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These 20 Shocking Maps Will Make You Question the World

Picture of Luke Abrahams
Social Content Editor
Updated: 5 October 2017
Ever wondered where the world’s hairiest men live? Which country has the most McDonald’s outlets? Or, what the most popular country in the world is to visit? Want all the answers? Take a look at these mind-blowing maps below.

This map shows which countries don’t use the metric system…

Via Wikimedia Commons
Via Wikimedia Commons | © Wikimedia Commons

This map shows you the beef between instant and fresh-coffee snobs…

Via Euro Monitor Research
Via Euro Monitor Research | © Euromonitor, a market research provider

This map shows you where the hairiest men in the world live…

Via American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Via American Journal of Physical Anthropology | © Undress 006/Wikimedia

This map shows you the number of McDonald’s outlets across the planet…

Via Imgur
Via Imgur | oozabooza/imgur

This clever GIF shows you global internet usage based on time of day…

Via Reddit
Via Reddit | D3cker/Reddit

This map shows you where most of the world’s researchers live…

Via Reddit
Via Reddit | © ChartsBin

This 😱 map shows you the 7,000(!) rivers that feed into the Mississippi…

Via Reddit
Via Reddit | Chris Kirk/Slate

This map shows you the most popular countries in the world (shout-out to France!)…

Via Movehub.com
Via Movehub.com | © Movehub.com

This map shows that America imprisons more people than any other country in the world…

Jan van der Weijst
Jan van der Weijst

This map reveals all the ‘black holes’ of Internet censorship…

This very colourful map shows you all the major earthquakes the planet has endured since 1898…

Via Imgur
Via Imgur | © Live Science

This map shows the contiguous United States overlaid on the moon…

This map shows that Spain has the highest divorce rate in the world…

Via Imgur
Via Imgur | system637/Reddit

Here’s a ‘Flag Map’ of the world…

This map has since been updated | © andrewfahmy/Reddit
This map has since been updated | © andrewfahmy/Reddit

This map shows you all the major rivers in the United States…

This map shows you where 2% of Australia’s population lives…

Via Reddit
Via Reddit | e8odie/Reddit

This map shows you the highest-paid employees in each US state (let’s all be football coaches)…

This map shows you the longest possible straight line you can sail on earth (Pakistan to the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia – a whopping 20,000 miles!)…

This map shows the literal Chinese translations for European country names…

Via haohaoreport.com
Via haohaoreport.com | Futhington/imgur

And finally, this map shows you what the world would look like if it were upside down…

Via nnm.me
Via nnm.me | nnm.me

Want more awesome maps? Check out these very revealing maps of Europe!