Terrible Maps

My guess is because they already had Effingham, NH, and Floyd’s Knobs is (are?) a suitable substitute.
Possibly also why they didn’t go with Beaver Lick in KY, since there are so many good options there, and they’d already used “Beaver City.”
Gotta say, though, Maine’s is a little disappointing as well. That’s seriously the best we’ve got? SMH.

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Here’s a pretty terrible fishing map:

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Oh yeah!

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Speaking as a current Hoosier (as @NukeML so kindly remembered), the most lewd-sounding town name in Indiana is usually understood to be French Lick.

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Larry Bird GIF by Boston Celtics

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Here’s one you might like:

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I’m not even on it!

No Thank You Sigh GIF by StickerGiant

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I love to explain to school kids about directions on maps being arbitrary. Blows their tiny little minds.

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The Wall Street Journal, not happy when Obama beat Romney in 2012, featured this map. (In case one cannot tell… this is a color photo of what was printed by WSJ. So classy.)

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I wonder what projection that is really

Mercator with an “equator” from the Gulf of Mexico across the South Pole?

… no of course that can’t be it, any equator has to include both poles or neither :confused:

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It’s called a Spilhaus projection.

https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/756bcae18d304a1eac140f19f4d5cb3d

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this projection does show both poles. the north pole is upper left, but does not show the ice cap because it is the fishes’ view! they swim under the ice cap!
i actually like this view of our very watery planet!

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yes but if it were a Mercator with a 90° “equator” there would be two lines of longitude that made a straight line all the way around, and there are not

it’s something more complicated than that

Exactly! I’ve been Photoshop rub-tooled out of existence!

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Well, you have to remember there is probably some extra distortion from it being a fisheye view.

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looks like the world ends right at 120°W × 45°N

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Or, stay with me here, you have amnesia about the car ride but are currently living through a “back to the future” scenario.
Just to be safe you should probably abandon all your friends and loved ones and look for a wild-haired old man with a DeLorean.

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At the risk of bringing out the projection nerds with their obligatory xkcds, one could argue all global maps are terrible. Unless they have weird slices through things to flatten them out, then they necessarily hugely distort certain landmasses– generally whichever ones Americans and Europeans don’t care about. As a northern Canadian, I don’t believe I have ever seen a map that doesn’t show my home as a distorted mess.

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