A funny one from xkcd.com:
If you go to the site and hover over the map, a popup will tell you the actual top search word used in every state … except Florida!
Have some extra cash? Maybe you would be interested in placing a bid for this original map of Disneyland, co-created by Walt Disney himself when the park was still in the inception phase. The map helped Walt and his brother Roy sell the park idea and make it a reality in Anaheim. For more info of the story and where the auction will be held, click below … and good luck!
And if you don’t have that kind of cash, maybe you would settle for this book instead? It’s a good one.
The book opens up from the middle, which is cool. For a look inside, check out this video.
For the past several centuries, cartographers have tried to find different ways to portray the globe on a two-dimensional map. Many of these attempts, including the Mercator projection, distort the true size of different countries and regions. As a result, many of us have false perceptions about the proportional size of different geographical areas.
Looking for unusual maps? Check out this website that makes available to the public a collection of more than 800 examples of persuasive cartography, maps intended primarily to influence opinions or beliefs – to send a message – rather than to communicate geographic information. You can search for maps by subject and there are also links to download the high resolution image of each map.
During the second half of the nineteenth century, the introduction of the post office changed daily life in the Western United States. Over the course of 50 years, the number of post offices in this region expanded from just a handful to several hundred. Some post offices were established and stayed in operation long term; others had much shorter life spans as the west continued to change.
Ah yes, taxes are due today! And here are a few interesting sites you might want to visit.
Why are taxes due today, April 18th?
Basically because the 15th fell on a Saturday and Monday was Emancipation Day in Washington DC. Read more about it here.
Tax Freedom Day
Tax Freedom Day is a significant date for taxpayers because it represents how long Americans as a whole have to work in order to pay the nation’s tax burden. Basically you are working for the government! Continue reading