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Once upon a time, there was an editor who was wholly consistent without any question whatsoever
Once upon a time, in the Land of Wikipedialand, there was a very consistent editor indeed. Let's call him Mr. Consistent for short.
1. Mr. Consistent making an edit saying that, because the metropolitan counties were never abolished, they still exist, even though they no longer fulfil a local government function. This wholly consistent user writes "The metropolitan counties are sometimes incorrectly refered to as "former metropolitan counties", being, as he is, very sure that entities that have never been abolished continue to legally exist.
A little later, on the 23rd February, 2005, he made another edit to a different article:
2. Mr. Consistent making an edit to the Traditional counties of England article saying that, even though the traditional counties were never abolished, their existence is "ambiguous" and "somewhat confused", although he (begrudging) admits that "[h]owever it did not formally abolish the 'ancient and geographic' counties". This wholly consistent user goes on to say that "supporters of the traditional counties assert that they continue to exist", being, as he is, rather sceptical as to whether entities that have never been abolished continue to legally exist. 
And then he thought to himself "Aren't I jolly consistent indeed! I think I'd win a Nobel Prize for consistency if there were one!".
The moral of this story: Some people are really very, very consistent indeed!
Why are maps like these (example of typical map, right) appearing all over the place?
They show a vague aproximation of an area*, but, seemingly, every river for miles around. So you can compare the location of a place in Britain with the mouth of the Rhine. How useful!
And they take up over 300Kb each. I've seen these maps in articles about two places a stone's throw away from each other; the placement of the 'dot' differs by about a pixel...
*N.b. size of dot in example is merely demonstrative of the general principle.
This and That
A few external links of note:
- British Weights and Measures Association Illegal metric transport signs Irish Anti-Metric League Decimal nature of the metric system
- Association of British Counties Friends of Real Lancashire The Huntingdonshire Society Yorkshire Ridings Society
- Democracy Movement The Magna Carta Society Save Britain's Fish Sovereignty Campaign for an Independent Britain
A few articles (of which there are many more): Arowana Arthur Chesterton Anthrax_(fly) Atta Auguste Forel British_Ants Chudleigh Knighton Cooloola monster Cromartyshire Driver_ant Flathead_catfish Formica rufibarbis Gloucestershire Heathland Horace Donisthorpe Huntingdonshire Inaccessible Island Rail John Obadiah Westwood Karl Shuker Killer ants Kongamato List_of_ant_genera_(alphabetical) List of centipede common names List of scorpion common names List of common names for non-scorpion arachnids commonly called scorpions List of notable cryptozoologists List of notable myrmecologists List of non-endemic ant species introduced to Great Britain and Ireland List of the common names of British ant species List of locales in Britain where ant species have become locally extinct Nirvana (leafhopper) Paraponera Pinnate Rannoch_Moor River shark Sandown Sevenoaks Solenopsis fugax Weybridge Weybridge heath William Gould William Morton Wheeler Yeti