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History visualized through the life of the most important humans

Art historian Maximilian Schich put together this pretty visualization that records humanity's cultural history over 2,600 years. The blue and red dots you see above are the birthplaces and deaths for over 120,000 people who were "notable enough" to have their births and deaths recorded. » 8/01/14 10:18pm 8/01/14 10:18pm

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 7/11/14 7:30am

An Insanely Detailed Map of Where People Bike and Run Around the World

Earlier this year, Nathan Yau visualized some of the world's most popular running routes, but with a fairly limited data set. But the information logged to Strava provides a wildly detailed map of people's workouts across the entire planet—and now you can explore it to your heart's content. » 4/24/14 8:00am 4/24/14 8:00am