Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?

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  • Jay Foreman

    Jay Foreman

    11 օր առաջ

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    • Tsass0

      Tsass0

      11 ժամ առաջ

      @Skeptikalz and write very good adds for Skillshare

    • Todd Howard

      Todd Howard

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      who cares what they have just came to drop a dislike, i h 8 stup i d videos with clickbaity titles, just pause em as soon as the load dislike usually block the channel and move on

    • yfelwulf

      yfelwulf

      6 օր առաջ

      @Jimbob Robob Exactly how would control hundreds of millions of people even the Germans found it near impossible.

    • yfelwulf

      yfelwulf

      6 օր առաջ

      @Influence08 Australia never entered Europe other than providing pilots.

    • Jimbob Robob

      Jimbob Robob

      6 օր առաջ

      Planning for an invasion is a bit of the usual paranoid middle class overreach about the USSR. As if a conventional bombing campaign might not have preceded a nuclear one or sabotage and special ops by agents and special forces wouldn't have been a thing. Invasion indeed! How paranoid. It's as if the anxiety over Putin has pushed aside the collapse of the USSR under it's own deficiencies when it was revealed to be almost certainly incapable of such a thing and had been for decades.

  • G H

    G H

    2 ժամ առաջ

    Maybe they did invade not physically but culturally. You can't deny how communism is an upwards trend since then.

  • Kaspar Nick Born

    Kaspar Nick Born

    2 ժամ առաջ

    The Siegfried-Maps of my native country Switzerland are still the best!

  • Утерянный В Тумане

    Утерянный В Тумане

    2 ժամ առաջ

    2:24
    Guys, you should have put pencil in there. Missed opportunity.

  • Hairysteed

    Hairysteed

    3 ժամ առաջ

    _"...always within 10,000 miles from a Russian spy"_ - ...or anyone

  • Iain Killion

    Iain Killion

    3 ժամ առաջ

    I'm sure the Soviet military had more detailed maps than the USGS, thats like saying an F1 car has more horsepower than a Prius

  • D Legionnaire

    D Legionnaire

    4 ժամ առաջ

    THE MERCENARY 2020 BRUTAL ACTION BY THE FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER FROM GANGS OF NEW YORK NOW ON AMAZON PRIME .............

  • Ireallyshouldntbehere ltd

    Ireallyshouldntbehere ltd

    4 ժամ առաջ

    Cold war map off is my preferred name for arctic navigation.

  • v.0

    v.0

    4 ժամ առաջ

    Jay Foreman: "Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?"
    Russia: "xexexe"

  • Thecoolyoyo

    Thecoolyoyo

    4 ժամ առաջ

    I like your new haircut jay :)

  • Piotr Lenar

    Piotr Lenar

    4 ժամ առաջ

    This "Polish map" isn't from cold war era, rather it was made for polish pilots during WWII.

  • Mccdtk

    Mccdtk

    5 ժամ առաջ

    Russia didn't even come up with vodka

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    5 ժամ առաջ

    2:58 diskette.

  • WookiesInOnesies

    WookiesInOnesies

    5 ժամ առաջ

    So if someone would have asked me last week if i liked maps i would have said 'hell no!'. Yet i seem to have binged loads of videos on this channel over the last few days. The comedy mixed with facts and the ad skits are strangely intriguing. I may have become a map facts fan. Good Job with these videos! 😊

  • C H

    C H

    7 ժամ առաջ

    MAP MEN MAP MEN MAP MAP MAP MEN WHERE ARE THE OTHER MENSES??

  • Epic Franek

    Epic Franek

    7 ժամ առաջ

    I'm polish

    No joke

  • Jacob Jørgensen

    Jacob Jørgensen

    8 ժամ առաջ

    Poland allied during the Cold War? You mean soviet puppet?

  • Miranda Aniston

    Miranda Aniston

    9 ժամ առաջ

    miniurl.es/milfhot8z1mz






    Nel loro impegno per migliorare la qualità della vita, dimenticano che la costante crescita quantitativa e la portata della nostra attività ci consentono di adempiere a compiti importanti per sviluppare i compiti stabiliti dalla società. E non c'è dubbio che molte personalità famose si mescolano a dati non univoci al punto da essere completamente irriconoscibili, il che aumenta il loro stato di inutilità.Le considerazioni ideologiche di ordine superiore, così come la pianificazione futura, giocano un ruolo decisivo nell'analisi dei modelli di comportamento esistenti. Tuttavia, non bisogna dimenticare che il nuovo modello di attività organizzativa offre ampie opportunità per ripensare le politiche economiche estere.💕
    Assim, o conceito de alta tecnologia de estrutura social e perfeito para a implementacao de formas de influencia. Ate hoje, apenas os estados independentes continuam sendo o destino dos liberais que desejam ser distribuidos associativamente entre os setores.

