How the World Map Looks Wildly Different Than You Think

How the World Map Looks Wildly Different Than You Think


The map of the world
is a lot stranger than you think it is,
especially this map. You’ve probably seen it a lot in
classrooms or office buildings. But this map is extremely,
very badly wrong. As we can all hopefully agree
upon, the Earth is a sphere. And that means that it is
impossible to accurately depict her surface on a
two-dimensional map. This particular common map is
called the Mercator Projection. And if you’d like to experiment
with countries for yourself, please go to this website
called TheTrueSize.com after this video to see
what I’m talking about. Let’s take the US state
of Wyoming as an example. Under the assumption
that Wyoming is actually a real place and not a
land full of tumbleweeds with a population less
than downtown Baltimore, this example will
work perfectly because of the state’s square shape. As we stack one unit of
Wyoming on top of each other, we get more and more distorted
as we approach the North Pole, to the point where we
don’t even really recognize it’s familiar,
boring shape anymore. When we move our
Wyoming stack south, they get more squished together
as we approach the equator. This will happen with every
other landmass in the world. But first, let’s take a look
at some other US states. They say that everything
is bigger in Texas. But what is Texas
itself bigger than? Moving the borders
over to Europe, the answer may surprise you. Texas is much bigger
than Spain and Portugal put together and is also
even bigger than France. But Texas is only the second
biggest US state behind Alaska, which seems
absolutely gargantuan at the top of our map. But while Alaska is large,
it isn’t that large. Taken down to the US mainland,
it compares like this. And taking it to Europe,
it looks like this. And while we’re here
in Europe, let’s take the time to understand
how much bigger Europe seems than what it actually should be. Let’s start by taking
France and moving it down to Africa to get our
first glimpse at this. The United Kingdom seems
pretty large as well. But let’s take India
and move it over to see just how
small it really is. The United Kingdom
is actually smaller than quite a lot of
places in the world that you might
not expect, places like Japan, the Philippines,
Sumatra, Madagascar, and New Zealand. Next door to New
Zealand is Australia, and the UK looks so small
just off the east coast in comparison. And Australia, in
fact, is much bigger than most people
believe it to be. It can be placed to cover almost
the entire continental US. Interestingly, the combination
of the following countries will not cover that same area–
Portugal, the Netherlands, Estonia, Albania,
Hungary, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Austria, Croatia, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Serbia,
Switzerland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Denmark, Ireland,
Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, the United Kingdom, Italy,
Germany, France, Spain, and Norway. And that’s not even factoring
in big but not too big Alaska to the north. Between Alaska and
the United States is Canada, which also
seems huge up here. And while Canada is
a very large country, it’s actually roughly
the same size as China but still looks
like a colossus when placed in Europe, where it
stretches from east to west to Portugal to Iran and up
north into the Barents Sea just above Russia. Slightly off topic– Japan
is another bigger place than most people
believe it to be. If Japan were placed
off the US East Coast, it would look like
this in comparison. But much, much bigger than
Japan and also not often thought about is Brazil, which is an
absolutely massive country. It doesn’t really look
like it on our map. But when we move
it to Australia, we can actually discover that
Brazil is much bigger, which makes Brazil larger than one of
the world’s seven continents. Brazil is also almost larger
than the United States, spans almost all of Europe, but fits
rather snugly into Africa. We are about to discover that
Africa is a colossal continent that we don’t often realize. It can almost fit the
entire contiguous United States into just
the Sahara Desert, and the continent
can also squeeze in China, Western
Europe, India, Argentina, Scandinavia, and the UK and
still have some room left over. Russia is another
place that looks pretty big at the top of the map. But drop it down next
to Africa, she also seems much smaller than what our
map was telling us beforehand. While we’re still
here in Africa, the Democratic
Republic of the Congo used to be a colony of Belgium. But Belgium, in comparison,
looks like this. Finally, we need to look at
a few other places on the map to the north and the south. Let’s start with
Sweden, which looks big. But comparing it to
Madagascar, again, we see that it actually isn’t. Iceland also seems
like a large island, but it’s actually roughly
the same size as Tasmania just south of Australia. And finally, we have
the white elephant in the room of
Greenland, which towers like a behemoth of
the top of the map. Greenland masquerades as being
a continent in her own right, looking bigger than
Australia, South America, and being comparable
to North America. But in reality, Greenland
is much, much smaller. The globe reveals Greenland to
be the island that she pretends that she isn’t. And we get a much more
accurate depiction this time when we compare her to
Australia, South America, and North America. And of course, we can’t forget
about the most shy continent in the world that
everybody always forgets about– Antarctica,
who spends her time hiding away at the bottom of the map. Most people don’t truly
have a good understanding of the size of Antarctica,
which could probably go either way between being
larger or smaller than you think. But the truth is Antarctica
is a huge continent. It is much bigger
than Australia. It can stretch all the
way from Kiev to Uganda and, incredibly, can be placed
between the southernmost tip of Texas in the United States
and stretched all the way into the northernmost
islands of Canada. There are many more
examples like this, but you have probably
understood the point by now. The world is both a bigger
place and a smaller place than you previously
thought it to be. Leave your comments
below saying what you found to be the most
interesting or another crazy fact you may have discovered
or already knew on your own. You can check out
this brilliant website that I used as a resource for
making this video over here at TheTrueSize.com. And I hope that you’ll
subscribe to my channel by clicking here if you’re
interested in watching more content like
this in the future. As always, this
was RealLifeLore.

