The Roman Empire At Its Peak

June 20, 2013

Height Roman Empire Map

Quantity is certainly not quality. Despite encompassing an incredible five million-plus square kilometers by 117 AD, that vast expanse surely wouldn’t be enjoyed for too much longer. As the empire expanded, the efficacy of its institutions contracted to the point that by 284 AD it was vulnerable to external attack and eventually collapsed.

Who Is Your State’s Highest Paid Employee?

June 16, 2013

Highest Paid Public Employees United States

If you’re looking to strike it big on the public dime, college athletics might be the way to go. While you won’t see many college sports coaches’ names filling out the top of any salary list, that’s because a good portion of their additional compensation stems from media appearances, apparel contracts, and fundraising. Check out Dead Spin for more details.

Mapping The Center Of The United States

June 5, 2013

Mean Center Of Population United States 1790-2010

While the United States has experienced a rightward shift in politics in the past few decades, in terms of population the US has been drifting left since its start.

The World As Seen By Latitude And Longitude

May 28, 2013

Worlds Population By Latitude Longitude

It should come as no surprise that the purple is at its most saturated in Asia.

The World’s Eight Most-Executing Countries

May 15, 2013

Executions Map

China, Iran, Iraq, Saudia Arabia, Yemen, North Korea, Sudan and The United States. Only one of them claims to be a true arbiter of justice and equality for all, and its internal statistics belie the claim. While only 12% of the US population, nearly half of all death row inmates are African American.

How The Black Death Plagued Europe

May 6, 2013

Spread Of Black Death Europe Map

For a while, the black death’s etiology was uncertain. But thanks to ever-improving technology, scientists have determined that the plague originated in a Chinese rodent population in the form of the rod-shaped Yersinia pestis, which likely made its way to Europe via the Silk Road and merchant ships between 1346 and 1353. Science jargon aside, the plague took with it between 75 and 200 million people, or at least one-third of Europe’s population at the time. It took over 150 years for all of Europe to recover from a mere bacteria, but not without monumental social, political and economic upheavals.