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Europe According to the United States of AmericaFrank Jacobs knows maps, and on his Strange Maps blog he’s posted more than a few good spins on the atlas.

His posts range from from a serious investigation into The Shotgun Tracts of the Lower Mississippi to enlightening twists such as his popular US States Renamed For Countries With Similar GDPs.

And the Europe as Seen by Americans map displayed above–that’s his too (click on the map to enlarge).

That map is from a recent post where Jacobs takes several more worthwhile and hillarious looks at Europe:

In the kaleidoscope of cultures that is Europe, no matter from where you look at it, you’re always surrounded by ‘the Other’. It takes but a few small steps thence to paranoia, xenophobia, and worse. I remember speaking to a European about the neighbouring ethnicity, literally living up the road. “Oh yes, but they’re all racists,” she said, apparently undefeated by her own logic.

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