Cartocacoethes: Uncontrollable Compulsion to See Maps Everywhere

The human brain is wired to recognize faces everywhere, but it turns out that there's also a strange mania called cartocacoethes: the uncontrollable compulsion to see maps everywhere.

Strange Maps blog has a post about these "accidental maps" - for example, the africa in milanesa to the left:

“I was cooking this typical Argentinian food called milanesa, when I found the map of Africa in my saucepan,” writes Manuel Barcia from Argentina. “This typical dish is made out of a cut meat from the back of the cow, called nalga, covered with a mix of mashed bread and eggs and then fried. I always say that each piece of meat looks like an undiscovered island or some unknown place, but this looked just like Africa.”

Link - via BB-Blog


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@lookas:
You are right, "milanese meat" is a typical Milanese (duh!) dish, but it's also extremely popular in Argentina. They are not stealing your dishes, you know :P.
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"Milanese meat" it's an tyipycal Italian dish since last time i checked Milan was in italy not in Argentina

(How it's called the strange mania that make you be picky when somebody talks about Italian food? I guess it's called being italian, sorry :)
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