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40 Maps They Didn't Teach You In School

Some of these maps will shock you and some will teach you a thing or two. Some display data in a beautiful way, others will make you laugh, hopefully none make you cry. Enjoy!

1. The World According to Americans




2. Countries That Do Not Use the Metric System


Map via Wikimedia Commons

3. The Only 22 Countries in the World Britain Has Not Invaded (not shown: Sao Tome and Principe)

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - The Only 22 Countries in the World Britain Has Not Invaded (not shown Sao Tome and Principe)
Map by Stuart Laycock (via The Telegraph)

4. Map of ‘Pangea’ with Current International Borders

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Map of ‘Pangea’ with Current International Borders
Map by eatrio.net via Reddit

Pangea was a supercontinent that existed during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras, forming about 300 million years ago. It began to break apart around 200 million years ago. The single global ocean which surrounded Pangaea is accordingly named Panthalassa.

5. Happiness Map

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

6. Paid Maternal Leave Around the World

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Paid Maternal Leave Around the World
Map by The New York Times

7. The Most Common Surnames in Europe by Country

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - The Most Common Surnames in Europe by Country
Map by Teepr on Reddit

8. Worldwide Driving Orientation by Country

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Worldwide Driving Orientation by Country
Map by ChartsBin.com

9. Map of Time Zones in Antarctica

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Map of Time Zones in Antarctica
Map by Phoenix B 1of3

10. Global Internet Usage Based on Time of Day

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Global Internet Usage Based on Time of Day
Map by Carna Botnet via Reddit

11. The World’s Busiest Air Routes in 2012

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - The World’s Busiest Air Routes in 2012
Map by Vizual Statistix

12. Visualizing Global Population Density

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Visualizing Global Population Density
Map by valeriepieris on Reddit

13. Flag Map of the World

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Flag Map of the World
Map by andrewfahmy on Reddit

14. Map of Alcohol Consumption Around the World

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Map of Alcohol Consumption Around the World
Map by World Health Organization

15. Map of Alcoholic Drink Popularity by Country

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Map of Alcoholic Drink Popularity by Country
Map by World Health Organization

16. Where Google Street View is Available

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Where Google Street View is Available
Map by Google

17. US Map of the Highest Paid Public Employees by State

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - US Map of the Highest Paid Public Employees by State
Map by Deadspin.com

18. World Map of Earthquakes Since 1898

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - World Map of Earthquakes Since 1898
Map by John M Nelson

19. Map of Where 29,000 Rubber Duckies Made Landfall After Falling off a Cargo Ship in the Middle of the Pacific Ocean

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Map of Where 29,000 Rubber Duckies Made Landfall After Falling off a Cargo Ship in the Middle of the Pacific Ocean
Map via prometheus08 on Reddit

20. Map of Countries with the Most Violations of Bribery

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Map of Countries with the Most Violations of Bribery
Map by James Mintz Group

21. World Map of Vegetation on Earth

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - World Map of Vegetation on Earth
Map by NASA/NOAA

22. Average Age of First Sexual Intercourse by Country

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Average Age of First Sexual Intercourse by Country
Map by ChartsBin.com

23. If the World’s Population Lived in One City

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - If the World’s Population Lived in One City
Maps by Tim De Chant @ persquaremile.com

24. The Number of Researchers per Million Inhabitants Around the World

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - The Number of Researchers per Million Inhabitants
Map by ChartsBin.com

25. Worldwide Map of Oil Import And Export Flows

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Worldwide Map of Oil Import And Export Flows
Map by BP via Business Insider

26. The 7000 Rivers that Feed into the Mississippi River

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - The 7000 Rivers that Feed into the Mississippi River
Map via Gradeskee on Reddit

27. World Map of the Different Writing Systems

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - World Map of the Different Writing Systems
Map by Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) on Wikimedia Commons

28. Worldwide Annual Coffee Consumption Per Capita

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Worldwide Annual Coffee Consumption Per Capita
Map by ChartsBin.com

29. The Economic Center of Gravity Since 1 AD

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - The Economic Center of Gravity Since 1 AD
Map by McKinsey&Company

30. The World Divided Into 7 Regions, Each with a Population of 1 Billion

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - The World Divided Into 7 Regions, Each with a Population of 1 Billion
Map by delugetheory on Reddit

31. Earth’s Population by Latitude and Longitude

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Earth’s Population by Latitude and Longitude
Photograph by mrgeng on Reddit

32. Map of Contiguous United States Overlaid on the Moon

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Map of Contiguous United States - Overlaid on the Moon
Map by boredboarder8 on Reddit

33. Frequency of Lightning Strikes Throughout the World

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Frequency of Lightning Strikes Throughout the World
Map by Citynoise on Wikimedia Commons

34. Overall Water Risk Around the World

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Overall Water Risk Around the World
Map by World Resources Institute

35. The Most Dangerous Areas in the World To Ship Due to Pirates

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - The Most Dangerous Areas in the World to Ship Due to Pirates
Map by Control Risks

36. Area Codes in Which Ludacris Claims to Have H*es (song reference)

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Area Codes in Which Ludacris Claims to Have H es (song reference)
Map via asonjones on Reddit

37. Where 2% of Australia’s Population Lives

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Where 2% of Australia’s Population Lives
Map by e8odie on Reddit

38. The Longest Straight Line You Can Sail on Earth (Pakistan to Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia – 20000 miles)

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - The Longest Straight Line You Can Sail on Earth (Pakistan to Kamchtatka Peninsula, Russia - 20000 miles)
Map by kepleronlyknows on Reddit

39. Map of Europe Showing Literal Chinese Translations for Country Names

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Map of Europe Showing Literal Chinese Translations for Country Names
Map by haohaoreport.com

40. Reversed Map with Southern Hemisphere at Top of Map (because position of North is arbitrary)

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World - Reversed Map with Southern Hemisphere at Top of Map (because position of North is arbitrary)
Map via nnm.me


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