I made this cake for my son's birthday yesterday:I've come to the conclusion that early mapmakers did their jobs roughly the same way I did it. Start with the continent you know best (North America, in my case), and then warp the other continents slightly as space demands. Is it my fault Eurasia is so darned big? I think I was totally justified in making Florida bigger than the Indian subcontinent. Honestly, is it any worse than the old Mercator projections that made Greenland the size of Mars and cut Russia in half?
Oh, for my previous cake works, see here, here and here. And for a wonderful discussion of maps and bias, see this West Wing scene.