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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.

Why The United States Still Needs Feminism In One Map

Paid Maternity Leave By Country

What’s that large, developed mass over there, glaring in red? That would be none other than the United States, aligning itself with Suriname, Palau, Papua New Guinea and a handful of other countries that do not offer paid maternity leave. Given ever-tightening abortion laws and increasingly controversial contraception mandates and challenges, it seems that motherhood is something greatly encouraged to women on behalf of many US congressional and business leaders. So much so that the US offers zero days of paid maternity leave for recent mothers. Wait, what?

How Immigration Has Changed In One Single Map

Top Nation Of Origin By State

In the early 20th century, Europeans left their respective homes to participate in the industrial-driven growth sweeping across the United States. As this map suggests, today the majority of immigrants in the United States originally hailed from Mexico. And while the vitriol and prejudice is as unsurprising as it is unfortunate, a little education on US immigration policy and how it pertains to Mexico wouldn’t be so bad for you.

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