January 21, 2011
#850: World According to Americans
According to a group of
Who turned out to be unexpectedly good at geography, derailing our attempt to illustrate their country’s attitude toward the rest of the world.
((One big panel, a map of the world. Fairly accurate. Annotated in several different scripts of handwriting. These are transcribed in approximately left to right, top to bottom order. Some are written paired and appear as such.))
Hey so what projection should we use?
I’ll aim for “Robinson.”
Greenland (still too big!)
Yeah but the Peters map is awful
Did you know Maine is actually the US state closest to Africa?
Baja California (Mexico)
Gulf of Mexico
Do we have to label all the Virgin Islands?
French, and I think Dutch and English
Brazil (Portuguese - speaking)
Rest of South America (Spanish-speaking)
Tierra del Fuego
So this is one of those things where you point out our ignorance and stereotypes?
Yeah - I mean I freely admit I don’t know the African map very well, which speaks volumes in itself.
Kamchatka Peninsula but I admit I only know this one from Risk
Aral Sea (Gone)
Various former Soviet States
Afghanistan & Pakistan
Taiwan (actually called “The Republic of China” - it’s complicated
Boxing Day Quake
Wait, “Boxing day”? There’s no way you’re American.
I read BBC News, OK?
Paupa New Guinea
Shall we include Antarctica?
Let’s not - these guys are looking impatient.