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If You Didn’t Like Reading Maps Before You See This, You’ll Love it After

If You Didn’t Like Reading Maps Before You See This, You’ll Love it After

Do you like reading maps and infographics? Personally I like reading them and have always learned a lot while reading the thick atlas. I’m particularly into the interesting maps that show more than just the geographic locations. Yes, you can in fact learn many mind-blowing facts from the maps listed below! Understand more about the world and fun facts around the globe now:

WORLD-WIDE

1. Where street view is available on Google Map

28 Where Google Street View is Available

    2. The longest straight-line you can sail in the world
    the-longest-straight-line-you-can-sail-in-the-world

      3. The distribution of 9 different types of outlet and plug

      7 Geographical spread of 9 different types of outlet and plug

        4. Flag map

        41 Flag Map

          5. Driving orientation by country

          (Red – right side, Blue – left side)

          worldwide_driving_orientation_by_country-1

            6. 12/24 hour time format used around the world

            (Blue – 12, Yellow – 24, Purple – mixed, Grey – not defined)

            8 1224 hour time format used around the world

              7. McDonald’s around the world

              (Red – countries with McDonald’s, Blue – countries without McDonald’s)

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              43 McDonalds Around the World

                8. Map of when McDonald’s first arrived the country

                40 Map of when each country got a McDonalds

                  9. Coffee consumption worldwide

                  The darker the color, the higher the consumption of coffee.

                  coffee_consumption-3

                    10. The only countries Britain did not invade

                    the-only-countries-britain-has-not-invaded

                      11. Map of countries that do not use the metric system

                      map-of-countires-that-use-metric-system-vs-imperial

                        12. Religions of the world

                        33 Religions of the World

                          13. Map of world poverty by country

                          *percentage of population living on less than $2 per day

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                          29 Map of world poverty by country, showing percentage of population living on less than $2 per day. Based on the 2009 UN Human Development Report

                            14. Drought risk around the world

                            The lighter the color the lower the risk.

                            drought-risk-its-not-just-isolated-around-the-equator

                              15. In 1992, approximately 29,000 rubber ducks fell off from a cargo ship in Pacific Ocean. This is the route they flowed.

                              42 Rubbe Duck

                                16. Riskiest areas to ship where the pirates rule the seas

                                riskiest-areas-to-ship-where-the-pirates-rule-the-seas

                                  17. Average age at first sex

                                  (Red and Orange – Age 15-18, Yellow – Age 19, Green – Age 20-23)

                                  average_age_at_first_sex_by_country-1

                                    UNITED STATES

                                    18. Racial segregation in New York

                                    (Blue – White, Green – Black, Red – Asian, Orange – Hispanic)

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                                    1 new york map

                                      19. The most popular actress from each state

                                      12 The most popular actress from each state

                                        20. The most popular actor from each state

                                        24 The most popular actor from each state

                                          21. Maximum speed limits In different states

                                          14 Maximum Speed Limits In The US

                                            22. The highest paid public employees by state

                                            US Map of the Highest Paid Public Employees by State

                                              23. Map of the 7,000 rivers that lead to the Mississippi

                                              34 Map of the 7,000 rivers that feed into the Mississippi

                                                24. Map of the most iconic fast food chain in each state

                                                20 A map of the most iconic fast food chain in each state

                                                  25. Size and distance comparison between Alaska and the contiguous USA

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                                                  38 Size and distance comparison of Alaska with the contiguous USA

                                                    26. Obesity rate in different state

                                                    6 Obesity rate by US state

                                                      27. US state unemployment rate by April 2013

                                                      25 US state unemployment rates April 2013

                                                        28. Most common religions by state

                                                        9 Most common religions by state in the US

                                                          29. U.S. zip code distribution

                                                          2 US zip code

                                                            AUSTRALIA & EUROPE

                                                            30. A comparison of Australia and U.S.

                                                            11 Australia vs US

                                                              31. Where 2% of Australia’s population lives
                                                              37 2 percent of Australias population lives here

                                                                32. Kissing norms in France

                                                                10 Kissing Norms in Different Regions of France

                                                                  33. What the UK calls the playground chasing-game
                                                                  13 What the UK calls the playground chasing-game

                                                                    34. The shortest route through all European capital cities

                                                                    39 The shortest route through all European capital cities

                                                                      35. Number of teams in the European football leagues
                                                                      27 Number of teams in the European football leagues

                                                                        36. Map of most common surnames in Europe
                                                                        map-of-most-common-surnames-in-europe

                                                                          37. Map of European countries coat of arms
                                                                          23 Map of European countries coat of arms

                                                                            38. Map of recycling rates across Europe

                                                                            21 Map of Recycling Rates across Europe

                                                                              EXTRA

                                                                              39. The route of a pizza delivery driver on an ordinary day
                                                                              31 A day in the life of this pizza delivery driver

                                                                                40. Map of where Disney movies’ set

                                                                                disney map

                                                                                  41. Map of the bed from a cat’s perspective

                                                                                  Cats map of the bed

                                                                                    And finally…..

                                                                                    42. World map tattoo with the visited countries colored
                                                                                    tattoo-of-world-with-countries-visited-colored-in

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                                                                                      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                                                                                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                                                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                                                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                                                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                                                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                                                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                                                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                                                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                                                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                                                      3. Upgrade yourself

                                                                                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                                                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                                                      4. Talk to a friend.

                                                                                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                                                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                                                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                                                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                                                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                                                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                                                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                                                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                                                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                                                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                                                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                                                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                                                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                                                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                                                      8. Have a quick nap.

                                                                                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                                                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                                                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                                                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                                                      10. Find some competition.

                                                                                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                                                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                                                      11. Go exercise.

                                                                                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                                                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                                                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                                                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                                                      12. Take a good break.

                                                                                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                                                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                                                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                                                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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