Okay...phew. I know that's a somewhat strange post title, but this project is fascinating and totally worth sharing, if not eloquently. The "Atlas of True Names" is a series of maps that substitutes the official names for cities, states, countries, and geographic areas with the meaning of their names in their original language....etymological topography!
You could get lost for hours inside artist Sandow Birk's hand-painted two-part series, "A Conservative Map of the World" (above) and "A Liberal Map of the World" (below). Seen in light of Birk's other work - such as "American Qu'ran," "The Depravities of War," and "The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles," these pieces become more than just humorous topography, but engaging illustrations exploring the postive and negative aspects of either viewpoint,
Redditor subtonix made a map of the United States, describing each state by a film he thought best fit.
Fantastic idea, but some of the choices are likely to offend film fans and citizens alike. It seems the creator made some pretty intentional choices to poke fun at some states. Wayne's World for Delaware? The use of Jesus Camp, twice?! And for my own home state of Ohio...I've seen Gummo, and have been to Xenia. Not even close.