The Norwegian Drop

The Norwegian Drop
strange maps’ find The Norwegian Drop was “a poster proposal for Norway’s pavilion at the World Exhibition in Seville (Spain) in 1992.” As the post explains, “[The] painting is aimed at visualizing how [hydroelectric power] is entirely renewable and is a result of Norway’s distinct geography.” Definitely check out the full-size version and see if you can spot these geographic features:

  • Norway is a foaming mass of water gushing down a rocky mountainside that to the right looks like the rest of Scandinavia.
  • A nice touch: Iceland is formed by a… spot of ice on the side of the mountain towering over the landscape.
  • Rivulets of water form the boundaries of Finland and Sweden, Russia’s Kola peninsula is defined by the stagnant pond next to it.
  • The ‘head’ of Norway at its southern end is a waterfall, perpetually showering Denmark’s Jutland peninsula with crystal clear Norwegian water.
  • That water flows on to etch the edges of Europe out of its rocky landscape – clearly a reference to what the northern desolation of Norway must look like.
  • A road winding down through northern Germany, past the Benelux countries and via France leads to where Italy should be. Instead, a road sign invites us to take the other direction, up towards Norway.
  • To the left, a salmon and the British Isles are floating quite mysteriously above the water – perhaps all three of them have just leapt up out of the mountain stream.

World’s Hottest Chili

If you thought the habanero chili was the hottest chili pepper, you’re way off. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the record belongs to the Bhut jolokia chili pepper, which can reach 800,000-1,000,000 Scoville Units, compared to a habaneros’ “only” 200,000-300,000.

Check out this Associated Press feature, which features a short video on the culture and geography of the region where Bhut jolokia peppers are cultivated as well as audio of the reporter stupidly boldly eating one whole.