Like everyone else in the world, my greatest exposure to world maps came in school where they were plastered on the wall of the seventh grade Social Studies room. They were boring.
So I, like you, think the world looks kind of like this:
But apparently this map does not accurately represent the true shape of the continents. The Peters Projection Map does.
Apparently this is because the first map, the one you think is real, is based on navigational needs (i.e. lines of latitude) so that ships can safely navigate the waters, etc. This results in a distortion of the map by a factor of 33 over 80 degrees of latitude. So the map you know is the funhouse mirror version of the world.
But that’s not the most messed up part. After the initial shock you can kind of get your head around the new shapes because they look close enough to the vision in your head that it doesn’t make that much of a difference. However, the makers of the Hobo-Dyer projection map…
… has even more change in mind for how we view the world. After all, there is no real reason why anyone should ever think of North as up.
I’m getting dizzy just thinking about this. Fortunately, I know exactly what to do to make it all make sense…