1950s map of Germany showing places where fairy tales take place

1950s map of Germany showing places where fairy tales take place.

Included are the Pied Piper walks in Hamelin; the forest Red Riding Hood picked the flowers, where the glass box of Snow White stood; and the candy cottage that Hansel and Gretel found

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‘The other day I learned that Hansel and Gretel has roots in famines of the 1300s when kids were abandoned in the woods’–Fue_la_luna

Map of the world originally drawn in the 11th century, taken from an Arabian manuscript of Al Edrisi in the Bodleian Library - published 1800

Map of the world originally drawn in the 11th century, taken from an Arabian manuscript of Al Edrisi in the Bodleian Library - published 1800

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‘Another example of the westward-leading Nile that dumps into the Atlantic Ocean. All through Antiquity they thought it did this, but I did not realize the Arabs were in on the notion too…makes sense as they probably got all their first maps from Constantinople anyway. It is generally accepted that someone saw the Senegal River, which has a very similar look to the Nile and contains hippos, crocodiles, and other “Nile life”. Whatever the reason, on most of the old maps, the Nile reaches north to the Mediterranean but also west to the Atlantic’–SchizoidRainbow

1910 Languages of Central Europe (without borders)

1910 Languages of Central Europe (without borders)

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‘Reddish hues are Germanic languages, bluish ones are Romance, green Slavic.

The big light pink blob in the center is High German. To the north of it, darker pink, Low German and, further north and darker, Danish. The reddish hue on the border between Danish and Low German, and also in the Netherlands, is Frisian. Continuing counterclockwise you have Dutch, French, Italian; then purple is probably Friulian, which here is counted as a separate language while things like Lombardian are grouped as dialects of Italian.

Next comes Yugoslavian, including Slovenian and Bosnio-Croat-Montenegro-Serbian. Brown is Hungarian, light green is Slovakian, the green almost entirely surrounded by German is Czech, the green entirely surrounded by German is Sorbian, the green with lots of small German enclaves is Polish. The yellowish tone in the northeast is likely Lithuanian’–eukubernetes

Movements of Aboriginal populations using combined genetic and archaeological data

Movements of Aboriginal populations using combined genetic and archaeological data

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‘This is a great podcast about how the Aboriginal people passed on the memory of the sea levels rising at the end of the last ice age.

www.abc.net.au/radio/pro…

Edit for my future reference: Given the importance of living by the ocean for access to food etc. I wonder how much of Aboriginal culture has been lost a few kms off the coast’–Sys32768

Ethnolinguistic structure of eastern territories of the Kingdom of Prussia in years 1816-1831

Ethnolinguistic structure of eastern territories of the Kingdom of Prussia in years 1816-1831

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‘As for West Slavs in Pommerania, those would be Slovincians or other Pommeranian groups that hadn’t been assimilated by the 1830s.

Lithuanian minority in East Prussia was quite huge, they were the majority in the countryside around Tilsit, and Tilsit itself acted as a big Lithuanian cultural centre at the time. Lithuanian was banned in Imperial Russia, so they printed the books in Tilsit and smuggled it across the border.

And it isn’t that different than the situation just before WW1 or WW2 even, as even up to 1945, Lithuanians formed a big minority in eastern East Prussia while Polish speaking Mazurians were a large minority along the Polish border (southern East Prussia)‘–Vitaalis

Ethiopia relief map

Ethiopia relief map

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‘Fun Fact: At an elevation of 2,355m above sea level (7,726ft), Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa is the highest elevated capital city outside of South America and the fourth most elevated in the entire world.

Eritrea’s Asmara is sixth in the entire world, at 2,325m (7,628ft) above sea level’–abu_doubleu

Forest loss in Estonia from 2001–2018

Forest loss in Estonia from 2001–2018

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‘In the 1990s, a lot was cut in private forests. During the Soviet era, Estonian forest cover grew, it was cut down a little, because the local forest guards managed to tell the central government that the forest is not growing much at all in Estonia. Instead, we got bigger land improvement projects than any other in the USSR, so that this forest would start growing one day.‘noppenjuhh

Greater New York ... metropolis of mankind - by the National Geographic Society [1933]

Greater New York … metropolis of mankind - by the National Geographic Society [1933]

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‘Kinda shocked me when I learned Hudson county NJ by itself is as large as the population of Seattle.

Wonder how they took this photo back then?

Edit: Surprised me that Hudson isn’t even the largest county by population in Jersey, Bergen is at 932,202 which would put it just under Austin Texas. Certainly doesn’t feel that way though as Bergen feels like many small towns and Hudson one large city (have heard some reports that Hudson county has really terrible census returns leading to undercounts)‘–Sybertron