EGYPT

Egyptians mock governor’s ‘new world order’

The globe put on display near a bridge in Sohag, in Egypt, is a completely inaccurate representation of the world.
The globe put on display near a bridge in Sohag, in Egypt, is a completely inaccurate representation of the world.

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The world according to an Egyptian governor… is pretty far from reality.

Locals have been doing some eyebrow-raising about the last public project funded by the governor’s office in Sohag, an Egyptian city on the banks of the Nile. On Thursday, the governor of the city, located in the centre of the country, inaugurated a monument that he said would “beautify” the entrance to a bridge. The new installation is in the form of a giant globe, but the proportions of the countries and continents are utterly inaccurate.

Photos posted by @_AmroAli on Twitter.

A quick comparison between photos of Sohag’s globe and a world map reveal the extent of the globe’s inaccuracies. South America has been squashed together into a bizarrely-shaped clump of countries that seem to have shifted to the east. Argentina has perhaps suffered the most, losing most of its 5,000 kilometres.

Australia is also seriously deformed and has moved so far northwest that it looks like India’s newest neighbor. New Zealand has also travelled so far north that it is now on the same latitude as Central America when, in reality, it ties with Patagonia as the world’s southernmost place, aside from Antarctica. Moreover, the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Europe and Africa, has grown so much that the strait has turned into a rather large body of water.

This globe is rather similar to the erroneous representations of the world found on old maps from the 1500s or the 1600s, long before people had seen aerial views of the earth.

Photos of the inauguration ceremony quickly found their way onto social media and were shared and ridiculed by Egyptians, as relayed on the website Egyptian Streets.

It’s hard to know what those who built and installed this globe were thinking, but it does seem that they took their work seriously. The governor of Sohag declared that the globe was placed there to be used by tourists and investors as a “guide and reference”.