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The SH-5 Vote for South Pole to Be on Top for Maps

In stunning news on 4/1/22, the SH-5 unanimously voted for all world and continent maps to be printed for classrooms with the South Pole on top. The present SH-5 members, representing  the 47 countries located either entirely or in part below the equator, are Australia, Argentina, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Argentina.

As a part of its Global Unification and Peace Project, Maps.com encourages educators to display classroom world maps for both orientations: one map that is right side up and another map that is upside down. Which map is which is really a matter of perspective. This creates a great teachable moment about understanding the views from where other people stand.  While the SH-5 is an imaginary construct for an April Fool's Day joke, the reality is that the idea of up and down is not universal. It's all a matter of how you look at it.

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The SH-5 Vote for South Pole to Be on Top for Maps

In stunning news on 4/1/22, the SH-5 unanimously voted for all world and continent maps to be printed for classrooms with the South Pole on top. The present SH-5 members, representing  the 47 countries located either entirely or in part below the equator, are Australia, Argentina, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Argentina.

As a part of its Global Unification and Peace Project, Maps.com encourages educators to display classroom world maps for both orientations: one map that is right side up and another map that is upside down. Which map is which is really a matter of perspective. This creates a great teachable moment about understanding the views from where other people stand.  While the SH-5 is an imaginary construct for an April Fool's Day joke, the reality is that the idea of up and down is not universal. It's all a matter of how you look at it.