I’ve seen a lot of bad maps in my time, but the one above has to be among the worst. Vexillology or flag maps can be a beautiful thing when done right. The map above, on the other hand, is hilarious in its randomness.
Titled ‘A World of Difference’ the map imagines a whole host of counterfactual changes to our world. In that context, the map is an interesting piece of fiction.
However, that then raises the even more troubling question about how anyone could seriously take this map as an accurate ‘2012 Political Map of The World.’
Maybe one of these books would help:
- The Complete Book of Maps and Geography, Grades 3 – 6
- Flags of the World
- Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
What do you think of the map? Harmless mistake or portent of something fundamentally wrong in American education? Leave your thoughts below: