This should be a Friday Fun post, but sometimes we need to waste time on Mondays too, right? WorldMapper shows distorted global maps weighted by birthrate, religion, and many other categories. If you like maps and trivial information, you’ll enjoy this site. For instance, have you ever wondered about the distribution of the earth’s population in the year 1 A.D.? Here’s that map’s description:
The population two thousand years ago is estimated to have been 231 million. At this time North and South America were sparsely populated, as was Asia Pacific. The estimated population of New Zealand was zero. Southern Asia, Northern Africa, China and Southern Europe (parts of the same land mass) had relatively high populations. Colder Northern latitudes tended to have lower populations. The territories that now encompass the Ganges, Tigris, Yangtze, Nile and Po rivers were the most populous.