  • TechnocraticDreadnought

    TechnocraticDreadnought

    10 ժամ առաջ

    6:06 but do not forget, that china, the ccp, is the bigger problem.

  • Captain Calculus

    Captain Calculus

    11 ժամ առաջ

    There is a great 1970s Russian map of Wellington NZ. It has every building in all the Quarters and the Parliamentary Precinct, all the companies that were in that building, and even little notes on what you could buy from shops at every location. Someone in the Soviet Embassy really really liked maps and spent a lot of time doing it, and updating it.

  • Tsass0

    Tsass0

    11 ժամ առաջ

    U are so very good at those adds :)

  • Max Headrom

    Max Headrom

    17 ժամ առաջ

    You know there's a mistake at the start, right? Two, if you consider that you did not mention Dostoievski.

  • John Murphy

    John Murphy

    17 ժամ առաջ

    This is by far one of the most interesting you tube video I have watched and that has changed my option on the entire soviet union 10/10.

  • Ania Wilkosz

    Ania Wilkosz

    18 ժամ առաջ

    As a Pole, I felt weird when you suggested that our air force could invade GB. We always liked you, guys! The Soviets wouldn't let us be nice to you :c

  • Derek McManus

    Derek McManus

    20 ժամ առաջ

    Are these Soy Boys gay lovers?

  • Derek McManus

    Derek McManus

    20 ժամ առաջ

    They don't

  • StickTheGlue

    StickTheGlue

    20 ժամ առաջ

    They do say the Russians have the best spies in the world. They even managed to get one into extremely high up in the Japanese forces during WW2 who told them they had no intention of invading through China. Freeing up a LOT of specially trained and equipped troops to stall and then drive back the German advance in the middle of the Russian winter

  • Justin Webber

    Justin Webber

    21 ժամ առաջ

    I never thought anyone could make maps fun, well done.

  • Stig Martin

    Stig Martin

    21 ժամ առաջ

    Is this what BeardyMan does in his off time from creating epic tunes? 😂👍

    • Jay Foreman

      Jay Foreman

      9 ժամ առաջ

      Beardyman (Darren Foreman) is my brother, and he made the Map Men theme music for us.

  • Carlos C

    Carlos C

    22 ժամ առաջ

    Its the MAP, it’s the MAP, It’s the MAP, it’s the MAP, ‘tis the phucking map KOmrad

  • MoyBoy

    MoyBoy

    22 ժամ առաջ

    Yo I’ve only just realised the ‘intro song’ is different every episode - pretty epic if u ask me

  • Женя Волков

    Женя Волков

    22 ժամ առաջ

    Кошмар!

  • Anna Rakovska

    Anna Rakovska

    23 ժամ առաջ

    i was singing along to the intro only to realise that there is no extra "men" in the end! am i hallucinating or did you remove it? if yes, pls get it back on!!! :(

  • Cian MacGana

    Cian MacGana

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    I never trust English guys who say Russia won the war. Way too beta

    • dushas

      dushas

      2 ժամ առաջ

      @Cian MacGana =))

    • Cian MacGana

      Cian MacGana

      5 ժամ առաջ

      @dushas nah Britain won the war

    • dushas

      dushas

      7 ժամ առաջ

      pretty sure that's what you call it, when one side has inflicted 85-90% of casualties of the defeated side.

  • Mungo658

    Mungo658

    Օր առաջ

    sweet surname bro

  • Pubg-Blsy

    Pubg-Blsy

    Օր առաջ

    Winning ww2 ? Debatable

  • Jan

    Jan

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    English people really should use Polish spelling, it's far easier! (I'm Polish of course)

  • Mister NovelBro

    Mister NovelBro

    Օր առաջ

    "Winning WW2"
    GTFO

  • Dub Elements

    Dub Elements

    Օր առաջ

    Dendi ?

