The U.S. ranks 2nd in ignorance

30 October 2014 2 comments

According to the research firm IPSOS Mori, the United States ranks second out of fourteen countries in general ignorance about social statistics such as teen pregnancy, unemployment rates, and voting patterns. Italy is the most ignorant of the fourteen countries.

The U.S. ranks 66th in religious diversity

20 September 2014 Leave a comment

According to the Pew Research Center, the United States has a religious diversity index score of 4.1, which is enough to make the United States tied for sixty-sixth (with the Czech Republic and Nauru) out of two hundred thirty-two countries ranked in that category. Singapore ranks first. The top ten most religiously diverse countries are:

  1. Singapore
  2. Taiwan
  3. Vietnam
  4. Suriname
  5. Guinea Bissau
  6. Togo
  7. Ivory Coast
  8. South Korea
  9. China
  10. Benin

The U.S. ranks 17th in having confidence in President Obama

14 September 2014 Leave a comment

According to the Pew Global Attitudes Project, 58%of Americans have confidence in President Obama, which makes the United States tied for seventeenth with Uganda out of forty-four countries ranked in that category. The Philippines ranks first, with 89% of Filipinos having confidence in President Obama.

The U.S. ranks 3rd in global competitiveness

8 September 2014 2 comments

According to the World Economic Forum’s 2014-15 Global Competitiveness Report, the United States has the third most competitive economy in the world. (The U.S. ranked fifth in 2013-14.) Switzerland has the most competitive economy. Global competitiveness is “defined as the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity.”

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Global wheat production

21 August 2014 1 comment

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


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 1 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