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We've got some rather shocking news this afternoon for those of you who've spent years believing you're Austrian, Belgian, Danish or Dutch - you're not. In fact, you're German, as this map from Google's comic book guide to Chrome proves: Map from Google Chrome guide showing Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Holland as part of …

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Swiss angry as well?

Plus, there appears to be an entirely new country above Italy.

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Way...

too much time on his hands!

Way to much.

Frikkin anorak.

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greater Denmark

As this is the exact point where we (finally) learn that the V8 (inspired by motor or vegetable juice??) team is Danish... so I suspect the map represent the Great Denmark, Germany never existed and always been occupied by the vikings!

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Some more reasons this is shit...

Iceland has developed the power of speech.

The guy on the left is clearly stuck in the 80's, doing the robot.

The straights of gibraltar have silted up, which will cause the med to evaporate, presumably why italy has grown a knee.

Greenland has a 'zip-up sea', a new feature by Slarti Bartvarst (sp?) up for a planet design award this year.

It's obvious google are going to sell off our planet once they've done photographing the main sights for intergalactic oil-magnates and leave us with a cheap knock-off planet.

You couldn't make it up.

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That is, in fact Denmark

As far as I can tell, there is no border between Denmark and Germany on that map. Since Google's almighty programmers clearly point towards Denmark's vicinity, Denmark has either been reduced to those two islands between Sweden and Germany or, in fact, Google's V8 was so great it conquered all of Germany for Denmark.

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They obviously been...

...tracking Mr Hitler Jr's web surfing habits.

Paris - because she's probably in on it too, being of German origin an' all

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World according to Google

It looks like Denmark belongs to Germany too. Some of the Countries That Used To Be The USSR seem to be correct, but where are the borders within the UK? And why is the Yorkshire Bordern not marked.

Daggers at Dawn, Google. Hope you've got good defences.

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And poor Greece!

The southern part is completely drowned!

That can only mean one thing: It is a map received from the future, after the eruption of someplace like Santorin or so, taking with it a sizeable chunk of Hellas.

Obviously, if Google knows as much about the future development of Europe, they also know what people will be looking for in a browser 10 years from now.

I.f.o.w.o.n. Google-eyed, devining overlords.

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Not only that...

Great Britain seems to have grown a secondary Wales just a bit north of the first one. One was bad enough...

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More like Denmark taking back northern Germany - and getting carried away

Ha, says I.

More like Denmark finally taking back what was taken from us in 1864 by that scoundrel Bismarck. And then taking back some more.

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Geoddities...

...not to mention that Italy has been gratified with an impressive couple of Bulgarian airbags

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Rewriting history

my favorite is the one on page-4 where it says "We're applying the same kind of process isolation you find in modern operating systems" - Like err, address spaces in the 1970's mainframe systems. Just because Windows was borked doesn't mean everything else is... but then if Google says its true, it must be. So how radical is the concept of running tabs as processes and freeing up all the memory when you close a tab... not very, just another old concept applied obviously, patents anyone?

Oh yeah, and I remember around 1985 when the VM/SP pubs team first used cartoons to explain topics in some of the VM/SP manuals, so even thats not new google. Still nice to see the youngsters re-invent the old, maybe next up will be google coke, if you put a dirty penny in it, it cleans it... Wow.

Having said that, I'll be trying out Google Chrome, muppet I know. Mines half way up the stairs

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Something rotten in the state of...

... Poland. Because that's where Mike Belshe seems to think Denmark can be found.

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Don't worry

There's no oil.

We won't be going to war over it this time.

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The new Europe

Scotland seems to have finally cracked as well.

Does that mean a bigger premier league soon?

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You have it wrong

According to the description, they are pointing out the Greater Danish Empire of the new expanded Denmark, a dramatic change in European geopolitics only brought on by the power of their incredible Javascript engine.

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It's worse than you think...

It looks to me that they've got ALL of Switzerland, and Hungary, with just a sliver of Austria holding out against the Anschluss.

OTOH, if I'm reading the text correctly, the narrators seem to be saying that they're all Danes now, so it might be okay.

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Legal problems?

Maybe they are still upset about the legal problems they had in Belgium. :-)

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Marvellous

Stoodpid Sceptics...

BTW, has England put on weight?

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Thats nothing...

I thought I was English, but it looks like I've been chucked in with them Scots and Welsh peoples.

Bastards.

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haha

you'd think someone might have checked on er... google maps?

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Germany? Pah!

You've misinterpreted. Plainly, given the caption, the Danes have turned Viking and got their belated revenge on the Germans for the WWII occupation by invading southwards. Lego for all!

Tak!

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Greater Denmark, actually

There is also no border between Denmark and Germany shown in the map in the background. Thus, it would seem as if Denmark, as well as the Low Countries and part of Switzerland became part of Germany. But, wait! The figures in the foreground are speaking of Denmark. Hence, it cannot be that Denmark no longer exists; hence, Germany has become part of Denmark, rather than Denmark becoming part of Germany.

