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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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!

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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

ParadoxicalCabbage Report

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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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

matias90 Report

Theodore Theodora
Community Member
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

reddit.com Report

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
Community Member
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

crukey Report

Rainbow Panda
Community Member
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
Community Member
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

dumbcrow123 Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 months ago

That's sad...

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#22

Worlds CO Emissions

Worlds CO Emissions

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Sara Rodrigues
Community Member
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
Community Member
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"

reddit.com Report

Wouter Berg
Community Member
4 months ago

Portugal. Please explain.

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#25

Passenger Railway Network 2020

Passenger Railway Network 2020

TraveGeo Report

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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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

AJgloe Report

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
Community Member
4 months ago

A powerful and moving depiction. :(

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#31

The Surprising Range Of Flamingos

The Surprising Range Of Flamingos

CountZapolai Report

Rainbow Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

Flamingos are beautiful. 💖

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#32

My Teacher Was Excited For Our WWI Unit

My Teacher Was Excited For Our WWI Unit

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 months ago

Impressive!

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#33

World With 1000m Sea Level Drop

World With 1000m Sea Level Drop

BasedMaps Report

Val
Community Member
4 months ago

Great Britain would not be pleased to be joined to the EU again...

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#34

A Map Of The World But It’s Just The Time Zones

A Map Of The World But It’s Just The Time Zones

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like hackers have come here. 😳

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#35

The History Of Accuracy In World Maps

The History Of Accuracy In World Maps

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Arnav Kumar
Community Member
4 months ago

Fascinating!

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#36

North American Cryptids

North American Cryptids

reddit.com Report

Nicola Roberts
Community Member
4 months ago

This is a fun map. Looks like Nessie enjoys a holiday on the North West coast.

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#37

How The Antarctic Looks Beneath The Ice

How The Antarctic Looks Beneath The Ice

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

Oddly green. 💚

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#38

All The Nations That Have To Be Combined To Be Equal To Brazils Annual Homicides

All The Nations That Have To Be Combined To Be Equal To Brazils Annual Homicides

Arnmaran Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 months ago

Holy....!

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#39

How Much Snow Does It Usually Take To Cancel Schools?

How Much Snow Does It Usually Take To Cancel Schools?

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

aNy SnOw seems nice. ❄️

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#40

Variations Of The Name John

Variations Of The Name John

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Linus Nilsson
Community Member
4 months ago

John in swedish would be john, thank you very much

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#41

When Visiting Someone: Red - Keep Shoes On, Green - Take Shoes Off

When Visiting Someone: Red - Keep Shoes On, Green - Take Shoes Off

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Daria B
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Oh, in Croatia, it differs by household, it should be dotty, not all green.

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#42

Brazil's Northernmost Point Is Closer To Every Country In The Americas Than To Brazil's Southernmost Point

Brazil's Northernmost Point Is Closer To Every Country In The Americas Than To Brazil's Southernmost Point

skan76 Report

Rainbow Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

Brazil is huuuuge! 🇧🇷

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#43

I Recorded The Last Two Months As A Pizza Delivery Guy (On Bike)

I Recorded The Last Two Months As A Pizza Delivery Guy (On Bike)

Yordrecht Report

Corey Smith
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm curious as to where this is.

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#44

Turkey , Borders 7 Countries With 7 Different Alphabets

Turkey , Borders 7 Countries With 7 Different Alphabets

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 months ago

Thank you, Kemal Atatürk! :-)

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#45

‘October’ In European Languages

‘October’ In European Languages

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Ivo H
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh yes, říjen. Beautiful, easy-to-pronounce word, so similar to the others... Fun fact - in czech republic, we have also listopad (same as in croatia), but it means november.

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#46

There And Back Again

There And Back Again

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Katy McMouse
Community Member
4 months ago

I can't believe they made it out of Ohio, given all the times I've been stuck on I-90.

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#47

The Japanese Flag But The Two Colors Have The Same Population

The Japanese Flag But The Two Colors Have The Same Population

LordPhoenix99 Report

Rainbow Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

Interesting. 😺

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#48

Map Of Venus If It Has As Much Water As Earth

Map Of Venus If It Has As Much Water As Earth

Dragonite-2 Report

ML
Community Member
4 months ago

I do not recognize any countries on that map

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#49

Percentage Of People Willing To Fight For Their Country

Percentage Of People Willing To Fight For Their Country

kemppis Report

Holly D
Community Member
4 months ago

Dont mess with us Finns

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#50

New Take On The Concept Of A World Metro

New Take On The Concept Of A World Metro

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

Square countries. ⬜️

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#51

Coats Of Arms Of European Countries

Coats Of Arms Of European Countries

reddit.com Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 months ago

France has no coat of arms since 1912 , the shown fasces symbol is often used, but not official

