A good map is worth a thousand words. A bad one, on the other hand, is just one, and usually a pretty ugly one.

If you've been on Bored Panda long enough, you probably know that we have a soft spot for cartography. After all, we've already covered it here, here, and here.

So when we discovered the social media project 'A Map A Day', we knew we had to make a publication about it too. Run by a cultural geography and tourism student, it regularly shares all sorts of geographical oddities that challenge the way you see the world.

Continue scrolling and see for yourself!

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#1

Visual Guide To Geographic Terms

Visual Guide To Geographic Terms

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GaeFrog
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3 months ago

No way my teacher years ago had this same poster in her room!

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#2

Most-Used Word In Each State

Most-Used Word In Each State

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Bellala
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3 months ago

Lol

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The evolution of maps has taken a long road. We, humans, have documented our surroundings for thousands of years, in the form of cave paintings, stone tablets, religious maps, printed maps, and the multi-layered digital maps of modern day.

From ancient Babylon, through the Renaissance, and into the present, mapping history offers a fascinating look into the collective psyche of each period.

#3

Closeness Over Time

Closeness Over Time

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Red rockin lobster
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3 months ago

This so so true and some are so sad. The ones with the parents and dogs really make my heart ache.

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Victoria Peak (Hong Kong), Carved Onto A Roll Of Tape

Victoria Peak (Hong Kong), Carved Onto A Roll Of Tape

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Abhinc
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3 months ago

artwork by Takahiro Iwasaki

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The Imago Mundi (more commonly known as the Babylonian Map of the World) is considered the oldest surviving world map.

It is currently on display at the British Museum in London and dates back to between 700 and 500 BC. It was found in a town called Sippar in Iraq. The carved map depicts Babylon in the center with places like Assyria and Elam nearby, all surrounded by a “Salt Sea” forming a ring around the cities.

Outside the ring, eight islands or regions are carved into the tablet. The map is accompanied by a cuneiform text describing Babylonian mythology in the regions depicted on the stone.

#5

Sharks vs. Humans (2014)

Sharks vs. Humans (2014)

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Mama Panda
Community Member
3 months ago

This is heartbreaking! I watched a documentary during Shark Week and it stated that most of the sharks killed are just for their fins. The fins are made into Shark Fin soup. I hope we can make it illegal world wide to kill sharks. The are beautiful and amazing creatures.

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#6

Clouds Flow Past Mt. Fuji, Japan

Clouds Flow Past Mt. Fuji, Japan

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago

This is a cool pic.

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#7

A Chart Illustrating Gerrymandering In Its Most Basic Form

A Chart Illustrating Gerrymandering In Its Most Basic Form

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Bill
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3 months ago

The winning political party shouldn't control redistricting

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The medieval maps, on the other hand, seem to have been dominated by the church, reflecting the ecclesiastical dogmas and interpretations of Scripture

But during the late Middle Ages, a great deal of enthusiasm was generated by the travels of Marco Polo in the 1270s and 1280s.

New information about faraway places, and the stimulation of interest in world maps, promoted their sale and circulation and it was evident that Marco Polo’s experiences inspired the desire for exploration in many.

#8

The Many Flags Inside Norway’s Flag

The Many Flags Inside Norway’s Flag

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Helmut Kok
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3 months ago (edited)

And take the blue away and you have Denmark - What country was they under to 1814!

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#9

Cause Of Death - Reality vs. Google vs. Media

Cause Of Death - Reality vs. Google vs. Media

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Chich
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3 months ago

Journalists should report the news, not create it.

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#10

Day And Night In Barcelona

Day And Night In Barcelona

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Nathaniel
Community Member
3 months ago

They temporarily switched the sun off on the right hand side of the city to get this photo.

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#11

Wind Blown Patches Of Snow Cause A 3D Effect In Eastern Colorado

Wind Blown Patches Of Snow Cause A 3D Effect In Eastern Colorado

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Yep it's Ella 🇺🇦
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3 months ago

Wow

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Progress in other areas such as navigation, ship design and construction, instruments for observation and astronomy, and general use of the compass helped to improve existing map information, as well as to encourage further exploration.

Eventually, geographic knowledge was profoundly increased during the 15th and 16th centuries as Columbus, da Gama, Vespucci, Cabot, Magellan, and others made their discoveries, gradually transforming the world maps of those days.

#12

A Bar In Dc Made A Us Map From One Summer's Confiscated Fake Id's

A Bar In Dc Made A Us Map From One Summer's Confiscated Fake Id's

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Sawyer Kidder
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3 months ago

How many don't get caught...

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#13

Land Use Comparison Of A Typical European City And A North American City

Land Use Comparison Of A Typical European City And A North American City

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
3 months ago

we might have apartments instead of houses in Europe, but also we can walk pretty much anywhere, totally worth it!

Daria Z
Community Member
3 months ago

Agreed! Big houses are overrated.

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Got Myself 4 Pandas
Community Member
3 months ago

Countries in Europe tend to be a tad smaller than America, so we make the best use of the space we have

Kyle Simmons
Community Member
3 months ago

Exactly. It's like people forget exactly how large the landmass of the US is. There's a LOT of space between cities. I can drive for six hours and still be in the same state and see nothing but small towns and pine trees.