100 Comments

  • ETHAN MARSHALL

    August 17, 2019

    It's funny because green land looks bigger then Africa on that map but I know it's way way smaller

    Reply
  • Tryhard Noob999

    August 17, 2019

    The isn’t a sphere,

    It’s a cube

    Reply
  • Nevena Vidic

    August 17, 2019

    Russia is still bigger then USA

    Reply
  • DeafNeighbourz

    August 17, 2019

    A crazy fact that you taught me was… Yore fecking R-Tarded! Go to more pub trivia knight's, ewe dizzy mug!

    Reply
  • AMAR Jusufi

    August 17, 2019

    He's lie

    Reply
  • The hoosher

    August 17, 2019

    Man Europe is so tiny but conquered the entire world

    Reply
  • Sc1ent

    August 18, 2019

    Somekind of guy created somekind of shit about real sizes of country when he evend does not know anything about it

    Reply
  • Janet Calmet

    August 18, 2019

    Sooooo the Earth is flat

    Reply
  • 볼라노카를로

    August 18, 2019

    US is not a Continent!

    Reply
  • •Gaçha Weirdø•

    August 18, 2019

    My head hurts now

    Reply
  • cano malo

    August 18, 2019

    earth is not a sphere!!!! wake up folks

    Reply
  • Salih Günaydın

    August 18, 2019

    Is the world flat or sapphire

    Reply
  • Xander van der Linden

    August 19, 2019

    As YOu CouLD SEe thE maP IS FlaT sO thE EArtH iS FlaT

    Reply
  • Luke Cheevers

    August 19, 2019

    Some countries are to BIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
  • Jordan S.

    August 20, 2019

    When you order something on amazon and it shows up on your door

    Reply
  • Boca 06

    August 20, 2019

    Its Fake

    Reply
  • Kurtmx

    August 21, 2019

    This boggles my mind that’s our (Australia) population is so little with so much land

    Reply
  • Samuel Koopman

    August 21, 2019

    This is fake you stupid Americans like it too say that your land is greater but Russia is bigger!

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  • HowFun4Me

    August 22, 2019

    Russia scares me less now

    Reply
  • Teroment Gopoty

    August 22, 2019

    Мне все равно

    Reply
  • Aziz Rahman

    August 22, 2019

    It's not strange it's just been measured wrong by muppets

    Reply
  • Михаил Левахов

    August 22, 2019

    It is not difficult to notice that you have really shrunk Russia in this video

    Reply
  • Kidthatmakes animations00

    August 23, 2019

    This video is litterally just bullshit your just shrinking the countries dumbass

    Reply
  • Helen Cabrera Stanton

    August 23, 2019

    wow the uk is realllllllllly small

    I defintly dont live in the uk

    Reply
  • r1vers

    August 23, 2019

    Indonesia is bigger than the great Britain and it's plus with iceland

    Reply
  • ZeTTT3R

    August 23, 2019

    FLAT POWER ! wake up zombies, see the world with your own eyes, not through NASAs !!

    Reply
  • Janjk

    August 23, 2019

    but australia isnt real

    Reply
  • Luke McNamara

    August 24, 2019

    3:50

    Lol, good one, that’s Russia on a global map (shaped as a sphere) so what your saying here is wrong.

    Reply
  • GAMING AND TECH ADDICTION

    August 24, 2019

    I can't believe that Russia is not enough big

    Reply
  • Mark Mattesz

    August 24, 2019

    Ugh… That mic… 🎤

    Reply
  • XPDank Plays

    August 25, 2019

    How u know so many countries!?!?!? My BRAIN HURT

    Reply
  • Dr Gamer

    August 25, 2019

    Was your Map "made in China?"
    The Map of India you displayed is incorrect at her Northern most part. It'd be much better if you correct it. Please use authentic maps. Its a request.

