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    U.S. Maps are not to scale

    An interesting fact I learned on my Alaskan cruise.....Alaska is about 2 1/2 times the state of Texas.
    http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/area.shtml

    WTF? Every map of the U.S. I've ever seen, Alaska looks to be about 1/2 the size (at best) of Texas.


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    apparently not.

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    I was also surprised to learn that Alaska is not off the coast of California.

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    According to "The West Wing" TV show the Gall-Peters is the most accurate projection map.
    In which case Alaska looks to be larger than most of the contiguous US.

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    No way New York has more land area than Pennsylvania. Must be that "water" they're counting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superdex View Post


    apparently not.
    Maybe not....but I squashed them 5th graders like bugs playing rugby last week! You shoulda heard the red headed step child boy...he squealed like a little girl when I clotheslined him!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post

    According to "The West Wing" TV show the Gall-Peters is the most accurate projection map.
    In which case Alaska looks to be larger than most of the contiguous US.
    Just go find a globe. Please. That map is pathetic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff^d View Post
    I was also surprised to learn that Alaska is not off the coast of California.
    Of course not...it's off the coast of Washington. We just took the boat there from Seattle, I ought to know!
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    Did you see Russia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
    Did you see Sarah Palin?
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    The Mercator projection I have hanging over my desk has a scale that is adjusted for the distortion at higher latitudes. It's pretty handy, plus it proves that Greenland is really purple, while Iceland is orange, and Madagascar is pink.

    As far as I know, an interrupted sinusoidal projection really gives the most accurate representation of scale, but angles get screwed up, just like in any equal area map.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
    Did you see Russia?
    Not until I got to Sarah Palin's old house.
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    Yeah, it has to be that big so's they can keep an eye on Putin.


    Anyway, it's the projection, as has already been mentioned.


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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    Just go find a globe. Please. That map is pathetic.
    Oh, like the equator is supposed to be in the middle or something?

    I had a college professor that was a big proponent of the Peter's PC map.
    I agree, it's near useless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    U.S. Maps are not to scale
    duh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post

    According to "The West Wing" TV show the Gall-Peters is the most accurate projection map.
    In which case Alaska looks to be larger than most of the contiguous US.
    still waiting for cheap, at home 3D projection devices, so people will never have to deal with distorted world maps

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    This one may be more accurate:

    “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
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    bucky fuller chimes in.


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    Maps? Meh.
    Just please tell me the porn in that magazine is to scale.
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    You sillies! The earth is flat. Here is my globe as proof:

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    You sillies! The earth is flat. Here is my globe as proof:

    This map is inaccurate. There are no turtles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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