2256: Bad Map Projection: South America

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Bad Map Projection: South America
The projection does a good job preserving both distance and azimuth, at the cost of really exaggerating how many South Americas there are.
Title text: The projection does a good job preserving both distance and azimuth, at the cost of really exaggerating how many South Americas there are.


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The comic shows a map projection, a favorite topic of Randall's, where every continent has just been replaced with a differently scaled and rotated South America. It is likely in reference to the bad map designs in which continents like Africa and South America have been swapped, or where someone will jokingly replace Greenland with South America. The subtitle of this comic is a reference to the Captain Crunch cereal type that became a meme, Oops, All Berries.


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Bad Map Projection: South America
[A map of the world, but every landmass has been replaced with South America, rotated and resized to roughly match the real landmasses they represent]
[Caption below the map:]
Bad Map Projection #358: Oops, all South Americas!
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I overlaid this map on all the projections in https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/977:_Map_Projections to show the difference. Is that something this wiki wants? EmuSam (talk) 05:54, 17 January 2020 (UTC)

I don't know about the rest of the wiki, but I certainly do! --User:T0 (talk) 10:40, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
Heck yeah that's awesome! 13:48, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
I'm gonna venture out on a limb here in my toe-shoes and say that those of us reading the comments on the explain-XKCD wiki will geek our Azimov socks off over that. Iggynelix (talk) 13:59, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
Huwah, want? I clicked the link above with high hopes :x How did you not upload it yet :D 15:40, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
yes, please! WhiteDragon (talk) 22:05, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
What amuses me: Since you have the first comment, the wiki doesn't know how to show your picture on my iPad's Safari, so the bottom lines up with your comment and extends UP into the explanation, overlaid by the links for adding a comment etc. LOL! And I agree, totally fitting to include here. NiceGuy1 (talk) 08:08, 18 January 2020 (UTC)
I put the GIMP file here for anyone else to play with. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QIJJNCaEICZ_8ozxpgRjTPjUECykWDjL/view?usp=sharing EmuSam (talk) 22:16, 18 January 2020 (UTC)

How many different kinds of transformation have been applied to South America? I can see resize, rotation, and skew (shear). Can't see any reflections or anything that looks obviously non linear. Anyone care enough to check? 08:02, 17 January 2020 (UTC)

Not an expert on the terminologies used, especially in English. Does what has been done to the south America that is where Australia should be qualify as resize? It is not maintaining the aspect ratios, and is much "shorter" in the direction that used to be north-south (the way chile is "long") (and is now east west) and much wider in the other one. --Lupo (talk) 08:17, 17 January 2020 (UTC)

My God. It's full of South Americas Cosumel (talk) 20:30, 18 January 2020 (UTC)

Note: 358 is country code for finland, which is completely missing in the projection. (talk) 08:11, 17 January 2020 (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Finland is part of Europe and Asia continent, which is now South America. It is thus not more missing thatn any country not in South America. --Kynde (talk) 13:43, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
How do you know? If Scandinavia was actually an island, separated from Europe by a strait running between the Baltic Sea and the Arctic Ocean, that was always covered by ice, would anyone have discovered it yet? 00:48, 19 January 2020 (UTC)

Something something a Brazilian South Americas how many is that Cellocgw (talk) 12:19, 17 January 2020 (UTC)

It's also similar to 1653: United States Map, isn't it? Nedlum (talk) 15:47, 17 January 2020 (UTC)

No it is not similar but it is somewhat related. But there is all the states that are moved around, not one state that makes up all of USA. But take Collorado and make it small enough and you can build anything with that square state. :-) I think this one is closer related: 1500: Upside-Down Map. But I have added both to the explanation for reference. --Kynde (talk) 23:38, 17 January 2020 (UTC)

I wonder what projection the South America is pulled from. I also wonder whether that projection has the rest of the world laid out similar to this arraignment, or if they are the same projection used for layout as for the shape. 17:39, 17 January 2020 (UTC)

Wait a minute. If Tierra del Fuego is replaced by the whole of South America, does this include a tiny Tierra? 20:42, 17 January 2020 (UTC)

Yes, there is clearly a small bend in the "tip" of the SA replacing Tierra. --Lupo (talk) 20:56, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
So many layers :-) --Kynde (talk) 23:38, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
"Further upsouth and further in!" 17:05, 18 January 2020 (UTC)

Reckon the twoislands west of sulawesi are actually representing the two separate countries that make up the island of New Guinea ... there are indonesian islands between sulawesi and irian jaya but they are relatively small. Plu irian jaya kind of looks like SA Boatster (talk) 21:30, 18 January 2020 (UTC)

I used https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_islands_by_area to make up the list. I think New Guinea is only one SA as all the others are a single SA to a single island or continent, including not separating Europe and Asia. EmuSam (talk) 22:16, 18 January 2020 (UTC)

Was South America chosen because its shape is the ur-geography, sort of a platonic land solid?