What’s The Most Popular Word Used In Online Dating Profiles In Your State?

Most Popular Word Online Dating

Online dating profiles might not be the best place to find honest representations of individuals, but on a macro level the sites themselves can be a good data source for sussing out patterns, trends and values of a given state. As the above map underscores, some stereotypes are empirically sound. Texans interested in long, evening walks on oil rigs? Pacific Northwesterners just getting out of a long-term relationship with the open trail? You don’t say…

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Does The World Have A Drinking Problem?

World Alcohol Consumption Map

Do any of the darkly-shaded countries here surprise you? According to a 2011 World Health Organization report, Russians (see the big ink stain on the right) consume 15.76 liters of alcohol on their own each year, making Russia one of the highest alcohol consumers in the world. And these are just official figures–Russia has taken measures to tax and ban alcohol consumption to curb alcoholism, however it’s likely that this will only encourage the development of illegal alcohol production and sales in the future.

The World According To Japan

Japanese World Map 1853

Finding itself smack-dab in the middle of the known world, this 1853 map proves that ethnocentrism isn’t a uniquely American phenomenon. At this point in time, Japan was run by the Tokuguwa shogunate, the last feudal military government of its kind. It was during this period that the shogunate ended its isolationist trade policies and, as the map suggest, really opened itself up to the rest of the world.

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