Do you know?
● The number of countries in the world in 1947, the year India became independent, was 67. The number has gone up to 176 today, with Kosovo being the latest to join the list of independent countries!
● Nearly seven metres long, an 800year-old map, the sole surviving copy of a chart used by the Roman empire’s courier service, was recently put on show briefly before being returned to storage at Austria’s National Library, where it has been since 1738!
● In 1932 when Charles O. Paulin published his monumental Atlas of the Historical Geography of the
United States, reviewers were overwhelmed by its nearly 700 maps covering seemingly every facet of the country’s social, economic and political life!
● An American physicist Dr Mark Newman at the University of Michigan, has released a world map made so that the size of each country and territory is proportional to the growth in wealth there between 1975 and 2002!
● In 2003, the Library of Congress paid $10 million to acquire the only known original copy of a 1507 world map that has been called ‘the birth certificate of America’!
● From the deep recesses of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, where even cockroaches can’t enter, priceless, irreplaceable, hand-drawn and colouful original maps circa 18th century, have been mysteriously disappearing from its vaults!
● Londoners would now be able to view the locations of the tens of thousands of skeletons that once lay hidden beneath the city streets, thanks to an e-map developed by Museum of London!
● First there was Google Earth, then Google Moon, now Google has expanded its galactic reach by launching Google Mars, a Web browser-based mapping tool that gives users an up-close, interactive view of the Red Planet with the click of a mouse!
● If you’re looking to buy yourself a GPS device, Map My India on Gramin GPS is a brilliant combination. It comes preloaded with Map My India for 401 cities and there is the provision for an SD Card to load maps for other countries or update when new maps come out!
● Unmesh Mayekar (42), a Puneite has launched ‘sadakmap.com’, a Website meant especially for newbies to Pune. The Website digitally maps the city’s nooks and corners!
● Behind every road, galli, deadend and highway in Mumbai is Abdulla Jam (65) who has made the city’s landscape his business. The Mumbai Police has trusted his maps for over 25 years now!