40+ Perspective-Changing And Unusual Maps That Portray The World In A New Way 


By Giovanni DS

Maps have the power to change our perspective on the world. They are an effective and unique tool, especially for visual learners, for understanding the vast rock we call Earth. Maps allow us to take a glimpse at our world’s secrets and most incredible places from the comfort of our own homes.

An innovative corner of Reddit is dedicated to these worldly maps, and the cartography fans are going crazy over it. They delve into treasure troves of long-lost civilizations, complicated statistics, and rich history. From food facts to the most popular travel destinations to maps about nature, they cover it all in a bid to open our minds.

To expand our horizons and unleash our inner adventure, we’re delving deep into some of the most exquisite maps we’ve ever seen! The visualizations are awe-inspiring, and you can mark our words that you never saw any maps like these in grade school!

Antarctica At The Center

There are seven continents around the world. Six of them happen to be very inhabitable yet home to many cultures and peoples. The 7th continent, Antarctica, is a bit of an outlier for a very clear reason. It’s bone-chilling cold!

Antarctica has no permanent inhabitants, most likely because it isn’t the warmest place to put your feet up. While Antarctica often looks big on most maps, this one is sure to change that. This map places Antarctica right in the center of the world and is pretty tiny.

Most Popular Surnames In Europe

Surnames or last names are certainly an interesting subject, even though they are not always thought of as thought-provoking. Surnames not only provide you with a starting point from which you can trace your ancestry but also your cultural history.

Many surnames are odd. Some of them were once professions that later became names, like Smith. Others were names for natural features or objects that no longer match their modern equivalents. This map gives you a glimpse of some popular European surnames.

Nature’s Map

While on the topic of interesting things, maps themselves are quite a fascinating creation if you think about it. People tried to make sense of their surroundings in a time when there was no internet. Because of this, mapping was born.

Maps are simply representations of the natural world around us, brought to life by ink or code. Millions of maps and styles have been produced and brought to life over the millenniums. However, we would argue that few look as natural as this.

A Map Of The HRE, Before Germany

The modern country of Germany, as a united entity, is relatively young when compared to other European countries. This has to do with Germany only being united in 1871 by German statesman Otto Von Bismarck. Before then, it had many names.

One such noteworthy name, or political entity, that laid claim to the land was the Holy Roman Empire (800-1806). The empire was not very organized or stable, as you can see by the hundreds of dukedoms, baronets, and states that made it up.

Most Popular Browsers In The World Between 2012-2022

Modern technology and the internet are now so heavily integrated into our lives that it’s hard imagining life without them. Just as the internet has shaped many facets of our lives, we, too, have shaped it by ourselves. Read on to see how.

Looking at this map, you can see that many different browsers fought for dominion of the internet. 2012 shows how Internet Explorer, Opera, Chrome, and Firefox all fight for it. By 2022, however, it’s no longer a contest for Google Chrome.

Child-Friendly Curse Words From Europe

Kids swear. There’s no way of avoiding that truth, just as there is no way to stop them from learning. However, there are a few “kid” friendly curse words that also exist – euphemisms, if you will, and they are interesting.

This map shows some of the most popular children’s swear words within Europe. Most are modified and blameless versions of the proper (and ruder) word that adults no doubt use. Unfortunately, a lot of the humor is lost due to language barriers.

A Map Showing The Population Density Of Africa

Africa is home to an enormous amount of people, with censors estimating the population of Africa to be roughly 1.4 billion. Fortunately, the continent of Africa has more than enough space for such a population. But unfortunately, not always the resources.

While Africa might be extremely rich in minerals and precious metals, not all of the continent is resource-rich. A consequence of this is that many people end up living on top of each other in their respective capital cities.

Places In Europe That Will Offer Food To Guests

The spirit of hospitality is an old value, with tales of its importance undoubtedly shared across many cultures. However, not all places, cultures, or traditional values are as ready to feed a stranger as some others would be.

This doesn’t mean that the people are rude. Instead, it is a centuries-old habit, born from a time when food was less plentiful. As you can see, northern Europe is less likely due to the bitter and harsh winters they had to endure.

All The Bicycle Lanes In The Netherlands

If you’re from the US, you likely know that having a car is essential to doing anything. This is because the US is just too massive, with cars being the only viable means to travel long distances.

In contrast, in many places in Europe, you will find the opposite to be true. A fact which is hasn’t been as clear as now you can see in the Netherlands. All these purple lines are actually bicycle lanes that stretch all across the tiny Dutch country.

The Most Populated Areas Of Australia

Speaking of big counties, Australia isn’t exactly a tiny place either. Although it has the advantage of having the whole continent to itself, most of the country is particularly inhabitable or unsustainable for large groups of people.

This is due to Australia having some extremely poisonous animals and really dry land with little rain. This means that 11 million people, half of the country’s population, live within the red markers. Which basically looks like 1% of the country’s landmass.