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The 6 Most Embarrassing War Stories of All Time

Odd things happen in the confusion of war, or training for war, or even peacetime that resembles war. An example of the latter happened in 2010, when Nicaraguan commander Eden Pastora and his men accidentally invaded Costa Rica, supposedly because of a border error in Google Maps. It’s not clear why he decided to consult an [...]

The Late Movies: The Googling

In 2008, The Vacationeers produced a series of short films about Google’s never-ending list of new products and projects. It appeared that each of these new toys had a dark side. Part One: Google Maps Google Street View promised to be creepy and intrusive. It has proven to be so in real life as well. * Part Two: Google [...]

NUKEMAP: Visualize Blasting Cities with Historic Nuclear Weapons

NUKEMAP, a Google Maps application by Alex Wellerstein, makes the dangers of nuclear war personal. Move the marker anywhere in the world, then select a nuclear weapon. You can choose anything from the 20 ton Davy Crockett portable missile to the 100 megaton Tsar Bomba. The latter is pictured above detonating over Lubbock, Texas. Link -via [...]

Rorschmap Uses Google Maps to Make Crazy Kaleidoscopic Images

I have spent hours just typing in a random location and using Google Maps to “visit” it with the street view application. If that wasn’t entertaining enough (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it) Rorschmap is a website created by James Bridle which takes Google Maps and creates Kaleidoscope like images out of them. Link

Art from Maps

Ingrid Dabringer likes to “…elevate the mundane. The Mundane is so saturated with meaning if we just take an extra second to dwell on it.” Among other expressions of this desire, she finds the forms for human figure drawings in maps. Link -via Geekosystem

Russian Map of The Hobbit

Frank Jacobs of Strange Maps blog posted this map that accompanied the Russian translation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. It has a distinctly Slavic motif, including log homes for the Hobbit dwellings (instead of those cute Hobbit houses). Link – via The Map Room | More Hobbit Maps </

Maps That Show the Most Commonly Used Words in Dating Website Profiles for a Given Area

R. Luke Dubois sifted through the profiles of 19 million people in the United States on 21 dating websites. He then plotted the words that they used in their profiles the most frequently with their geographic locations. Pictured above, for example, is central Michigan. “Companionship”, I think, is Lansing. You can view other maps at [...]

Google Maps Valentine

Google Maps has a cute new function called Map Your Valentine. It lets you create a heart around a special location and send a message to your sweetie. When received through email, the valentine reads “I picked this place especially for you.” Link via Fast Company

Born to Walk

(YouTube link) This creative video from Do the Green Thing maps the way we walk through our lives. The point is to walk more and drive less for the good of the environment, but the video is entertaining even without an environmental message. Link -via the Presurfer

Skull Flower

Some people see the Virgin Mary, some people see maps, others see skulls in everything. (Via AnOther Mag. Photo provenance unknown – if you know the originator, please let me know so we can credit).