Male and female body mass indices by country, from 1980-2008. Some interesting, but perhaps not surprising, observations: European men are consistently fatter than the women, poor people are skinny, and everyone has gotten fatter over the past 18 years. (related article)
Want to know how many cows live in your state? How about the average chickens per farm? The site obviously has a slight bias on food issues, but the data is well presented and the methodology is laid out clearly (something that is missing on too many data visualizations). Personally, I have no problem with killing animals and eating them, and agree that they shouldn’t suffer horribly crappy lives beforehand. (Related blog post).
Based on the idea that well-being cannot be measured by GDP alone, the Human Development Index looks at over 100 indicators, which you can explore on maps and charts at the most detailed level, or as aggregates (health, education, income). The chart display does seem to have problems separating out Washington DC, however – since we don’t actually have a congressional district — <sigh>. (via)
Average American food consumption. (via The Daily Infographic)
An interesting way to map out an experience of positive/negative feelings across all five senses. (via)
I don’t care much for this style of infographic nowadays, but this one managed to hold my attention – something about actually using interesting information and the retro style graphics, I think.
An interesting radial variation on a scatter plot, displaying multiple variable from 50 states. It’s . (via the promising new visualization site Visualizing.org)
The Pop Chart Lab is selling two well designed posters showing the taxonomies of Beer and Rap names.
The data is crowdsourced by consumer submissions. Amusing and interesting. (via)
A new study visualizes the effects of drug use on your brain using SPECT scans. Interesting — though the footnote “colors do not have significant meaning” dilutes the impact quite a bit.
Still, it’s an improvement over what we were taught in the 80s:
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