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2013-02-24 10:32:24 PM  
6 votes:
22. The U.S. high-speed rail system that will never be:
s3-ec.buzzfed.com
this one is just depressing.

/fark the airlines.
2013-02-24 10:12:10 PM  
3 votes:
#20 "Here's how Google auto-complete describes all 50 states:

Methodology:
1) Type "Iowa is" (for example) into Yahoo! and get autocomplete results.

uhhhhhhhh ok
2013-02-25 12:43:26 PM  
2 votes:
This would make a great Civilization game map
s3-ec.buzzfed.com
2013-02-25 01:01:13 AM  
2 votes:

Bisu: I'm not sure what's so confusing about the Google auto-complete map. They typed the text "<STATE> is " and took the top result that was in the form of "<STATE> is (adjective/phrase describing the actual state)." Obviously results like "Georgia is the what state" is a question people type and not a phrase describing Georgia. Obviously "Texas is the Reason" is the name of a band, and not a phrase describing the state of Texas. While I'm sure they ignored a few that they didn't like, I get about 90% of them the same when I follow this procedure. Google's auto-complete results changes over time, and possibly vary between different users.


"Washington is broken" clearly refers to D.C.
2013-02-25 12:24:09 AM  
2 votes:

The Irresponsible Captain: DrPainMD: 5. This is a map of every country England has ever invaded:

Exhibit A for why we should have fought against England in WW1, and WW2, if necessary.

One of the important factors leading up to the every war America has ever been involved in. For example: why is Iraq so messed up? England set its borders when it left in order to make it easy for them to control the area later.

Bonus: China. See the Opium wars.

//Two centuries of cleaning up England's mess.


I wonder who will clean up the messes the U.S. has left.
2013-02-24 11:34:04 PM  
2 votes:
Map 30... I never understood why Europe never agreed on a common grounded outlet.  The worst residential outlet compatibility issue to hit North America was the 3-prong versus 4-prong dryer outlet wars of the late 1900s.

Map 19... I hope that more states start to adopt dark skies regulations, even if they only come into effect later in the evening.  I imagine with LED light bars, you could just start to dial down the number of lights as the evening progresses and then dial them back up as dawn approaches.
2013-02-24 10:36:46 PM  
2 votes:

WorldCitizen: theorellior: I wonder what inspired the Inverted Water & Land cartographer to use that oddly-splayed projection instead of an equirectangular projection?

Well, that and the mountains on the "land" don't seem to actually follow the mountain ranges of the mid-ocean ridges.


The fact that three different people jumped on this is one of the reasons I keep coming back to Fark.
2013-02-24 10:24:07 PM  
2 votes:
Map #6 "This map shows the population density in the United States by decade" is biased in favor of European immigrants. There were Native Americans living in the United States, too, you know.
2013-02-24 10:14:17 PM  
2 votes:
If you liked that, you'll love:

http://www.reddit.com/r/mapporn
2013-02-24 10:08:46 PM  
2 votes:
There

Antidamascus: No Featured Partner?


There is content that might be interesting so there is no need
2013-02-24 10:03:32 PM  
2 votes:
Damned impressive! I always love "different center point" maps.

/also don't think #20 is fair to Washington State since I'm pretty sure they just typed "Washington"
2013-02-24 09:57:12 PM  
2 votes:
No Featured Partner?
2013-02-24 09:40:25 PM  
2 votes:

Weaver95: those were kinda neat.


Yeah, as a bit of a map nerd, I approve.
2013-02-25 10:11:08 AM  
1 votes:

StrangeQ: Bronzed War God: Yes, indeed, fark the airlines and their ability to get travelers from Atlanta to LA in less than 4 hours

Hah, yeah, I would LOVE to see even a single example of that happening, ever.  The actual scenario is that you are scheduled to depart at 815, but that gets delayed to 830 and then to 845 due to a broken down tow.  You land at your connecting city at 1030 and then sit around until 1145 when you can board your next flight, which then gets delayed to 1230 because of weather.  You finally takeoff at 1245 and reach your destination at 1630, but then you have to sit on the tarmac for another 20 minutes waiting for congestion.  You finally step out into the gate at 1700 and then wait around for another 30 minutes while waiting for your bags to get thrown off the plane.  You end up spending well over 10 hours in or around airports and are now tired, hungry and annoyed.  But I guess that's much better than hopping on an overnight train, waking up at the destination, and having your bags right there at the station.


I once took Amtrak from Minot, ND, to Minneapolis.   Sure it took 8 hours, but it was only 60 dollars to get there and it was the only way out of town considering the highways and airport were shut down due to snow.   Plus I had a TON of leg room, my seat almost laid down flat, baggage storage was easy, I didn't have any security to go through AND I could walk a few cars down and get breakfast(that was far better than plane food).
2013-02-25 03:06:36 AM  
1 votes:

Lord Dimwit: It's disturbing how many states are "Racist".


Which really just demonstrates how many people there are who feel slighted and are just imagining those states are racist.
2013-02-25 01:16:06 AM  
1 votes:

davidphogan: Lumber Jack Off: 22. The U.S. high-speed rail system that will never be:
[s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 850x549]
this one is just depressing.

/fark the airlines.

That's a really impractical map in a lot of places.  A west coast line between Redding and Eugene just doesn't make much sense due to the terrain and significant lack of people.  At the distance given it's just not realistic you'd get enough ridership that would take rail instead of just flying to the Bay Area/SoCal.

