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Web App Reveals How Misleading Maps Really Are

If you grew up thinking Greenland was bigger than India, or that Alaska was the size of Brazil, you probably learned geography from a Mercator map. Originally created in the 16th century for sailors, the immensely popular Mercator map eventually made its way into 20th century elementary schools, where, for decades, it left all of us confused about the relative sizes of countries around the world.

Fortunately, if you’re still befuddled by the sizes of our planet’s land masses, there’s now a simple way to rectify that. WIRED reports that a new web app called The True Size Of, created by James Talmage and Damon Maneice, makes it easy to see how big different countries are and lets you compare them to their distorted representation on the Mercator projection.

The app, which was inspired by an episode of The West Wing, lets users drag the outline of any nation around on the Mercator map to see how it really compares to other countries. For instance, as you drag Greenland south on the map, its outline begins to shrink, while dragging countries closer to the equator far into the northern or southern hemisphere makes them grow.

“Every map projection introduces distortion, and each has its own set of problems,” Talmage and Maneice explain on their website, “We hope teachers will use [The True Size Of] to show their students just how big the world actually is.”

[h/t WIRED]

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The Most Popular Christmas Candy in Each State, Mapped
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For those who didn’t get their full candy fix last Halloween, the holiday season provides plenty of opportunities to indulge. From candy canes to chocolate Santas, there’s something for everyone—but before splurging on sweet stocking stuffers, check out the interactive map below. Created by bulk candy retailer CandyStore.com, it breaks down the top three favorite candies in each state.

To determine which Christmas treats were the most popular, the team at CandyStore.com surveyed over 50,000 customers and spoke with major candy manufacturers and distributors. Not surprisingly, candy canes were a hit in numerous states, including Washington, Delaware, Vermont, Georgia, Maine, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. California, Nevada, West Virginia, and Kansas residents, however, got into the seasonal spirit with peppermint bark. North Dakota residents preferred chocolate Santas. And Alabama, Michigan, and Utah liked Jelly Belly’s Reindeer Corn.

Christmas candy sales in America are projected to rake in nearly $2 billion for confectioners, according to an estimate provided by the National Confectionary Association. Spend your holiday bonus wisely on treats everyone will appreciate by checking out CandyStore.com’s full results below.

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This Crowdsourced Map Catalogs the World’s Vinyl Record Stores
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The experience of walking into a brick-and-mortar record store and browsing music by hand may seem like a relic of the past. But there are thousands of places around the world where it's still possible—check out this crowd-sourced map from VinylHub for proof.

According to a blog post on VinylHub’s sister site Discogs, the goal of the project is to eventually catalogue every record store on Earth. Community members have already added over 6500 locations to the Google-generated map, and that number continues to grow.

If you’re planning to take a vinyl-themed road trip based on this map, the U.S. is the place to travel. The country is home to nearly 1500 record stores according to the map, more than anywhere else in the world. But if you’re limiting yourself to just one city, head to Tokyo, where you’ll find at least 93 vinyl shops within city limits.

Map of all the record stores in America.
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Map of record stores in Tokyo.
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If you don't see your go-to record store on the map, register with Discogs to make a submission.

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