Thanks to HowStuffWorks.com head writer Tracy for sending me this cool article on just how remote some areas of Planet Earth are these days.
Researchers at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, and the World Bank have drawn up a "map of connectedness." Despite the fact that many of you more adventurous types may have traveled to the far ends of the earth, you probably weren't as far away from a city as you thought.
What the researchers set out to determine was how long it would take to travel to a city of at least 50,000 people from any point on earth, by land or sea. They took things like terrain, roads and river networks into consideration to figure this out. The results surprised me - less than 10 percent of the earth's land is more than 48 hours from a city.