The 10 Most Dangerous Places On Earth

April 7, 2014

Dangerous Places: Verkhoyansk, Russia

Dangerous Places Verkhonyansk

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Located deep in the heart of Siberia and 3000 miles east of Moscow, Verkhoyansk is one of the coldest cities in the world. Referred to as the Cold Pole, the city is well-known for its endless winters, with the Yana River frozen solid nine months of the year. Winter temperatures fall between minus 60 and minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and from September to March, the city averages fewer than 5 hours of sunlight every day. For most of its history Verkhoyansk was used as an exile city by czars and Soviets. Nowadays, 1500 people call it home and extreme tourists make regular appearances there. Think “Winter is Coming”… or more like, here to stay.

Verkhonyansk Trucks

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50 Interesting Facts About The 50 US State Capitals

March 9, 2014

Brushing up on your geography skills and packing your cranium with conversation-starting factoids in 10 minutes? This video is a godsend.

11 Map Overlays That Teach Real Geography

February 14, 2014

Conceived in 1569 as an aid to maritime navigation, Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator’s “Mercator projection” has skewed our perceptions of the world in which we live for centuries. While the linear scale is equal, it distorts the size and shape of large objects, stretching the poles to the point that the projection is practically unusable beyond 70 degrees north or south.

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By using rhumb lines, or lines of constant compass bearing that are good for direction, the Mercator projection became the standard mental and projection map for most seafaring Westerners, inflating the size–and potentially egos–of colonial powers over time. While it has long been shown that the Mercator projection distorts rather than projects geographical truths, it still appears from time to time in classrooms, textbooks, and a Mercator variation is still used by Google Maps, Bing Maps, Mapquest and Yahoo Maps in online street mapping. Thankfully, the Mercator myths have been dispelled by the folks at Business Insider with these incredible map overlays.

The Price Of Global High-End Living

July 10, 2013

Thinking about moving? You might want to comparison shop before buying a place in one of these four prime global cities. Factor in cost of living and taking a bite out of life in the Big Apple might be too much for you to chew.

An Informative Map Of Population Density

April 11, 2013

A fascinating map of population density across the world:

World Map Of Population Density

While India and China’s economies are in full bloom, in terms of population density both places are seeing red. As it stands, India comprises a staggering 17% of the world’s population and sports a population density of 964 people per square mile. For its part, a whopping 1.3 billion people and counting reside within Chinese borders, all of whom contribute to its density of 363 people per square mile.

The World According To The 16th Century

January 25, 2013

A 16th Century World Map

For context’s sake, this is from a 16th century German bible.