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.
A Middle-Eastern copy of the famous 'serio-comic' map of Europe, with the female figures more modestly dressed
The highest concentration in Europe of places named after saints? Galicia, in Spain.
By 2020, Bitcoin mining will consume more energy than the world currently produces
The Caucasus is dry, the Far East very wet
How the U.S. teaches foreign languages to its diplomats.
Despite accusations of racial stereotyping, most Dutch cities and towns keep the traditional blackface version of 'Zwarte Piet'.
A gratuity is expected in some countries, but taken as an insult in others
What the region's train network would look like if all plans and proposals were realised
Do you know you Hangzhous from your Changzhous?
The U.S. divided into Pacific, Atlantic, Interior and Confederate States