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make place names signs readable from space

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Saves map makers from having to label things and would help aliens learn geography.
bob, Jan 01 2018

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       If they can travel here, they can already see them from space.
wjt, Jan 01 2018
  

       The place itself should be in such a shape as to spell out the name.
Ian Tindale, Jan 01 2018
  

       That would be tricky for, say, the central part of Scunthorpe.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 01 2018
  

       The places already spell out the inhabitant's innate nature.
wjt, Jan 01 2018
  

       // would help aliens learn geography //   

       We call it "xenography". And we don't need any help.
8th of 7, Jan 01 2018
  

       By perpetuating the myth that the Great Wall of China is visible from space, you could use this project as cover for an agenda of building odd-shaped barriers to mass migration. For example, a certain US president could simply write the label "Rio Grande" in a heavily-serifed font, with a customs barrier across the gap between the o and the G.
pertinax, Jan 01 2018
  

       Spell it out in rebuses, especially Scunthorpe, then the aliens will be able to pick up on some of the semantic connotations. Manchester as a hairy muscular thorax plus a replica of an ancient Mesopotamian settlement.
nineteenthly, Jan 02 2018
  

       Towns will be under typographical scrutiny regarding kerning.
Ian Tindale, Jan 02 2018
  

       No one will agree on the typeface to be used for this
hippo, Jan 02 2018
  

       Despite the spelling, Arial would the natural choice.
xenzag, Jan 02 2018
  

       Dildo Newfoundland will be hard.   

       Contrary 2 Fry's I think dildo new found land would be easy. 3 round abouts and a few strate roads, it's a small town.   

       -edit ( and now I get the joke ) :-(
dev45, Jan 08 2018
  
      
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