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Geography Grapevine's Atlas History

The Long Way to Madagascar

Africa’s largest island is located 260 miles off its Eastern coast, but its first settlers took the scenic route.

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Geography Grapevine's Atlas History

Cartographic Conquest

The Central American (almost) war caused by Google Maps.

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Geography Grapevine's Atlas History International Politics

Gross National Happiness

What can we learn from the “world’s happiest country”?

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Geography History

No Man’s Land

There’s a territory between Egypt and Sudan that no one wants. Can I have it?

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Geography History

Death from Below

What killed 1,746 people at a Cameroonian lake in 1986?

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Geography History Language

Ye Olde Thorn

How one forgotten letter (barely) changed the English language forever.

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Geography

China’s Counterfeit Cities

China has a reputation for producing counterfeit technology, fashion, and Starbucks. Then there’s fake Paris.

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Geography History

844,000 Feet Under the Sea

A brief history of the Dutch pastime of telling the ocean to fuck off.

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Christmas Culture Geography

Catalonia’s Coprophilic Christmas

Every Christmas, Catalonia prides itself on being fun, festive, and full of shit.

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Geography History

Minnesota’s Flag is Bad. Let’s Change it.

Minnesota’s state flag is bad. It’s simultaneously unremarkable and cluttered, ridiculously complex and altogether unrecognizable. Can we get rid of it?