Maps are a traveler’s bible. Whether you prefer your maps digital, interactive, or the old-school fold up kind, we would never recommend leaving home without one. A good map gives its user logical information–directions, topography, street names…you know, the important stuff. While these maps are essential for exploring they don’t necessarily answer all your questions.
The maps you didn’t know you needed aren’t “useful” by traditional standards, but what they lack in convention they more than make up for in good design and flat-out fun.
1. Red Bull Street Art View
In a genius collaboration with Google Street View, Red Bull has put together a heat map of street art around the globe. You can click on the interactive map, view random art, or add your own. Check out San Diego for some vintage Shepard Fairey.
2. Generic Names for Soft Drinks
In an incredibly serious scientific study, Alan McConchie attempted to answer the epic “Pop vs. Soda“ conundrum. He polled some goofballs (mostly in California) and his findings became this informative map. The regional difference between calling soda “pop” (or the other way around) may be lost on non-Americans, but the quickest way to look like a foreigner is to get it wrong. Study up “Fizzy Lifting Drink” consumers.
3. 100 Years of [Movie] Set Locations
It’s not surprising that BoxOfficeQuant, a blog dedicated to statistics in film, would come up with this map. They took 2,001 films from the past 100 years and mapped their filming locations onto this handy interactive Google Map. Some of the locations will surprise you (did you know parts of the 5th Element were filmed in Republic of Mauritania?).
4. I Call Mine…
Traveling to the UK and/or in a need of some really good new euphemisms for “willy”? We thought so! Check out the new UK based site I Call Mine, a map that shows different regions of the UK and their own male-member nicknames. An ingenious advertising campaign for UK-based Lloydspharmacy, the nicknames are weird, most are incredibly naughty, and you should only click through the map if you have a high tolerance for raunchiness.