Archive for the ‘Worth Seeing’ category
None of these charts of American food availability really shock me but they would make a good addition to Mesofacts. The most interesting thing to me is how constant America’s appetite for pork has been — while chicken’s just climbed and beef rose into the ’70s and started to fall. And if you can wade through the bureaucratic writing, there are some interesting tidbits not represented in the chart:
The availability of fats and oils grew from 36 pounds per person in 1909 to 87 pounds in 2008. Much of this increase was in salad and cooking oils used to cook french fries, a mainstay of fast food and other restaurant menus. Cheese availability also skyrocketed—growing from 11.4 pounds per person in 1970 to 31.4 pounds in 2008. Cheese owes much of its growth to the spread of Italian and Mexican eateries in the United States and to innovative, convenient packaging, such as string cheese for lunch boxes.
These photos are compelling and disturbing.
Hey, you remember how people were talking about a series of photos about a soldier? And you remember how you didn’t look at them? Here’s your chance to correct that mistake.
Cameron Booth set out to make a map of America’s Interstate highway system in the style of H.C. Beck’s famous map of the London Underground. Unlike other versions — I linked one here — he strived for the ideal compromise of geographic accuracy and simplicity of presentation, and it’s fair to see he’s made the best one the internet’s seen. The big version; and some details on the forthcoming hardcopy.
If you’re tired of all those satellite pictures of the Earth I keep posting, how about everyone’s second favorite planet?
You’ve probably heard the apocryphal anecdote that the Great Wall of China (and sometimes New York City’s garbage dump) are the only human creations visible from space. Wired Science shows a number of man made open pit mines visible from low-earth orbit and explains a few details of how they supply us with many of the metals whose provenance we rarely question.
Pictures of things on Earth from above always interest me. Pictures of the earth from above that teach me a little science along the way satisfy me.
I think the most interesting thing about these maps showing which NFL games are shown where in the United States is seeing what teams and matchups get the greatest geographical distribution as the season unfolds. You can already see data from the last four(!) years for just such a study. At this point in my life, this interests me more than the actual games.
These maps aren’t new — I think I may have even perused them before — and contain no information I was really shocked by, but I still think they’re worth a gander. A fairly comprehensive pair is made by the percentage of people with religious affiliations across the country, and the churches with which the greatest number are affiliated.
(via Flowing Data)
Though the image loading can be a little slow, this series of photos of non-places in Manhattan is fascinating. My concept of Manhattan — as someone who’s spent approximately no time there — is certainly expanded.
Like something from a fairytale.
The coolest chart of the month, no doubt: how American spend their time. (Yes, you’ve seen it already. Yes, I’m comfortable with that.)
Abandoned houses overrun by vegatation. What a fascinating photoset.
Stretch your voyeur muscle.