The tallest buildings on each continent throughout history, visualized

I love these fantastic charts from Halcyon Maps that show which skyscrapers or churches or temples or mounds of dirt or other structures that have been the tallest buildings on each continent throughout history. You can see the ridiculous skyscraper arms race that develop in each area over the years and see what… » 3/18/15 9:26pm 3/18/15 9:26pm

The Sound of a War's End, Visualized

Above we see seven seconds of an audio recording from November 11, 1918. On the left we can see three seconds of guns firing. In the middle? The official time of the ceasefire to end World War I and a sudden reprieve from the staccato of weapons blasting. On the right, the first three seconds of peace. An uneasy… » 3/13/15 4:46pm 3/13/15 4:46pm

The best news of 2014 you never heard about

There have been a lot of bad news this year. And a lot of good ones too. Sadly, many of the good ones never get the proper coverage they need and they get lost in the storm of crap that we have to suffer every day. Luckily, Bill Gates has highlighted the best five news of 2014 that you probably missed. » 12/17/14 9:43pm 12/17/14 9:43pm

Top 20 popular sites since 1996

Not long ago sites like Netscape or Altavista were the kings of that new thing called the internet. That thing has evolved to the point that I can't believe there was a time when Facebook and Goolgle didn't even exist. This infographic shows that evolution listing the 20 most popular sites from 1996 to 2013. » 12/16/14 10:09am 12/16/14 10:09am

Depressing graphic shows the time humanity spent watching Gangnam Style

The Economist made this sobering graphic of the hidden cost of the most popular YouTube video of all time—with more than two billion views since June 2012: "At 4:12 minutes, that equates to more than 140m hours, or more than 16,000 years." Then they compared it to some of humanity's most monumental tasks. » 12/08/14 6:42pm 12/08/14 6:42pm

You Can Hang These Legendary American Data Visualizations On Your Walls 

Gift giving is difficult—go too general, and you look like you picked your gift off of Amazon's recommendation page, but target your loved one's hobbies, and you risk buying them something they already have. There is, however, a gift transcends interests and hobbies and personality types: Amazing maps from the 19th… » 12/08/14 5:02pm 12/08/14 5:02pm

Kim Kardashian's sex tape is now the #1 porn video of all time

At well over 93 million views, Kim Kardashian sex tape has become the most watched porn video in history after the release of her shiny naked pictures in Paper Magazine (NSFW). That event destroyed all records in PornHub, with Kim Kardashian searches surging 629 percent and putting her at #1. » 11/26/14 7:25pm 11/26/14 7:25pm

How English describes color vs how Chinese describes color

Here's a fascinating visualization created by Muyueh Lee that shows the differences between how the English language and Chinese language each describe colors. On the left, you can see the number of English names for color hues (there's a lot!) and on the right, the number of Chinese names (there's a little!). » 11/24/14 10:00pm 11/24/14 10:00pm

Watch New York's crazy airport taxi activity during the holidays

Thanksgiving is almost here and it's already wreaking havoc in transportation systems all across the United States. New York City is one of the most extreme cases, with JFK and LaGuardia airports seeing a surge in traffic before and after the key holidays, as illustrated by this beautiful interactive taxi data… » 11/24/14 11:59am 11/24/14 11:59am

Fascinating comparison of the top 10 causes of death in 1900 and 2010

This chart by the New England Journal of Medicine compares the top causes of death in the United States in 1900 and 2010. The shift is fascinating—in little more than a century, humanity has eradicated so many diseases. Others, however, have increased, like cancer and heart disease. » 11/11/14 10:30pm 11/11/14 10:30pm

Does skin and hair color affect Disney princesses' merchandise sales?

Dadaviz's Jody Sieradzki thought that something interesting may came out of crossing the total number of eBay sales by dollar amount of Disney princesses' merchandise with their skin tone and hair color. And indeed, while correlation doesn't mean causation, the resulting graphic seems interesting. » 11/03/14 7:32pm 11/03/14 7:32pm

The world is now safer and better than ever and here's the evidence

These series of statistical graphics show that, while there's still plenty of war, hunger, sickness, and poverty in the world, things are much better than what they were only a few decades ago—not to talk about centuries ago. We are still far from utopia, but the data is stubborn: We are getting there. Fast. » 10/29/14 11:47pm 10/29/14 11:47pm

All the planets in the Solar System fit between the Earth and the Moon

I never thought of this, but you can fit all the planets in the Solar System back to back into the distance from the Earth to the Moon—about 238,900 miles (384,400 kilometers)—with room to spare: 4,990 miles (8,030 kilometers.) Seeing it visualized really give you a good idea of how much empty space is out there. » 10/23/14 10:42pm 10/23/14 10:42pm