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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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                                                                                      Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

                                                                                      Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

                                                                                      My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

                                                                                      Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

                                                                                      The Neural Knitwork Project

                                                                                      In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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                                                                                      While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

                                                                                      The knitting and neural connection

                                                                                      The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

                                                                                      More mental health benefits from knitting

                                                                                      Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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                                                                                      “You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

                                                                                      Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

                                                                                      Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

                                                                                      She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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                                                                                      “People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

                                                                                      The dopamine effect on our happiness

                                                                                      Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

                                                                                      There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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                                                                                      “Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

                                                                                      If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

                                                                                      Featured photo credit: DSC_0012/Mary-Frances Main via flickr.com

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