Catholic provinces

How the Roman Church divides up the world

Originally, the Roman Catholic Church organized its administrative hierarchy based on the borders of the Roman Empire's provinces. But while Rome fell 1500 years ago, the Catholic Church is alive and growing. What do the last relics of Ancient Rome look like today?

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A house divided

Many of us have seen the map of Poland's east-west voting divide, which closely resembles the German Empire's borders. But what about other countries? Looking at the fascinating mosaic of European voting patterns exposes each country's unique factors.

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If all 24 state proposals had gone through

Australia has had its fair share of proposed states and territories. But how would it look Down Under if all 24 major proposals had succeeded? Along with a nice, colorful map, I went ahead and calculated the population, area and GDP for each of the new states.

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Had all 36 province proposals gotten their way

36 provinces? Are there even that many people in Canada? Many of these proposed areas would not have many inhabitants. But the idea of a Canadian Caribbean dominion definitely sounds enticing; the map and sortable info table may offer some surprises.

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What gender is your country in Russian?

Whether it be masculine, feminine or neuter, a country's grammatical gender has more to do with its spelling than with its actual characteristics. Yet there seems to be a very clear, historically-based pattern for exactly which gender a country has within the Russian language.

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Reddit's largest communities across the globe

Clearly, most of Reddit's readership comes from the United States. But for many cities, Reddit has become a forum to link up and discuss community issues. I sifted through every major city (manually!) to see which places top the list of largest city subreddit.

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Animation: visualizing the peopleing of America

These maps were created by the US Census Bureau; I merely animated it into a .gif format. While the map has its misleadings (New York is five separate counties; LA is one), I've probably watched the little dots crawl from coast to coast at least a hundred times.

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America in five regions

How do people intuitively divide the states?

What exactly is "the Midwest"? Would you put California with New Mexico or Washington? A survey of over 600 responses shows how Americans mentally divide the United States in five regions.

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Minimum paid vacation worldwide

One thing America and China have in common

Most countries require employers to provide a certain minimum number of days paid vacation (aka holiday). France and its former colonies are especially noticeable on this map. Brazil is somewhat of a surprise!

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The US economy divided by metro areas

Six cities produce a quarter of the nation's economy

America's service- and consumption-based economy is concentrated in the cities. This map shows just how much this density matters when it comes to computing GDP. Dallas and Houston are economic "dragons" when it comes to city GDP.

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Snow days

How much snow does it take to close schools?

Made with hundreds of crowd-scourced data points, this map shows just how much snow it "typically" takes to cancel grade school in America. There are, of course, some caveats.

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