1) U.S. State Highway Marker Shields
California has the coolest highway marker shield design, followed by Colorado. I never knew that each state had its own unique markup until I saw this map.
2) Flight Map Shows Planes Actively Avoiding Iraq and Syria
Probably because these countries are shit shows riddled with civil war and unstable governments. Airlines probably don’t want to run the risk of a commercial flight being shot down by anti-aircraft guns. Worth the extra 45-60 minutes.
3) A Map of Nations When Asked the Question “Which Country is the Largest Threat to World Peace?” (2013)
And here I am thinking the United States is the one keeping the peace.
4) Map of the Largest Non-Governmental Employers by U.S. State
It’s no surprise that Wal-Mart dominates this map. Their supercenters are found in virtually every state.
5) Each State’s Biggest Exporting Partner
None of these are a surprise except for Florida and Nevada. Florida is sending Brazil mostly technology — from consumer tech to aircraft — and fertilizer. Nevada meanwhile, enjoys a fruitful relationship with Switzerland exporting gold.
6) Freedom Of Press Map (2017)
Very few countries enjoy good status. China’s record of press freedom is downright abysmal along with much of the Middle East.
7) Most Recurring Word On Each Country’s Wikipedia Page
Australia is often mentioned as being a country founded by European expatriates and it’s no surprise that the word new would be it’s most recurring word in its Wikipedia entry.
8) U.S. States Scaled Proportionally To Population Density
The Northeast United States is crowded.
9) The Wooly Mammoths Range at its Peak
The Wooly Mammoth was a tough bastard, existing in arctic climates before they ultimately went extinct.
10) The Dude Map U.S. (Terms Men Use to Refer to Their Friends)
I never realized Texas was such a bro-friendly state. I always associated the term with Northeast frat guys.
11) The Depths of the Great Lakes
Lake Superior indeed. It makes you wonder how much of these lakes have truly been explored from top to bottom.
12) Countries With No Rivers
A very minimalist map, it appears that several countries in the Middle East have no naturally occurring rivers.
13) Percentage of Europeans Who’re Willing To Fight in a War for Their Country
Eastern Europe seems to be way more willing than Western Europe to put their lives on the line for their country.
14) How Long is Chile?
You don’t realize how long Chile is until you lay it over other countries.
15) Best Selling Musical Artist In Each State
Madonna was born in Michigan so that makes sense I guess? I figured Eminem or Kid Rock would have had that state on lockdown.
16) Number of Executions in Each State Since 1976
Don’t mess with Texas.
17) Federally-Owned Land in the United States
The Wild West appears to still be wild as long as it’s federally protected. Good on the U.S. government for protecting these beautiful areas.
18) Clan Map of Ireland
Ireland is a small but culturally divided country.
19) Paid Maternity Leave by Country
It’s shocking that the United States is one of the few countries that doesn’t offer paid maternity leave.
20) The Town of Springfield (from the Simpsons)
I’m not sure how this was put together but I never knew how dense Springfield was.
21) Electoral Votes Per Person By State
It’s safe to say that the upper-Western states are overrepresented in Congress.
22) Noise Levels From Natural Sources (U.S.)
Credit the West for being noisy. Geological formations like mountains (The Rockies) are most likely to blame for this.
23) Most Popular Sport in Each Country
Soccer is by far the most popular sport in the world.
24) When Most Houses Were Built In Europe
World War 2 decimated much of Europe. It’s amazing to see just how many houses were built after the war.
25) How Much Snow is Required to Close School in Each State
Even the idea of possible snowfall in the Southeast United States is enough to shut down school.