  • Rhajdami centoria

    Rhajdami centoria

    Օր առաջ

    sheldon cooper(s) ... it's funny. But i will continue to hate england for what you done in your history.
    Don't worry guys one day we will come :)))
    See you later :)

    • Jade Nagi

      Jade Nagi

      Օր առաջ

      What a ridiculous thing to say.

  • Jason.

    Jason.

    Օր առաջ

    They still put planes in our airspace.

  • Totally not a famous person with a fake name

    Totally not a famous person with a fake name

    Օր առաջ

    should be asking "who gives a fuck?" lnstead

  • Алексей Сушко

    Алексей Сушко

    Օր առաջ

    Look at Google map and on Yandex map...

  • The Monster

    The Monster

    Օր առաջ

    U Fucking suck

  • Michal Jancik

    Michal Jancik

    Օր առաջ

    4:05 Žilina , Slovakia ... 😃

  • zephyrandboreas

    zephyrandboreas

    Օր առաջ

    Not sure if anyone has ever commented on it, but does anyone think that Jay sounds as if he were the identical voice twin of James Burke? I love it.... I've always really enjoyed James' documentaries. And I love your channel.

  • HRTBRK

    HRTBRK

    Օր առաջ

    The way I was caught out by the “don’t watch it now, watch it later” spooked me😭

  • bouytt guyt

    bouytt guyt

    Օր առաջ

    The Soviet maps warmly recommends the 123-metre spire of Salisbury.

  • -Lightning Will-

    -Lightning Will-

    Օր առաջ

    It's bc they know who to be scared of

  • daviduribe004

    daviduribe004

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    lol russia "won" ww2

    • bouytt guyt

      bouytt guyt

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      0:49 excuse me? i am a native polish speaker and have absolutely not an ounce of a clue what you were trying to say

  • Sergio Juan Membiela

    Sergio Juan Membiela

    Օր առաջ

    OTOH, I did read a story about Western made maps of Moscow being the best ones. That because the Russian messed with their official maps to avoid giving away intelligence (https://www.nytimes.com/1988/09/03/world/soviet-aide-admits-maps-were-faked-for-50-years.html).
    IIRC, it ended being so bad that diplomats in Moscow needed to use the maps provided by their own intelligence agencies (mainly the CIA) to do their routine functions, and the maps being leaked to everyone (including Russians with the right connections!) who needed to travel through Moscow.

  • Generic Rants

    Generic Rants

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    Why are people surprised that Russians can make good maps, if it was the US that made these maps of USSR nobody would bat an eye

    • trololoev

      trololoev

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      sorry, but if USA made good maps even of USA i will be surprised.

  • some dude

    some dude

    Օր առաջ

    The WWII comment could be debated

  • icumsriracha

    icumsriracha

    Օր առաջ

    Very good.

  • mrcellophane99

    mrcellophane99

    Օր առաջ

    Where can we see a Russian map of Area 51 ?

  • Úna Parkinson

    Úna Parkinson

    2 օր առաջ

    Great as always

  • Sprint955ST

    Sprint955ST

    2 օր առաջ

    Well, either I’m mistaken or I just heard Jay’s distinctive tones doing a voice continuity on top telly channel Dave??!!

    • Jay Foreman

      Jay Foreman

      Օր առաջ

      You’re not mistaken, I have done some voiceover work for Dave.

  • Barry Scott

    Barry Scott

    2 օր առաջ

    I'm just glad someone else identified the true victors of the 2nd world war

  • René Larsen

    René Larsen

    2 օր առաջ

    Well Arnold Schwarzenegger let the cartographer go together with Jackie Chan from the jail in Tayna pechati drakona so im sure thats why..

  • Filu

    Filu

    2 օր առաջ

    Russian didnt made vodka

  • Łukasz Pawłowski

    Łukasz Pawłowski

    2 օր առաջ

    "Kolczyste" (Colchester) and "Sendłycz" (Sandwich) are my favourite on that map :) .
    "- Two kolczyste sandwiches pliizzz" would be like "Two spiky sandwiches please" ;) :D

  • Pelena STRW

    Pelena STRW

    2 օր առաջ

    So many subtitles in different languages and no russian...

  • KJV only

    KJV only

    2 օր առաջ

    Turn to Jesus Christ!

    • KJV only

      KJV only

      2 օր առաջ

      Isaiah 13:11 KJV And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

    • Jay Foreman

      Jay Foreman

      2 օր առաջ

      No.

