Understand Why Iraq Is So Messed Up In One Straightforward Chart

August 14, 2014

How Iraq Was Formed

The country suffers from a lack of identity and good, transparent government, but it was really colonial powers who sowed the seeds for the disaster that is modern-day Iraq.

ISIS, Iraq And Syria Explained

August 8, 2014

Don’t really understand what’s going on in Iraq or why Barack Obama has authorized strategic air strikes in Iraq? Get some of your basic questions answered with this helpful video, and then educate yourself on how Iraq was formed at The National Post. The problem is much larger than a single jihadist group.

Namibia’s Mysterious Fairy Circles

May 5, 2014

Lone Tree Fairy Circles Namibia

Most prominently found in Namibia, fairy circles are natural ‘bald spots’ whose formation is rather contentious. Some think that it’s the work of the sand termite, while others speculate that it is–as you might imagine–the work of aliens.

The 10 Most Dangerous Places On Earth

April 7, 2014

Most Dangerous Places On Earth: Verkhoyansk, Russia

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 Photograph

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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.

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.