These things are all the same

McDonalds_distance

A cool visualization of how far one is from McDonalds that’s been making the rounds lately. Of course, everywhere this is posted, people bemoan how terrible America is, how sad it is that McDonalds is everywhere, etc etc. But really, isn’t this just an example of urbanization? Below are some other maps that do not show geological or political phenomena (ie, ocean borders, lakes, etc) but still give the same map of the US. I’m sure there are others of the US/world out there…but I couldn’t find them.

roads_map
All the streets in the lower 48 states (Ben Fry).

satellite-photo-united-states-at-night
Satellite photo of the US at night.

us-night
The US at night, alternate.

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