Meet the ultimate cartographer – a British schoolboy genius who can draw an accurate map of the world in MINUTES.
Brainy Joseph Jonah Lucas, seven, can list all the world’s countries, capitals, borders and seas.
His knowledge of the planet is so accurate he’s already advising his parents on where to go on holiday.
The primary school pupil can draw a detailed and accurate the world map from memory, complete with names and capitals in as little as a quarter of an hour.
Joseph, affectionately called JJ by primary school teacher mum Suzanne, 39, has been cartography-mad since 2017.
He got step-dad Simon, 38, to decorate his bedroom with map wallpaper, flag bunting, a map duvet and a globe on his bedside table.
‘JJ’ – who was diagnosed with autism aged three – then spent his evenings looking up at his wall memorising the outlines of the world’s continents and countries.
Six months later ‘JJ’, from Solihull, West Midlands, was able to reel off the countries of the world in both alphabetical and size order.
With his knowledge of countries and borders so attuned ‘JJ’ has even helped to choose the family’s summer holiday destination to Cyprus this year.
Proud mum Sue Garner, 39, said: “He knows more than me and I’m a teacher. It’s quite embarrassing.
“It’s entirely self-taught. He isn’t even taught geography at school so this is completely off his own back.
“He’ll run over and say ‘test me, test me’. What amazes me is that he’s right 99 per cent of the time.
“You can name any country and he’ll be able to name the capital and its bordering country within seconds. It’s most incredible really.”
JJ, who was non-verbal until for the first few years of his life, was diagnosed in early 2015.
His obsession began when watched JJ McCullough’s ‘Obscure flags of Canada’ video on YouTube in late 2017.
Having got the names of countries, capitals, seas and borders under his belt within a matter of months, ‘JJ’ turned his attention to the art of map drawing.
Suzanne said: “When he first started drawing the maps it was the continents he could draw.
“But just like when he was learning the names repetition was key to him. He’s a perfectionist so he’ll spread the paper along the dining room table and
“Now he’s able to draw all the countries within 15 minutes.
“Because he’s such a force to be reckoned with now his bugbear is the overuse of the mercator map because it shows 195 countries when really there’s 205.
“It’s incredibly impressive.”
Having learnt the names of every European country with a week, ‘JJ’ spent his evenings and weekends teaching himself the way of the way of the world.
Within a month he was able to recite the names of every country in the world.
Suzanne said: “On weekends he would stay in his bedroom repeating the names of the borders over and over again.
“From the moment he would wake up at 7am until his bedtime at 9pm he’d be there staring at it.
“He’s interested in why North and South Korea do not talk despite both being so geographically close to one another.
“JJ also knows people can’t leave North Korea because Kim Jong-un
“Another thing he can’t get his head around is Donald Trump wanting to build a wall to create a hard border with Mexico.
“As for Brexit no one really knows what is but JJ knows they’ll be some sort of hard border in Ireland if things aren’t worked out.”
Having mastered cartography, Joseph has now decided to deepen his understanding by setting himself the challenge of learning the alphabet of every country by the end of the year.
So far he has mastered the Russian and European alphabets and is currently teaching himself Mandarin, Arabic and the remaining Kazakh letters.
The globe-loving schoolboy has also taken to collecting currencies from around the countries he knows all too much about.
Suzanne said: “When we were booking our summer holiday he said not to go to Turkey because it borders Syria.
“We’re actually going to Cyprus this year so he’s looking forward to understanding the currency and the language.
“At the moment he’s collecting different currencies.
“He’s very knowledgeable about the exchange rate.
“Whenever someone comes back from holiday he’ll ask them money.
“Of course if anyone comes up to you asking for money it can come across a bit rude.
“But it’s his thing. He has such a thirst for knowledge.
“He’s desperate to teach his younger brother and sister what he knows.”