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Geralt of Rivia
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3 months ago

We also have plenty of land and like our space and privacy. I am not dunking on people in Europe but we don't have to emulate their way of life.

Kiki
Community Member
3 months ago

We do have it too. It's a comparison of cities only. In smaller cities and in the countryside we have a lot of space and big houses! But even there it's at a smaller scale, personally I like it better. Also we don't have many areas with the same houses lined up, a lot are old and so have their own design.

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Alex the Country Dog
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3 months ago

U.S. Citizen here. Until I traveled around England decades ago, I didn't really understand what was meant by "urban sprawl." This isn't a fight between house and apartment mentality. In most of Europe there are plenty of country houses, and tiny towns dotting countries where you can still have space and country living. The difference is really that most of their cities STOP, whereas American cities sprawl out ad nauseum from cities to suburbs to false-rural before you get to what would be considered genuinely rural. In Europe you often have densely populated citiesm but then they END. They STOP. You get kilometers of beautiful countryside, THEN your clusters of houses in a village, or rural lanes in farmland. They still have both. They just separate city from country much better than the U.S.

Sharon Ingram
Community Member
3 months ago

European cities/towns also ingeniously use underground parking a lot. The US should do it!

Ozymandias73
Community Member
3 months ago

What's all this talk about "walking anywhere" in Europe? Like we can't here in America? We've got tons of bike lanes, sidewalks, nature trails, etc. Our neighborhoods vary from close nit houses to sprawling mansions to high rise apartments...it just depends on where the location is.

Parmeisan
Community Member
3 months ago

I assume they mean that everything is in walking distance, whereas in a city that sprawls over more land, it's not as easy to walk everywhere.

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
3 months ago

And still European cities all have sidewalks and bike lanes, despite having less space. I can walk anywhere I want. I prefer that to super big roads and big houses.

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Great. Glad you are happy! Some of us prefer a spacious house and comfortable car. I am much happier in my 2200 square foot home than I was in a cramped, 875 square foot apartment in our downtown area. Yeah, I could walk almost anywhere, but did not have the room for my kid to run around, yard for family fun, gardening interests and cook outs, and fence for my dog to play and run as much as he wants. I can blast my music while cleaning and have no neighbor issues to worry about. I can change the look of my home, expand it, add to it...be creative. It is ALL about what we value and preference. One is not, IMO, better than the other.

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Béla Kun
Community Member
3 months ago

The basic outline of our cities in Europe where made earlier then the exploration of the continent America. Our cities have very old bones, this is the reason.

Albo alt
Community Member
3 months ago

A great deal of European cities were just piles of rubble in 1945, which allowed government to re-zone and re-plan their layout. US cities mostly grew and expanded organically in the post-war era, which is harder to control.

Danyelka
Community Member
3 months ago

We didnt rebuild cities after war. We just built what was destroyed. We didnt change city maps and build on the green grass. Of course our cities grow since :) but other ways than yours.

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georgios pahatouridis
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1 month ago

I bet Bolivia, Peru or Paraguay isn´t like this. Totally inaccurate.

J P
Community Member
3 months ago

Europe - what a waste.

Kasia Siwa
Community Member
3 months ago

Used to live in Europe and it totally depends on the area it's true for European cities but once you move from the metro area the sprawl is the same as the US and we need cars/buses/horses etc to get us around too. I prefer the ability to live in a large home and take advantage of the space to have family come and stay w us and throw family gatherings where we can all hang out because I have the space. Unlike when we lived in Europe 3 families w kids lived in a 1 bedroom apartment because there was no space for anyone to rent their own space.

David Walker
Community Member
3 months ago

I think the two illustrations show the wealth gap in the United States. There are few sky scrapers, i. e. the top earners and a lot more smaller buildings, i.e. poor earners. Compared to Europe, where the wage gap is more evenly spread across the board. Nothing definitive, just thought provoking.

Mazer
Community Member
3 months ago

Urban sprawl sucks

Shane S
Community Member
3 months ago

It’s a huge country and we like our space and privacy. Our country was built on individualism and having one’s own property.

Veri Rockt
Community Member
3 months ago

In another bored panda post it said, you aren't allowed to choose the flowers in your garden yourself? The Home Owner Club (?) decides, what your house and garden have to look like. Maybe you you want to share to which extend this is true?

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shodokai
Community Member
3 months ago

Europeans have to build that way as they've been overpopulated for generations.

It's Me
Community Member
3 months ago

And what about America’s asinine use of parking lots?

Csaba Horvath
Community Member
3 months ago

US has more free space ;)

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#14

Detailed Replica Of Manhattan Carved Out In A 2.5 Tonne Block Of Marble

Detailed Replica Of Manhattan Carved Out In A 2.5 Tonne Block Of Marble

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Abhinc
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3 months ago

sculpture by Yutaka Sone

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#15

How The Solar System Travels Through The Galaxy

How The Solar System Travels Through The Galaxy

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago (edited)

Dizzy! I'm so dizzy, my head is spinning. Like a whirlpool, it never ends. And it's you, girl, making it spin. You're making me dizzy!

