Look, we might be a bit biased, but we think that Planet Earth is the best place in our Solar System (and probably the Milky Way Galaxy)! Earth’s full of cute cats, plenty of bamboo to keep us from going hungry, and it’s where we keep all of our stuff. It’s also full of so many wonderful and beautiful things that we lost count… and tons of mysteries to uncover in the future. Heck, the vast majority of the ocean is still left unexplored!

What we’re trying to say is that it makes perfect sense to learn more about our home planet. Some choose to study biology and all living things, others focus on human beings via sociology or economics, but when it comes to the fundamentals, you can’t go wrong with geography. The subject goes far deeper than just rattling off a few capital city names from memory.

Today, we’re featuring the r/geography subreddit, a celebration of all things related to geography. (The name really says it all, doesn’t it?) Scroll down for some of their best posts and if you enjoyed them, consider joining the online community. Geographers, amateur and veteran alike, are all welcome. Got your pencils and notebooks ready? Ready to have some feeky fun? Thinking caps: on! Let's go.

Patrick McGranaghan, a land surveyor from Colorado with a passion for map-making and travel, was kind enough to answer Bored Panda's questions about the importance of geography. Check out what he told us below.

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Canada Still Has 91% Of The Forest Cover That Existed At The Beginning Of The European Settlement

Canada Still Has 91% Of The Forest Cover That Existed At The Beginning Of The European Settlement

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Patrick, a surveyor, map-maker, and the founder of another huge geography-related subreddit, told us that "geography is a way to systematically understand the world we live in."

"For anyone that wants to explore and discover the world, they must first understand geography," he told Bored Panda about why geography is so important.

We were very curious about what Patrick prioritizes when drawing maps himself. "When I am making maps I am thinking about all the subtleties of the geography I am mapping. Such as the ways some coastlines will curve in certain places or names of places I've never heard of before," he shared a bit about his process.

#2

This Person Really Took The Time To Travel To The Right Spot

This Person Really Took The Time To Travel To The Right Spot

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Lazy Panda (she/her/hers)
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1 week ago

And then they had a delicious treat to celebrate!

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#3

Just Right!

Just Right!

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Sarah
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1 week ago

This one is clever.

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"It gives me new ideas of places to visit. For me, accuracy is the most important thing as I've been trained as a land surveyor."

Bored Panda also wanted to know how Patrick would go about convincing someone that learning geography is vital in a world where we can pretty much just Google everything that we need to know about the world and we have access to maps on our phones.

"This is difficult because the omnipresence of the internet has made most people take geography for granted," he said. "However, understanding geography helps you make connections and feeds your imagination. If you really want to increase your vision and understanding of the world it must be based in understanding geography."

#4

A Modern Photo Compared With A Photo Taken Over A Century Earlier In The Same Place

A Modern Photo Compared With A Photo Taken Over A Century Earlier In The Same Place

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Lemonade Midnight
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1 week ago

wooooooooah

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#5

Nice F*cking Meme Bro

Nice F*cking Meme Bro

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Abby da great
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1 week ago

Can switch the route to Bro F***ing Nice Meme…

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#6

Mt. Fuji From The Iss

Mt. Fuji From The Iss

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Hooked
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1 week ago

Every time I read (about) The Hobbit's Lonely Mountain, I think of this. Inspiration much ?

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Geography used to be one of the challenging yet rewarding subjects we learned back in school. Obviously, part of that meant committing the names of all the countries (and their capital cities) in the world, as well as names of rivers, seas, and other geographical features, to memory. And that meant a lot of work and anxiety when you were tested in front of the entire class.

And while some students definitely enjoyed all that, others found it stressful. What we really enjoyed doing was drawing maps and learning about all the different systems working in-sync on the planet. From how mountains form to how rivers ‘work’ and beyond.

The r/geography subreddit is an academic community, so the posts there have to reflect that. “Geography is the study of the earth and its features, inhabitants, and phenomena, and goes far beyond simple location identifications on a map or general trivial information such as capital and country names,” the team running everything writes.

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Cross Sea Is A Very Beautiful And Rare Phenomenon That Happens When There Are 2 Wave Systems In The Sea Moving At Oblique Angles. It Might Be Beautiful From Above, But If You Get Caught In These Waves, Your Vessel Can Easily Turn Upside Down Or Lose Its Way

Cross Sea Is A Very Beautiful And Rare Phenomenon That Happens When There Are 2 Wave Systems In The Sea Moving At Oblique Angles. It Might Be Beautiful From Above, But If You Get Caught In These Waves, Your Vessel Can Easily Turn Upside Down Or Lose Its Way

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censorshipsucks
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1 week ago

we have this at cape point in south africa.