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Proves what we already know....

Americans have no idea whatsoever regarding any geography outside America. In fact most of them don't even know about American geography!

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Are the holidays nearly over?

and the "slow news days" with it?

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Timeline slider bar?

Maybe if you play with the gadget to the left it will update the map in time? Take it up one notch and Poland gets invaded, another one and you'll see Vichy France.

Though from what they're saying it's the Danish Vikings making a push south, they've already taken Slovenia for a bit of Adriatic sea-coast which is surely a better place for a quick dip that the Baltic or North Sea at this (or any other?) time of year.

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old Map

Well they were using an old 1939 map.

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its a cartoon ...

... a bit like El Reg some days.

Jeez, I actually live in Belgium, and I'm not offended.

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Isn't that what the V1 and V2 teams tried to acchieve?

Need I say more...

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Not quite!

Interestingly enough the picture shows this (redrawn) map of Europe -- to the discerning reader -- with a big big Denmark in its centre, not a Germany.

Aye?

Herr B.

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It's not just Germany

I think you'll find that the entire Benelux region has been annexed by the New Danish People's Republic too!

As well as Austria. The map also appears to have suffered the same problem as the original Euro reference book and Wales has been lost to the sea. Not to mention Scicilly appears to have developed a land-bridge to the continent too...

The one with a spinning globe in the pocket please...

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More worring than all of this....

Despite the speech bubble, look at the looming enormous mass of Greenland expanding eastwards towards Europe.

Oh wait. Greenland. Greater Danish Empire. That's it. This Google thing is obviously hiding a MUCH greater agenda.

Jolyon

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Wot happened to Morecambe Bay?

That buggers Morecambe's tourist industry - seems it's now miles inland.

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@ Stephane Mabille

Weren't the Vikings Norse forced to leave home because Norway has so little arable land?

What with the plains of northern Europe close at hand, the Danes didn't experience the same land pressures.

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Malta appears to have grown a bit too

It might effectively have a land bridge to Gozo.

Thats nice, I hope they get some better beaches from it and a bit more room to relax in as its very densely populated there. Its nice of Google to fund the land reclamation project, perhaps using techniques pioneered by the Dutch?

I generally like the Maltese, they're polite, and don't deserve the hard time they get at US Passport Control, with their Arabic sounding language, dusky mediterranean looks and facial hair.

Nor do their menfolk.

AC as I work for some Maltesers

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also

why is iceland talking

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Hell, even Monaco's gone!!

That's enough to make you want to drive off a cliff.

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Scotland???

It seems that the Scots have finally got their way too given how large Scotland seems to be!!!

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conquered all of Germany for Denmark

... correction - "Annexed"

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Why are we surprised???

Frankly I'm not sure why anyone is surprised the map is inaccurate, they're Yanks.

I'm suprised they know that Denmark is in Europe, and where Europe is!!!

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Turkish Empire is back!

Greece was returned to Turkey...

Talk about scratching a sore spot, Google!!

I guess it's a good thing they didn't use colour, or that'd be the whole Cyprus can of worms knocking at their door.

Of course, mind you, how many greek techies are there??

(says the Greek techie, feeling all alone...)

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Good!

Any government, be it Google HQ or Germany, should do better than the sorry lot that's "running" Belgium right now. I say we had it coming!

My coat is the one with the "Belgium is dead" sticker on the back.

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comical

gave up on the comic, so the humour that no doubt resides within is lost on me.

after all google may well be impressive, this browser even more so but whichever nit did the pages for that comic apparently forgot how the anchor tag is meant to work and thinks everyone has javascript enabled.

perhaps a swipe by google at all the bods out there that have noscript blocking there analytical scripts?

mines the one made from tin foil...

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Don't mention the war...

Danish tourist: "Please stop going on about the war"

Basil: "You started it"

Danish tourist: “We did not start it”

Basil: “Yes you did, you invaded Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands”

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perhaps its

what the world will look like after they switch on CERN

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Germany surrenders to Netherlands

Who cares if we have to redraw the map of Europe. As long as Microsoft doesn't get any of it.

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Austria, not Switzerland

Apparently, the area above Italy is Western Austria, not southern Switzerland. And Hungary appears to be integrated with the new large borderless area as well.

However, since only national boundaries are shown, the omission of the internal borders of the United Kingdom (its border with the Republic of Ireland is shown) should not be taken to imply anything about the status of England, Wales, and Scotland.

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Looks like Stordanmark has more then that

It seem to also have Slovenia as well as Deutschschweiz, together with making Vorarlburg and Tyrol an independent state.

Plus, where is Kosovo (if your country recognised it) & Palestinian Territories?

It will get me coat, one with a proper map of Europe.

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BIG red roses

Lancashire seems to have put on weight.

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