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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #25 on: November 02, 2016, 20:03:24 »
I just realized that the McDonald's map shows no restaurants in Iceland, and displays the price of a McDonald's burger there..

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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #26 on: November 02, 2016, 21:54:33 »
I just realized that the McDonald's map shows no restaurants in Iceland, and displays the price of a McDonald's burger there..

They had one until a few years ago and, IIRC, the place that took over from them has some mimic items.

Can't go to Iceland and not have Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur! One of the cheapest food items, for sure, and great after a bunch of beer.
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #27 on: November 03, 2016, 08:54:06 »
I just realized that the McDonald's map shows no restaurants in Iceland, and displays the price of a McDonald's burger there..

Two factoids about McDonald's:

1. Way back when, in a book entitled 'The Lexus and the Olive Tree,' "Thomas Friedman came up with his “Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention”. No two countries that had McDonald’s restaurants would go to war. The idea suited the heady post-cold war 1990s when people thought humanity would turn to post-ideological goals, like ending hunger. It offered the prospect of ‘homo economicus’ replacing its appetite for war with a Big Mac and fries ..." and

2. To this day The Economist uses the price of a Big Mac as a (maybe not too surprisingly) fairly accurate currency comparison tool. That newspaper explains that "Burgernomics was never intended as a precise gauge of currency misalignment, merely a tool to make exchange-rate theory more digestible. Yet the Big Mac index has become a global standard, included in several economic textbooks and the subject of at least 20 academic studies."
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #28 on: November 03, 2016, 09:18:23 »
Two factoids about McDonald's:

1. Way back when, in a book entitled 'The Lexus and the Olive Tree,' "Thomas Friedman came up with his “Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention”. No two countries that had McDonald’s restaurants would go to war. The idea suited the heady post-cold war 1990s when people thought humanity would turn to post-ideological goals, like ending hunger. It offered the prospect of ‘homo economicus’ replacing its appetite for war with a Big Mac and fries ..." an

An enjoyable and informative book, nonetheless.
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Re: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
« Reply #29 on: December 24, 2016, 15:50:42 »
Another interesting map (from Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group) based on UFI:

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