How Big Are Historical Things, Really?

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I was curious how big the Great Wall of China was compared to New York City. Turns out the entire Eastern Seaboard is a better comparison. BBC's awesome Dimensions site lets you map historical happenings over geography of your choosing.

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Dimensions lets you size up great cities of history, environmental disasters, WWII battles, and more, with any landmass in the world. The results are often surprising.

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What a tiny little Moon you are! Or maybe I just haven't been giving Australia enough geographical credit? [BBC Dimensions via Kottke]

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Anyway, since we're on the topic of the moon crashing into Australia, does anyone remember Sephiroth's supernova attack in the final boss fight? How does this even make sense?