Day 221 – Two quite interesting maps from Reddit

Here are two maps I found on Reddit. I thought that they were quite interesting.

This first one shows you what you can see from the summit of Mount Everest.

It’s incredibly dangerous to try to scale Mount Everest: 4% of people trying to get to the top don’t come back. Because they die. And for what? Trying to find out what they can see from the top.

Er… you’re looking at what you can see from the top. Right here.

And you’re safe. Safe.

Here’s the other map.

This one is a bit more personal, because it includes Cape Agulhas. I’ve never climbed Mount Everest, but I have been to Cape Agulhas. I was there yesterday.
It’s worth noting that more than 96% of the people who go to Cape Agulhas come back. Another feather in the… er… “Cap” for the bottom of Africa.

These green lines mark the major shipping routes for the world, and you can see why we get to see so many boats going past the cottage.

Most of the stuff we see goes from Brazil to China and back again, which fits with this map.

I have no reason to believe that it is inaccurate.

I have no idea about the Mount Everest one.

Literally every goat in the United States

Yes. You read right.
Literally every last one.


TIL: There are very few goats in Alaska.

America’s goat population is heavily concentrated in the Southwest, Texas in particular. Nearly 80 percent of America’s goats are raised for meat. Sixteen percent are raised for milk, with the remaining 6 percent is comprised of Angora goats raised for mohair.

Now we know (that there are 102% of goats in the USA).

More here.

Crap maps

I know I said yesterday that I’m not taking sides in the whole phone war thing, but in another Apple-related development, they have dropped Google Maps and gone solo in their new iOS6 update.

Big decision, and possibly a little bit too soon as well. There are errors.

Many errors.

The internet can be very unforgiving when it comes to this sort of thing. Hence the appearance of this tumblr which is documenting the errors regularly and hilariously.

Well worth a visit during your tea break – or, if you have a particularly lenient or unobservant boss – now.