    Reply
  • - Garugaa -

    August 25, 2019

    lol wot

    Reply
  • Lord Gaben

    August 26, 2019

    Russia is secretly getting georgian lands and they are prentended nothing happened.

    Reply
  • afro kozmidou

    August 26, 2019

    Fake

    Reply
  • Jay Walker

    August 26, 2019

    Why would anyone want to deceive us all on this subject

    Reply
  • Shadow _Neko

    August 26, 2019

    ‘Murca

    Reply
  • Mxrekek

    August 27, 2019

    Thats the biggest shit Ive ever heard the lines from the system of our maps do not change the shape of countries fucking shit

    Reply
  • Graphic Designer & Game Music Composer

    August 27, 2019

    Earth… I mean Terra, is a spher…oid, not a sphere.

    Reply
  • Captain Simic

    August 28, 2019

    Did you have a globe …? Zero story!! Stupid …

    Reply
  • Polysphere & Music

    August 28, 2019

    1:52 also Vietnam

    Reply
  • & ᴍɪʟᴋᴀᴄʜᴜᴜᴜ &

    August 28, 2019

    Go to the ass creature!

    Reply
  • Dylan Franco Cortes

    August 28, 2019

    you did the size wrong on russia when u put it on africa it was way to small and not wide and look at russia in your map.

    Reply
  • James W

    August 28, 2019

    No…. anything which isn’t on the equator is distorted … 😂 including the USA

    Reply
  • Heinrich Peter

    August 29, 2019

    31.000 Dislikes WTF?? this video is so interesting.

    Reply
  • manuel gonzalez

    August 30, 2019

    Russia ya failed me

    Your NOT BIG…………..

    Reply
  • NBA_Insight

    August 30, 2019

    Russia looks the biggest in this mao and Canada looks second biggest while the states looks 3rd biggest and China 4th. And that’s pretty much how it is(chin and us same size) but Canada and Russia are the two largest countries in the world they’re just s bit exaggerated in these maps

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  • SCOTT Mod

    August 30, 2019

    But Greenland is the biggest island FACT so it not smaller that Australia

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  • Stephen Hollinrake

    August 30, 2019

    Yet northern animals are bigger on average than the southern same spiecies,

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  • iSlotiqq

    August 31, 2019

    This is stuipid u just made the country size smaller if u understand me i think u are lieng!

    Reply
  • Khawar Khan

    August 31, 2019

    If you put Antarctica on India …… you will sooner be getting Lolly Poops everywhere 🤣🤣🤣

    Reply
  • K9 Dbol

    August 31, 2019

    😆😆😆 Israel is bigger than New York City

    Reply
  • ProgHead777

    September 1, 2019

    This feels like it's still not accurate because you're comparing the "corrected" size countries/continents to the original DISTORTED map.
    Hey folks, just go buy a globe. Or better yet, look at the virtual one on Google Earth.

    Reply
  • Hussain Khan

    September 1, 2019

    I found the fact most interesting that Russia is way mych smaller than it seems if any one also like this fact like this

    Reply
  • 1,000 Subscribers Challenge

    September 1, 2019

    All dislikes are people that think the earth is flat

    Reply
  • Taylor Newell

    September 2, 2019

    This is such a ridiculous excuse for deception. I'm an idiot and could make a more accurate map with the measurements we have.

    Reply
  • Level X-Cell

    September 2, 2019

    Flat Earth , GONE🤫

    Reply
  • Lucaaa aaas

    September 2, 2019

    This is so wrong Earth is Flaaaat

    Reply
  • Regan Bodnarchuk

    September 2, 2019

    The whole world is a lie. Why do you think China has 1 time zone because it's not big enough for more than 1. We've been lied to about all of it. And they're also full of it right now

    Reply
  • Cesar Augusto

    September 3, 2019

    4:16 – My entire life was a lie with the Greenland one 😐

    Reply
  • Jamie Fitz

    September 3, 2019

    Flat Earther disliked this

    Reply
  • strahinja od šapca

    September 3, 2019

    Kosovo is Serbia

    Reply
  • Wolfy Karma

    September 3, 2019

    You : * puts Romania on America *
    Me : My country is finally noticed

    Reply
  • meccaenjoins

    September 3, 2019

    Several errors

    Reply
  • Wholesome Gaming

    September 4, 2019

    If you put s.america to the africa it will form gondwana

    Reply
  • Eren Kruger

    September 4, 2019

    Shocking

    Reply
  • Jojo Mojojo

    September 4, 2019

    Africa will always be underrated by the world

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  • Dog Lov3r

    September 5, 2019

    the keyword is distortion, the reason why countries in the north and south seem to be bigger is because they are much more distorted than countries near the equator… in fact only the line on the equator ist without distortion and is showing the real relation in size … and to campare countries just by its size is absurd, britain for example has a huge financial market, and europe has around 500.000.000 citizens and USA aroun 375.000.000 citizens… and the USA isnt that big either (because of distortion), but people from US allways think their country is the biggest and greatest in the world xD … i think the producer of this video is realy biased

    Reply
  • krimskrams

    September 5, 2019

    The Mercator Projection is what Trump was buying into when he wanted Greenland

    Reply
  • WISHBONEL7

    September 5, 2019

    Which map or globe most closely represents reality ?.

