En’s friend Mike is on his way back to work in Saudi Arabia via Frankfurt. On FlightAware (as I’m posting this he’s in the air) it looks like, in En’s words, “veering off to infinity.”

Then today there is the XKCD…

The other great lakes are just water on the far side of Canada Island. If you drive north from the Pacific northwest you actually cross directly into Alaska, although a few officials--confused by the Mercator distortion--have put up border signs.

The default projection really does suck.