Google Street View Drops You Into the Action of the Iditarod

While many of us are familiar with dog sled racing thanks to classic books like Stone Fox and Winterdance, few people have had the opportunity to see what life actually looks like on the trail during the sport's most famous race, the Iditarod in Alaska, until now. As Jalopnik reports, Google—with the help of former Iditarod winner Dean Osmar—has created a way for anyone with an Internet connection to view the day-to-day experiences of a musher during the 1049-mile long race.

By developing a special Street View Trekker for Osmar to wear on his back, Google effectively turned the man into one of its Street View vehicles for the 2015 race. According to TechCrunch, there were a few hiccups during the trip, as Osmar was forced to deal with poor weather conditions and several sled crashes. The Iditarod Google Street View website created for the project includes a gallery of screenshots taken at various points in the race, with each image linking back to a point on the map that viewers can dive into and explore. Some of the shots are blurred, while others show just the ground or runaway sleds, but those add a bit of authenticity to the project.

Check out a few of the images below, and click through to the Street View site for more.

Images via Iditarod Google Street View

[h/t Jalopnik]

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The Richest Person of All Time From Each State

Looking for inspiration in your quest to become a billionaire? This map from cost information website, spotted by Digg, highlights the richest person in history who hails from each of the 50 states.

More billionaires live in the U.S. than in any other country, but not every state has produced a member of the Three Comma Club (seven states can only lay claim to millionaires). The map spans U.S. history, with numbers adjusted for inflation. One key finding: The group is overwhelmingly male, with only three women represented.

The richest American by far was John D. Rockefeller, repping New York with $257.25 billion to his name. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates clock in at the third and fifth richest, respectively. While today they both make their homes in the exclusive waterfront city of Medina, Washington, this map is all about birthplace. Since Gates, who is worth $90.54 billion, was born in Seattle, he wins top billing in the Evergreen State, while Albuquerque-born Bezos's $116.57 billion fortune puts New Mexico on the map.

The richest woman is South Carolina's Anita Zucker ($3.83 billion), the CEO of InterTech Group, a private, family-owned chemicals manufacturer based in Charleston. Clocking in at number 50 is the late, great socialite Brooke Astor—who, though a legend of the New York City social scene, was a native of New Hampshire—with $150 million.

[h/t Digg]

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8 City Maps Rendered in the Styles of Famous Artists

Vincent van Gogh once famously said, "I dream my painting and I paint my dream." If at some point in his career he had dreamed up a map of Amsterdam, where he lived and derived much of his inspiration from, it may have looked something like the one below.

In a blog post from March, Credit Card Compare selected eight cities around the world and illustrated what their maps might look like if they had been created by the famous artists who have roots there.

The Andy Warhol-inspired map of New York City, for instance, is awash with primary colors, and the icons representing notable landmarks are rendered in his famous Pop Art style. Although Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh, he spent much of his career working in the Big Apple at his studio, dubbed "The Factory."

Another iconic and irreverent artist, Banksy, is the inspiration behind London's map. Considering that the public doesn't know Banksy's true identity, he remains something of an enigma. His street art, however, is recognizable around the world and commands exorbitant prices at auction. In an ode to urban art, clouds of spray paint and icons that are a bit rough around the edges adorn this map of England's capital.

For more art-inspired city maps, scroll through the photos below.

[h/t Credit Card Compare]


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