    • KJV only

      KJV only

      2 օր առաջ

      Saint Luke 5:32 KJV I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Saint Luke 13:3 KJV I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

  • Ред стоунер

    Ред стоунер

    2 օր առաջ

    Хехе)

  • audrien

    audrien

    2 օր առաջ

    0:49 excuse me? i am a native polish speaker and have absolutely not an ounce of a clue what you were trying to say

    • audrien

      audrien

      2 օր առաջ

      @Jay Foreman ohhh, i'll assume that was dobrze zrobione, meaning "well made" or "well done", is that right?

    • Jay Foreman

      Jay Foreman

      2 օր առաջ

      Dobre zdrobione. (Sorry I did such a terrible job pronouncing it!)

  • JustAPolishAmerican

    JustAPolishAmerican

    2 օր առաջ

    0:50 What he meant to say: "Dobrze zrobione!"
    What he actually said: *"DOBRE ŻRONIE!"*

    • Łukasz Pawłowski

      Łukasz Pawłowski

      2 օր առաջ

      If not for subtitles in Polish - I would have had no idea what he had said :) . Not to mention, that they just 1:1 translated English phrase "well done" - which no Polish person would have used in such a situation :D . So..., wcale NIE "dobrze zrobione" ;) Still, they tried - and Polish is no joke for foreigners so props for them! :)

  • DieMimik

    DieMimik

    2 օր առաջ

    As a german I am amused by "Saufend-on-si" bc "saufend" means "getting drunk" in german XD

    • Łukasz Pawłowski

      Łukasz Pawłowski

      2 օր առաջ

      Jawohl! I guess being saufend on see makes one much amused ;) .

  • JonatasMonte

    JonatasMonte

    2 օր առաջ

    Transliterated.
    I gotta remember that one.

  • JonatasMonte

    JonatasMonte

    2 օր առաջ

    0:00 You didn't mention Tolstoy!!!!

  • J MJ

    J MJ

    2 օր առաջ

    "Polish allies" is a bit of a stretch.

  • Erik H—N

    Erik H—N

    2 օր առաջ

    Thanks again 👍Who’s the jazz pianist on the soundtrack in the end of the video?

  • William

    William

    2 օր առաջ

    6:25 is an oil field in California near Bakersfield.

  • Seikleiner

    Seikleiner

    2 օր առաջ

    Очень нехорошо: выпустили ролик, касающийся России, однако перевели его на все наречия, которые только возможно, кроме русского :(

    • Seikleiner

      Seikleiner

      2 օր առաջ

      Thank you very much, I will wait :)

    • Jay Foreman

      Jay Foreman

      2 օր առաջ

      Sorry! I guess the Russian-speaking volunteer is taking longer than everybody else. I’m sure the Russian translation is coming soon. Hopefully no more than just a few days!

  • Michal Lewandowski

    Michal Lewandowski

    2 օր առաջ

    New vid noice one lads. This reminds me of that bimig bang show when Sheldon reviews maps

  • Jacques Mertens

    Jacques Mertens

    2 օր առաջ

    Polish allies? Are you off your trolley?
    Since when does being occupied by the Russians mean you're on their side?

  • Jeremiah Carr

    Jeremiah Carr

    2 օր առաջ

    Polish Allies SHIT a brick poles if anything hated their soviet oppressors.

  • Alexandr Moroseac

    Alexandr Moroseac

    2 օր առաջ

    Ю ар вэлком!

  • marlboro9tibike

    marlboro9tibike

    2 օր առաջ

    In the soviet russia, you dont need maps, the maps need YOU!

  • Pat Reilly

    Pat Reilly

    2 օր առաջ

    The comment about expecting Russian maps to be defective is such a good illustration of latent anti-communist ideology clouding our understanding

  • asioe kiou

    asioe kiou

    2 օր առաջ

    Amazing video man

  • Саша Кумылганов

    Саша Кумылганов

    2 օր առաջ

    Secret? I've got officer atlas literally at home from my father's day in the red army as a tank officer, and considering the size of the damn thing there is quite a lot of maps in there

    • asioe kiou

      asioe kiou

      2 օր առաջ

      2:24, aha the Russians didn't use pens in space comrade. LOL 🤣

  • ninad pathak

    ninad pathak

    2 օր առաջ

    I like your new old look. old new look wasn't working as much.

