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606 - A Cucumber Map of Europe

Croppedgherkin
over 1 year ago

"A cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing", said Samuel Johnson [1]. The lexicographer's wit is as piquant as the cucumber's taste is bland. The humble fruit [2] is about 95% water and not terribly high in nutrients, so perhaps ...

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604 - A Tacography of Mexico

Croppedtacos
over 1 year ago

Charles de Gaulle, exasperated by his countrymen, once asked of France: "How can you expect to govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?" [1] If culinary diversity is an indicator for political instability, then there can't be much hope for Italy, with over 350 different pasta shapes [2 ...

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603 - When Harry Met Paris: Beck's Métro Map

Cropbeck
over 1 year ago

Last week, Harry Beck finally got his blue plaque. The house where the designer of the iconic London Tube map spent his first years is now marked by a memorial sign - and unlike English Heritage's other plaques, the one affixed to 14 Wesley Road in Leyton (East London) is the font used on London ...

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600 - Münster’s Monster Mash

Munster-a
over 1 year ago

One of cartography’s most persistent myths: mapmakers of yore, frustrated by the world beyond their ken, marked the blank spaces on their maps with the legend Here be monsters.   It’s a pleasing hypothesis. For to label a cartographic vacuum with the stuff of nightmares solves two problems at ...

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596 - Sound Like a Map to You?

Croppedspectro
over 1 year ago

Question: Which contest is the nec plus ultra for puzzle fans and quiz aficionados everywhere?  Answer: The MIT Mystery Hunt (MMH), which kicks off every year on the Friday before Martin Luther King Day [1] on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. The ...