541 - Ten Map Shorts
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
States sized to correspond to their political weight in Congress (in 1911).
Who's in standing in the corner now?
Your Brain on Maps
This is what your brain looks like after looking at too much cartography.
Many thanks to all those who sent in these maps over the past few years.
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It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?
- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
- Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.
It's not just a case of "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
- A new study suggests children who endure trauma grow up to be adults with more empathy than others.
- The effect is not universal, however. Only one kind of empathy was greatly effected.
- The study may lead to further investigations into how people cope with trauma and lead to new ways to help victims bounce back.
Do you have a magnetic compass in your head?
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