Ah. I think
it's the same shape but it destorts it more. You see, it's a sphere being stretched onto a rectangle, so the distortion is worst in the corners, but
, the people who make these maps often just shift it all to the left, rolling the bit that got cut off onto the other side. You can't do that; it makes the map inaccurate. Although the shape off russia is exactly the same, it's in a diffrent place on the map and so should be a diffrent shape.
you see what I mean? I don't know much about the maths of cartography, so I may actualy be wrong about this: but either way russia gets cut in half.
I only mentioned this to explain away the ignorance of americans who couldn't point out america on a map. If you prove me wrong, you'll have come up with your own excuse next time.
edit: I checked. I am wrong. The map is not destorted, it just cuts russia in two, which makes it confusing, but not wrong
. I am forced to conclude that the americans who cannot find america are just stupid. In other news, I cannot find an image of a map with america in the middle on google anywhere, which just goes to show how common they obviously are everywhere outside america.