21 Bizarre Maps That Depict Nations As Animals, People, and Monsters

Allegorical, satirical, and comic or serio-comic maps were one of the most popular ways of distributing political propaganda leading up to the Second World War. With countries depicted as human figures, animals, or even monsters, these maps attempted to represent more than just geography—and in doing so, exposed the… » 3/11/15 4:00pm 3/11/15 4:00pm

How to Understand These Gorgeous Satellite Data Maps of the Earth

NASA's Earth Observatory has spent over fifteen years using satellites to collect hordes of real-time data across our planet's surface. They reveal everything from temperature and energy use, to how much radiation we beam into space. Here's how to understand satellite data maps to understand our planet's vital signs. » 2/26/15 11:39am 2/26/15 11:39am

How to Save Maps to Your Phone So You Won't Get Lost, Even Without Data 

Don't let a dodgy data connection hamper your attempts to get from A to B: Many of the mapping tools on the market enable you to cache tiles for offline use, so even if you're halfway down a mountain you can still spot the track that will lead to back to civilization. Here's how to store maps ahead of time in a couple… » 2/10/15 9:46am 2/10/15 9:46am

13 Gorgeous Panoramic Maps Drawn Long Before Satellites Even Existed 

It's hard for us Google Earth-dependent modern-day humans to conceive of, but there was once a time when we had to imagine what our towns and cities looked like from the sky. In fact, there were famous artists who specialized in creating these panoramic views of Earth, though today, it's a lost art. » 2/09/15 4:10pm 2/09/15 4:10pm

Plan Your Next Trip To Mordor With This Google Map Of Middle-Earth 

Because Middle-Earth can be a confusing, perilous place, Reddit user mbingcrosby created this Google Maps-style guide to the journey from Hobbiton to Mordor. As you can see, it's expected to take six months ("four months without Orcs"), and be ready, because "this route has trolls." » 1/30/15 3:57pm 1/30/15 3:57pm

The Bizarre, Glitchy Glory of Wiggling 3D-Map Disasters

Remember a couple years ago when everybody was freaking out about the all of the 3D-imaging fuckups in the new Apple Maps? Well, those surreal portrayals of the world we live in, exist in many mapping services. And as one anonymous Tumblr user shows, they're works of artespecially when they wiggle. » 1/19/15 12:38pm 1/19/15 12:38pm

6 Reasons to Switch to Nokia's HERE Maps

Whatever flavor of smartphone you're using, chances are you haven't strayed far from the mapping app that came installed as the default. If you're on Android or Windows Phone (iOS coming soon), there's a genuine alternative to consider: HERE maps, developed by Nokia and bringing more features to the table than you… » 1/13/15 5:25pm 1/13/15 5:25pm

What do other countries call Santa Claus?

Christmas Man. Daddy Christmas. Grandfather Frost. Yule Man. Yule Elder. Yule Gnome. Yule Goat. Father Christmas. Old Man Christmas. Biblical Magi. Christ Child. Christmas Log. All those names are names for Santa Claus in other countries around the world. Calling him just Santa Claus just seems so boring in… » 12/24/14 8:03pm 12/24/14 8:03pm