The Mississippi River, Reimagined as Public Transit

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I’m not sure if this, via Frank Jacobs, is necessarily the best map I’ve seen all month, but it certainly has to be a part of the conversation. Behold the Mississippi River drainage network, reimagined as a sprawling and somewhat ungainly public transit system:

Courtesy of Daniel HuffmanCourtesy of Daniel Huffman

Ok, so this thing’s obviously in need of some connecting routes, but that’s nothing a canal here and a portage there couldn’t fix. I’d also extend a branch out to Chicago, which is a natural transfer point to the Great Lakes system. But it’s pretty awesome, and captures in full the river’s unique Flying Spaghetti Monster qualities.

Huffman, who put together the map of Twitter profanity that won the Internet last month, also mapped a few more river systems, which you can check out here.

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