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#8

Fun Fact I Found On A Snapple Cap

Fun Fact I Found On A Snapple Cap

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Lemonade Midnight
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1 week ago

The 22 countries that weren't invaded are Monaco, Mongolia, Marshall Islands, Mali, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Kyrgyzstan, Ivory Coast, Andorra, Bolivia, Belarus, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Central African Republic, Guatemala, Chad, Paraquay, Vatican City, Tajikistan, Sweden, Uzbekistan and Sao Tome and Principle.

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#9

[Close-Up View] Of Antarctica From Space

[Close-Up View] Of Antarctica From Space

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RandomCitizen
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1 week ago

I've seen more close up views, often including penguins

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“Geographers have a special understanding about the Earth and global systems and use analytical skills and applied methods to answer questions about human and physical phenomena. In short, geographers are particularly good at determining the ‘Why of Where.’”

Around since mid-Autumn of 2008, r/geography has carved out a nice niche for itself. At the time of writing, the sub had 157.7k members. There are actually a ton of geography-related subreddits (which makes our inner geeks really happy), and they’re all listed in r/geography’s sidebar.

So if you want to go down the rabbit hole and learn something new while being amazed by all the impressive photos from our planet, you’re given the keys to so much knowledge, all on a silver plate. Just keep in mind it’s like going on Wikipedia: before you know it, it’s several hours later and you totally got way too enraptured by what the digital library has to offer.

#10

Topography Of The Indian Subcontinent

Topography Of The Indian Subcontinent

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Lazy Panda (she/her/hers)
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1 week ago

Wow, you can really see why it is it’s own sub-continent from this view!

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#11

For All Those Namibia-Zimbabwe Border Posts, I Humbly Raise You This Unexpected Afghanistan-China Border Touch

For All Those Namibia-Zimbabwe Border Posts, I Humbly Raise You This Unexpected Afghanistan-China Border Touch

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Hmmmm
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1 week ago

Boop

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#12

America By Trump Administration

America By Trump Administration

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Sian Edwards
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1 week ago

🤷🤦

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The r/geography subreddit encourages discussions of all branches of the subject, suggests that users link to original sources, and asks that all members assign a post flair when submitting something. Meanwhile, anyone with a degree in geography can ask the mods for a custom flair for their specific area of expertise which is actually a super cool idea and we hope more subs do this.

We feel like academically-focused subs are more important now than ever. With access to the internet, we have the ability to learn pretty much anything about anything, but there’s a downside to this. As information can spread very quickly, misinformation can, too. (Sometimes, even faster than facts.)

#13

I Feel As If Someone Just Got Bored Of Naming Things Here

I Feel As If Someone Just Got Bored Of Naming Things Here

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Hawkmoon
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1 week ago

Could have been worse given the shape

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#14

Beautiful Aerial View Of Venice, Italy

Beautiful Aerial View Of Venice, Italy

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Jrog
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1 week ago

The square island on the left is the city's historical cemetery, housing the remains of Ezra Pound, Igor Stravinsky, Canova, Tiepolo and others. On the far left corner it is barely visible Murano, the glassmakers island where Venetian's glass makers were moved in 1290 after a string of fires that ravaged the city.

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#15

Topography Of South America

Topography Of South America

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DennyS (denzoren)
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1 week ago

Topographical maps are just so pretty, it feels so real.

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#16

You Can Sail In A Straight Line From Chile To Spain Without Ever Crossing Land

You Can Sail In A Straight Line From Chile To Spain Without Ever Crossing Land

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Anthony Nizza
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1 week ago

That's cool!

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#17

Stanislav Canyon, Kherson, Ukraine

Stanislav Canyon, Kherson, Ukraine

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Alexandru Bucur
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1 week ago

Pretty much where the southern end of the front line in Ukraine is at the moment, between the villages of Oleksandrivka and Stanislav.

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#18

A Map Of The World Centred Around New Zealand

A Map Of The World Centred Around New Zealand

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Lemonade Midnight
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1 week ago

I don't know why this blows my mind, but it does

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While being skeptical of information and double-checking things yourself are an important part of the scientific tradition, there comes a point where questioning well-established facts and mistrusting everyone and everything turns from quirky to stubborn.

