Interesting chart shows what the tallest building built in each year was

This chart showing the height of the tallest skyscrapers built over time, made by the Economist, can get a little hectic with what seems like axises and data points that go beyond x, y and z and on to some unknown letter but it is deeply interesting. It shows what the tallest building built in which year was, how tall… » 4/27/15 10:42am Yesterday 10:42am

All the pepperoni that the US eats a year can circle the earth 50 times

Here’s a shocking number that speaks to the USA’s love for meat (and pizza): we eat so much pepperoni per year that if you put the slices side-by-side, they could circle the Earth 50 times over. The fact bit comes from Bill Gates look at Vaclav Smil’s interesting book Should We Eat Meat?. That’s, uh, a lot. » 4/22/15 12:32am 4/22/15 12:32am

The Guerrilla Movement To Deploy Sensors All Over Your City

“You want to see our sensor?” Pierre Forcioli-Conti gestures at a high window that leads to the roof. “You’ll have to climb over Matt’s desk and go out the window.” No problem. I wriggle through the window and climb out on top of the the refurbished 1940s movie theater on Mission Street in San Francisco. It doubles… » 4/01/15 6:30pm 4/01/15 6:30pm

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