Once we were in South Africa and processing thru customs, I got to talking to a Brit about how long the flight was and commented "I had no idea South Africa stretched out so far south." The Brit replied "Well, you have Mr. Mercator to thank for that."
I didn't know what he was talking about at the time but wrote Mercator in my notebook to research later. Turns out that Merctor was the dude who came up with the world map (below) that we have been staring at in classrooms everywhere for years (click here.)
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