Following Up: A September 2013 Update on Previous Articles

It’s been quite a while since our last follow-up post, so here are a few mini-updates and additional tidbits on some topics from previous articles here at The Basement Geographer: UVB-76: 30 Years of Radio Mystery (originally posted 26 December 2011): On 24 January of this year, the mysterious Russian shortwave radio ‘numbers’ station known of UVB-76…

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Novelty Globes: 1578 Italian Replica Globe Bar

A couple of years in an article about the phantom island of Hy-Brasil, I mentioned an item that has been a longtime presence in the actual basement this website is named for: a replica 16th-century Italian globe/mini-bar. From the outside, it looks like an old globe (if you ignore the rolling cart wheels on the…

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Johann Christoph Homann’s 1730 Map of Asia

The map you see above is a 1730 maps of Asia produced by the German cartographer Johann Christoph Homann, scion of the famous early 18th century cartographer Johann Baptist Homann (click on the map to expand to its full size of 4000 x 3492). Its full title? The rather convoluted Recentissima Asiae Delineatio: Qua Imperia,…

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Anagramming the World, Part III

We wrap up Anagramming the World Week here at The Basement Geographer with the final batch of continental maps reproduced using randomly generated anagrams ranging from weird to profane to surreal.  Today’s batch features anagrammed maps of the Americas and Oceania. Click on each map to enlarge to full size and enjoy! (Part I can…

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Anagramming the World, Part II

Anagramming the World Week continues here at The Basement Geographer with the second of three batches of continental maps reproduced using randomly generated anagrams ranging from weird to profane to surreal.  Today’s batch features anagrammed maps of Asia and Antarctica. Click on each map to enlarge to full size and enjoy! (Part I can be…

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Anagramming the World, Part I

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…

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2012 Vancouver SkyTrain Anagram Map

Surely by now in your Internet journeys you’ve come across the fantastic London Underground anagram map, the hilarious parody of Harry Beck’s iconic London Underground map that has been kicking around since at least 2006.  The concept is simply: all of the tube station and line names on the map have been replaced with anagrams. …

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J.H. Colton’s 1855 Maps of Africa

Joseph Hutchins (J.H.) Colton was one of the major cartographic publishers of the 19th century. Based in New York from 1831 to 1893, Colton was instrumental in pushing high-quality, colourful, and detailed maps and atlases into the mass market as well as helping to raise US cartography to the standard being set in Europe at…

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