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Maphead by Ken Jennings
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Jan 01, 12

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This is Ken Jennings description of his fascination and love for maps. He goes out and interviews a number of different groups of people with the same fascination in different guises: Old map dealers, geocachers, people who collect places they have visited (e.g. people who have visited the highest point in all 50 states), etc. He also talks about the state of geography education, and how our use of maps is changing with the advent of GPS. One sad anecdote is of a Florida professor who lost his job over a quiz he gave his students which demonstrated their poor knowledge of geography.

One think I still cannot understand: How did anyone ever find the incredibly remote triple island in the Canadian Arctic that he mentions near the beginning?

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