From a young age, Frank was fascinated by maps and atlases, and the stories they contained. Finding his birthplace on the map in the endpapers of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings only increased his interest in the mystery and message of maps.
While pursuing a career in journalism, Frank started a blog called Strange Maps, as a repository for the weird and wonderful cartography he found hidden in books, posing as everyday objects and (of course) floating around the Internet.
"Each map tells a story, but the stories told by your standard atlas for school or reference are limited and literal: they show only the most practical side of the world, its geography and its political divisions. Strange Maps aims to collect and comment on maps that do everything but that - maps that show the world from a different angle".
A remit that wide allows for a steady, varied diet of maps: Frank has been writing about strange maps since 2006, published a book on the subject in 2009 and joined Big Think in 2010. Readers send in new material daily, and he keeps bumping in to cartography that is delightfully obscure, amazingly beautiful, shockingly partisan, and more.
Here's why Latin American cities are the deadliest in the world.
If your BMI is higher than 30, you're technically obese. These maps show how many people per European country (and U.S. state) suffer from that medical condition.
Every country is unique—but only America is extraordinary
The first rule of Vulture Club: stay out of Portugal.
Half of Holland does not wash hands after going to the bathroom. The Bosnians are the cleanest Europeans.
Should police officers be able to get away with having sex with detainees?
Mapping your daily long john needs since 2011 (Canada only)
If the zouave of the Alma bridge gets his feet wet, Paris knows to start worrying
Musk is about more than Teslas and rockets.
Once you start seceding, who's to say where it will stop?