As I said in the comments at Razib’s blog: “My, that is one attractive fellow. He looks decidedly Hispanic to me, which I suppose shouldn’t be surprising since Hispanics are already highly mixed people with Asian, African, and European ancestry. However, if you squint, he can look a bit Indian (or Italian, or mulatto, or hapa, or…).” I think the thought exercise here is less what the guy actually looks like, but more what we as individuals see in him.
I learned about the faults of Mercator projections when I was pretty young, although I can’t remember where I learned it. I think it was something I saw on television. My young brain couldn’t quite wrap itself around the geometry involved, but I got the major point. Many maps use a system that, instead of staying true to the curvature of the earth, lay things out in such a way that the lines of latitude and longitude make rectangles instead of curved lines. This is mainly for ship navigation and the like, but it has the unfortunate effect of exaggerating land masses at the poles and diminishing land masses near the equator, such as central America, Africa, and India. In the Mercator projection, Africa looks to be only slightly larger than Greenland! If you’ve ever looked at a globe (I had a globe when I was a kid, which helped me with the geometry of this issue a bit), you know that’s definitely not true. The original blog post has more detailed info on Mercator projections if you’re interested.
I felt bad watching this video. Every time a kitten would fall down, my immediate instinct was to laugh, but then I wanted to cry. I had a very conflicting experience to say the least. The blog post accompanying this video has a really great explanation of the physiology involved in the disease; I suggest you check that out as well.