#19

Canadian-Us Border In Northern Idaho. They Cut Down All The Trees Along The Border To Mark It

Canadian-Us Border In Northern Idaho. They Cut Down All The Trees Along The Border To Mark It

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Chich
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1 week ago

Nah, we are just getting ready to build a wall to keep them down south if it gets any weirder down there :P

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#20

The Only Geography Lesson You Need

The Only Geography Lesson You Need

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Aly.J
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1 week ago

Wow! I had absolutely no idea. Thank you for enlightening me

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#21

Pangea With Borders

Pangea With Borders

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Shyla Clay
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1 week ago

I don't know. Things are too crowded as it is. Let's just keep the continents where they are, please.

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Lee McIntyre, from the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University, explained to Bored Panda during a previous in-depth interview that Flat Earthers should be commended for actually testing out their hypotheses, but they don’t actually understand how science works.

“One of their main arguments was that if the Earth was spinning, the water would fall off. Do they not understand that gravitational pull comes from the center, is based on mass, and works on water too?”

#22

Flew Over Horseshoe Bend In Arizona A Couple Weeks Ago, Thought Everyone Here Might Appreciate This!

Flew Over Horseshoe Bend In Arizona A Couple Weeks Ago, Thought Everyone Here Might Appreciate This!

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Szirra
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1 week ago

Looks like mars.

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#23

Iceland In The Winter

Iceland In The Winter

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Chich
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1 week ago

Well it IS called Iceland.

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#24

The Elevation And Depth For Great Lakes

The Elevation And Depth For Great Lakes

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MonkeyInTheMiddle
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1 week ago

WOW I forgot how deep Lake Baikal is

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According to McIntyre, many Flat Earthers beliefs aren’t based on evidence in the first place. They keep moving the goalposts when debating scientists. For instance, if you ask a conspiracy theorist what kind of evidence would be sufficient to prove them wrong, the answer you get might reveal a lot about how they think.

“I used that question in person at FEIC [Flat Earth International Conference] 2018 and it was very telling. Most of them just said ‘proof’ and I said ‘proof of what?’ They couldn’t be specific,” McIntyre told Bored Panda.

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The Vasyugan Swamp Is The Largest Swamp In The World, Which Is Located In Russia. The Swamp Is The Same Size As Switzerland. There Are Legends That Atlantis Is Located Here

The Vasyugan Swamp Is The Largest Swamp In The World, Which Is Located In Russia. The Swamp Is The Same Size As Switzerland. There Are Legends That Atlantis Is Located Here

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Anthony Nizza
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1 week ago

Omggg that's BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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#26

Chile Is Gigalong!

Chile Is Gigalong!

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Madster
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1 week ago

That's nuts!

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#27

Lake Chad In 1967 vs. Lake Chad Now

Lake Chad In 1967 vs. Lake Chad Now

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Lemonade Midnight
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1 week ago

Oh no :(

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“At one session, I heard many Flat Earthers talk about losing family members, getting kicked out of their churches, losing jobs… who would do that for fun? These are hardcore science deniers. As hard as it might be to accept, there are people who believe this stuff and are willing even to put their lives on the line for it! One rocket guy crashed trying to prove Flat Earth. They aren’t pretending,” the expert said that there are quite a few people who genuinely believe in the conspiracy. So much so that they’re willing to risk their finances and reputation.

“Conspiracy theories have been around since Nero in the Roman Empire. They pop up in times of turmoil or mass unrest when people try to make sense of the world, but can’t. Flat Earth is in some ways just a run-of-the-mill conspiracy theory. They’ve all grown in popularity because beliefs (even fringe beliefs) are reinforced by peer approval, and that is now readily available on the internet. Virtually all of the flat earthers I met were converted based on YouTube videos. Some then went to the conferences. After that, they were ‘down the rabbit hole.'”

#28

Uluru (Ayers Rock) From A Birds-Eye View

Uluru (Ayers Rock) From A Birds-Eye View

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It's Izzy 🇺🇦 (They/Them)
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1 week ago

It's incredible at sunset. Changes colours. (BTW, you don't need to put Ayers Rock afterwards - it's like writing Mumbai (Bombay))

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#29

Actually There Are Quite A Few Natural Borders In There

Actually There Are Quite A Few Natural Borders In There

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MonkeyInTheMiddle
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1 week ago

I wish I could stand in one place in this picture, for example, Nepal, and then have two other people stand in India and Bangladesh, and then light fireworks and see if we could see each other.

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#30

Each Section Contains 10% Of The World's Population!

Each Section Contains 10% Of The World's Population!

