Jabberwocky for 2004 November 30 (entry 0)

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[Comments] (3) Mercator Projection: Sumana is all upset about the Mercator Projection. I must confess I have been irritated by it for years. Even when I was a kid, I disapproved of the warpage of continentage, and later when I happened to see a map of the world in a Russian geography text, it occurred to me that the Mercator Projection is just plain chauvinistic.

No wonder the rest of the world hates Americans. We think even the map centers on us, us, us.

In good news, the Supreme Court has refused to review the Massachusetts gay marriage law.

I think I would like to be a Supreme Court justice. Then I could decide the way it is and the way it's gonna be and people would take me seriously. Let's start with the Mercator Projection.


Posted by John at Tue Nov 30 2004 11:02

In China (which means middle, or center, kingdom, anyway), China is in the middle of the map. It's always a balance between pride in your country and superiority complexes I suppose.

Posted by Susie at Tue Nov 30 2004 14:04

Australian maps are like that too.

Posted by Rachel at Tue Nov 30 2004 14:43

I looked at the encuclopedia link and its entirley too scientific for me. What's chauvinistic about it?

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