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the highlighted area is where Jason Derulo knows what the girls want. london to taiwan.

new york to haiti

greenland is right out

ummm no offense but new york to haiti should be measured as the area between the two latitudes, not the longitudes. this graph is incorrect and vastly underestimates the total region of the earth in which Jason Derulo knows what the girls want

Even measuring that way, Greenland remains right out, as does the entirity of Brazil.

Have we considered measuring by neither latitude nor longitude but in all area that would extend perpendicular from the diagonal of the two places?

There are many different interpretations of the data, and until more is available, we ought not conclude anything at this point.

In light of that, I posit this alternative map of regions where Jason Derulo is potentially claiming where he knows what girls want:

As we can see, if we assume that model, the vast majority of the area where Jason Derulo knows what girls want is either open ocean (the Atlantic, the Mediterranean Sea) or sparsely populated (the northern Sahara, the northern Arabian Desert, various desert portions of Iran and Afghanistan, and the southern Tibetan Plateau). Four of the ten most populated countries on the planet have no territory in it (Nigeria, Brazil, Japan, and Indonesia), and two which do have relatively little territory in it (the US and Russia). It is suggested that for all his boasting, Jason Derulo does not know what a probable majority of the world’s girls want.

pipeworks asked:
yoooo your tags on the 15 landmarks post are very interesting!! would you mind elaborating? like on the US/canada divide in niagra falls? i didn't realize there was such a disparity; i would have assumed they areas profited equally
alisand replied:

oh man. okay. so here’s the thing, back in the early 20th century the two cities of niagara falls made two very different choices, the canadian side fostered tourism (and they do benefit from having the better view) and the american side chose industry.

fast forward to the decline of industry in america and the buffalo-niagara region was was hit with the same thing that happened to cities like detroit. industry left, jobs left, money dried up and you’re left with abandoned factories, abandoned homes, declining public works (not enough money to take care of roads and bridges and parks) and no tax money coming in to fix any of those things (partially because no one in the area has any money, partially because everyone is leaving the area, and partially because the state government of new york is very very focused on a very big city nine hours away). because of this the kind of spaces that they now would want for tourism are ugly and the money to fix them up just isn’t there and it’s hard to attract tourists when you don’t have a safe, appealing  neighborhood for them. they come to the falls stateside, but there isn’t anything else that’s bringing in money. there isn’t a nightlife, or restaurants or anywhere you’d want to bring your family or friends to hang out and spend money. downtown niagara falls new york is the kind of place you lock your door driving though. everyone there is angry and bored. good neighborhoods have become bad neighborhoods and everyone has fled out of state or to the suburbs and the local goverment is running around chasing it’s own tail.

meanwhile in canada, they kept their side of the border beautiful. they built casinos and built up a thriving tourist friendly downtown and they profited. big time. they’ve got clifton hill, which is the most tourist trappy neighborhood ever, they’ve got parks and gardens and a huge viewing area, they’re economically thriving (the american side now has a casino in what used to be the convention center, but while the candian casinos are surrounded but other things to do the american one is a sad island of gambling depression- though it is a HUGE employer of locals and therefore ultimately probably a good thing- even if it isn’t a huge help to the city itself because it’s run by iroquois on iroquoi land and therefore doesn’t get taxed).

the thing that’s happening now that’s super depressing is that niagara falls state-side is becoming nothing more than a shopping center for wealthy canadians. the only real money maker we’ve got is the fact that our sales taxes are considerably lower than canadian ones and stuff is cheaper to begin with and the canadian dollar is pretty strong so candians cross border shop pouring money into the economy. the fucked up flip side is that there’s no jobs, no industry, and no money on the american side so everyone who lives there is trapped in run down shitty neighborhoods and unable to afford shopping at any of the high end stores that have been popping up in recent years (and actually knocking down some of the low income housing nearby displacing people with nowhere to go).

it’s just so so so so fucking depressing.

ahh thank you for this! i knew absolutely none of this.




The Lake Monsters of America

People love to fill in mysterious areas of nature with myths of monsters. Early maps had voids of knowledge marked with warnings that “Here be Dragons,”sasquatches are believed to be prowling the thick forests, and legends tell of strange creatures that might be concealed beneath the surface of our lakes. Here we present our map of American lake monsters (view it large here), showing the spread of cryptids that might be lurking in the depths of the waters of the United States.

You’ll see a good share of serpent-like animals of the Loch Ness Monsters variety, such as Isabella of Bear Lake in Idaho who was spotted by a Mormon pioneer in the 19th century and even had Brigham Young himself send a hunting party after the possible plesiosaur. There’s also the famed Champ of Lake Champlain, possibly the most famous of American lake monsters, and the Lake Dillon monster in Wyoming that some think is being suppressed by a secret society. However, that’s just where the fun of this fauna folklore begins, as there are also legends of monolithic turtles, webbed hominids, a goat man, a winged alligator snake, a horse-headed alligator, a giant killer octopus, and an eel with a pig head. Just for kicks, we’ve included some illustrations of the more curious entities on our Lake Monsters of America map.

For more in-depth assessments of the most curious of the bunch, keep reading The Lake Monsters of America on Atlas Obscura!

Everyone loves a good monster story! [But please remember, they’re just stories, not science.]




Slate presents an amazing, interactive digital version of Olaus Magnus’ 1539 Carta Marina, a chart that portrays the sea as teeming with monsters… 

When the chart was made, in the early years of the Age of Exploration, there was a lingering belief in the existence of griffins, unicorns, dragons, the phoenix, the monstrous races, and a host of other unnatural creatures. Modern science was in its infancy. Although adherents to the direct observation of nature would soon challenge hearsay and tradition and begin to classify animal life, at the time the medieval imagination was still free to shape its own forms of the natural world. The chart’s giant lobster gripping a swimmer in its claws, a monster being mistaken for an island, and a mast-high serpent devouring sailors would have represented actual fears of the unknown deep.

Those and Olaus’ other fanciful sea beasts are not mere decorations to fill empty spaces. Nor are they only visual metaphors for dangers lurking in the sea. Intended as representations of actual marine life, they are identified in the map’s key.

Click through to Slate to explore the stories of each creature, and read more on the chart’s origins… 

Olaus Magnus’ Carta Marina: Sea monsters on a gorgeous Renaissance map…

All of these are terribly cute. Jus’sayin’.