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US Cities Quiz

How many US Cities can you name? What if I gave you as much time as you wanted or needed? Still can’t name any? Here, I’ll give you a hint:

As the caption says, there are 250 cities represented there. Surely the dots around the country will help you remember some names.

Ok, still not sure, – just put in colors. You’d be surprised at how many cities are names after colors!

Anyway, if you’d like to play this game for yourself, head on over here. There are other versions for Europe and Asia, but I didn’t even bother with those.

I found this quiz while cruising around YouTube one evening. I watched a minute or two of this British guy, then decided I wanted to I watched him.

I like his style going state by state. There’s a bunch that missed in some of his states.

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3D Wooden Topographic Map of the US

Wooden USA

redditor noahhl has spent in his estimate, 200 hours, building this scale model of the 50 States of America out of wood.  Did I mention it’s a topographic map?  Yea, he set up his CNC machine to cut out the mountains and valleys of the states.  The 50 states are represented by 15 different wood species.  It would have been too difficult and expensive to get each state’s official tree represented, but it would have been cooler I bet.

Here you can see the progress on Idaho:

Idaho Progress

The scaling is magnified by about 4x.  This is because in reality, the earth is pretty flat, and it’s hard to see height.  He thinks 4x is too tall and the peaks look too pointy.  Maybe it looks worse in real life, but I like the way the photos show the states.  Maybe individually, states look bad, but as a whole, it looks pretty good.

Here’s a rapid fire view of all the states:

Rapid Fire States

Here are two imgur albums you can browse through to see all the steps:

Album 1 | Album 2


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Real Time Lightning

Real Time Lightning

Everything happens in Real Time.  Just not everything is visible to humans in real time.  Especially when it spans the entry Country.  Luckily, this is where technology comes into play.  That and $200 of your own DIY money.  You can set up a simple system that will be used to detect lightning strikes across the world.  You can even view a map of the world and have real time lightning strikes pop up.  I like it.  I might see what’s involved in setting up my own detector.  But installing it on some property far away from where I actually live, naturally.

If you want to get involved, you can give them your email address and they’ll send you some information on what you need to buy and how to set it up.


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In Case You Get Lost

Lots of posts this month about getting lost, or mazes, and things like that.  It seems like April is just that kind of month doesn’t it?

Did you know that there are giant concrete arrows all in a line across the country?

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In the early 1900s, air travel wasn’t what it is now (or even what it would become in 30 years).  It was dangerous, and primitive, and slow.  But it was still the fastest way to get mail from New York to San Francisco.  So after WW2, the surplus air planes that survived, and the pilots that flew them took up jobs with the US Postal Service flying mail across the country.  This was before the times of Google Maps, before every kid had a globe in their class room, or even a well detailed map of the state they were in.  It was hard, bordering on impossible to fly in an accurate route across the country.

So, the US government installed giant concrete arrows along with 5 story light house lookout towers along the main air mail routes.  The towers were visible for miles around, and helped guide the pilots along the thousands of miles of flying they had to do.

Air Mail Map

With the advent of radio in the 1940s, and then the jet age, and commercial planes flying more and more, these became less necessary.  Actually, most of the towers were dismantled and used for scrap for the WW2 War effort.  But the arrows themselves are still in the ground in some places, and you can follow them if you choose.

I wonder now, in 2,000 years if America is no more, what the future inhabitants of the land will think of these arrows.  They will be America’s Stonehenge, no one will know for sure, but lots of theories.

{Messynessy Chic}

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Europeans Hate Each Other

Watch as 1000 years of European borders change (timelapse map) from Nick Mironenko on Vimeo.

Europe prides itself with its multi-thousand year history.  They laugh at Americans when we say our neighborhood is old at 100 years, they have special rocks that can reliably be traced back a few thousand years.  However, they hate each other.

As the above video can show in 3  minutes what no high school history class could ever get across.  The many border changes and invasions of countries by other countries of Europe over the last 1,000 years.  You just can’t get those drastic border changes without hating your neighbors, and wanting to invade them.

It’s much easier to get a sense of how big the various Empires are by watching them expand across borders, and then contract.  You just can’t get that by reading a book.

{Viral Forest}

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Read The Stumbles

Some came from Sumble, some came from Reddit, let’s just bask in the glory that are the wrong internet pics.  There’s quite a collection this time around, it takes longer to collect them because I don’t get to spend hours and days on Stumbleupon anymore, just an hour or so a week before I go to bed.  It doesn’t keep me up as late anymore either.  My how the times have changed.

What hasn’t changed is the wrongness, and humor you can find doing it.  So weather it’s through stumbleupon, or reddit, here below are some internet pictures to enjoy:

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Google Road Trip

You know, that is a pretty perfect way to display just how impressive Google Street View actually is.   I kinda want to do that to a room now, I have the projectors, just not the wall space.  Also, I don’t think that it would work well with anything but Street view, and as much as I want to go on a road trip down some random streets in the country, I don’t really want to at the same time, unless I’m doing the actual driving, because that’s more fun.  And you don’t look like that much of an idiot rocking out to your music while you drive.  Also, red lights take too long this way.

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The King of Stumbles

Partly because of the first picture below, and partly because I am in love with Sara Bareilles’ song King of Anything which I am embedding below because I can.

I think you will find that video excellent, and if you don’t whatever.  Anyway, below you will find the standard fare of awesome and wrong internet pictures I’ve found while stumbling around the internet.  There is a new contender for “worst picture ever.”  There is also some pretty extra lame jokes that made me laugh.   And there is a great ending photo that you will all love, if you don’t love it you are wrong and should rethink your loving of that last photo and get back to me.

Also, for those who care, this post was on: [20]10, 11/12 & 13:14

Anyway, end rambling, start stumbling…

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Giant LEGO stuff

Some enterprising young lads have decided to make a relief map of Europe out of LEGOs.  This is awesome.  There’s tons of pictures after the jump because I want to keep the front page of the blog less then 100000000 pixles long, and keep the loading times down too.  So click the jump, or if you’re reading this in your feeds, just ignore this sentence and continue on you’re merry way.

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It’s been long overdue or something, but here is the latest in what could be a long awaited list of wrong stumbles around the internets.  As always its full of the usual memes, gifs, Nazis, 4chan, motivationals, and other general internet shenanigans.  I could write some more, but I am electing to just go ahead and move onto the finals so now:

Get motivated!