The world is now safer and better than ever and here's the evidence

These series of statistical graphics show that, while there's still plenty of war, hunger, sickness, and poverty in the world, things are much better than what they were only a few decades ago—not to talk about centuries ago. We are still far from utopia, but the data is stubborn: We are getting there. Fast. » 10/29/14 11:47pm 10/29/14 11:47pm

What people around the world would wish for if they got three wishes

Tim Urban of Wait But Why traveled to Russia, Japan, Nigeria, Iraq and Greenland and asked dozens of people if they had three wishes what they would wish for. A lot of the wishes are obvious: money, happiness, a house, love and peace come up often. But others just want something simple, like a biscuit. » 9/25/14 9:44pm 9/25/14 9:44pm

Woman photoshopped to fit the definition of beauty in 25 countries

Here's an amazing experiment to see the differences between feminine beauty "ideals" across different countries: 24-year-old radio journalist Esther Honig had her picture photoshopped by Photoshop artists from 25 different countries. She told them to "make her look beautiful" according to their country standards. » 6/27/14 12:06am 6/27/14 12:06am

Awesome guy does awesome hand stands in awesome places on awesome trip

The biggest question when you travel the world isn't what countries you'll visit or what foods you'll eat or what new things you'll try, it's figuring out the best way to document the whole damn thing. You can squeeze it all down to a minute, you can plan out a world tour for less than $418, you could blow all your… » 4/16/14 10:44pm 4/16/14 10:44pm

Map shows which country has the most sex and which has the longest sex

I'm proud to be an American where at least I know... we bone the most. At least according to this map which measures the frequency of sex and duration of sex by country. We don't have the longest sex, though; that honor goes to Australia. Those down under have sessions that last for a "marathon" time of a little over… » 4/16/14 7:52pm 4/16/14 7:52pm

What military food ration packs look like around the world

Different cultures, different food. Different folks, different strokes. Different armies, same soul evaporating packaged foods for army rations. Okay, that's not exactly fair. Some countries obviously have it better than others (I'm looking at you France) but at the end of the day, most armies around the world are… » 2/25/14 12:33am 2/25/14 12:33am

The World's Most (and Least) Populous Places Revealed In a Single Map

We've seen a lot of world population maps, but this might just be prettiest one yet. Simple black lines trace the population density by latitude, so that a few cities, labeled in yellow, tower like the skyscrapers over the land. It's not unlike a cartographical version of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album cover. » 1/09/14 1:40pm 1/09/14 1:40pm

The map of the world if every country's population matched its size

Here's a fun way to look at the world. What if every country's population actually matched its size? So more populous places like Japan and Vietnam that are cramped in tiny specks of land now get to stretch their feet a bit while uselessly big countries like Canada and Australia get their population booted to smaller… » 12/20/13 8:05pm 12/20/13 8:05pm

Watch how scary fast an epidemic would spread disease across the world

If you want to put on a surgical mask, rubber gloves, goggles, ear muffs and trap yourself in a plastic bubble after watching this terrifying video of how fast an epidemic would spread across the world, well, I'd totally understand. Because it's crazy fast. Using the world's air transportation network, theoretical… » 12/13/13 12:09am 12/13/13 12:09am

Make Way For the Olympics: The Paramilitary Clearance of Rio's Slums

They come bearing satellite TV. Brazil’s Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais, or BOPE, is an elite force of military police who often specialize in urban operations in Rio's slums—or favelas. As the World Cup and the Olympics approach, BOPE forces are appearing more and more often. And their techniques are… » 10/11/13 1:41pm 10/11/13 1:41pm

What Traveling to Every Country in the World Looks Like in 4 Minutes

This is insane. Well, only insane because I'm insanely jealous of amazing world crusader Graham Hughes. Hughes traveled to all 201 countries in the world plus 15 assorted territories without even flying. Even better, Hughes recorded a quick video of every single country he visited so we can all see what it's like to… » 8/02/13 8:30pm 8/02/13 8:30pm

What The Most Popular Web Browser Is in Each Country in the World

The green is Chrome. The blue is Internet Explorer. The orange-ish color is Firefox. If you can see any red or grey that would be Opera and Safari, respectively. And though I personally believe all browsers have become horrible in their own ways, having Chrome at the top of most country's usage list according to… » 7/01/13 10:00pm 7/01/13 10:00pm

It's Amazing That the Same View of the Same Ocean and the Same Sky Can…

Here's a wonderfully colorful photo project by photographer Robert Weingarten that shows how psychedelic our world can get. Weingarten took a photo at 6:30 in the morning of the same view of Santa Monica Bay from his home in Malibu for an entire year. Even with all that sameness, each photo captures something… » 4/01/13 10:00pm 4/01/13 10:00pm