The complicated truth behind the empire of the United States of America

Let's celebrate the USA on July 4th! How big does the celebration go across America? Across the 50 states, duh. The 48 contiguous, Alaska and Hawaii. But what about Washington DC? And the Indian territories? Puerto Rico? Guam? The Virgin Islands? And let's not get into places you've never heard of like Johnston Atoll… » 7/03/14 8:31pm 7/03/14 8:31pm

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

Here's a map of the US if every state's population matched its size

It's a little unfair that giant states with tiny populations get so much room for such few people. I mean, especially since states on the east coast are living on top of each other in cramped borders. So let's change that with a fun little thought exercise and a spin on how to look at the map of United States: what if… » 2/05/14 9:02pm 2/05/14 9:02pm

How We Barely Beat Soviet Russia to Inventing the Laser

Russians were pioneers in the development of lasers, today a multi-billion dollar industry. Two of them, Alexander Prokhorov and Nikolai Basov, won the Nobel Prize in 1964, along with the American Charles Townes, for the invention of lasers and masers. Even much earlier, in the nineteen thirties and forties the… » 11/13/13 3:00pm 11/13/13 3:00pm

A map showing which countries own the most guns

Quick what does the United States have in common with Serbia and Yemen? No, not just that they all have the vowel E in them. No, not because they start with letters in the second half of the alphabet. And no, not nothing either. According to popular estimates, the US, Serbia and Yemen make up the top 3 in countries of… » 11/01/13 10:54pm 11/01/13 10:54pm

North Korea Is Putting Its Rockets on Standby for Fire After the US…

According to Reuters, North Korea has readied its rockets to attack US military bases in South Korea and the Pacific Ocean after the US made a show of force earlier today by flying stealth bombers over South Korea. Kim Jong Un had apparently signed off an order for North Korea's rockets to be "on standby for fire". » 3/28/13 10:57pm 3/28/13 10:57pm

Seeing Births and Deaths in Real Time in the US Is Morbidly Fascinating

If you want to remind yourself of the scarcity of life, just check out this visualization that shows the births and deaths in the United States of America in real time. It's pretty insane to see just how many people's lives change every second. You just never know. Check it out here. [Google Drive via Nowhere Near… » 12/04/12 8:20pm 12/04/12 8:20pm

This Map of the United States of America Shows Every State's Stereotype…

When you punch into Google, why is California so... Google autocomplete will show you liberal, broke, anti-gun and expensive. For New York? Great, populated, expensive and big. Alabama? So racist, so good, so good at football and so obese. This is the United States of America, according to Google autocomplete. » 8/15/12 8:30pm 8/15/12 8:30pm

China’s DF-21D Missile Is a One-Shot Aircraft Carrier Killer

Since the end of WWII, America's naval might has been undisputed and our aircraft carriers have been its crown jewels. However, the days of dominance could end with China's new DF-21D ballistic missile—the only device on Earth capable of sinking an aircraft carrier—four and a half acres of sovereign US territory—with… » 7/24/12 11:30am 7/24/12 11:30am