A Question of Scale
When I moved to California, I had a hell of a time trying to guess the distance between any two points (say, Santa Clarita and Burbank) on a map. At first glance, I assumed Burbank might be a good hour away at least. Nope. Only 15-20 minutes. In fact, pretty much all of Los Angeles is within 30 minutes of home. Santa Monica is only 40. Why do I suck at reading a CA map?
Up above is central Florida as seen from Google Maps. This is how I saw my home state when I needed to find out how to get somewhere. An inch on this map (at full size) represents roughly 20 miles. There wasn’t much reason to zoom in our out much more than this.
Here’s Southern California. This is what I see when I’m getting directions somewhere. On this map an inch is only two miles, but my brain is so accustomed to how I looked at Florida that it uses the wrong scale when judging distance.
Just thought that was interesting. Class dismissed.