This Guy’s Secret Since 1963 Was Just Recently Revealed. And Now I’m Totally Speechless.
This Guy's Secret Since 1963 Was Just Recently Revealed. And Now I'm Totally Speechless.

A man by the name of Jerry Gretzinger knows what dedication is. For decades, he has been doing the same exact thing every day… just because he likes it. Jerry has been building his very own world (long before games like SimCity or Minecraft existed) by creating an absolutely massive map. Day after day, since 1963, he has been adding squares to this map. It’s now made up of over 2,400 individual 8×10 sheets.

It. Is. Enormous. No one has ever been able to see it, in person, in its entirety. Not even Jerry.

“The map began as a doodle,” Jerry says in Greg Whitmore’s 2009 documentary trailer on Vimeo. “I just made little rectangles and crosshatched them carefully.”

He began to add to that initial drawing, adding cities, counties and countries.

After years of work, it expanded to an unbelievable size.

But, each day, Jerry still wakes up to work on it. He re-tints his colors, then he decides what to do.

He’ll draw a card from a deck to decide what will happen in his world.

In 2003, Jerry had to begin mixing new paint colors to represent different things on the map. He has to keep track of them in this detailed journal.

By drawing random cards when he adds to the world, he ensures that it will evolve naturally. Some good things, and some bad things, can happen each day.

I’m not sure I could be this dedicated to something, no matter how hard I tried.

To learn more about Jerry and his epic map evolution, watch the Vimeo documentary below.

If you’d like to explore Jerry’s map yourself, go here. He and his son converted the map to a digital version for everyone to enjoy.


I feel tired just thinking about all of the work Jerry had to put into this map. Share his awesome creation with others by clicking the button below.

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