The Huffington Post has an interesting set of maps that shows how the U.S. South fares in regards to poverty, minimum wage, economic mobility, health care coverage, health issues, teen pregnancy, and overall happiness.
In comparison to the U.S. overall, the South is at a disadvantage in many of these areas.
U.S. state life expectancy compared to countries around the world [map]
Over at the Atlantic, there is an interesting map [not the one to the right in this article]. It compares the life expectancy in U.S. states and imposes the the names of countries around the world with a similar life expectancy onto the respective state. Thus, Mississippi becomes Syria (75 years and I am not sure whether this takes into account the ongoing bloody civil there) and California becomes Liechtenstein (81 years).
The best thing about the map: You can go to http://www.measureofamerica.org/maps/, a project of the Social Science Research Council, and see how well individual states fare by a variety of measures, such as the Human Development Index (HDI), education, health, or income.
Harald Havas’s “Toyed Shoe Lunt” Phonetic Map of Germany
As you might have heard, there are rules in Germany. Lots of them. Ze rules are important to ze Germans, ja? And because “Ordnung muss sein,” you need to know how Bundesländer and their capitals are pronounced correctly. Surprisingly, one of our nice Austrian neighbors beat us in providing friendly advice to all Ausländers who wish to blend in better when conversing with the indigenous population.
Harald Havas has created a really funny map of Germany (aka “Toyed Shoe Lunt”) featuring phonetic pronunciations of federal states and state capitals for English speakers. It is called “Deutschland phonetisch für English Speakers” (Germany, phonetic, for English speakers). He also has a map of Austria in the same style.
Hi, I am Benedikt from “Layp Zig” in “SUCK ZEN,” “TOYED SHOE LUNT,” ja? 🙂
So go ahead and educate yourself. But don’t get lost in the forests of “TEARING HEN!”
Historical map shows the distribution of slavery in the US in 1860
In 1961, the United States Coast Survey created a map showing the distribution of slavery across the US South based on data from the 1860 Census. The map was often consulted by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and even appeared in a 1864 painting. via OpenCulture.