Friday, December 26, 2014

52 Stories from Educators Across the U.S.

EdSurge's 2014 Fifty States Project

Thursday, December 25, 2014

the dude map

How American men refer to their bros

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Most Expensive Homes in Every State

"Equipped with unlimited cash and a blank slate, what would your dream house look like? Perhaps it might take the form of one of the most expensive homes in the country. The Zillow team combed through all available real estate in the country and put together this list of the priceiest properties in every state. Whether you fancy guitar-shaped grounds (yes, they exist!) or prefer the tranquility of more than 8,600 feet of waterfront land, these over-the-top homes are the stuff of modern fairy tales."

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Aerial America

"See the USA in a new way"

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Where We Came From and Where We Went, State by State

"We charted how Americans have moved between states since 1900. See how your state has changed. Foreign immigration is a hot topic these days, but the movement of people from one state to another can have an even bigger influence on the United States’ economy, politics and culture. Americans have already seen this with the Western expansion, the movement of Southern blacks to Northern cities and the migration from the Rust Belt."

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Evolution Less Accepted in US Than Other Western Countries

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Why America's middle class is lost

"One day in 1967, Bob Thompson sprayed foam on a hunk of metal in a cavernous factory south of Los Angeles. And then another day, not too long after, he sat at a long wood bar with a black-and-white television hanging over it, and he watched that hunk of metal land a man on the moon. On July 20, 1969 — the day of the landing — Thompson sipped his Budweiser and thought about all the people who had ever stared at that moon. Kings and queens and Jesus Christ himself. He marveled at how when it came time to reach it, the job started in Downey. The bartender wept."

Black-White Wealth Gap Has Reached A 24-Year High

"The economy is recovering, but not the bottom line for black Americans, according to new figures from the Pew Research Center. The median wealth of black households dropped an astonishing 34 percent from 2010 to 2013, according to Pew's analysis of Federal Reserve data. That of white households grew slightly over the same period. In dollars, that meant the median white household was worth $141,900, while the median black household was worth just $11,000. Wealth was defined here as the difference between the value of the household's assets -- like a house and stocks -- and its liabilities."

This Map Shows Where America Loves 'Butts' More Than 'Boobs'

"Americans appear to prefer "butts" to "boobs" when searching for "straight," woman-with-man pornography on the popular websites Pornhub and Youporn.

A report on the websites' analytics, titled "Boobs, Butts & Beyond," shows that butt-related terms top boob queries in 40 of 50 states. The websites, both owned by the same company, developed the report with 20 Minuten, a Swiss newspaper.

Idaho, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine are the only U.S. states where boob searches win out."

Porn in the USA: Conservatives are biggest consumers

Google: pornography consumption by state

Sunday, December 07, 2014

What I've Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings

"A few days ago, Deadspin's Kyle Wagner began to compile a list of all police-involved shootings in the U.S. He's not the only one to undertake such a project: D. Brian Burghart, editor of the Reno News & Review, has been attempting a crowdsourced national database of deadly police violence. We asked Brian to write about what he's learned from his project."

The Best and Worst Run States in America: A Survey of All 50

How well run is your state? Assessing a state’s management quality is hardly easy. The current economic climate and standard of living in any given state are not only the results of policy choices and developments that occurred in the last few years, but can also be affected by decisions made decades ago, and by forces outside a state’s control.

Friday, December 05, 2014

States With Stop And Identify statues

"Something that more people need to know: Unless you live in a state that has a "Stop and Identify" statute on their laws you are not required to produce an ID to a police officer unless they have reasonable suspicion you are in the process of committing an illegal activity. Here are the states where police CAN (colored red) demand an ID from you with no probable cause whatsoever."

Download Tax Tables for each State

"Getting sales tax rates for multiple states is as easy as selecting your states from the grid below and clicking “Continue.” And it’s free!" Details:

MAP: America's Favorite Beers by State

"When it comes to beer, the northeast loves Sam Adams, Pennsylvania opts for its native Yuengling, and California picks Corona. Blowfish, a "hangover cure" that promises relief after a night of heavy drinking, recently conducted a poll with AMP, a third-party research firm, to learn about people's drinking habits across the U.S. The survey included 5,249 drinkers over the age of 21 from all 50 states and Washington, D.C."

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

America is still Number 1!

"IT may be the reluctant superpower nowadays. As its economy prepares to be overtaken by China's, its version of capitalism is no longer universally admired. Yet there is one thing at which America still excels, and is a shining light upon a hill to inspire the rest of the world. That is giving."

Tuesday, December 02, 2014


"Most American consumed about 4,500 calories of turkey, stuffing and other goodies this Thanksgiving, but the components of their feast varied quite a bit by region. Here's hot Thanksgiving plates differed by state:"

Monday, December 01, 2014

Guess Which Two States Are Most Thankful For YouTube

"As Thanksgiving approaches, Facebook has mined its mountain of data to determine which topics Americans are most thankful for. The social media network’s data scientists shared a study that shows the most-praised subjects within posts on the site. The most popular topics are unsurprising. On the whole, Americans thanked friends, family, and health, but when Facebook broke down its data state-by-state, a few interesting trends emerged. The map pictured above shows the outliers that are disproportionately more popular in each state. As you might expect, the Bible Belt loves God and Southwesterners are grateful for the rain. For our purposes, we’re most interested in the two states that most commonly gave thanks to YouTube."

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