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This is a map of the world.


And this is a map of the world where countries are scaled to show them reflected as international tourist destinations.

Western Europe gets almost 50% of the worlds international tourism, yes there are a lot of countries close together here which helps but i still find it surprising.

I find it odd just how big a deal the UK is on the tourism map too. Yes, we have a lot of culture and history, but the weather is shit isnt it?


See if you can figure out what that represents. The answer, and 15 other maps are here.

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Aye. Its mad that the balance of nuclear power is held by so few countries. Its a very good thing of course, 8 nations with the bomb is 8 too many. You know the map wont look like that in 20-30 years though. :(

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First we* got the bomb and that was good

Cause we love peace and motherhood.

Then Russia got the bomb, but that's OK

Cause the balance of power's maintained that way

Who's next?

France got the bomb, but don't you grieve

Cause they're on our side, I believe

China got the bomb, but have no fear

They can't wipe us out for at least five years

Who's next?

Then Indonesia said that they

Were gonna get one any day

South Africa wants two, that's right

One for the black and one for the white

Who's next?

Egypt's gonna get one too

Just to use on you-know-who

So Israel's getting tense

Wants one in self-defense

"The Lord's our shepherd," says the Psalm

But just in case, we better get the bomb

Luxembourg is next to go

And who knows, maybe Monaco

We'll try to stay serene and calm

When Alabama gets the bomb

Who's next...

-- Tom Lehrer, 1965

*: From a video I saw of Mr. Lehrer performing this on the BBC, "we" refers collectively to the USA and UK...

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