Tubes of the world!

Check it out: This site shows the subway systems of the world, presented on the same scale — so you can see how each city compares to each other directly. That’s Paris above. Moscow is this totally immense sprawl, and Barcelona looks like a ton of fun; it’s really comprehensive but teensy, so you get the sense that there’s a subway stop every 30 feet or so. My only complaint is that they didn’t include the Toronto and Montreal subway systems, two of my world favorites.

Of course, I have now just admitted, in print, that I actually sit around thinking about what my favorite subway systems are.

(Thanks to Boing Boing for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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