A few weeks ago I went to a much anticipated exhibit at the Field Museum on Maps. It was one of the most fascinating exhibits I have seen in a long time!
Some of the most interesting maps were the ancient maps showing shorelines for merchant ships; A New York to Paris flight plan from 1927; A few Medieval and Renaissance Christian World Maps (so many maps depicted unusual world centers); The sketchbook from a Confederate topographer; Maps done by Jefferson, Washington and Lincoln. (Jefferson's map proposed the boundaries for 14 new states); A map of Cholera deaths in London as people tried to figure out the source; The Land of Oz; The Hundred Acre Wood; and a pictoral travel guide from Chicago to Lake Geneva from 1905.
For those of you who aren't in the Chicago area, you can see some of the exhibit here.
In other news: violence reportedly stopped in the Baghdad area due to surprising snowfall that many hadn't seen their entire lives; A pair of twins, separated at birth, met later in life and got married; and the FBI has had several wire taps disconnected for failure to pay the bills.