This Topographic Calendar Turns Your To-Do List Into an Actual Mountain

If you're finding yourself overwhelmed with all the work on your plate, it's probably a bad idea to keep track of it all on this lovely calendar Land Rover has made. Using the topography elevation lines you'd find on a 2D map as inspiration, this calendar ends up looking like a genuine miniature mountain on your desk,… » 7/11/14 5:20pm Friday 5:20pm

The World's Offensive Place Names, Mapped

We've all sat in the passenger seat, notionally giving directions to a driver, but instead giggling at the slightly rudely named towns on the map. Fortunately, now you can find all those amusingly offensive place names, across the entire world, on one wonderfully juvenile interactive map. Maybe, perhaps, possibly a… » 7/11/14 7:30am Friday 7:30am

Google Maps Update Lets You Measure Distances (or Aimlessly Doodle)

Ever try measuring the straight-line distance between two points on Google Maps? You had to hold some object or appendage up to the little scale, then eyeball-measure the distance on your screen. What a mess. No more—a new update puts the task a right-click away. Also, you can doodle with it. » 7/09/14 12:10pm Wednesday 12:10pm

Watch How American Cities Grew Through Thousands of Historic Maps

Good thing it's almost the holiday weekend and you don't need to be productive because the USGS just launched a heck of a time-wasting website. Now you can explore cities through beautiful old maps, some dating all the way back to 1884. But here's the best part: You can mix and match many maps to tell your own… » 7/02/14 6:00pm 7/02/14 6:00pm

What the biggest companies are from each state in the US

The most popular brands in America are not always the largest companies making the most revenue. Brands that you know, stores that you go to and places that you associate with some states get replaced by faceless monoliths who basically repurpose oil, energy, technology, other people's money, etc. into more money. » 6/23/14 9:24pm 6/23/14 9:24pm

Apple Maps "Flyover City Tours" May Get You Using Apple Maps in iOS 8

iOS betas are always full of surprises, and the latest revelation in iOS 8 may make you open Apple Maps for the first time in ages. Uncovered by Apple developer Pierre Blazquez, Apple Maps has an upcoming feature called "Flyover City Maps" that gives you a bird's-eye view of landmarks in major metropolitan cities… » 6/19/14 11:20am 6/19/14 11:20am

Animated Map Shows How Paved Roads Spread Across L.A. County

Is the L.A. of 2014 driving around on a road network built for the L.A. of the 1980s? That's one conclusion two researchers at Arizona State University draw from their above data visualization, which uses building records from the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office to infer the age of the metropolis' roads. Green… » 6/06/14 6:33pm 6/06/14 6:33pm

This Map Shows You The Fastest Way to Get Anywhere In Your City

Conventional wisdom (especially when it's raining) whispers in your ear that you can get anywhere in your city fastest by jumping in a car. Turns out in many cases, that is probably not true. Now you can easily see which mode of transit will deliver you to your destination faster, wherever you are. » 6/06/14 4:00pm 6/06/14 4:00pm

Maps of Where Bars Outnumber Grocery Stores

Back in 2008, the Floatingsheep group collected data about the number of bars across the United States, and they compared those counts against the number of grocery stores. Their map showed what they called the "beer belly of America", which is a much higher than average number of bars in the Wisconsin area. » 5/29/14 5:40pm 5/29/14 5:40pm

This Map Shows How L.A. Grew Into a 469-Square-Mile City

When the colonial administrators of New Spain founded Los Angeles in 1781, they granted the pueblo four square leagues of land—a grant that defined the city's limits when it incorporated under American law in 1850. For decades, Los Angeles confined itself much to its original borders. » 5/25/14 2:00pm 5/25/14 2:00pm

This Company Uses Earth's Magnetic Field To See Inside Buildings

In some ways, it's an ominous pitch. By measuring the "magnetic fingerprint" of any building in the world, the Finnish company IndoorAtlas can conjure up a startlingly precise indoor map of any building. It's technology that sci-fi has dreamt of for decades. But instead of surveillance, it's being used for shopping. » 5/20/14 5:20pm 5/20/14 5:20pm

The Most Common Languages Spoken in the U.S. After English and Spanish

What's the language that the most Americans speak after English? As you'd probably guess, the second-most common language spoken in the U.S. is Spanish. But if you look at the most common languages after English and Spanish, the results get a little more surprising, especially when you parse them by state. » 5/13/14 2:40pm 5/13/14 2:40pm