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    Anyone planning on mapping a 'flat earth' style map? Here is a really creative antique map:


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    Yeah that one is... original. The sad part is the date.

    The only really unusual maps I contemplated were ringworlds, those are really straight forward - you just have way too much territory to cover, even at the small sizes I was working with (Banks Orbitals with ~1100 times the Earth's surface area).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartmoss View Post
    The only really unusual maps I contemplated were ringworlds, those are really straight forward - you just have way too much territory to cover, even at the small sizes I was working with (Banks Orbitals with ~1100 times the Earth's surface area).
    Hehe. How about a 1 AU Dyson shell. ~550 million times the Earth's surface area.

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    That looks sort of like an anti-donut or the opposite of what some cosmographers see the universe as (all edges wrap around forming a donut). Kind of cool idea.
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    Reminds me a bit of a roulette wheel...
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    Obviously made by someone who hadn't ever travelled below the Equator, although still pretty inventive. Or else those poor penguins do a LOT of waddling.
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    Out of curiosity, I did a bit of digging on this one because I just couldn't believe that it wasn't a joke. Not only is it not a joke, but there are still people who believe in a flat Earth! http://theflatearthsociety.org/cms/
    How scary is that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Midgardsormr View Post
    Out of curiosity, I did a bit of digging on this one because I just couldn't believe that it wasn't a joke. Not only is it not a joke, but there are still people who believe in a flat Earth! http://theflatearthsociety.org/cms/
    How scary is that?
    No more scary than Germ Theory denialists, Creationists, Lamarkians, Geocentrists, Homeopaths, or the Anti-Vaccine movement.

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