There may be maps for these territories.
November 6, 2006 3:42 PM   Subscribe

Strange maps: the start of a collection of curious cartography found online, be they historic, quirky, practical or fictional.
posted by myopicman (19 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
Aw gee, these make me glow with nerdy delight. Thanks.
posted by bookish at 3:52 PM on November 6, 2006

Great post. I'm all a-twitter.
posted by joseph_elmhurst at 4:17 PM on November 6, 2006

That map of Manhattan is very useful looking, indeed.
posted by sindark at 4:21 PM on November 6, 2006

Nice find!
posted by Jimbob at 4:23 PM on November 6, 2006

My favourite geographic anomaly - the South Australia - Victoria - New South Wales border kinks and folds back on itself for a few kilometers, then heads due north again.
posted by Jimbob at 4:34 PM on November 6, 2006

Magnifique! I'm particularly partial to the United States of Greater Austria.
posted by languagehat at 5:05 PM on November 6, 2006

Oh, and you want messy borders and enclaves, check out the Ferghana Valley.
posted by languagehat at 5:12 PM on November 6, 2006

Where's my map of Qwghlm?
posted by sourwookie at 6:11 PM on November 6, 2006

posted by BuddhaInABucket at 6:15 PM on November 6, 2006 [1 favorite]

Outstanding! Thank you.
posted by LobsterMitten at 6:27 PM on November 6, 2006

I love this site, wow. Thanks a lot myopicman.

For those that love the crazy maps, I highly recommend the book You Are Here by Katharine Harmon.
posted by stinkycheese at 7:05 PM on November 6, 2006

Excellent! Thanks!
posted by tickingclock at 9:55 PM on November 6, 2006

Istanbul: "Damn her, the whore! Sleeping with the Turks"

Couldn't have said it better myself. That's a great map, right there.
posted by Banky_Edwards at 10:03 PM on November 6, 2006

Thanks for this.

But, one minor quibble.

I think that there is no such thing as a fictional map; there are only fictional places. And it may even be that there are no true maps, only real places. If so, then perhaps there are really no strange maps after all, unless they are fictional, and no strange places, unless of course they remain unmapped.
posted by Urban Hermit at 10:41 PM on November 6, 2006

Jimbob, that one's not bad but I prefer the map of Australia's inland sea (small flash presentation).

I discovered the wonderful strange maps site last week via another site worthy of a plug, Great Map.
posted by peacay at 1:00 AM on November 7, 2006

That map is brilliant, peacay...


Delta of Australia!
posted by Jimbob at 2:07 AM on November 7, 2006

Baarle-Nassau/-Hertog on Google Maps.
posted by johnjreiser at 7:27 AM on November 7, 2006

Let's hope Belgium and the Netherlands never go to war with each other.
posted by stinkycheese at 11:36 AM on November 7, 2006

posted by jason's_planet at 7:19 PM on November 7, 2006

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