  • Dan Dart

    Dan Dart

    2 օր առաջ

    The lack of excitement in "What's Skillshare?"

  • Interplanetary Reconnaissance

    Interplanetary Reconnaissance

    2 օր առաջ

    You guys make some of the best content on YouTube

  • JOHNNY MYTHO

    JOHNNY MYTHO

    2 օր առաջ

    It's good to see Britain was actually an half interesting country back at the time and not a shithole only known for a pretty terrible series of books made for grown-up kids where you can get arrested for having a swiss army knife in your pockets.

  • Phillipa Kemi

    Phillipa Kemi

    2 օր առաջ

    Just found out there's a secret bunker for the regional government in my hometown.... That's unexpected

  • Ash Ackroyd

    Ash Ackroyd

    2 օր առաջ

    https://redatlasbook.com/cityplansuk

  • A M

    A M

    3 օր առաջ

    "... until no matter where you lived in the world, you were always at least ten thousand miles from a russian spy"
    That got me lmao.

  • WestCoast Trainspotting

    WestCoast Trainspotting

    3 օր առաջ

    Dont watch it now, Watch it later. - Mark, 2020

  • Bojan Bojovic

    Bojan Bojovic

    3 օր առաջ

    First time here, you two are brilliant.

  • Zenek Ragdoll

    Zenek Ragdoll

    3 օր առաջ

    5:41 I like how everything is in Polenglish, but they left ,,Przyl." for przylądek (cape), I mean like ,,excuse me do you know where is przylądek Łodm-Point?"

  • Mattness Pl

    Mattness Pl

    3 օր առաջ

    Link to polish map, please, pretty please🙏

    • Ethan Nevermore

      Ethan Nevermore

      2 օր առաջ

      images.jomidav.com/M-31_Polish.html redatlasbook.com/topos_polish

  • jakey1995abc

    jakey1995abc

    3 օր առաջ

    I thought the Polish did take over the UK though?

  • Dennis Cambly

    Dennis Cambly

    3 օր առաջ

    it all started with beep, beep, beep, beep in 1957

  • Ivan Renov

    Ivan Renov

    3 օր առաջ

    How did they do it!?
    Answer: “they be the best at *I spy*

  • Klara

    Klara

    3 օր առաջ

    well......... why does snapchat have the best map overall?

  • Youtube Comment

    Youtube Comment

    3 օր առաջ

    FUN FACTS:
    - Stalin: Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
    This is correct, in 1945 and 1948 for his efforts to end the second World War, he didn't win the Prize though. Hitler was also nominated (although the nomination was intended as sarcasm) for the Prize, in 1939. He didn't win it either.
    - Malenkov: Was known by the nickname "Two Jags"
    No evidence of this. British politician John Prescott did have this nickname, because he owned two Jaguar cars. There is a resemblence between Prescott and Malenkov in this picture
    - Khrushchev: Unsuccessfully tried to patent a self-boiling egg
    No evidence of this, nor for the existence of a self-boiling egg (patent). He was mostly bald (at least when he was in power), and a bald head can be referred to as an egg-head.
    - Brezhnev: His hands were superglued together throughout the 1970s
    No evidence of this, but the picture makes it look like this is the case
    - Andropov: He doesn't know who you are either
    This is probably true, depending on who you are. Andropov may be the least-known poast-war Soviet leader, possibly together with Chernenko, both due to their short time in office.
    - Chernenko: Was a huge fan of Catchphrase, and had every episode on VHS
    This is demonstrably untrue, as the first episode of the game show Catchphrase aired after Chernenko's death
    - Gorbachev: Did an advert for Pizza Hut in 1998. (Look it up!)
    This is true, you can find it on Youtube. In the advert, Gorbachev is seated in a Moscow branch of Pizza Hut with his real-life granddaughter while other customers argue about his legacy.

    • Jay Foreman

      Jay Foreman

      2 օր առաջ

      I absolutely love this comment!!!

  • LOSERFACE

    LOSERFACE

    3 օր առաջ

    But would they include Thameslink on their tube map?

  • Your No Beater

    Your No Beater

    3 օր առաջ

    2:24, aha the Russians didn't use pens in space comrade. LOL 🤣

  • sonofbulldozer

    sonofbulldozer

    3 օր առաջ

    Ive seen the Russian map of Barrow-in-Furness with the shipyard marked in very good detail