Category Archives: Africa

Mother Tongues

The National Geographic’s senior graphics editor Alberto Lucas López created this wonderful pie chart to illustrate the proportional representation of the world’s twenty three most spoken languages. López based the graphic on native speakers, with each language marked by black … Continue reading

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Really Big Books

Thanks to the British Library, bibliophiles and map geeks can now view the second largest atlas in the world online. The colossal book was a gift from Dutch merchant Johannes Klencke in 1660 to King Charles II of Great Britain. The massive … Continue reading

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All Roads Lead To Rome

University of Chicago geography major Sasha Trubetskoy created this clever metro map-styled visualization of major Roman roads circa 125 AD. Although he admits to taking some liberties with road names, it’s a brilliant idea. You can learn more about his … Continue reading

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Unforgivable

I’m usually drawn to street art that is amusing, snarky, or lyrical, but I was blown away by Cuban artist Erik Ravelo’s series “Unforgivable”. These heartbreaking images use street art to challenge  the world’s complacency, and the inaction of our … Continue reading

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How Do You Do It

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Imagine No Borders

If you are a regular follower of TBTP, you’ve likely noted that I’m a bit of a map and globe geek. The fascination probably began with a globe/lamp combination that sat on my bedside table as a young child. I’m … Continue reading

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Where Do languages Go To Die

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It’s Museum Day

Tomorrow is actually museum day. In fact May 18th is the 39th International Museum Day. More than 30,000 institutions in 120 countries around the world will be waiving admission fees and welcoming all comers for special events, shows and exhibitions. … Continue reading

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Maya Angelou : Phenomenal Woman

British singer-songwriter Laura Mvula recently released a fabulous music video of her song “Phenomenal Woman”, which is based on an amazing poem by the late, great Maya Angelou. The original poem can be found in one of my favorite Maya … Continue reading

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Painting With Light

For 2,000 years the Temple of Dendur sat on the banks of the River Nile. In 1965, the government of Egypt gifted the Temple ruins to the United States and in 1978 it was rebuilt in the Sackler Wing of … Continue reading

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