“Bob Dylan’s World”
Every place Bob Dylan ever sang about, from Oxford Town to Mozambique.
“My Kind of Town, Stink Onions”
Cartographers Stephan Hormes and Silke Peust labeled each state and city on this U.S. map with the literal meaning of its name, showing that some etymologies are best left forgotten.
“The 7,000 Streams That Become the Mississippi River”
The map, generated with an online tool released by the Department of the Interior, highlights thousands of streams that drain into the Mississippi River and serves as a disturbing reminder that the Mississippi River is like a nationwide public pool.
“Can You Name These Cities by Their Starbucks Locations?”
Is the ubiquitous coffee franchise Starbucks now so widespread that you can recognize a city based on the pattern of its coffeehouses? Pack your pumpkin spice lattes; we’re going on an adventure around the world!
“Can You Solve Slate’s Gerrymandering Jigsaw Puzzle?”
Slate’s Gerrymander Jigsaw Puzzle challenges you to put the pieces of heavily gerrymandered states—such as Florida, Pennsylvania, and Maryland—back together again. It’s harder than it probably should be.
“A Big, Beautiful Midcentury Map Celebrating American Folklore”
This 1946 illustrated map featured in The Vault showcases national folk story figures, such as Buffalo Bill, Paul Bunyan, General Custard, the “Celebrated Jumping Frog,” and … Mormons.
“This Amazing Map Shows Every Person in America”
A researcher at the University of Virginia used 2010 census data to plot each person as a dot and color each according to race, forming a detailed racial geography of the country that shows that de facto segregation continues.
“Here Be Duck Trees and Sea Swine”
Before this new Godzilla trailer, there was this annotated Renaissance-era map of nautical nightmares, which look just as terrifying as the supposed King of Monsters.
“The United Sports of America”
In the map that launched a thousand bar-room arguments, Josh Levin definitively declared every state’s official sport. To start, let’s assume hot-air ballooning and skateboarding are sports.
“A Lovely 1896 Cyclists' Map of California Offered Advice to Intrepid Riders”
This map of the bike routes of Gilded Age California portrays an era when the biggest threats to bikers were “very poor, mountainous” roads instead of taxicabs.
“Every John F. Kennedy Street, Park, Airport, and School in the World”
This map of places named for John F. Kennedy across the world reveals the international influence of the president and captures the fixation Europeans had with naming roads after him.
See more of Slate’s maps.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Right Target
Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.
The NFL Has No Business Punishing Players for Off-Field Conduct. Leave That to the Teams.
Meet the Allies the U.S. Won’t Admit It Needs in Its Fight Against ISIS
I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights
Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.
Should You Recline Your Seat? Two Economists Weigh In.
How to Stop Ebola
Survivors might be immune. Let’s recruit them to care for the infected.
- School District Wants to Censor American History Curriculum to Make It More Patriotic
- U.S. Federal Prison Population Drops for the First Time in Decades
- Conservative Star D’Souza Avoids Jail Time for Illegal Campaign Contributions
- Moderate Chinese Intellectual Sentenced to Life in Prison After Show Trial
America in Africa
The tragic, misunderstood history of Liberia—and why the United States has a special obligation to help it fight the Ebola epidemic.