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“All flat maps of the US are lies!” exclaimed Lijemo. “I mean, don’t these people realize that it’s impossible to make an acurate flat representation of a curved surface? Rivers change course, mountains are growing and erodeing, and don’t even get me started on changing town and county boundaries. Besides, some of these maps have less than 50 meter accuracy in the placement of roads. They are lying to their customers!”

“You bet they are,” chimed in Fuzzybunny. ” I’ve spent hours looking for the gigantic ‘M’ that’s supposed to be near the immense yellow dotted line crossing through my town.”

Wilsurf surf spake: “Brings to mind this passage from Lewis Carroll, 1897:”

“That’s another thing we’ve learned from your Nation,” said Mein Herr, “map-making. But we’ve carried it much further than you. What do you consider the largest map that would be really useful?”

“About six inches to the mile.”

“”Only six inches!”exclaimed Mein Herr. “We very soon got to six yards to the mile. Then we tried a hundred yards to the mile. And then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to the mile!”

“Have you used it much?” I enquired.

“It has never been spread out, yet,” said Mein Herr: “the farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country, and shut out the sunlight! So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well.

“For every complex problem, there is an answer which is short, simple and wrong.” -H.L. Mencken

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