The World Explained

Maps revealing everything you need to know, from the longest straight line you can possibly sail, to where rubber ducks wash up if you dump them in the sea

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From the longest line you can sail to the average price of a Big Mac or the world’s most common surnames, these maps show how we lead our lives – and maybe how we should.

One map displays where in the world there is the highest risk of drought, while another show where on the rolling seas you run are most likely to run into pirates, serving as a warning to those who live there.

Rather unsurprisingly, Jones is the most common surname in the Welsh Valleys, and, as one map shows, you will not be the only Papadopoulos in Athens.

Set sail for the long hauls: This map displayed the longest straight line you can possibly sail around the world

Set sail for the long hauls: This map show the longest straight line you can possibly sail around the world only touching water, running some 20,000 miles from Pakistan to the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia. The line does not appear straight on this image due to the shape of the Earth

This graphic shows the rout taken by 29,000 plastic bath toys which were washed into the Pacific Ocean when a container was washed overboard in 1992

What really is the function of a rubber duck?: This graphic shows the routes taken by 29,000 plastic bath toys which were washed into the Pacific Ocean when a container was sent overboard in 1992 on its way from Hong Kong. It took several years for the rubber animals to float ashore across the world – some reaching the coast of France as late as 2007 – and many may still be out there

Every Jones, Smith and Murphy: The map showing the most common last name in each European country reveals unsurprisingly that Jones is rather popular in Wales and that there are a lot of Spanish people called Garcia

Every Jones, Smith and Murphy: The map showing the most common last name in each European country reveals unsurprisingly that Jones is rather popular in Wales and that there are a lot of Spanish people called Garcia. You will also not be the only Papadopolous in Athens, and if you shout Andersson down a street in Gothenburg, Sweden – a lot of blonde heads will turn

Finding Captain Sparrow: According the the Maritime RiskMap, it appears piracy is a less popular occupation in and around the coasts of Europe, while the waters near East Africa and India are home to a lot of Jolly Rogers

Finding Captain Sparrow: According the the Maritime RiskMap, it appears piracy is a less popular occupation in and around the coasts of Europe, while the waters near East Africa and India are home to a lot of Jolly Rogers. The map also shows that Indonesia has the most dangerous waters in South-East Asia and that West Africa has seen a recent increase in priate activity, as indicated by the pink areas

Residents of the red areas might want to stock up on ice cubes as they live in the parts of the world with the highest risk of drought

Residents of the red areas might want to stock up on ice cubes as they live in the parts of the world with the highest risk of drought. North Africa, the Middle East and Asia have several dark red areas as a result of their close proximity to the equator

The Scandinavian countries tops the lists for coffee consumption per capita and its inhabitants are also the quickest off the mark to lose their virginity.

Britain, however, rise to the occasion when it comes to drinking alcohol and along with its former colonies it is one of the few nations still driving on the left side of the road.

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