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 Russian … » 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

How the US Would Attack Syria

After months of toeing the "red line" set by US president Obama regarding the use of chemical weapons against his own civilian population, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime has seemingly been caught killing more than 300 Syrian civilians and sickening over 1000 more in a suspected sarin nerve gas attack. The US… » 8/27/13 3:01pm 8/27/13 3:01pm

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

12 Reasons Why the USSR Never Got to the Moon

While the Saturn V made headlines shuttling American astronauts to the moon, the Soviet N1 rocket was made famous for a slightly different reason—when it blew up on takeoff it resulted in the largest, non-nuclear, man-made explosion of all time. This week's Oobject showcases the N1 and 11 other pieces of Soviet Moon… » 6/15/12 1:00pm 6/15/12 1:00pm

This Is the United States of America According to Craigslist

You know what I love about Craigslist? Well, other than the fact that I've scored cheap electronics, furniture and free stuff. And also other than how simple its layout is and how hilarious some of the stories on it are. And also the previous grey areas of the site. And also the random gigs I've landed during college.… » 2/12/12 9:00pm 2/12/12 9:00pm