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Map Painter Fernando Vicente Explores The Art In Cartography

Tuesday 02.04.2014 , Posted by
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While completely useless to a lost global traveler, Fernando Vicente’s map paintings offer a spectacular visual relief. A Madrid-based painter and illustrator, Vicente uses delicate vintage maps as canvases in his “Atlas Series.”  The artist illustrates human faces, animals, and skulls on the maps, allowing the geographic boundaries of each to shape the contours and shapes of his subjects. In dark, lush gestures, he seamlessly orients an ancient profile on the outline of Spain and imagines a rearing elephant’s trunk on the tip of South America. [Read more...]

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The Difference Between Holland and the Netherlands

Friday 12.28.2012 , Posted by

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Next time you’re off to Holland to pick some tulips you’re going to be far, far more informed about the place… and far more correct in identifying what it is. As this excellent and quickly paced video from the epic CPG Grey points out, there is a massive misunderstanding about the tulip growing, windmill building, hagelslag eating, container ship moving, ocean conquering nation… most importantly that it’s called the Netherlands and “Holland” is actually just its two most populous provinces. [Read more...]

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The Difference Between Great Britain, England & the United Kingdom (and a whole lot more)

Thursday 02.03.2011 , Posted by

Ready for a geography lesson? If you’ve ever been confused about the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England, this video by Colin Grey (@cgpgrey) will set you straight in an action packed 5 minutes. His fast talking dialog also covers the commonwealth countries, what it means to be ruled by the crown and more. It might take a few viewings, but with a little work you’ll get this complex 1000 year old system down pat. [Read more...]

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The Most Popular Surnames in the US by Area

Monday 01.24.2011 , Posted by


Whether they be Smith’s, Kelly’s, Garcia’s, Lee’s or Leblanc’s, America is truly a melting pot of cultures. Showing the most prolific surnames in the country, National Geographic has put out an interactive map showing the distribution, quantity and origin of last names in different regions. To see what names hit the top of the list in your area, see the map at ngm.nationalgeographic.com
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America’s Surprising Knowledge of Geography

Friday 01.21.2011 , Posted by

In an attempt to show how woeful the average Americans knowledge of world geography is, brilliant comic Randall Munroe of xkcd.com randomly selected some Americans to interview as they walking home one night. When he asked them to fill him in on their understanding of the world, the results were surprising. [Read more...]

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