The Answer To One Question Shows How The U.S. Differs From The World

There's a single question you can ask that instantly reveals the differences between America and the rest of the world — and it's not about income, religion, lifestyle, or politics. » 3/16/15 9:45am 3/16/15 9:45am

A map of music that's popular in your state—and only in your state

Musical preferences have become increasingly uniform across the country, but there are still some pretty strong regional preferences. This map breaks down those distinctive preferences along state lines. » 2/26/14 1:23pm 2/26/14 1:23pm

Autocomplete map of the U.S. asks why your state is so ___________

As of January, 2014 only 18 states in the union have unique autocomplete-descriptions for the search query "Why is [state] so...". » 1/26/14 9:20am 1/26/14 9:20am

Spend hours clicking through this animated 1930s atlas of America

After Charles O. Paullin's Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States was published, its editor John K. Wright bemoaned their inability to create "motion-picture" maps. Over 80 years later, the University of Richmond has made that a reality. » 12/29/13 1:00pm 12/29/13 1:00pm

This may be the oldest globe in existence to depict the Americas

This 1504 engraved globe, made from two joined pieces of ostrich egg, is beautiful as a work of cartographical art, but it also has a special distinction: it may be the oldest known globe in existence that depicts the so-called New World. » 8/24/13 10:00am 8/24/13 10:00am

Bitchin' Artwork That Makes You Proud to be An American Werewolf

Can we get a "fuck yeah" for American werewolves? This brand new artwork for Benjamin Percy's novel Red Moon celebrates the blood red in the red white and blue. Makes you want to pump your fist while howling at the Moon. » 5/08/13 12:20pm 5/08/13 12:20pm

People from the South aren't the fattest – they're just more honest

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released maps of American obesity that pegged the country's Southern states as the fattest at Fat Camp USA. Now, a study out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham is taking the CDC to task. Southerners aren't the fattest, the study concludes, they're just… » 4/12/13 2:13pm 4/12/13 2:13pm

And now for a sense of scale: a map of the U.S. overlaid on the Moon

The greatest distance between two points within the contiguous U.S. is 2,892 miles, stretching from Point Arena, CA to West Quoddy Head, ME*. The circumference of the Moon is 6,784. To help put the scale of each into perspective, redditor boredboarder8 decided to overlay one on top of the other, giving rise to the… » 2/14/13 8:40am 2/14/13 8:40am

FINALLY: Obesity rates among America's impoverished children are…

Some not-so-surprising facts and figures on fat and figures: Americans are fat. According to data released earlier this year by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, America is the fattest country in the developed world; and tragically, it's kids who bear much of obesity's burden. » 12/26/12 7:30am 12/26/12 7:30am

Could the first humans to reach the Americas have come from Europe?

It's one of the most controversial ideas in archaeology. Humans from Europe supposedly could have crossed the frozen Atlantic and reached America first. It's a fringe idea...but now two archaeologists have released a book explaining how it could have happened. » 3/05/12 12:44pm 3/05/12 12:44pm

Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson lay bare the decline of American science in…

The United States has long been recognized as one of the most scientifically productive countries on Earth. But when you're discussing progress, where you've been is not nearly as important as » 1/23/12 11:30am 1/23/12 11:30am

Americans are freakishly optimistic

A recent Pew Research Center report shows that Americans really do believe in individualism and freewill. Only 36 percent of Americans polled said that they thought their economic fortunes were determined by forces beyond their control. Compare this number to the over 70 percent of Germans who believe their financial… » 11/24/11 12:30pm 11/24/11 12:30pm

In “Americus,” the Harry Potter censorship drama plays out in…

Neil couldn't survive life in small-town Americus without his favorite fantasy series. But when a fundamentalist group threatens to censor the books, Neil finds himself on the frontlines of a social war – and may just find his own strength. » 6/11/11 7:00am 6/11/11 7:00am

20 heroic librarians who save the world

If information is power, then there's no hero mightier than a librarian. Librarians are superheroes, adventurers, explorers and invaluable guides to other heroes. Here are 20 amazing librarians who save the world every day! » 10/22/10 4:23pm 10/22/10 4:23pm