    Reply
  • WATSON MONTGOMERY

    September 5, 2019

    Hey Joseph Try Time Traveling To The Future Video.

    Reply
  • WATSON MONTGOMERY

    September 5, 2019

    Are You Doctor Who?

    Reply
  • Devansh Bhatt

    September 7, 2019

    its literally like explaining one of v sauce video

    Reply
  • Adam Carroll

    September 7, 2019

    4:31 Donald Trump might have second thoughts about buying Greenland now

    Reply
  • Thuha_Joseph TV

    September 7, 2019

    Geospatial Scientists use different projections for each part of the earth to reduce distortions that occur. The maps are actually more accurate for smaller areas because smaller areas of up to 5km by 5km are considered generally flat.

    Reply
  • Kevin Blazer

    September 8, 2019

    u made Russia small how is that fair

    Reply
  • Mini Modge123

    September 8, 2019

    When he called the earth a she!
    The earths reaction: did you just assume me gender!😱

    Reply
  • M3ga Cuber

    September 8, 2019

    So Russia is smaller then my screen?

    Reply
  • Sebastian

    September 9, 2019

    Are you Jew?

    Reply
  • Chris

    September 10, 2019

    For those who are confused….you cannot have a globe projected onto a flat map that will not distort either area or shape, and the mercator distorts area while maintaining overall shape, the mercator is commonly used because great circle routes (which are half of a meridian and align with the center of the earth) appear as straight lines on a mercator, great circle routes are the fastest way to travel between two points on a globe, and because they appear as straight lines on a mercator, it makes it super convenient for navigation purposes.

    Reply
  • INCE Marketers

    September 11, 2019

    Africa is the biggest mass on earth then?

    Reply
  • jhunt5578

    September 11, 2019

    Crazy. I feel like I've been lied to my entire life. This is how flat earthers must feel.

    Reply
  • infinitecanadian

    September 12, 2019

    Why call Earth a 'she'? Earth is an 'it'.

    Reply
  • Motownmadmann2011

    September 12, 2019

    The most interesting is you didnt explain why

    Reply
  • David Gray

    September 13, 2019

    This was amazing. I knew it was scewed I just didn't realize the extent. Greenland wow.

    Reply
  • Jump119RBLX

    September 13, 2019

    0:30 your cheating with the map your putting your favorite states and resize it similar to bright side so it is true your a clickbaiter because every channel that does this is a clickbaiter

    Reply
  • Piogigl

    September 13, 2019

    fuck you bitch

    Reply
  • the Evandra Valencio Great Britain

    September 14, 2019

    Sumatra is indonesia

    Reply
  • Steve Anon

    September 14, 2019

    I'm working on another way to create a 2D map (which has the working title Boobs Projection) which is far superior to Mercator and reality.

    Reply
  • Russia

    September 14, 2019

    Bruh.

    Reply
  • alaska KURON

    September 15, 2019

    Where hoang sa,truong sa

    Reply
  • Hugh Cocque

    September 15, 2019

    Yeah, the thing you did there with russia and africa i call bs on that

    Reply
  • guruprasad YM

    September 16, 2019

    Very cool video. Tnks

    Reply
  • Proud pinoy

    September 16, 2019

    The other Russia was Soviet union in Russia : reality in the thumbnail

    Reply
  • Tropicalbomb 123

    September 17, 2019

    0:12 RealLifeLore: the earth is a sphere

    Flat earthers: TRIGGERED

    Reply
  • cheese burger

    September 17, 2019

    America on A map 🇺🇸🌎 America in reality💩

    Reply
  • cheese burger

    September 17, 2019

    I imagine a lot of Americans now feel a little smaller than they did ten minutes ago lol

    Reply
  • Ariestocrata Studio

    September 18, 2019

    Thanks for mentioning my country Philippines at 1:51.

    Reply
  • Andrew S

    September 18, 2019

    Did I just have a small existential crisis from this?

    Maybe…

    Reply
  • Kamenko TV

    September 18, 2019

    bruh just look at the globe and you will see original size

    Reply

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