The masses have spoken: visitors to this site really like anagrams (as well as giant fungi, and heavily polluted lakes). Last week’s anagram map of the Vancouver SkyTrain metro system garnered a huge amount of views over the past week-and-a-half (as well as those other two articles, particularly the latter which has already become the most viewed article in this website’s history in under two months thanks to kind viewers from Metafilter and Reddit). The anagram map was such a hit that eventually someone came up with the brilliant idea that I should anagram an entire wall-size world map. That, of course, would take forever. I did, however, get talked into mocking up a few more maps, which led to the idea of taking maps of continents from Wikimedia Commons and messing around with them (as well, it gave me a chance to play around with SVG-format maps in Inkscape, which I’ve been meaning to learn for some time now).
The end result? It’s ‘Anagramming the World Week’ here at The Basement Geographer. How long did these all take to make? Way too long (longer than it takes to research and write a regular article, that’s for sure). But it was fun, and that’s all that matters. We’ll be rolling out maps of every continent throughout the rest of the week, all filled with randomly generated anagrams ranging from weird to profane to surreal. Today is the first of three batches in this series (Part II is here; Part III is here). Click on each map to enlarge to full size and enjoy!
Original image source: The World Factbook, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Europe.svg.
And, just because:
Original image source: Tschubby, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nauru-Hauptkarte.png, revised by Bobo_is_soft at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nauru_map_english.svg. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence.