Despite the fact that the United States has spent over a decade in Afghanistan and Iraq, a 2006 National Geographic study reveals that a depressing majority of Americans from the ages 18 to 24 were unable to find either country on a map. And as the following maps suggest, our knowledge of European geography is equally dismal.List View
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As birth rates in North America and Europe remain stagnant, sub-Saharan Africa’s only continues to grow. Due to high fertility rates and improved and expanded access to medical care, the region stands to double in size from 1.1 to 2.4 billion people in 2050, all things constant.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner; and if you’re about to binge on carbohydrates, sodium and fats, thank your ancestors–not the South Beach Diet cookbook you bought and plan on opening this coming Friday. Does your heritage align with this map?
In summation: there are a ton of middle-aged women out there named Jennifer.
While slavery seems to some a relic of the past, the oppressive, dignity-robbing practice is still very much alive in the present. Today, the International Labor Organization estimates that 20.9 million men, women and children are shackled to the oppressive chain of slavery (to put this in perspective, that’s the population of Madagascar). In spite of various international conventions and treaties condemning slavery, these men and women are treated as physical property, forced to work through mental or physical threat, and suffer from being physically constrained to a specific environment until their ‘employer’ says otherwise. To learn more about it, be sure to visit CNN’s Freedom Project.
With a whopping area of 663,300 square miles, Alaska might occupy a small amount of space in our national consciousness. It makes up for that, however, by comprising around 17% of the United States’ total area.