If the world was made out of rubber,
and would stretch according to the certain parameters...

These computer-modified maps (or rather cartograms) were produced in an unique collaboration between two universities - project WorldMapper.
They show the world how it really is - with the countries either shrunk or blown out of proportion, depending on the chosen parameter. These maps are a great tool in the modern world trends analysis.
Visit the WorldMapper Project's page for other thought-provoking comparisons.
(click to enlarge all images)

World's House Prices
World travel

HIV (distribution by countries)
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Alcohol Consumption
World travel

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War Deaths
World travel

Military Spending
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Toy Imports
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Toy Exports
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Killed by Disasters
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Wealth in the year 1500
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Wealth in the year 2002
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© Maps Copyright 2006 SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman
(University of Michigan). Used by permission.

Speaking of wealth...
Check "How wealthy are you?"
(compared with the rest of the world)

You may be richer than you think!
One such calculator is here;
the other is here

well, then -
Are you happy?

Find your country in this "World's Map of Happiness" and find out exactly how happy you should be :)

World travel
via FrogView

Ignorance is Bliss

The following is a classic image, poking fun at the possible source of American happiness:
World travel

or zooming in...
World travel
other fun maps arehere

Alas, reality is way more complicated: for the mapped "World's Most Dangerous Destinations" and explanation of each, go to this page...

Sources: Cynical-C, Daily Mail

Category: Science,Travel


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

these are actually very powerful images that more people need to see. i'm glad you posted this. : )

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, some interesting juxtapositions... my favorite is the map of "war deaths"
next to the "military spending" map. Quite telling, indeed.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the dragons and commies don't work together. I can't afford to pay more than $2 a gallon to fill up my SUV. :( :( :(

Anonymous Anonymous said...

its a pitiful state of affairs when a sociologist (scientist) from any University has a country in a map that doesn't exist for 15 years - namely Yugoslavia....

pitiful indeed

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rather pointless without a key.

Blogger Levi Self said...

Thank you for this. I found some other interesting maps at mapanything.net. You may have to dig a bit as it requires you to search your own terms

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I didn't realize that Yugoslavia still exists. I must be in delusion when I think I'm living in Croatia.Real experts...


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