The World According to Americans

An American’s perception of the rest of the world, and indeed their own mighty nation, is a naive thing indeed. So says The World According to Americans, a comically altered map of the globe. On the evidence presented here, every country and every sea and every continent on the face of this here Earth can best be summed up with a simple cultural stereotype, vague and harsh and uninformed as it may be. The U.S. lives in the civilised world, of course. Their upstairs neighbours, they’re vegetarians. Those folks over there in Eastern Europe, they’re all commies. Africa? They’ve got AIDS. Oh, and above them? Fucking desert, dude!

The World According to Americans is designed by Bulgarian artist Yanko Tsvetkov, aka the alphadesigner. It is part of his satirical Mapping Stereotypes project, which sees him mapping out the globe with side-splitting cultural stereotypes taken from the perspectives of various different nations. You can see the rest of Mapping Stereotypes here, but I think most will agree this is the best, and funniest, entry in a tremendously hilarious project.

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Take a Trip Down the Amazon River with Google Street View

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10 Amazing Videos of the Furthest Reaches in the World

Where do you go if you really want to see the Earth at its most extreme? Forget a trans-galactic flight: the final frontier may be closer than you think. If you can take the pressure of a 36,000 foot dive or hold on to your hat at 120,000 feet, you could join some of the most bizarre creatures – and the most daring humans – in some of the furthest reaches on the planet. Need some inspiration for your next expedition? Join us on a whistle-stop tour of some of the most incredible sights and sounds around. [Read more…]

Prodigious Art on World Globes

Most people associate world globes with geography classes or boring teachers’ offices. We have pop culture to thank for that. In 80's and 90's TV shows, globes could be found lurking in the corners of many a fictitious teacher's office–far more than actually existed in reality. But globes are no longer as boring as they used to be thanks to artist Wendy Gold. Wendy runs a company called ImagineNationsTM where she makes vintage globes of all varieties.

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A Giant Underwater Museum Like No Other

What do you get when you combine deep-sea diving and sculptures? Answer: an enormous underwater museum. Sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor has turned a part of the National Marine Park of Cancun in Mexico into a beautiful sea attraction. His creation is said to be the largest underwater sculpture museum in the world with about 400 cement sculptures.

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