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#52

World’s 25 Largest Lakes Side By Side

World’s 25 Largest Lakes Side By Side

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

But Caspian Sea is a sea. 🌊 (It’s a joke for those who are gonna complain in the reply section)

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#53

How I, A Brit, See The United States (Sorry If It Offends Anyone)

How I, A Brit, See The United States (Sorry If It Offends Anyone)

DavidMcFarlanee Report

JuJu
Community Member
4 months ago

Florida should have a different color and be named "human zoo"

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#54

You Can Fit The Entirety Of Poland Into Texas And Still Be Able To Drive Around It

You Can Fit The Entirety Of Poland Into Texas And Still Be Able To Drive Around It

ChetWinston Report

Francisco Scaramanga
Community Member
4 months ago

Russia and Germany would miss us too much.

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#55

How To Say "Thank You" In Europe

How To Say "Thank You" In Europe

reddit.com Report

IlovemydogShilo
Community Member
4 months ago

Actually the way you say Thank you in Irish is Go Raibh Maith Agat ( go ro my agott ) and in Welsh is Diolch (Di- Olsh).

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#56

How To Become President With 22% Of The Vote

How To Become President With 22% Of The Vote

If you would get 50.1% of the vote of each red-coloured state, 22% of the population of the country, you would become president, even if 78% of the country voted for another person, this is assuming that 49.9% of people in the the red-coloured states voted for the blue party, and 100% of the people in the blue-coloured states voted for the blue party.

NOTE: The colours dont mean anything

persondotcom_idunno Report

Ivo H
Community Member
4 months ago

It's crazy that someone can consider this fair voting system

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#57

Comparing The Population Of The Dakotas And Manhattan

Comparing The Population Of The Dakotas And Manhattan

michaelclas Report

Rainbow Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

😎

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#58

Paper Sizes World Map

Paper Sizes World Map

JurijFedorov Report

Nicola Roberts
Community Member
4 months ago

A4 is not global! Well I never....

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#59

Map Of Almost All Countries And Their Respective Camo Patterns

Map Of Almost All Countries And Their Respective Camo Patterns

The_Kadj Report

Aleksandra Elias
Community Member
4 months ago

Where's the map? I only see the ocean here

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#60

4 Years Of Trucking, Each Dot Is Somewhere He Spent >1 Hour

4 Years Of Trucking, Each Dot Is Somewhere He Spent >1 Hour

reddit.com Report

Linus Nilsson
Community Member
4 months ago

It would be amazing to be able to visit so much of the country

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#61

Position Of The North Magnetic Pole Since 1590

Position Of The North Magnetic Pole Since 1590

RedGolpe Report

Nicola Roberts
Community Member
4 months ago

Why does it move?

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#62

What Motorcycles Look Like Across Europe (Based On The Prohibitory Road Sign)

What Motorcycles Look Like Across Europe (Based On The Prohibitory Road Sign)

3OxenABunchofOnions Report

Francisco Scaramanga
Community Member
4 months ago

Old Polish motorcycle propably... https://www.google.com/search?q=shl+gazela

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#63

Olympus Mons Compared To France

Olympus Mons Compared To France

ComradeUlyanov Report

Vorknkx
Community Member
4 months ago

Imagine the view from the top...

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#64

British Columbia Split Into 3 Areas Of Equal Population

British Columbia Split Into 3 Areas Of Equal Population

jakemillionstv Report

MrTree1779
Community Member
4 months ago

They should rename the Province to "Not Vancouver", then make Vancouver a City State.

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#65

Europe Number Plates

Europe Number Plates

reddit.com Report

ML
Community Member
4 months ago

There is no car registered with the number 307 RTB in Estonia. Swedish license plate belongs to Volvo XC60 (2015 model), Norwegian is VW Golf (2011).

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#66

Hundred Largest Islands Of The World

Hundred Largest Islands Of The World

mapmakerdavid Report

William Holmes
Community Member
4 months ago

Australia???

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#67

Frances Longest Border Is Shared With Brazil!

Frances Longest Border Is Shared With Brazil!

slamfist69 Report

TIffany Jones
Community Member
4 months ago

Wait but....Brazil....France...continents what?

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#68

The Russian Flag But The Two Colors Have The Same Population

The Russian Flag But The Two Colors Have The Same Population

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

Three colours you mean? 💟💙❤️

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#69

90 Minute Public Transit Commuter Zone For London vs. San Francisco

90 Minute Public Transit Commuter Zone For London vs. San Francisco

tzfld Report

BorPand8
Community Member
4 months ago

Hahaha the 90-minute public transit commuter zone in Manila would be about 5 miles in diameter. And it wouldn't help you much to drive your own car either. Walking is quite often faster. Well, before the pandemic. Things are better... for now.

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