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The literal world map

Week 22.0 — 26th March '18

Given the relative stability of the world, the formation of countries and renaming of cities continues to happen. It's always been interesting to see the different names given to a country by another which is often most notable during a sporting tournament like the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup. And so enters the literal world map:

The literal world map

There are some really interesting literal translations and some that just do not sit right at all in the modern world.

CountryTranslation
BotswanaThose Who Went Away
EgyptTemple of the Soul of Ptah
Equatorial Guinea(Equatorial) Land of the Black Men
Ethiopia(Equatorial) Land of the Black Men
NigerRiver of Rivers
SenegalOur Canoe

While it turns out that the map may have some inaccuracies, the research is mostly sound and I could verify each of the above examples. There are of course many other issues with maps in general, including the projections used.

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Notable

Quick links and commentary on interesting articles, videos and more throughout the week.

  1. 22.1 – Monday
    1. QMX Planet Express Replica theawesomer.com
    2. Photos of the week (March 23rd) theatlantic.com
    3. Tag trailer Warner Bros. Pictures on trailers.apple.com
    4. Jay Pharoah's micro impressions Vanity Fair on youtube.com
    5. Everyday things you didn't know the purpose of The Infographics Show on youtube.com
  2. 22.2 – Tuesday
    1. La Bandita Speedster blessthisstuff.com
    2. Halospheres Hedra on kickstarter.com
    3. GameBoy alarm clock theawesomer.com
    4. Stroboscopic patterns on eggs theawesomer.com
    5. UGEARS: Mechanical evolutions UGEARS on kickstarter.com
  3. 22.3 – Wednesday
    1. Tainted Love Pomplamoose on youtube.com
    2. Rainbow northern lights Fishermang on reddit.com
    3. Football stadium in Henningsvær, Norway ethan_kahn on reddit.com
    4. Kodachrome trailer Netflix on youtube.com
    5. Under the Silver Lake trailer A24 on youtube.com
    6. World Cup 2018 jersey rated independent.co.uk
  4. 22.4 – Thursday
    1. Space Grey Magic Mouse 2 apple.com
    2. Dutch tulip fields _rcollins on reddit.com
    3. New logo for Koenig & Bauer Brand New on underconsideration.com
    4. One year on Earth- Seen from 1 million miles NASA Goddard on youtube.com
  5. 22.6 – Saturday
    1. ThinkGeek's April fool products (2018) thinkgeek.com
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