And I'm not sure why you'd want to take a train into Tijuana from San Diego since they already have the trolley connecting down to there.  Just get it down to Downtown and let people transfer to the trolley if they want to get to TJ.

Same thing for the Texas line to Mexico.  I'm not sure even taking it to Corpus Christi makes sense with current populations.  Some of the other cross country ones look a little excessive, too.  For now I'd be happy just to see the current projects funded better.  Once the obvious corridors are finished then worry about expanding things.


The line between Reading and Eugene wouldn't exist for people traveling between those two cities primarily, but it's necessary so that travelers going from Seattle to San Francisco, LA, or San Diego could have uninterrupted high speed service.

For any high speed rail system to be an appealing alternative to air travel or driving there needs to be a minimum of train switching, and as many direct routes as possible.

I'd use high speed rail service provided the cost of a ticket was less than a plane flight and the time to destination wasn't too much longer than flying after taking into account all of the hoops you have to jump through with the TSA security checkpoints.  Of course, if the TSA started to get involved in this and you had to show up a couple hours before your train departure like you do a flight, it would suddenly become much less of an attractive option.
2013-02-25 12:27:24 AM  
1 votes:

bingethinker: The Irresponsible Captain: DrPainMD: 5. This is a map of every country England has ever invaded:

Exhibit A for why we should have fought against England in WW1, and WW2, if necessary.

One of the important factors leading up to the every war America has ever been involved in. For example: why is Iraq so messed up? England set its borders when it left in order to make it easy for them to control the area later.

Bonus: China. See the Opium wars.

//Two centuries of cleaning up England's mess.

I wonder who will clean up the messes the U.S. has left.


WALL-E
2013-02-25 12:05:28 AM  
1 votes:

Ishkur: Not even the British Empire wanted to fark with the Mongols.


Is there anything there anyone would want?
2013-02-24 11:46:08 PM  
1 votes:

DrPainMD: 5. This is a map of every country England has ever invaded:

Exhibit A for why we should have fought against England in WW1, and WW2, if necessary.


One of the important factors leading up to the every war America has ever been involved in. For example: why is Iraq so messed up? England set its borders when it left in order to make it easy for them to control the area later.

Bonus: China. See the Opium wars.

//Two centuries of cleaning up England's mess.
2013-02-24 11:46:06 PM  
1 votes:
I wish the U.S. did have high speed rail.
2013-02-24 11:41:29 PM  
1 votes:

itsfullofstars: If you liked that, you'll love:

http://www.reddit.com/r/mapporn


I just spent three hours surfing that site.  I'm not yet sure if I hate you or love you.
2013-02-24 11:36:09 PM  
1 votes:

Dinjiin: Map 30... I never understood why Europe never agreed on a common grounded outlet.  The worst residential outlet compatibility issue to hit North America was the 3-prong versus 4-prong dryer outlet wars of the late 1900s.

Map 19... I hope that more states start to adopt dark skies regulations, even if they only come into effect later in the evening.  I imagine with LED light bars, you could just start to dial down the number of lights as the evening progresses and then dial them back up as dawn approaches.


Are you a city planner IRL? If not, you should be. :)
2013-02-24 11:33:45 PM  
1 votes:
At least one of the original city names were longer than on map number 15. Los Angeles was originally known as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula.
2013-02-24 11:29:42 PM  
1 votes:

Bondith: I like how the greatest concentrations of sin are smack dab in the Bible Belt.


When you've got a lot of confessions to make, you're gonna need a lot of churches.

Of course, you wouldn't need to make any confessions at all if the church didn't guilt trip you into thinking you need to make them, but that's a whole 'nother issue.
2013-02-24 10:38:47 PM  
1 votes:

HotWingAgenda: I just liked the autocomplete map, solely for the "is better than Wisconsin."  The only state in the country with a clear inferiority complex.


I laughed at NC's. Yeah, we don't much like to be considered a generic southern state. Because we're not. Really.
2013-02-24 10:16:25 PM  
1 votes:

Anastacya: Maybe I am just an idiot, but the maps about the seven deadly sins make no sense to me. I need more information about how they obtained their data and exactly what the quantity is that they are measuring. Or can someone explain them to me? I am not sure what they are considering the baseline marker for each sin, so their measurements of "Std. Dev", which I presume to mean Standard Deviation, doesn't help me any.


The maps are sourced directly underneath each image.  Here you go.
2013-02-24 10:15:25 PM  
1 votes:
List fails without the Hereford mappa mundi:

upload.wikimedia.org
And the Gough map of Britain:

upload.wikimedia.org
2013-02-24 10:13:47 PM  
1 votes:
Maybe I am just an idiot, but the maps about the seven deadly sins make no sense to me. I need more information about how they obtained their data and exactly what the quantity is that they are measuring. Or can someone explain them to me? I am not sure what they are considering the baseline marker for each sin, so their measurements of "Std. Dev", which I presume to mean Standard Deviation, doesn't help me any.
2013-02-24 10:12:10 PM  
1 votes:
I was coming in to complain about a map of Númenor ere its destruction, but I've always known that one was needed.
2013-02-24 10:07:04 PM  
1 votes:
I've suggested number 8 in order to rebalance the power of the house and senate on a population represented basis. It was warmly greeted until I suggested merging New Hampshire and Vermont, just off the cuff. Then a person who had perked up at my idea turned icy cold. As I now understand it, New Hampshire and Vermont people are already on the verge of armed conflict.
2013-02-24 09:24:18 PM  
1 votes:
those were kinda neat.
 
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