Persuasive Maps

“This is a collection of “persuasive” cartography: more than 800 maps intended primarily to influence opinions or beliefs – to send a message – rather than to communicate geographic information. The collection reflects a variety of persuasive tools , including allegorical, satirical and pictorial mapping; selective inclusion; unusual use of projections, color, graphics and text; and intentional deception. Maps in the collection address a wide range of messages: religious, political, military, commercial, moral and social.”

https://persuasivemaps.library.cornell.edu/

h/t Open Culture.

The Oral History of ‘Too Many Cooks’, Adult Swim’s Weirdest Experiment Ever | Inverse

“When Adult Swim debuted Too Many Cooks in that early morning time slot, almost no one thought it would find an audience. Within a week, the surreal 11-minute parody of a ‘90s sitcom theme song had racked up over 5 million views on YouTube… It took a full year, a skeleton crew, and dozens of extras to bring this half-baked concept to life. To mark its four-year anniversary, and shed a little light on how a bit of late-night stoner comedy won over the internet with surrealist humor and a catchy tune, Inverse spoke to 10 people behind Too Many Cooks, from creator Casper Kelly to the musicians who wrote the song, to the villain.

Here’s the story of Too Many Cooks, in the words of its unlikely creators…”

—Jake Kleinman, “An Oral History of ‘Too Many Cooks’.” Inverse. October 28, 2018.

More than you wanted to know about the making of Too Many Cooks.

Banksy Shreds

“There was a lot of buzz around the last lot of the auction – Banksy’s Girl With Balloon. Done with spray paint and acrylic on canvas, mounted on board, signed and dedicated on the reverse, and framed in thick ornament artist’s frame the piece was said to be the best version of one of the most iconic images by the artist, so the world was watching how far the auction would go. And it went far. Selling for 1,042,000 GBP (1,357,726 USD including premiums), it was a grandiose ending to a successful week when the most bizarre thing happened.

According to the people in the room, just as the hammer fell down confirming the sale, the painting started shredding itself through the thick frame. The alarms went off, the staff took away the painting, and we’re yet to learn what actually happened there tonight.”

—”Banksy Canvas Shredded @ Sotheby’s Auction in London,” Juxtapoz Magazine. October 5, 2018.

Ironically, the shredding makes this art piece more valuable to collectors, not less.