America. It's one of the biggest countries on Earth, both in terms of population and sheer size. It's the planet dominating superpower; the heaviest hitter where culture is concerned; a place known by nearly every single human on the planet... and, to all but the 4-5% of humanity who live there, it makes absolutely no gosh darn sense.
Tuesday, Feb 7th 2017 (4:48am)
Inverse.com shows you how to go coast-to-coast by train in 4 days for under $250.
Tuesday, Jan 3rd 2017 (12:00am)
A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.
The visual in this map is fairly astounding but many of the indicated areas are actually developed... just nobody lives there, such as commercial and industrial zones.
Monday, Nov 14th 2016 (12:00am)
The Philadelphia-based Hog Island Press print shop has created Monsters in America, a cryptozoological map of the United States that features all sorts of legendary creatures from across the country. The hand-drawn, hand-screened map is available to purchase from their online store. T-shirt designs based on some of the creatures from their map are also available to purchase.
Thursday, Sep 8th 2016 (3:42am)
Today is April 15. Your taxes are due (not really, filing deadline is Monday, the 18th this year). So you wonder for what you are paying to the government such a large portion of your income? Funny you should ask. Here is a 12 slide presentation of the largest items on the menu.
Friday, Apr 15th 2016 (4:49pm)
A 24-hour timer, a clock face of activities, and 1000 points of data run you through what Americans do with the minutes of their day. Fascinating read, and a mesmerizing visualization of the data.
Neil deGrasse Tyson recounts his experience in Manhattan on 9/11 the day after:
Thursday, Sep 11th 2014 (12:00am)
"See America" is a fantastic national parks poster series by artist Steve Thomas that he created in the style of Works Progress Administration (WPA) posters from the 1930s and 40s. The posters are available for purchase at PrintCollection.com
Wednesday, Jun 4th 2014 (2:37am)
Far southeast of Nashville, over rolling hills where the last Christian radio stations crackle and turn to fuzz, where light winks from the bullet holes in highway signs and the roadkill skews opossum, lies South Pittsburg, Tenn., home of the cast iron skillet.
Tuesday, May 20th 2014 (5:26am)
Every year on this day, I re-read the threads on 3 websites that kept me informed on September 11, 2001. I think this an important tradition for a few reasons - to mourn for our fallen, to be reminded regularly that we as a nation piss a lot of people off all around the world, and to also be reminded that we have a great unity within us. When faced with a common foe, we stop being anything but Americans. It didn't last long, and it didn't lead to the great things it could've, but we had that spark - that common fire - for a while and we can get it back if we really want to. We can do great things with it if we really want to. We can learn from our past if we really want to.
There is much to be mourned on this day, and much to be remembered.
Tuesday, Sep 11th 2012 (12:00am)
Penn and Teller look at what it means to be patriotic. They look at Mount Rushmore which was built by a racist against the wishes of the native-Indian tribe. NSFW: Language
First aired 10 May 2007. RT 27:32.
Saturday, Jul 7th 2012 (5:40am)
Political parties in the US are pointing fingers at each other but while the various global stock markets are acting quite volatile, people and countries keep investing in US Treasury Bonds. And the rates remain low. Why? Look at this chart.
Tuesday, Aug 9th 2011 (11:41am)
What's the most useful button on your remote control?
Nothing! Player's off!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
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