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Arguably the most important aspect of postmedieval maps was their increasing accuracy. It was made possible by continuing exploration.

Another significant characteristic was a trend toward artistic and colorful rendition, for the maps still had many open areas in which their creators could indulge their imagination. Interestingly, many maps of this age have become sought out collectors' items.

#16

When Two City Planners Hate Each Other (Missoula, Montana)

When Two City Planners Hate Each Other (Missoula, Montana)

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Mama Panda
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3 months ago

Oh I would get horribly lost

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#17

A Guide To Chicago Home Styles

A Guide To Chicago Home Styles

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Susanna Parri
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3 months ago

So cute! Would love to have that same architecture here in Finland.

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#18

Aerial View Of The Planned City Of La Plata, Argentina

Aerial View Of The Planned City Of La Plata, Argentina

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Pixie
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3 months ago

I like how green it is. Trees, gardens and parks make a good city great

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#19

The Timeline Of A Tree

The Timeline Of A Tree

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Hedgeh og
Community Member
3 months ago

Why are humans so ENDLESSLY destructive?! It makes me despair. So many things those of us alive right now have never seen and never will see - trees this size; huge flocks of birds; rivers silver with fish; endless waves of buffalo and bison on the prairies; truly clean air... all those things, and so much more, once existed. All gone now.

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A reformation of cartography that evolved during the 18th century, however, popularized scientific trends and more accurate detail, thus replacing all the monsters, lions, and swash lines with factual content.

Soon the only decorative features were in the cartouche and around the borders. The map interiors contained all the increasing information available, often with explanatory notes and attempts to show the respective reliabilities of some portions.

#20

Using The Statue Of Liberty To ‘Map’ How Copper Goes Through The Oxidation Process

Using The Statue Of Liberty To ‘Map’ How Copper Goes Through The Oxidation Process

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Anna Lessens
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3 months ago

So in those sepia photos of Ist immigrants...it's actually brown

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#21

Global Distribution Of Penguins

Global Distribution Of Penguins

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago

You can find penguins in most shops in the UK.

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#22

The Arc De Triomphe At The Center Of 12 Radiating Avenues In Paris, France

The Arc De Triomphe At The Center Of 12 Radiating Avenues In Paris, France

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Chich
Community Member
3 months ago

Was on the back of a bike with a friend in that traffic circle once. Took a while to work our way out. Mainly because we hadn't a clue where we were going :P

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#23

Eight Minimalist Maps

Eight Minimalist Maps

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River Webb
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3 months ago (edited)

well you look at that, there are so many of me worldwide!

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If earlier mapmakers chased quick, profitable output based on information obtained from reports of travelers and explorers, the new French cartographers were scientists, often men of rank and independent means.

For expensive ventures, such as the triangulation of two degrees of a meridian to determine the Earth’s size more accurately, they were even subsidized by the king or the French Academy. Similar trends were emerging across all over Europe.

#24

States With A Smaller Population Than Los Angeles County

States With A Smaller Population Than Los Angeles County

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Hedgeh og
Community Member
3 months ago

This shows how foolish those maps are that purport to show high Republican support across the country. Land doesn't vote, people do. But you take a sparsely populated state and color the whole thing red and it looks like this. PEOPLE need representation, not stretches of soil between arbitrary borders.

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#25

How To Read Tree Rings. The Color And Width Of Tree Rings Can Provide Snapshots Of Past Climate Conditions

How To Read Tree Rings. The Color And Width Of Tree Rings Can Provide Snapshots Of Past Climate Conditions

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Terran
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3 months ago

These differences can be used to date wooden objects in Archaeology. The method is called Dendrochronology.

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#26

Train Cars Filled With Coal On Lambert's Point Pier 6 In Norfolk, Virginia

Train Cars Filled With Coal On Lambert's Point Pier 6 In Norfolk, Virginia

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Nate M.
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3 months ago

Satisfying!

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#27

‘Nobody Lives Here’, 1x1km Areas In The United Kingdom Where The Reported Population Equals Zero

‘Nobody Lives Here’, 1x1km Areas In The United Kingdom Where The Reported Population Equals Zero

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Deux
Community Member
3 months ago

Scotland is nice and empty, just the way we like it.

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During the past few decades, there has been a growing interest in the automation of mapping processes, and considerable progress was made in this area.

But as we can see from the pictures, there's still plenty of creativity going into making maps.

#28

Everyone In The World Could Fit Into A 50km Diameter Circle

Everyone In The World Could Fit Into A 50km Diameter Circle

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Manasvi Tupe
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3 months ago

thats kinda cool but I guess now a bad idea

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#29

The North American Cryptid Map

The North American Cryptid Map

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Abhinc
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3 months ago

and here is the rest of the world ... World-of-C...773581.jpg World-of-Cryptids_WORLD-copy-1536x1097-6269233773581.jpg

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#30

The United Pixels Of America

The United Pixels Of America

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LeighAnne Brown-Pedersen
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3 months ago

If the USA was a game map? Where’s the boss fight and the loot locations?

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