#1 By: Rob Beschizza, January 8th, 2014 11:48
#2 By: Preston, January 8th, 2014 12:00
North America is looking in the mirror and saying "Does this isthmus make me look fat?"
#3 By: Mellivora Capensis, January 8th, 2014 12:18
Looks sort of like earth under a severe ice age.
#4 By: Matt Brennan, January 8th, 2014 12:41
Briton here, feeling sad.
#5 By: squidfood, January 8th, 2014 12:43
Yep, nobody ever remembers how far east S. America is.
#6 By: Paul Renault, January 8th, 2014 12:47
Someone should repeat the experiment with non-Americans, then contrast and compare. That'd be interesting.
#7 By: zaletel, January 8th, 2014 13:17
Imagine how the Greenlanders are feeling.
#8 By: David Emigh, January 8th, 2014 13:31
Not to derail or belittle the young man Zak Ziebell's project (because apples and oranges), but Randall Munroe sort of did this too.
XKCD Map of the World
Edit: equalized mention of names
#9 By: SamSam, January 8th, 2014 14:10
I love how many people seem to think that Canada is some sort of bizarre little hat on top of the US.
I mean, I know it is America's hat, but those are seriously funny-looking.
Also, to be clear: the image Rob posted on top is a satellite image, warped slightly to fit the smudge. No one actually drew things like Italy and Japan to that level of detail. But I was disappointed -- I would have loved it if the collective consciousness actually could provide that level of detail, like the wisdom of crowds guessing the ox's weight.
#10 By: JNM, January 8th, 2014 14:56
Also interesting: each of the sample maps has a pretty narrow Central American isthmus, but they're all displaced, east to west, relative to each other. I'm not sure if turning the Americas neckless is the best way to render that (but I can't figure out a different way to do it if you're working with superposition as your baseline model).
#11 By: Hangle E. Mann, January 8th, 2014 15:03
I think all this proves is that drawing is really fucking hard.
#12 By: Pat Race, January 8th, 2014 15:18
Oh no! Alaska has been amputated!
#13 By: Torn Paper Napkin, January 8th, 2014 15:25
For some reason this makes me want to draw a map. You know what would be funny? Having a continuous map that people can submit to (I guess it would have to be vetted somehow).
The average map of the world's perception (skewed by internet access).
#14 By: Kevin Thoman, January 8th, 2014 16:01
The Panama Canal is going to have to be waaaay longer in this world.
#15 By: Anthony Vicari, January 8th, 2014 16:10
Un-vetted, I can imagine about 4 images it might converge on. One of them is a cat.
#16 By: unshaved2013, January 8th, 2014 16:16
It's more about his compound algorithm than about what people submitted, because out of 12 original maps 7 contain a distinct Britain, and one even has Ireland. Now Italy and even Sicily, for example, come out pretty nicely in the compound, although I have trouble finding it in the originals at all.
#17 By: Michael_Dawson, January 8th, 2014 17:14
And New Zealand gone again, no surprises there.
#18 By: Donald Reimschusel, January 8th, 2014 17:32
A cat, with breasts, made out of bacon, with Chuck Norris' head.
#19 By: Halloween Jack, January 8th, 2014 18:13
This just in: high school student establishes that most people can't draw for shit.
#20 By: Anthony Vicari, January 8th, 2014 18:56
3/4 agreement! I would guess the cat would be rather well endowed, and hermaphroditic.
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