Boing Boing came across this recent video of Franken drawing all 48 states (of the continental U.S., geography nerds) from memory at the Minnesota State Fair, and ever the paranoid types, wondered if Franken is faking it: "it would be easy to create indented trace-lines by using a pen with no cartridge in advance." Doubtful given how long and how often Franken's been doing this trick.
The landscape of the city changes with each passing day as retail outlets come and go and older buildings are torn down to make way for new developments. But if you want to see what NYC looked like way back in the day, the Mannahatta Project has an interactive map that allows you to zoom in on any section of Manhattan—such as Union Square, left—and then travel back in time to see what the same area looked like in 1609.
You won't be checking out the Blue Collar Comedy Tour this summer. Can we interest you in the White-Collar Criminal Tour instead? Click on the image above for the locations of a handful of white-collar crooks currently behind bars. Then all you have to do is use Google's driving directions to plot out your fun, summer road trip! (You'll have to check with each prison about visitation privileges, of course.) As you can see, it's an incomplete list. Email us at email@example.com and let us know who we're missing and we'll add them right away. [White-Collar Criminal Tour]
This map of where famous sitcoms were set—on TV, that is, not in real life—isn't the most precise thing in the world. (We're going to assume the placement of Sex and the City on the Upper East Side is because Charlotte's character lived there?) But if you're a TV location scout and you're looking to showcase an NYC neighborhood that has yet to be ruined by round-the-clock shoots and national TV exposure, it should be a good place to start. [Danmeth.com via Lisanti]