What We Loved This Week, Feb. 28 – Mar. 5

A hovering yacht shaped like a pyramid, vintage maps turned into art, the stunning finalists of two prestigious photo contests, and the surprisingly quotable last words of executed criminals.

Schwinge Tetra Super Yacht

The superyacht can carry six passengers and four crewmembers within its carbon-fibre and stainless steel superstructure. Image Source: inhabitat

The Pyramid-Shaped Yacht That Hovers Above The Ocean

Schwinge Tetra Super Yacht 2

At low speeds, the three hulls on the underside of the craft convey it through the water. When the need for speed arises, the foils kick in to lift the craft up and whisk it away. Image Source: inhabitat

There are few things more likely to turn heads than a luxury yacht, but how to stand out against all the other seafaring behemoths? If this is a problem you currently face, firstly, congratulations, and secondly, take a look at this incredible concept from British designer Jonathan Schwinge. The Tetrahedron Superyacht is lifted above the water thanks to its Hydrofoil Small Waterplane Area Ship propulsion, enabling it to travel far faster than the average craft, all while looking truly spectacular.

Schwinge Tetra Super Yacht 3

The three sides of the yacht fold down to create deck areas, while horizontal panels slide out for shade. Image Source: inhabitat

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Map Of The Day: This Startling Image Will Remind The West That We’re Not Nearly As Big As We Think

Population Density Map

John Kuroski for All That Is Interesting

Sure, you know that China is home to a billion people — 1.4 billion people, to be exact. And maybe you know that India is just behind with 1.3 billion (and will very soon pass China).

But did you know that Bangladesh — smaller than Illinois, not to mention half of the states in the U.S. — contains 162 million people, more than half of the United States’ 323 million? Or that Indonesia — just a little bigger than Texas — houses 259 million?

The pattern continues throughout southeast Asia, a region about which your average American doesn’t tend to know much. And even if he or she did know these countries’ massive populations and comparatively tiny physical size, they’d have no way to truly relate to that reality. The amount of people per square mile in the U.S.? 85. Bangladesh? 2,497.

Over the last 50 years, while the U.S. population growth rate has gone from stagnating to declining, many parts of the world that are hardly even on the average American’s radar have seen a population boom — as the population density map above reveals. And southeast Asia isn’t even the leader in that department. That’s all Africa, by a long shot.

As last year’s U.N. population projections demonstrated, the world will indeed look drastically different by 2100. But the thing is, it already is drastically different, at least when compared to our already-held understandings about the world. It’s just hard to visualize it.


Enjoy this population density map? Check out this map that reveals population densities across the entire world, and take a look at this animated map that presents world population growth in GIF form. Then, see a photographic representation of just how much things have changed in the world’s most densely populated city.

Video Of The Day: 15 Years Of Terror

See the chilling terrorism timeline of the last 15 years as an animated map.

Efforts to combat terrorism were ratcheted up further than ever after the attacks in Paris last month, predictably resulting in actions like renewed airstrikes and reformatted immigration policies. But terrorism isn’t a new problem, and it’s not only a problem for the Western world – it’s been an increasingly large problem for most of the world year after year. A video by Milan Vuckovic, a German freelance graphic designer, shows the global scale of terrorism.

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Graph Of The Day: See Your State’s Economy Compared To That Of A Foreign Country

Countries Gdp To States

Image Source: HowMuch

Among the world’s 196 countries, the United States has the largest Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In fact, most U.S. states’ own economies are comparable to those of other countries.

For example, California’s economic output is equivalent to that of Brazil, which has the eighth largest economy in the world. Texas’ economic output is equivalent to Canada’s, the tenth largest in the world. Each of these large (both in population and land mass) states have multiple cities with astounding GDPs of their own, but they aren’t the only ones who can stand toe-to-toe with entire countries. Even the smaller states, like North Dakota and Vermont, have economies equivalent in size to well-established countries around the world.

This map of the United States uses national GDP data from the International Monetary Fund and state data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis to visually convey just how large each state’s GDP is compared to the nations of the world.

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