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Lemonade Midnight
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1 week ago

I'm in the yellow 10%

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According to McIntyre, Flat Earthers try to convert others to their cause. “It’s important to remember that these pathologies of human reasoning exist not just to defend themselves but to proselytize new members. They are virulent. They are infectious. I wish Flat Earth were the worst of them, but it isn’t. It’s the scourge of our age. And it will only continue to get worse.”

#31

The Oldest Current National Flag

The Oldest Current National Flag

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Robert T
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1 week ago

I was surprised at the UK one, as I am sure that I have seen the flag in historical dramas, but according to wikipedia, the diagonal red cross of Northern Ireland was not added until 1801. Previously it just consisted of the red cross of St. George and white saltire of St. Andrew from 1606. The cross of St. George (England's flag) dates back to somewhere around 1190, and is still the current flag for England, and if Nicola Sturgeon gets her way, will soon be the flag for the Disunited Kingdom!

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Egypt's Pyramids Of Giza May Be Considered One Of The Wonders Of The World, But Sudan Has Nearly Twice The Number Of Pyramids. Sudan Touts 200-255 Known Pyramids, Built For The Kushite Kingdoms Of Nubia, Compared To Egypt's Relatively Paltry 138 Pyramids

Egypt's Pyramids Of Giza May Be Considered One Of The Wonders Of The World, But Sudan Has Nearly Twice The Number Of Pyramids. Sudan Touts 200-255 Known Pyramids, Built For The Kushite Kingdoms Of Nubia, Compared To Egypt's Relatively Paltry 138 Pyramids

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Jrog
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1 week ago

Giza is world famous for the sheer size of the pyramid. Pyramids as a form of construction was common in many cultures, including south american, european and asian ones

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#33

How Come We Aren’t Taught About The Mongol Empire That Much In School

How Come We Aren’t Taught About The Mongol Empire That Much In School

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Jrog
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1 week ago (edited)

Because it was more of a nomadic migration than a proper empire, lacking consolidation and with a military push which lost steam as soon as it encountered the outskirts of the european kindgoms at Wien. It failed to transition to a well structured and controlled empire, and lasted less than 100 years, fractured in a myriad of warlord states, leaving barely any cultural impression in Europe. This, compared to an empire spanning 6 centuries (or 12, depending on how you count it after the split) who laid the foundation for most of today's European nations and introduced major technical and cultural advancements still in use today. That said, the Mongol empire and the golden horde are definitely taught in school.

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Second Language

Second Language

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1 week ago

Was not expecting German from North Dakota

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#35

This Is Isla Incahuasi: A Small Rocky Outcropping In The Middle Of The Largest Salt Flat On Earth

This Is Isla Incahuasi: A Small Rocky Outcropping In The Middle Of The Largest Salt Flat On Earth

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indiecognition
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1 week ago

And a prickly gesture from the cactus

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#36

This Is Me At The Lowest Point In Sweden, The Pole Indicates Sea Level

This Is Me At The Lowest Point In Sweden, The Pole Indicates Sea Level

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LisaMarie
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1 week ago

Did the whiskey drown and the beer chase your blues away?

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#37

This Map Shows All Of The Earthquakes With A Magnitude Greater Than 5.0 Over The Last 20 Years

This Map Shows All Of The Earthquakes With A Magnitude Greater Than 5.0 Over The Last 20 Years

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censorshipsucks
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1 week ago

so... the edge of continental plates. got it.

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#38

Since Some People Didn't Know What Landlocked Countries Were, I Decided To Make A Map

Since Some People Didn't Know What Landlocked Countries Were, I Decided To Make A Map

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James016
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1 week ago

Liechtenstein and Uzbekistan are the 2 double landlocked countries

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#39

Did You Know About The French Border With Brazil?

Did You Know About The French Border With Brazil?

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Hawkmoon
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1 week ago (edited)

If you wonder about the Brazilian flag in France, it's because of French Guyana. ;-)

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When, As An American, You Think How Strange It Is For Russia To Have This Little, Unconnected Piece Of Land Surrounded By Another Country… Then Remember Alaska

When, As An American, You Think How Strange It Is For Russia To Have This Little, Unconnected Piece Of Land Surrounded By Another Country… Then Remember Alaska

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Sonja
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1 week ago

A Russian and a Swiss sit in a bar, after few rounds the Russian says- we had to invade Ukraine, otherwise we'd be surrounded by NATO! and Swiss answers: It is not that bad, if you don't behave like a douchebag.

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