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We Have Been Misled By An Erroneous Map Of The World For 500 Years - Video-

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- 1915 days ago -
It was featured in "The West Wing," but map dishonesty is anything but fictional. Check out this clip to get an accurate look at the size of Africa.


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Kit B (276)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 8:37 am

Video from Up Worthy uses a segment from the"West Wing" for a simple explanation about why and how the Mercator Maps are wrong, highly misleading and must be changed.

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 12:58 pm
I LOVED that episode of West Wing!! It freaked me out too! Goddess I miss that series!!:)

Michela M (3964)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 2:22 pm
VERY interesting!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks!!

Nimue Michelle P (339)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 6:27 pm
Ok. Noted.

Kit B (276)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 6:40 pm

Consider that this issue has been talked about in universities for many years and still we cling to those old Mercator maps. I have talked with parents of students that actually believed that Hawaii and Alaska are in the area of the Chihuahuan desert of Mexico. Why shouldn't they many maps show it as such.

Janis K (129)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 7:19 pm

JL A (281)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 7:33 pm
A good example of a picture being worth a thousand words (give or take a couple hundred or million square miles).

Shailja Mukhtyar (90)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 8:10 pm
is this for real?? western maps make them look larger, and africa smaller???
how big is mexico? how big Is India?? &

how small is the Queens current kingdom, who boasted, the sun never set on the British Empire??

Kit B (276)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 8:17 pm

The map attached to this article shows how many countries could fit into the space of Africa.

Graphic shows Africa is as big as 13 nations and Eastern Europe
The continent is more than 30m sq km, but this is not reflected in standard Mercator maps
Biggest nation in terms of landmass is Russia, at more than 17m sq ft

Read more:

Kit B (276)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 8:23 pm

I wish the pictures we post with an article were still large enough for the reader to see. The map with this article was intentional so that size could be put into perspective.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 20, 2013, 1:18 am
I'm not certain how the new map changes anything, the proportions are the same, you just excluded Canada, South America, Central America, Australia, the Middle East and Western Europe. Then the countries have been arranged in it.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 20, 2013, 1:35 am
Important post. Thanks.

. (0)
Friday December 20, 2013, 1:55 am
Thanks, Kit. I'd heard of this but the video and map of Africa showing relative size are really clear.

Kerrie G (116)
Friday December 20, 2013, 4:35 am
Noted, thanks.

. (0)
Friday December 20, 2013, 7:05 am
Great video, Kit. Thanks for sharing.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday December 20, 2013, 7:15 am
I'd learned about this a long time ago but is good to see this exposure on here. As John Trudell has said, we can "believe" or we can "think".......there are many things that we need to re-think.

. (0)
Friday December 20, 2013, 10:28 am

Thoms B (1)
Friday December 20, 2013, 12:36 pm
I am officially freaked out.

Colleen L (3)
Friday December 20, 2013, 12:59 pm
Interesting. Thanks Kit

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday December 20, 2013, 1:07 pm
Great post Kit--again.

Birgit W (160)
Friday December 20, 2013, 1:14 pm
I am surprised with all our satellites watching us from above. I love the comparison with the other countries. Thank you.

Syd H (0)
Friday December 20, 2013, 3:39 pm
There is of course one quite major problem with the silly suggestion that AFRICA is a country, which anyone with an IQ above 10 should be well aware of. Africa, is a Continent which contains many different countries, such as Kenya, Nigeria, Algeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Congo, etc.
It is no different to America which again is a continent not a country and contains Canada, the United States, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Brazil and lots of other individual nations.
The Mercator maps are actually quite accurate, as they clearly show the six generally accepted continents which are Africa, America, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, and Europe, along with the various Countries which occupy the land mass of those continents. Although there is some slight dispute in so far as some geographers believe there are only 5, while others refer to there being 7 or possibly even 8.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Friday December 20, 2013, 4:05 pm
I believe North America and South America are considered separate continents.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Friday December 20, 2013, 4:15 pm
This kind of reminds me of a study of how we perceive people's heights when we don't see them in person. Who is widely thought to be taller than they are, and who is widely thought to be shorter than they are. The only actual name I remember was Julia Child, who was never thought to be the a-little-over-six-feet that she in fact is. Was.

Kamia T (89)
Friday December 20, 2013, 6:02 pm
Whoa - my brain is now swimming! Imagine how many other things we've taken as truth during our schooling that aren't -- well, actually we all know that much of history is skewed towards whomever wants to support whatever, but now I'm wondering what, if anything, can be reliably believed. Great post!

Patsy Olive (0)
Friday December 20, 2013, 6:46 pm
Noted signed & tweeted. thanks.

Angelika R (143)
Friday December 20, 2013, 10:47 pm
Hooray - I'm a LYBIAN :-)) now that's what i call some real fascinating stuff!! - you kit us not, eh?;)

Patricia N (9)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 1:35 am
Interesting but I'm sure if someone compared the square miles of Africa to other continents they could figure it all out by themselves.

Thomas M (8)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 6:44 am
Most Americans would fail a general geography test of the world. Mercator maps don't help with truth.

Marianne R (94)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 7:25 am
A picture is worth a thousand words. Thanks, Kit

Kit B (276)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 7:53 am

Africa is not a country, and I hope everyone here would know that. The purpose is to show the size correlations, not to turn your world upside down. Continents are described geographically by tectonic plates; Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 8:04 am
I couldn't agree more with Thomas M -at least his first sentence !!

Angelika R (143)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 8:08 am
Would you know that back in elementary school WE/ I actually still learned FIVE continents (counting America as one and not including Antarctica)

Angelika R (143)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 8:14 am
..and btw- if you weren't "fit" in geography you would not have even made it out of elementary ;-) -!!

marie C (163)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 10:21 am
Thanks Kit

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 1:03 pm
Much, MUCH more than 500yrs ago we were misled by a map of the solar system revolving around the earth.

We got over that too.

Alan Lambert (91)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 1:31 pm
The "Sun never set" because of India, Canada, Australia and the UK and all but India are still in the Commonwealth, so the Queen is still nominal "Head of State"

ewoud k (68)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 4:36 pm
The problem of representing a globe on a two-dimensional flat piece of paper.

Take a look at a globe, and it becomes clear.

Thanks for posting, always good to be reminded of the things we tend to forget, or consider unimportant.

MmAway M (522)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 7:53 pm
Sigh Politics~ Is any Map Correct lately????

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 4:41 am
Thank you.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 7:49 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 12:38 pm
Thats an eye opener!
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