Finding maps that are sufficiently strange and beautiful is only half the joy of making this blog; the other is writing up the story to go along with them. But sometimes, fascinating maps are resistant to exegesis - maybe because all they need to explain is right there, in the image itself. Or maybe I've just stared myself blind on them. Over the years, many have accumulated. Here are ten of 'em.


Welcome to USB Country

These peculiar landscape elements have since disappeared from the satellite view.



The Longest Way 'Round

I'd watch out, Miss. He's got mischief in his eyes.



NYC = 5 States

The population of New York City equals that of five entire states.




The Navy Alphabet

From an illustrated book by L. Frank Baum, of Wizard of Oz fame.




A postage map of India. 



Zones of indulgence

So northern Europe drinks too much, and southern Europe eats too much?



Attendance at Elvis Concerts, per State

But why?



Apportioning America

States sized to correspond to their political weight in Congress (in 1911).

apportionment map 1911



Alaska's Revenge

Who's in standing in the corner now?

United States by Alaska


Your Brain on Maps

This is what your brain looks like after looking at too much cartography.

Map copy


Many thanks to all those who sent in these maps over the past few years.