Amherst, MA, January 23, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Stuart McArthur (age 12 - living in Australia) drew an early version of his map with South on top in 6th grade and passed it in to his teacher, and the teacher said: "Stuart, redo this right or you're not going to pass." And Stuart didn't understand why it was that he couldn't have Australia on the top of the map. ODTmaps released this 2-minute clip where you can see the story behind the map that eventually sold over 350,000 copies -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYuV4eOVz38
Not bad for a kid who was told to do things a different way.
Learn more about Stuart McArthur's Universal Corrective Map at
Read Stuart McArthur's humorous text printed on the map at
Putting Australia at the top half of a map, as was done on McArthur's Universal Corrective Map, may seem like the work of some prankster in the Outback, but in fact, there is no intrinsic reason to put the Southern Hemisphere at the bottom. Nor is there a universal mandate that requires the "Prime Meridian" to pass through Greenwich, England. Instead, these are choices based on mapmakers' objectives and biases. Like other choices in mapping, they show how individuals in a particular time and place perceived their world. The map is available in a variety of new formats at http://odtmaps.com/detail.asp?product_id=McA-23x35
Help celebrate Australia Day on January 26th -
Share the McArthur Map story with every student and teacher you know...
Share the story with your Australian friends...
and circulate this 2-minute video link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYuV4eOVz38 and inspire others.
The full length 30-minute film is available for free on-line streaming - courtesy of Earth Day Network TV at
ODTmaps gave gratis permission to Earth Day Network to use the film on their educational web site.