I know a lot of people who get fascinated by maps and satelite imagery. Some of them spend hours just clicking through Google Maps, ‘discovering’ places or just shaping ideas about places. Some people I know can make a mental map of their itinerary even for l-o-n-g drives and never use a GPS or never seek help from any locals.
When creative ideas and maps intersect, the results become very interesting. Here are a few I found:
Breathing Earth Map:
This map looks at a typical one year seasonal transformation of the earth. Source.
Live Wind Map of USA
Here is the Live Wind Map of USA. Check out the Gallery for the wind map during Hurricane Sandy on Oct 30, 2012.
Racial Dot Map of USA
For the people in US who seldom step outside of the city limits and think USA has equal percentages of black and white population, this map may be revealing.
World Stereotype Map (According to USA)
This map needs no explanation (Source):