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668 – Europe, Equipopulous

Croppedequipop
11 days ago

New word of the day: equipopulous. Country A is equipopulous to country B if it has the same number of inhabitants. This map shows what a European Union with 28 equipopulous member states could look like. But why? The European Union, like any other federation of states, performs a tricky ...

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662 – Crimea River: Painting Putin Pouting

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about 1 month ago

Political cartooning, curious cartography and questionable punning all rolled into one: what's not to love about an artwork like Crimea River? The photorealist painting shows a pouting Putin, shedding a crocodile tear in the shape of Crimea, the Ukrainian region illegally annexed by Russia last ...

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659 - Liège, Belgium's 'Vanishing Twin'

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2 months ago

Belgium and its provinces have had roughly the same shape since independence in 1830. It's taken those 184 years to make a shocking discovery: hidden inside Belgium is another Belgium. For the borders of the province of Liège are an eerie copy of the entire country's international borders. And what ...

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656 - Look Who's Back

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3 months ago

German writer Timur Vermes's 2012 bestseller is titled Er ist wieder da ('Look Who's Back'). The cover illustration leaves no doubt as to who the protagonist is: the trademark curtained hair and toothbrush moustache are enough to identify Adolf Hitler. The Führer's hairstyle choices (among a few ...