Global wheat production

21 August 2014 Leave a comment

If all of the world’s wheat fields were crammed together, this is how much space they’d take:

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Global sunflower production

17 August 2014 Leave a comment

In 2013-2014, the world’s sunflower fields covered about 99,969 square miles. That’s pretty close to the total square mileage of Louisiana and Mississippi combined (100,277 square miles). 

Imagine if those two states were nothing but sunflower fields…sunflowers

Categories: agriculture

Global maize (corn) production

15 August 2014 Leave a comment

Here’s something different from what I normally do. I found myself wondering recently about the amount of corn grown in the world. I found out here that in 2014-15, an estimated 175.5 million hectares of land is under corn production.

How much is that?

Well, it turns out that 175.5 million hectares is about 677,606 square miles.

This five states shaded in this map total 678,660 square miles, which is pretty close to the amount of land in the world under corn production.
Global Corn Production

What do you think? Should I post more maps like this? 

Categories: agriculture, economy

The U.S. ranks 7th in wireless broadband subscriptions

22 July 2014 Leave a comment

According to the OECD, there are 100.7 wireless broadband subscriptions for every 100 residents of the United States. That is enough to make the United States rank seventh out of thirty-four countries ranked in that category. Finland ranks first, with 123.3 wireless broadband subscriptions for every 100 residents.

The U.S. ranks 101st in peace

19 June 2014 1 comment

According to the 2014 Global Peace Index prepared by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the United States has a peace index score of  2.137, which makes the United States rank one hundred and first out of one hundred sixty-two countries ranked in that category. The United States is ranked between Benin and Angola. The most peaceful country in the world is Iceland, with a score of 1.189

The U.S. ranks first in incarceration

31 May 2014 1 comment

According to the Brookings Institution, in 2013 there were 710 Americans imprisoned for every 100,000 residents. This makes the United States rank first out of thirty-four OECD countries ranked in that category. The average incarceration rate among the OECD nations is 115.

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The U.S. ranks 2nd for approval of drone strikes

29 April 2014 1 comment

According to the Pew Research Center, 61% of Americans “support the use of drones to target extremists in countries like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.” That is enough to make the United States rank second out of thirty-nine countries ranked in that category. Israel ranks first, with 64% of Israelis supporting such strikes.

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