What do other countries call Santa Claus?

Christmas Man. Daddy Christmas. Grandfather Frost. Yule Man. Yule Elder. Yule Gnome. Yule Goat. Father Christmas. Old Man Christmas. Biblical Magi. Christ Child. Christmas Log. All those names are names for Santa Claus in other countries around the world. Calling him just Santa Claus just seems so boring in… » 12/24/14 8:03pm Wednesday 8:03pm

The World As Seen By a Self-Driving Car

For self-driving cars to work safely, we need better mapsmuch better maps. These maps will not only need to know where the roads are. They'll need to show real-time details as general as traffic patterns and as specific the number of inches to the curb. They'll also need to cover millions of miles worth of road. » 12/15/14 1:55pm 12/15/14 1:55pm

Maps show which body parts in porn are the most popular across the world

Pornhub's always wonderful statistical analysis crack team looked at their glorious search data to answer one of life's greatest questions: are you a boobs or a butt person. After finding out which states and which countries like which part, they mapped it all out for the world to see. America, we're a butt country. » 12/13/14 12:41am 12/13/14 12:41am

Google Earth's New Imagery Is So Much Better

Remember how we told you that the resolution of Google Maps' satellite images would soon be improving? Well, it's not the night and day double the resolution just yet, but today Google has begun rolling out much-improved 3D images to Google Earth. New York and San Francisco are the first to get the high-res treatment,… » 12/11/14 12:21pm 12/11/14 12:21pm

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

14 Maps That Reveal The Hidden Beauty of Big Cities

In these decades of freely accessible online maps, it's totally normal to be addicted to what Wikipedia describes as a "symbolic depiction highlighting relationships between elements of some space, such as objects, regions, and themes"(best Wikipedia definition ever?). And when you are in love with maps, you want them… » 12/08/14 9:01am 12/08/14 9:01am

The Most Detailed Tweet Map Ever Includes 6,341,973,478 Tweets 

If you've tweeted in the past 3.5 years, you're probably on this map. A data artist named Eric Fischer has spent the past few years on the seemingly Sisyphean task of tracking every single geotagged tweet, and he recently posted the final product: A lovely light map of 6.3 billion tweets. » 12/05/14 1:35pm 12/05/14 1:35pm

How to Survive When the Internet Fails

Oh crap. Your Internet's just gone out and doesn't seem like it will be coming back anytime soon. First off, don't panic. Or wait, maybe you're supposed to panic? I can never remember these things, lemme Google it real quick. OH CRAP, THE INTERNET IS OUT. Game over, man! Game over! What the fuck are we gonna do now?… » 12/04/14 5:20pm 12/04/14 5:20pm

Wear Any City You Like With Custom-Printed Map Clothing 

The appeal of maps lies in just how personal they can be. Your childhood street, your first big city apartment, your first house—these are all places we look back on with irrational fondness. There are plenty of stylish maps for your wall, but Monochrome lets you custom-print your favorite place onto tanks, t-shirts,… » 12/03/14 5:00pm 12/03/14 5:00pm

These City Maps Are Made Out of Razor Blades and Mirror Shards

Damien Hirst loves to play provocateur. The artist makes mosaics with pharmaceuticals and sculptures with taxidermy. Now, for his latest series of paintings, he's depicting cities in conflict. But look closer: What seem like innocent, black-and-white satellite images are crafted out of sharp, dangerous objects. » 11/26/14 9:00am 11/26/14 9:00am

Global incident maps tell you how screwed the world is in real time

You are looking at the current disease outbreaks in the United States, as displayed in real time by Global Incidents Map. They have many more: Forest fires, hazardous materials accidents, amber alerts, border security, drug interdictions, gang crime, and now two new ones: Human trafficking and food/medicine incidents. » 10/23/14 9:26pm 10/23/14 9:26pm