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The Discovery of America According to Christopher Columbus 1492

1492 was a blockbuster year in world history with a beginning worthy of a Venezuelan soap opera. There was barely any time for opening credits. On the second day of January the last Muslim state on the Iberian Peninsula, the Emirate of Granada, was finally conquered by the armies of the Catholic Monarchs, a fanatical incestuous couple comprising of Isabella I, Queen of Castile, and Ferdinand II, King of Aragon. Their personal union would later become the foundation of what we know today as Spain.

For those lucky enough to be there, the sight of the surrender must have felt like the ultimate Castilian wet dream. The cross of Christ hung on the walls of the enchanting Alhambra palace. The Moorish Emir Muhammad XII slowly approached, holding the keys of his city, ready to present them to his conquerors and kiss their hands as a sign of capitulation. Suddenly, there came a dramatic ceremonial twist. To save the dignity of her son from complete emasculation, Muhammad’s mother begged the Catholic Monarchs to amend the protocol, so the city can pass in their possession without the aforementioned humiliating kiss. Isabella and Ferdinand agreed.

The crowd, deeply moved by the merciful gesture, spontaneously started to sing the Catholic evergreen Te Deum and burst into tears of joy. Rumor has it that only the mercy of the almighty Christian God, who opened the heavens to take a peek at the momentous celebration, spared those people from severe dehydration by miraculously reinforcing their lacrimal glands with holy water. According to a popular legend, when Muhammad XII reached a nearby hill on his way to exile, he turned back to see his beloved palace for the last time. Overtaken by sadness and corroding sense of loss, he started to weep until his mother, a true incarnation of a perfect Muslim dominatrix, consoled him with the words, “Thou dost weep like a woman for what thou couldst not defend as a man.”

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Map of the day

Source – atlasofprejudice.com

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The World According to Trump

Yanko drew this in 2016 but it is still a good read and highly relevant to this day.

You know there must be a video of Hillary Clinton hysterically laughing hidden somewhere in the digital vaults of her campaign headquarters. There’s no other way a leading Democratic candidate could have reacted to the news that Donald Trump wants to ban all Muslims from entering the US. This comment finally disqualified him from the race by insuring a split in the Republican vote. Even though there may be a pundit or two who would just for the sport insist Trump still has a chance, the real estate mogul is a political corpse in a rapid state of decay.

He brought this to himself. Everybody with a brain should have arrived to this conclusion months earlier after Trump, in a fit of exalted insanity, declared that the majority of the Mexican immigrants in the US were rapists. Then again, American society has a high tolerance towards insults to people south of the border. So Trump got away with it and the media continued to use him as clickbait, boosting his popularity to hysterical levels.

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Source – bigthink.com

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London is a Shallow Sea of Christianity with many Islands of Multiple Faiths

As the map suggests, Christianity is still the biggest faith in London. But Greater London is the least Christian region in the UK: less than half (48.71%) of all Londoners are Christian. London does have the country’s highest percentage of Buddhists (1.01%), Hindus (5.05%), Jews (1.84%), and Muslims (12.56%). However, the Midlands has more Sikhs (2.39%) than any other region.

So, if London still looks like a Christian sea, it’s a fairly shallow one—and dotted with large islands and archipelagos peopled by other faith Read more »

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Source – mappingmovement.newberry.org

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Ye Olde Spanish Main, 1933

Designed and executed by Jo Mora. This is a cartoon pictorial map of historical and geographical significance covering much of North America, but highlighting the Caribbean area, Central America, and Mexico. The informative intent of this carte is historical and topographical yet it is rendered in the manner humorous that its perusal may be accomplished rather with the smile of levity than the frown of research.

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Map of the day

Source – bigthink.com

 

Ages of the World

This map is a compound of the situation on the ground, and the prejudices of the mapmaker. Much of Africa, South America and the Arctic is living in the Stone Age. The interior of Australia, the north of Africa and elsewhere: colonial times. Russia, most of the US and China: the 1900s. The UK, the inhabited parts of Canada, Southern Europe, New Zealand: the present. Germany, Scandinavia, Japan, northeastern US, coastal China: the future. If you want to experience all at once: go to India.

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The whole of NZ, Sydney, Perth, Canada, some parts of Europe and the UK are the only ones living in the present day.

Map of the day

Source – bigthink.com

Dear Gareth

Run…..hide, rant as you dare,

but we aren’t going anywhere.

Map of the day

Source – bigthink.com

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A World Map of Virgin Mary Apparitions

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We struggle to locate MH370 or those pesky Russian spies, yet we have a map detailing each location the Virgin Mary visits?

Yes New Zealand, even Northland.

Map of the day

Source – bostonraremaps.com

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The American football scene in 1939

Albert Richard’s Pigskin Panorama

Pigskin Panorama is an exuberant and decorative Art Deco-style pictorial map of the American football scene in 1939, when the college game was still dominant.

The map uses vignettes of football players in action poses to show the locations of hundreds of collegiate teams around the United States, all color coded by conference. The border is formed by the names of each team set in a football-shaped panel surrounded by the school’s colors.

Albert Richard Co., a Milwaukee-based manufacturer of men’s outerwear, published football maps as promotions for several years in a row. They wee touted in newspapers and magazines such as Boys’ Life, whose readers were invited to order a copy gratis.

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Source – Daily Mail

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Rise of the robots

Geographical differences in the impacts of automation and jobs at potential high risk of automation by parliamentary constituency.

Nearly nine million British jobs are at risk from robots, with those working in retail, manufacturing and business support services most at risk, figures reveal.

The rise of Artificial Intelligence is expected to see current jobs wiped out across a wide range of sectors as automation becomes cheaper than humans.

In total 8,820,545 posts could be wiped out by 2030, with retail workers at the biggest risk, according to Department for Work and Pensions figures given to MailOnline.

They are followed by manufacturing and then business administration and support services, where workers are also at high risk from automation.

But ministers said regions across Britain are taking on the challenge posed by the robots head on by creating jobs which are at lower risk from AI.

dailymail.co.uk

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Source – bigthink.com

The World’s Longest Sailable Straight Line

Algorithmically correct: the world’s longest sailable straight line goes from Pakistan to Kamchatka

The world’s longest straight line on land was calculated by researchers Rohan Chabukswar of the United Technologies Research Centre (UTRC) in Cork (Ireland) and Kushal Mukherjee at IBM’s Research Laboratory in New Delhi (India).
In a paper published earlier this year (and last updated on 25 December), they set out their solution to the question of finding the world’s longest straight lines over land and at sea. That question sounds simple enough, but isn’t: “This is an optimisation problem, rendered chaotic by the presence of islands and lakes, and indeed the fractal nature of the coasts”.

They were prompted by a map that had raised a lot of discussion since its first publication on Reddit in 2012. Posted by user kepleronlyknows, it purports to show the longest possible straight-line sailing route in the world: from Pakistan to Kamchatka, threading the needle twice – through the Mozambique Strait separating Madagascar from the African mainland, and via the Drake Passage between South America and Antarctica.

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