Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday Google (and other) Maps Fun

If You Are A Cow Turn to the South
Scientists claim that cows and deer tend to align their bodies in a north-south direction when they are grazing. The researchers surveyed Google Earth images of 8,510 grazing and resting cattle in 308 pasture plains across the globe and found to their surprise that the animals tended to face either north or south.

Interestingly my own exhaustive study of exactly one image of elephants suggests that pachyderms tend to align their bodies in a west-east direction.

screen shot of google map satellite image of some elephants in Africa
Via: BBC

Happiness Map
happiness map
Denmark is the 'happiest place on earth' according to Adrian White's Happiness Map (pdf).

Map Making
Mapperz informs me that India has been added to Google MapMaker, which seems appropriate as I think Map Maker came out of Google's Bangalore offices.

Whilst on the subject of map making I think Google should check out the map making interface in Far Cry 2:

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