

Sent From The Slytherin House
Community Member
3 months ago

We're bigger, we're bigger, we're bigger!

Al Christensen
Community Member
3 months ago

Flip one of the countries upside down and they fit even better.

John Chambers Wilson
Community Member
3 months ago

Climatically, it would be better to see Australia inverted overlayed on North America, showing the cooler cities of Canberra and Sydney over Ontario, and the warmer cities of Darwin and Cairns near the Gulf of Mexico

May Day
Community Member
3 months ago

Australia is wider than I thought!

Brandy Grote
Community Member
3 months ago

And a population smaller than Madagascar...

Peta Hurley-Hill
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes,thankfully we have room to move here

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C KW
Community Member
3 months ago

Any map of the world that features Regina, Saskatchewan is worth looking at! :)

Opal4eva
Community Member
3 months ago

Roughly the same sise

Ron Romero
Community Member
3 months ago

Australia population: ~25 million. California population: ~40 million. All US: ~330 million.

XxInstantKarmaxX
Community Member
3 months ago

Perth Forever :)

Johanne Hodkinson
Community Member
3 months ago

all capital cities of Oz showing but one. Anyone?

Peta Hurley-Hill
Community Member
2 months ago

weirdly ,they forgot Melbourne :/

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M.C.
Community Member
3 months ago

Someone find Alaska. Let's even this out.

Larissa McDonald
Community Member
3 months ago

Flip 180

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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
3 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
3 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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3 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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3 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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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
3 months 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
3 months ago

That's sad...

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#22

Worlds CO Emissions

Worlds CO Emissions

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Francisco Scaramanga
Community Member
3 months 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
Community Member
3 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
3 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
3 months 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
3 months 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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3 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
Community Member
3 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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ML
Community Member
3 months 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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3 months ago

A powerful and moving depiction. :(

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