Talk:1688: Map Age Guide
Well, I have no clue how to upload the image, it just displays the title text.184.108.40.206 12:47, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
- Done. Guess the bot failed because there is a larger one when you click the image on xkcd? --Kynde (talk) 13:08, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
I feel like the title seriously lacks the word "political", there's all sorts of nice things with dating non-modern world maps. -- 220.127.116.11 13:34, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
It doesn't just cover political maps -- there is a section on telling when you are with physical maps via the presence or absence of bodies of water. In fact, there are four or five main branches: fictional maps, topographical maps, not a map, and political maps (which have two branches, based on the naming of Istanbul (was Constantinople) 18.104.22.168 13:42, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
I like how that this flow chart also describes what I've drawn22.214.171.124 14:05, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
The 1992-1996 range (top right corner) could be narrowed down further with the independence of Eritrea 1993. Am I getting something wrong or did Randall actually overlook this? :-) 126.96.36.199 14:49, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
- Or the splitting of Czechoslovakia, also in 1993... There are probably others for different time ranges, too. 188.8.131.52 16:28, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
Noone else has started work on this and I'm bored so... (feel free to reorder and/or add more detail where appropriate) Relevant Events
Is there a big lake in Southern California? (Created by Mistake) Salton Sea A previously dry lakebed accidentally flooded in 1905 while attempting to increase irrigation to the area from the Colorado River
How far East do the American Prairies reach? The Northwest Territory was incorporated in pieces ~1820s, there may be something more relavent to draw the line at Indiana though.
Is there a big lake in the middle of Ghana? (Created on Purpose) Lake Volta
The US's southern border looks Gadsden Purchase
"Buda" and "Pest" or "Budapest" Buda and Pest were originally two different cities
Does Russia Border the Sea of Japan? Russia currently borders the sea of Japan so the 1867 upper limit is because of Tokyo not existing higher in the chain. The 1858 limit is to do with the Treaty of Aigun
Rhodesia? The dates down the chain suggest this is about Rhodesia the Region not Rhodesia the Unrecognized state nor Southern Rhodesia the British Colony 184.108.40.206 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- We are talking about physical/stellite maps at this point of the chart. Incorporation is not relevant. This is about the movement or size change of the American prairies. Climate change, perhaps. Haven't found anything relevant on that, though. Maybe it is about untouched land, as in not having settlements. -- 220.127.116.11 16:05, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
Should the relevant links above be added directly to the transcript, or to a separate section? --18.104.22.168 14:29, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
- The transcript is only for faithful transcription of the comic. It exists for users who would otherwise be unable to view the regular comic, and should contain nothing but the contents of the comic. Links go in the explanation, if relevant. Davidy²²[talk] 18:56, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
Istanbul is not the capital of Turkey! (It's Ankara) 22.214.171.124 14:41, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
Maybe a better way of organizing this is chronologically, i.e., show the state of the world each year.
From the left and roughly in chronological order (only partial, might add more later):
'The Holy Roman Empire?' 1806 - Dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire by Emperor Francis II
'Do Any of These Exist?'
1867 - British North America act passed, marking Canadian independence
- Alaskan Purchase by US from Russian Empire
- Meiji Restoration (in 1869, Emperor Meiji moves to Edo, which is renamed Tokyo)
independent - 1836? 35? 34? Texas Revolution
'Florida is part of...'
'Venezuela and or Ecuador?'
1830 - Both Venezuela and Ecuador become independent as the Republic of Gran Colombia dissolves in late 1830, early 1831.
'Does Russia border the Sea of Japan?' 1858 - China cedes territory to Russia under the Treaty of Aigun, bordering the Sea of Japan (sort of? There's also the Treaty of Beijing)
'South Africa?' 1910 - the Union of South Africa created, thanks to the South Africa Act 1909 enacted by British parliament
'Buda and Pest or Budapest?' 1873 - Buda and Pest merge to become Budapest
'Is Norway part of Sweden?' 1905 - Sweden-Norway dissolved, Norway becomes an independent monarchy
'Rhodesia?' Rhodesia was named under the British South Africa Company in 1895
'Austria-Hungary?' 1918 - Austria-Hungary officially separates into Austria and Hungary
'Albania?' 1912 - Albania declares independence from the Ottoman Empire
'Leningrad?' 1924 - Petrograd (Saint Petersburg) changes its name to Leningrad
You know there are times where I suspect he's just making some of his comics intentionally hard to explain or very ambiguous just to watch us do somersaults trying to describe them and make it clear, not necessarily for this comic but definitely with some of them it just seems that way. I don't know if he does or not, or how much he even pays attention to this wiki, just a thought. Of course maybe he does just because we're prime nerd sniping material. Lackadaisical (talk) 16:00, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
I'm pretty sure 'is it larger than a breadbox' is a reference to 20 questions. 126.96.36.199 16:11, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
- From the Wikipedia page for 'Breadbox': "The most common reference to breadboxes is the phrase "Is it bigger than a breadbox?" when trying to guess what some surprise object may be. This question was popularized by Steve Allen on the American game show What's My Line? where he initially asked the question on 18 January 1953. It remains a popular question in the parlor game 20 Questions." 188.8.131.52 17:48, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
Note that it is very hard to even find Jan Mayen on an actual world map (even a political one), never mind figure out which country it belongs to. So anyone actually following these questions might (in some cases) get derailed fairly easily. 184.108.40.206 18:20, 1 June 2016 (UTC)