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Every Map You've Ever Seen Is A Damn Lie

Not so tough now, are you Canada?!

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Not to blow your mind or anything, but maps have been deceiving us for years.

The Mercator projection map, which is almost every flat map you've ever seen, doesn't actually depict accurate landmasses. They're stretched and skewed at the upper latitudes, near the poles.

The website shows relative sizes of landmasses by correcting, albeit imperfectly, these "distortions" on traditional Mercator projection maps.

1. For instance, look at how huge Greenland is:

Greenland (in red) looks massive on this map. The difference is especially obvious when compared to Japan, which is in yellow on the lower right side of the image.


Thumbnail images: Isabeltp / Getty Images

This post was translated from Japanese.