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WORLDMAPPER: The world as you’ve never seen it before

Suffice it to say I love maps.  Current maps, antique maps, topographical maps, dymaxion maps, fantasy maps, non-spatial maps… yeah… I like maps… they almost rival my obsession with clockwork.

So I about died of happiness when I found this site:

They’ve got maps for almost EVERYTHING you could think of:

Transportation                     Food                                       Manufacturering
Resources                               Fuel                                        Income
Education                               Health                                    Disease
Disaster                                   Destruction                          Pollution
Communication                   Exploitation                        Cause of Death
Age of Death                          Religion                                 Language

… to list a few.

Here’s one I find interesting:

Secondary Education Spending

Olympic Pictograms Through the Ages

Mole and Thomas: living pictures formed by thousands of US soldiers

There’s something to be said for sheer numbers…

10 Manliest Names Ever

Wow.  I hope that some of these guys had their names changed to what they are.  If not, then their respective parents are either too witty for their own good, or just plain cruel.

Just a sampling:

Staff Sgt. Max Fightmaster

Manley Power

Rad Heroman

Magnus Ver Magnusson

Meet the Real Life Invisible Man

Meet the real-life Invisible Man, an artist with the ability to disappear.   Liu Bolin is able to blend into any surroundings – no matter how complicated they might be.   The 36-year-old artist from Shandong, China, paints on himself to merge with whatever is behind him… People walking past his performances often have no idea he is there until he moves.  Liu said his work requires a lot of patience with him having to pose and work on his photographs for more than 10 hours at a time to get it just right.  Liu’s intention is to show how city surroundings affect people living in them.

He sees his work as a silent protest against the Government’s persecution of artists.

The Chinese authorities shut down his art studio in Beijing in 2005. Contemporary art was in quick development, but the Government decided it did not want artists to gather and live together.

“The situation for artists in China is very difficult,” he says.”The forced removal of the artist’s studio is in fact my direct inspiration for this series, ‘Hiding in the city'”.

The series has received critical acclaim from art experts across the world.

He says: “There are many people who like my work I think because my work has a quiet strength.”

“My work is a kind of reminder, to remind people what the community we live in really looks like, and what kind of problems exist.”

Top 10 Mad Scientists in History

Some were fascinatring, most were sick, but this list contains a few interesting (though often unpleasant) people.  Including the likes of:

and some guy who is trying to become a cyborg.

Vladimir Demikhov: The Two-Headed Dog Surgeon

A life less ordinary

An amazing article about a former paratrooper in Hitler’s war on the Russian front.

Link to the story here.


A snippet:

Despatched to the Russian front, he experienced, first hand, the true horrors of war – though, such was his talent, he was once called back from close to Moscow to represent his division in a game of handball in Smolensk, 400km away – and twice escaped after capture by first the Russians and later the French. He saw friends and comrades killed and himself was once trapped in the rubble of an empty school building for three days after an allied bombing raid, able only to move one arm.

Later transferred to the western front, attempting to take a group of injured men to a field hospital, Trautmann was taken prisoner for the last time, by British forces in Belgium. It is understandable, then, that when asked how he felt on his eventual capture, he replied ‘relieved.’

Eventually moved to a prisoner of war camp in Ashton, near Manchester, sport, and particularly football was a release for the men there. Fate, and an injury, were to take a hand here also. Desperate to play in one of the games arranged between the camp and local amateur teams, but carrying a knock, Trautmann, a midfield player usually, asked if he could go in goal. He never came out again.

In 1947 he declined an opportunity to be repatriated and elected to remain in England for a year. Having impressed in games for Camp 50 he had secured a place in a local team, St. Helens.

His notoriety spread quickly – ‘When I went they had an average gate of around 450 and when I left it was up to 6,000’ – and league clubs came calling. However, when news leaked that City had signed a former member of the Luftwaffe, it provoked outrage on a mass scale.

Before he came we had chaos – not something you can call a football league. Trautmann can well be described as the father of modern football in Tanzania.
Atillion Tagalile

Season tickets were returned, vitriol-filled letters of condemnation published in the local press and more than 20,000 people took to the streets to protest.

‘I was living outside Manchester at the time and my English wasn’t very good,’ recalls Trautmann, ‘so I didn’t see or read about it, but they told me people went to the streets and threatened a boycott. They had banners saying if you sign this German, this Nazi, we won’t come to the ground.’

The rabbi of Manchester wrote an open letter to the local press urging people not to hold one man responsible for the war and to allow his sportsmanship to be revealed and not pre-judged.

‘But they accepted me very quickly, this is the amazing thing. After only a month, two home games for the reserves, they accepted me.