oh yea, first instructable.
Step 1: Buy a Globe AND a map AND a almanac
the reason why globes are so important these days is because these days, alot of people actually believe that greenland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenland) is a large island the size of africa. Most of us were raised on the Mercurator projection (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercator_projection) no matter what way you do it, you cant get a round globe onto a flat paper without having it grossly disorted.
Maps are still useful in thier own ways. you can not see the exact geography of NYC without an atlas or the internet to help you. While maps and globes tell you what the physical geography is, almanacs tell you everything else. they can tell you about the turbulent history of Cuba or the formation of the European Union. Knowledge is power but knowing powerless knowledge (like all the imports and exports of imperial russia) wont help.