This is part of A Rake’s Progress, a famous series of paintings. In this famous scene we see Bedlam hospital, and the artist takes a shot at a famous scientific endeavor of the 1700s. Can you guess what that endeavor was?
For those of us with no real navigation experience, encountering longitude and latitude coordinates is usually the result of some hiccup using Google Maps. 40.722272, -73.994194? What? Where the heck is that? Why are there so many digits after the decimal?
Pretty trippy, right? Given that Antarctica rests on every line of longitude, you might be tempted to think the continent observes every single time zone, but this is not the case. In fact, as the maps featured here illustrate, even regions that lie along the same meridian don't necessarily observe the same time…