Odds and Ends: A Continent Full of Feathers; Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre

A couple of tidbits for the first weekend of November. 1909 National Geographic Map of Africa Click to expand (3347 x 4264). This National Geographic map of Africa dating from 1909 has been featured rather prominently in Wikipedia’s Africa article for quite some time now. Not only a political geography map, the map also intended…

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More Lines of Largest Settlements

Following up on Wednesday’s post regarding lines of largest settlement (a way to put the bed the issue of what constitutes the northernmost and southernmost (or westernmost/easternmost) cities in a region), here are examples from six more regions. This was originally going to be a much larger post, but some of the examples in this…

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The Oldest Buildings in the World, Part II: North America, Africa, and Asia

Today is Part II of our look at the world’s oldest buildings by continent. Part I can be found here; Part II can be found here. North America – Cuicuilco Circular Pyramid, 800-600 BCE View of Cuicuilco’s main circular pyramid looking south from the Anillo Periférico freeway in Mexico City. Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CuicuilcoPerifericoDF.JPG. View Larger Map…

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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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Google Sightseeing: Lesotho, Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country (South Africa), the highest country on Earth (the lowest elevation in Lesotho is 1,400 m (4,593 ft) above sea level), and also carries the distinction of being one of the most deforested countries on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show…

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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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Pan-African Colours

Having previously looked at the Nordic Cross, flags based on geographic representations, and even the Newfoundland tricolour, this article looks on one of the most-widely spread colour sets among national flags of the world: the green-yellow-red arrangement known as the Pan-African colours. Or is that the red-black-green arrangement known as the Pan-African colours? How exactly…

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