Map Monday and a little humour (humor) all rolled into one

I haven’t quite landed on the theme for my next “serious” Map Monday, and while I was pondering this deep question it dawned on me that perhaps there are some jokes or cartoons floating around social media about maps. Or at least some fun maps. Lo and behold, I did find a very few jokes for your possible amusement (although most of them were too pathetic to even consider) … or maybe groans. Or some of each. Let’s give it a try.


Got a bizarre email this morning, explaining how to read maps backwards.

It was spam.


TEACHER: George go to the map and find North America.

George: Here is it!

TEACHER: Correct! now, class, who discovered North America?

Class: George!


A helicopter with a pilot and a passenger was flying around above a large city when a malfunction disabled all of its navigation and communications equipment.

Due to the darkness and haze, the pilot could not determine the helicopter’s position and course to get to their destination.

The pilot saw a tall building with a few lights on and flew towards it. The pilot had the passenger draw a handwritten sign reading “WHERE AM I?” and hold it up for the building’s occupants to see.

People in the building quickly responded to the aircraft; they drew a large sign, and held it in a building window. It said, “YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER.”

The pilot smiled, waved, looked at his map, determined the course to their destination, and landed safely a few minutes later.

Once they were on the ground, the passenger, still baffled, asked the pilot how the “YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER” sign could possibly have helped determine their position.

The pilot responded, “Well, I knew that could only be the Microsoft support building, since they gave me a technically correct but otherwise useless answer.”


All groans, right? And those are the only three I thought were worth sharing! Sorry, I couldn’t find any really good map-related jokes. Let’s see if some fun maps are any better. (As usual, you can click on any of the maps to see more detail.)

What do you suppose mad cow disease and desire to leave the EU can possibly have in common?!

We all know that the U.S. stands out in many ways. Here are two stellar examples.

There are lots of interesting maps showing various facts about animals (non-human ones, that is). Here’s a very small sample.

This map follows the journey of an Arctic Fox who was tracked walking from Norway to Canada in 2018. Wow, talk about endurance.


Here’s a map providing insight as how best to avoid bear attacks.

And a map that shows how many kangaroos there are to humans in each part of Australia. By my calculations from the numbers on this map there are nearly 2 kangaroos for every person. Kangaroos: 45.15 million, humans: 25.25 million.

Whie we’re stopping in Australia, it seems that the shape of that fair land stirs the creative juices of some map “artists”.

And finally, 3 simple maps that offer slightly unusual perspectives on our world and how we might think about it. 😉


OK, you can stop groaning now! 🙂

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35 Responses to Map Monday and a little humour (humor) all rolled into one

  1. Actually, I giggled quite a bit, especially with the first two jokes. Are the maps about Brexit and Mad-Cow jokes? If not, fascinating.

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  2. Deb says:

    Fun way to start the morning Jane and great for not making my brain work too hard this early!

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  3. heimdalco says:

    I LOVE it … & the laughter. I admit to finding the helicopter one very funny. I especially love the Bear Map, which made me laugh out loud. AND being an ailurophile since birth so I especially enjoyed the cat-referenced maps. Thanks for starting this week off with fun stuff.

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  4. Thanks for my morning smiles (and chuckles), Jane!


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  5. Rose says:

    …“technically correct but otherwise useless answer” LOL loved the helicopter one, and the bear attack map. And the month/day/year format drives me crazy, even though I’m American. The year/month/day arrangement makes far more sense to me.

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  6. Anne Rimmer says:

    In New Zealand when I was growing up we had, I think, 10 chickens & 6 sheep per human. It’s a lot less sheep now, & more humans. I don’t know about the number of chooks but they are now all free-range, not caged.

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      That was a LOT of sheep and chickens, Anne! Very impressive that all the chickens in NZ (I had to look up ‘chooks’ to make sure it wasn’t a typo!) are free-range. Leading the world yet again.


  7. Wynne Leon says:

    Ha, ha. It seems fitting that SPAM is maps backwards since they are opposites of a sort.

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  8. Kevin says:

    The Arctic Fox is impressive, but the cat nap, sorry I mean map made me paws for a laugh. 😸

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  9. Victoria says:

    Ohhhh….loved all of this…but the variations on a ‘northerly’ theme for the map of Antarctica was too much. North again! Still North? 🤣🤣🤣 Such a delight with my afternoon tea…the break I needed, Jane! 😘

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  10. Good smiley Monday here – thank you! Cat/dog map I like, although at school it was described as a lion & a rabbit. Microsoft one takes some beating. Fancy finding that many map jokes!!!! Mad cows & Brexit Leavers… yes!!!

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  11. LA says:


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  12. Thanks for a healthy start to the week.

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  13. Lookoom says:

    I smiled from the beginning, it’s good to put humour on the map 🙂

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  14. My fave is the cat map.

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  15. Love The World is a Cat. Hilarious 🙂

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  16. Roy McCarthy says:

    Haha, though the Mad Cow/Brexit one might be interesting if done accurately 🙂 And I imagine that some schools still go on about who discovered N America. As if the communities there were just waiting to be found instead of just going about their business.

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      I think more schools in the US continue to teach that Columbus “discovered” “America” than not, regardless of the truth being out. Thanks for highlighting the misuse of the word “discover”, as well as the completely erroneous belief that Columbus ever stepped foot in what Americans call “America”. In fact, this is the focus of my next more serious Map Monday. One of me bugbears! 😊

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