Brickbat: Don't Put Shetland in a Box


Marc-andré Le Tourneux /

A new Scottish law bars government agencies from putting the Shetland Islands in a box on maps. The islands are about 150 miles from the Scottish mainland. Mapmakers say putting the islands in a box allow them to create maps that don't waste space representing water. Shetland residents complain the practice minimizes the difficulties they face living so far from the mainland.