30 people at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus were asked to draw a map of the world from memory. This is the result.

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30 people at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus were asked to draw a world map from memory. Most were 18-22, and there was a roughly even split between male and female. Most of them were American except for one Italian guy.

The image above is the digitally merged results. The bottom is a satellite mockup that was made in Photoshop from NASA imagery.

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Again, it’s a mockup, not an exact replica of the real result. No, nobody drew East Asia or Italy that well, I just aligned them with the merged map and left the details because those areas were very ambiguous.

A few things to be noted here;

  • No one even attempted to draw New Zealand.
  • Madagascar appears to have disappeared as well.
  • Iceland isn’t there either.
  • No Greenland on there either.
  • Looks like they got Svalbard in there though.
  • RIP UK and Ireland.
  • No one knows that Alaska sticks out.

Here are some of the original drawings.

Map 12 Map 1 Map 2 Map 3 Map 4 Map 5 Map 6 Map 7 Map 8 Map 9 Map 10 Map 11

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Last Update: April 25, 2016

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