Friday Fun: Get free comic books (May 6), and view the world as you’ve never seen it before

[See also Friday Fun: The Archives]  This week's Friday Fun entries do not fit my criteria exactly (they did not make me laugh out loud) but they caught my interest, nonetheless. (What on earth does nonetheless mean?) Anyway, here goes:

Free Comic Book Day 2006
Saturday, May 6, 2006 is Free Comic Book Day in the United States and Canada, and comic book stores are, well, giving away comic books. On this site you can enter your zip or postal code and locate participating stores near you.
From the Web site:
The annual event is the perfect opportunity to introduce your friends and family to the many worlds of wonder available at your local comic book store. From super-heroes to slice-of-life to action/adventure and beyond, Free Comic Book Day has a comic book for everyone!

Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before [through cartograms]
Some of these maps are amazing.  They are cartograms, maps that show global regions "re-sized according to the subject of interest." Some of the many map subjects include births, total population, children, elderly, refugees, immigrants, tourism, transportation, and imports and exports. Maps are available in a printable poster format, and are accompanied by explanatory text and data files. (I found some of the accompanying quotations quite moving. Well, maybe not the John Denver one.)  Many of the maps are not yet created, but are in the works. The project is a collaboration of  the University of Sheffield (England), the University of Michigan, and other groups.

Browse the map index.  Here are some some examples: Population Year 1500; Population Year 2300; Refugee Origin; Net Immigration; Passenger Cars; Aircraft Departures
 

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