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Posties Banned From Sticking En-ger-land Flags on Their Vans

The Royal Mail has told its staff of van drivers, trolley pushers and even the village bike-riding delivery person that it's not OK to show support for the England football team during the imminent World Cup, as putting flags and stickers in vans and windows is potentially hazardous. Read More >>

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Finding Out Random Facts About Half the Countries in the World Is So Much Fun

If you’re a map nerd, a history buff, someone who likes to travel, or just a person who enjoys learning new things, the latest video from Wendover Productions is an absolute delight to watch. Read More >>

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Where Was the Last Place on Earth Discovered By Humans?

The world is a very big place. Sure, satellites, the internet, and McDonald’s can make it seem much, much smaller. Before all that, however, planet Earth was the great unknown with a world map that was seriously incomplete. Read More >>

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Why the Heck Do Some Countries Have Weird Panhandles?

If you look closely at a map, you’re bound to find some really weird shit. Countries you never knew existed pop up, bodies of water reveal themselves, and the borders of countries look totally random. What’s more random about those borders is when they have weird panhandles or salients, basically appendages of land that have been hastily slapped onto the main body of a country. How did these tiny stretches of land get added? Read More >>

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The Size of Countries in Real Life Versus the Size of Countries on a Map

Maps lie. We all learned this at some point in school, when we realised Greenland wasn’t quite the hulking beast of land mass we thought it was. I mean, Greenland isn’t even a third of the size of Australia. And the UK is teeny! Smaller than Japan, the Philippines, and Madagascar. Come to think of it, most of Europe is way smaller than what we imagine it to be on the map. Read More >>

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This Map Shows How Bloody Massive the British Empire Was

Which empire was the biggest throughout history? Which had the most people? Which had the biggest contiguous empire? The map below details all the most powerful empires from history and shows the area each empire covered, the amount of people they had under their rule, the year they reached their political height, the period of time they reigned, and who their most famous ruler was. Read More >>

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The Hilarious But Scientific Explanation Why Everything in Life Eventually Goes to Shit

People are capable of doing amazing things. When we work together we can go to the moon! We can have all of the world’s information searchable from this thing in our pocket! We can change the world! And then we’ll eventually screw it up somehow and turn it all to shit. Why? It’s the Peter Principle. Read More >>

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How Many People Can the Earth Actually Hold?

There are over seven billion people on this planet of ours and some estimates peg the population to reach 10 billion by the end of the century. Given that there’s only a certain amount of land on Earth, is there a maximum amount of humans that our blue marble can support? Read More >>

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Listen to ‘Cyberspace Spirit’, China’s Anthem to Internet Censorship

It would be easy to make fun of China's new anthem glorifying internet censorship. But I don't want to pan "Cyberspace Spirit" or mock the Cyberspace Administration of China choral group signing it, because they literally don't know what they're missing. Read More >>

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What Military Ration Packs Look Like Around the World

Different armies, same soul evaporating packaged foods for army rations. Okay, that's not exactly fair. Some countries obviously have it better than others (I'm looking at you France) but at the end of the day, most armies around the world are eating out of pouches and cans and what looks like condom wrappings. Read More >>

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Did You Know That it’s the End of the World This Saturday in York?

A bunch of Vikings are preparing for Ragnarok, or the end of the world, this weekend. They are doing so by gathering in York to hold a strongman contest and see who has the best beard. Fun for all the family, unless the world does end, in which case you're stuck in York with a bunch of bearded historical enthusiasts for your final moments. Read More >>

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The World’s Most (and Least) Populous Places Revealed in a Single Map

We've seen a lot of world population maps, but this might just be prettiest one yet. Simple black lines trace the population by latitude, so that a few cities, labeled in yellow, tower like the skyscrapers over the land. It's not unlike a cartographical version of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album cover. Read More >>

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The World’s 19 Weirdest Hangover Remedies

When you travel the world, having a few drinks with your hosts is a great way to get a sense of the local culture. But excessive alcohol consumption can cause physiological consequences. Don't worry—a hangover is universal, and your new friends probably already know a way to cope with it. Read More >>

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Make Way For the Olympics: The Paramilitary Clearance of Rio’s Slums

They come bearing satellite TV. Brazil’s Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais, or BOPE, is an elite force of military police who often specialise in urban operations in Rio's slums—or favelas. As the World Cup and the Olympics approach, BOPE forces are appearing more and more often, and their techniques are evolving. Read More >>

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What Travelling to Every Country in the World Looks Like in 4 Minutes

This is insane. Well only insane because I'm insanely jealous of amazing world crusader Graham Hughes. Hughes travelled to all 201 countries in the world plus 15 assorted territories without even flying. Even better, Hughes recorded a quick video of every single country he visited so we can all see what it's like to truly travel the entire world in 4 minutes. Read More >>